The buck is named “King” for a reason, and this week we have the exclusive interview with hunter Mark Lee who harvested the 31 point Houston County monster on Opening Day of the 2013 Texas whitetail season. Mark and his son Cullen hunted this dandy of a whitetail for 2 years before King finally hit the ground for good. We get the history of how they pursued this animal together and how they were finally able to kill him. King even disappeared completely for a 3 month stretch in the 2012 season.
Grossing 278 5/8 inches, the buck is the largest ever taken by a hunter in Texas. (The Brady Buck of 1892 and the McCulloch Buck of 1925 both grossed higher but details of who killed them and how they were killed are still a mystery). Mark’s deer is #1 all time for the Texas Big Game Awards and is one of the finest whitetails ever killed in North America. We are thrilled to have Mark share his story with us this on this weekend’s broadcast.
Next we talk big bass with Barefoot Fishing Tours owner and guide Charles Whited. His name has become synonymous with big, Central and South Texas bass. With countless Angler of the Year titles and tournament wins on circuits such as Bass Champs to his credit, Charles has a knack for finding lunker quality largemouths. And I am not kidding when I say lunkers, in 2012 Charles caught Texas Parks and Wildlife Toyota Sharelunker #534- a 13.59 toad out of Lake Austin. Then, last year his client caught a 13.00 lb lake record Toyota Sharelunker on Lady Bird. Not many guides can say that two sharelunkers have been caught on their boat total, much less in the past two years! Charles talks fall patterns, what to look for when fishing a new lake and he gives us his favorite baits for this time of year. Charles with his Toyota Sharelunker:
We round out the broadcast by checking in with our friend Mark Boardman- Marketing Director of Vortex Optics. Mark talks about the Vortex line and what separates them from other optics companies. I have to thank our friends Steven Rinella and Sean Callahan for turning us onto Vortex Optics. Those of you who know me or have hunted with me know I am pretty abusive towards my gear. Binos get dropped, scopes and guns are banged around in ATVs and trucks and range finders are tossed carelessly into a hunting pack without a second thought. So to find a brand that takes the abuse and keeps on performing has been refreshing.
Mark talks about the Vortex warranty and we discuss the importance of having quality optics. Whether you choose Vortex like us, or another brand- good glass is more important than any modern rifle it’s mounted on. Mark and I also discuss our upcoming November 2014 Photo Contest sponsored by Vortex Optics. Tune in to find out what awesome Vortex product we’ll be giving away! Mark with a West Texas aoudad:
An All Time Texas Whitetail, Fall Bass Patterns with Charles Whited & The Importance of Quality Optics
This week we start things off by checking in with our good friend and whitetail authority Dr. James Kroll – AKA “Dr. Deer”. After record whitetail populations during the late 90′s to early 2000′s, we are seeing a concerning downward trend in population and harvest numbers across the board. Even more alarming is the fact that Texas is not exempt from this trend as we’ve had a drop in harvest numbers each of the past 5 seasons. Dr. Deer talks about his recent 9 page press release on why this trend is occurring. Is it mismanagement or does most of it has to do with Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD). Every one of these public land bucks died of EHD in a matter of weeks:
Then we change it up with Dr. Deer and focus on the use of scented deer attractants. A long time detractor of using such scents, Dr. Deer recently changed his tune. What happened to make him change his stance? Extensive research conducted by Dr. Deer and his team resulted in a new theory that you can indeed create a ‘Staging Area’ for whitetail deer. These areas occur naturally in the wild and it’s a place where alot of fraternization occurs between bucks and does. So what if you could create this type of area using an attractant and then hunt the travel corridors that lead to it? Dr. Deer breaks it down for us.
Next up we talk some fishing and more specifically we talk non game birds with Texas Parks & Wildlife Ornithologist Cliff Shackleford. Cliff oversees our state’s non game birds and joins us to talk about how blue herons and other wading birds can help us become better anglers. Herons often are looked upon with disdain by anglers since they do eat fish. BUT, by paying attention to where these birds hang out and when, one can put more fish in the boat. Herons relate to bait fish and game fish such as bass, crappie, catfish etc. relate to those bait fish as well. So, find the heron- find the fish.
We wrap up the show when Burt Coyote and Lumenok’s Marketing Director Jim Crane drops in to talk some archery. No single product has revolutionized the way we track arrowed animals or the way we view archery shots on TV like the Lumenok has. Jim gives us the history of how the Lumenok came into existence. 17 prototypes later…the archery community would embrace the lighted nock. Practice, tuning your bow, tracking wounded game, arrow recovery and bowhunting videography would never be the same.
Whitetails Facing A Serious Threat, Find the Heron & Find the Fish, How The Lumenok Revolutionized Bowhunting
We start off this week’s show by talking muzzle loading with CVA Muzzleloader’s Chad Schearer. Also. the host of “Shoot Straight TV” on Pursuit channel, we discuss the appeal of muzzleloader hunting and how it can lengthen the number of days one can spend in the field. Chad talks about some recent big game hunts he has been on and we get into our September 2014 Photo of the Month Contest- sponsored by CVA Muzzleloaders!!! Tune in to find out how to win a Wolf .50 Caliber muzzleloader from CVA.
Next we check in with our longtime friend and Army Bass Anglers founder and president- Cody Roberson for our Biobor ABA Bass Fishing Segment. Recently retired after 22 years of active service, Lt. Colonel (Ret) Roberson gives us the latest updates from Army Bass Anglers. We dive into the Army Bass Angler teams that will be fishing the Bass Champs State Championship and the Berkley Big Bass tournaments in the coming weeks.
Also, Cody has some exciting news to share regarding a new country song ABA is involved with. The tune “Welcome Home” was recorded by Nash & Fair and it’s sole purpose is the raise awareness for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder situation that many of our returning heroes face after serving overseas. All proceeds raised from the song (including ITunes downloads) go to help fight PTSD. So check it out when you get a chance.
We then round out the show by checking in with longtime Texas hunting guide Clay Pope of Pope Brothers Guide Service and Outfitters. With two decades of experience, Clay has a solid track record of putting his clients on trophy animals. Whether you are looking for whitetails, exotics, mountain lion or antelope, Pope Brothers offers it all.
This week, however, we go in depth on Texas antelope hunting. Myself and our good friend Glynn Underwood from Koon’s Canyon Ranch will be joining Clay and Pope Brothers on a Texas Panhandle antelope hunt in October. We find out what to expect as far as style of hunting, recommended speed goat caliber and bullet and much more! Can’t wait for our first ever speed goat hunt!
Dove season is finally here…and with the 2014-2015 hunting season officially underway I thought we’d talk some shotgunning tips this week. Of course, I’m no Tom Knapp so we’ll visit the Lone Star Outdoors Show archives and check in with Outdoor Life contributing writer Brad Fitzpatrick. His article “Shotgunning’s 7 Deadly Sins” outlines some quality tips on what to do and not do with your scattergun this season. Afterall, I think every wingshooter out there would prefer to increase their shots fired to birds killed ratio- I know I would.
Next up we are joined by longtime outdoor writer and Field and Stream Conservation Editor Hal Herring. A jack of all trades, Hal writes for many publications and his recent feature in Trout Unlimited Magazine really offered some fascinating insight onto the debate of using Rotenone poison to wipe out introduced species of trout along certain stretches of rivers and streams.
Why would anybody want to poison and remove established populations of brown, rainbow and even brook trout? Well, the answer stems from the native Cutthroat trout that has been wiped out of many stretches of it’s native habitat by these aggressive and highly adaptable other species. Brook Trout are native to New York, Rainbow trout to California and Brown trout hail from Germany! Yet we find these species all over much of the country, in areas that once belonged to the cutthroat. At the heart of the issue, biodiversity and conservation are tied together and are things that every one of us should be concerned with.
Then we go back in time and hear some of the most outrageous hunting related stories ever told on the Lone Star Outdoors Show. Guest’s like Jeff Foxworthy, Phil Robertson and Texas Governor Rick Perry cover everything from funny deer camp pranks, coyote killing adventures and reflecting on the birth of their children. You don’t want to miss this visit to the audio vault!
Trout Conservation and History, Shotgunning Tips and Opening Up the Audio Vault With Jeff Foxworthy, Phil Robertson and Governor Perry
$500,000 is the richest pay day in professional bass fishing and Anthony Gagliardi took home the winning check by claiming the FLW Forrest Wood Cup Championship in August. The 2006 FLW Angler of the Year got off to rough start this season, even being disqualified from the first FLW Tour event of the year. He was in danger of missing the tournament completely before turning things around.
Good thing he did. Anthony was a popular pick to win the Forrest Wood Cup on his home lake in South Carolina- Lake Murray. He talks about the ups and downs of the tournament as well as the patterns and baits that produced his 4 day weight of 51 lbs 2 ounces which ultimately edged out Scott Canterbury by one ounce!
Next, we talk some big game hunting with the master of public, unguided hunting- Randy Newberg. Longtime friend of the show and host of “Federal Premium’s Fresh Tracks With Randy Newberg” on Sportsman Channel, Randy lives and breaths public land hunting. And since we drew a New Mexico archery bull elk tag, naturally my first inclination was to call Randy to pick his brain.
This is our first elk hunt and we are doing it the same way Randy does, on public land and without a guide. Randy talks about the importance of internet scouting prior the hunt. He also talks about the resources he uses most when it comes topographic maps. What about locating, calling and or coming up with a plan to ambush a big bull? We get into all that and a whole lot more when Randy stops by to talk bugles and big bulls.
Last but certainly not least we are joined by one of the stalwarts on the Texas Music scene when Roger Creager makes his much anticipated return to the show. We take a listen to the latest single ‘River Song’ off the newly released record ‘Road Show’- Roger’s 7th studio album. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas – Roger has salt water running through his veins. An avid off shore fisherman who runs his own boat for tuna, snapper, amberjack and a variety of other sport fish. We find out how this summer stacked to others with blue water anglers facing record short snapper and AJ seasons.
Elk Hunting W/ Randy Newberg, Roger Creager Stops By and FLW Forrest Wood Cup Champion Anthony Gagliardi
It’s that time of year friends! Lead shot will soon be flying all over the Lone Star State. And if our aim is true then little feathered rockets should start falling from the sky on the September 1st Dove Opener! With the season just days away, we start the show off by checking in with Shaun Oldenburger- Texas Parks & Wildlife Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Program Leader.
He is the man with his finger squarely on the pulse of our state’s dove population, recruitment and overall numbers of both mourning and white winged dove. We discuss the continued phenomenon of white wing expansion northwards. How much of the country’s dove harvest is Texas responsible? All that and much more as we get Shaun’s fearless forecast for the upcoming season.
Next we hear a remarkable tale of how one Texas hunter’s life came full circle. David Vaught of Llano was vacationing with his family at Big Bend National Park in west Texas on a fateful August day in 1984. That is where his life was forever altered when a male mountain lion attacked him on a popular hiking trail. Luckily, David’s step father was able to fight the lion off David. He did, however, sustain major injuries that would result in over a dozen surgeries as the lion basically removed David’s scalp from his head.
Fast forward 30 years later and David answered his lifelong calling to once again come face to face with this apex predator. This time though the result would be far different as the West Texas lion would leave on David’s back. We talk about dry ground lion hunting with hounds and go into great detail on David’s successful lion hunt near Sheffield, Texas. What went through his mind when David first put his hands on the lion he harvested? David tells all as we cover this incredible journey that lasted nearly 3 decades. (David walking back to camp with his lion)
We wrap up this week’s show on a lighter note when Captain Len Girard joins us live from the Upper Laguna Madre. Myself and a couple friends hit the coast with Captain Len last weekend and we hammered the trout. Captain Len tells his secrets of where to find nice specs on really hot days. I witnessed first hand how many other anglers and guides were struggling with the wind and temps but Captain Len put us on ‘em!
Nearly Killed By A Mountain Lion- One Hunter's Journey Comes Full Circle, 2014 Dove Forecast & Trout Bite Still Good on Texas Coast
Its monster crappie right out of the gate this week when our good friend and 6 time Crappie Anglers of Texas Angler of the Year Paul O’Bier drops in!Paul gives us the latest news from the Crappie Anglers of Texas Tournament Trail and their upcoming state championship on Lake Palestine. Of course we also get Paul to tell us where he is finding good numbers of big crappie. What depth, are they relating to structure, what type of structure, is the morning or evening bite better and what bait is he using??? Paul tells all. So get ready for some slab daddy insight from the Lone Star State’s best.
Next a very special in studio treat when one of my favorite country musicians joins us in studio! Granger Smith will be here to talk about his love for growing big whitetails, predator hunting, big bass, catfish and much more. We also discuss his latest record “Dirt Road Driveway” which has done extremely well both in his home state of Texas as well as on the national scene. We also take a listen to a couple tracks off the record including the latest single “If Money Didn’t Matter.”
Of course, if Granger Smith is here then that means the dip spittin’, stick whittlin’, frog giggin’ Earl Dibbles Jr. is right here with him. Granger talks about how the Earl Dibbles Jr. phenomenon came about. You might be surprised to learn that Earl is a pretty close representation of a couple of Granger’s uncles from central Texas! So pull up a stool and get ready to crack a few cold ones with Earl Dibbles Jr. Yee Yee!
We then round out the show with another in studio guest when Phillip Morris swings by the studio. Phillip is on the pro/field staff of quite a few well know companies in the archery industry. He is a seasoned bowhunter and competitive shooter, and he has accomplished all of this while being born deaf. Speaking through his friend Donny who is translating for us, Phillip talks about tackling that challenge head on, in life and as a hunter. His love for the outdoors and archery is matched only by his desire to be an example for other deaf individuals whom he hopes to inspire to pick up that bow or rifle and join in this outdoor lifestyle we all love.
Granger Smith & Earl Dibbles Jr. , Late Summer Crappie Haunts & One Bowhunter Overcomes The Odds
We start things off by getting into Team Legacy fishing’s recent record breaking catch when Richard Richardson stops by. Richard had the pleasure of reeling in this 972.7 lb blue marlin just 130 miles off the coast of Port Aransas last month. The fish broke a 26 year old Texas record by nearly one hundred pounds! Richard recounts the entire story- one that truly is a fish tale for the ages!
Next, a real treat when ‘Relentless Pursuit’ Host Tim Wells. Whether it’s instinctive archery or throwing a spear- Tim Wells is as proficient a hunter as there is. His passion and energy for hunting has translated into having the #1 rated bowhunting show on Sportsman Channel. We cover everything from shooting dove out of the sky with a bow and arrow, to spearing cape buffalo. Check out Relentless Pursuit on Friday evenings as part of Sportsman Channel’s ‘Full Draw Friday’ lineup.
We round things out with O.F. Mossberg and Sons Director of Media Relations Linda Powell. We discuss Mossberg’s history and our August 2014 Photo Contest which Mossberg has donated a 930 Semi Auto 12 Gauge Duck Commander Signature Series shotgun as the grand prize. Of course, we also get into her love for hunting. Especially big game.
Tim Wells of Relentless Pursuit, Record Shattering Blue Marlin & Mossberg Firearms' Linda Powell
We kick things off by discussing a new show that has taken outdoor television to a whole new level. “Uncharted” is co-hosted by Jim Shockey and Corey Knowlton chronicles the adventures of the hosts as they travel to obscure, off the grid locations- pushing the limits to new extremes all along the way. Corey joins us today to talk about the new show and what separates it from the other hunting shows out there. Set those DVR’s for Uncharted- Wednesday’s at 6 pm CST on Outdoor Channel.
Also, hunter harassment has been a hot topic over the past year. With the age of social media that we live in, it seems anti hunters can get away with just about anything on the internet- including death threats to not just you but your family as well. Our friend Corey Knowlton has experienced it firsthand after placing the winning bid for a black rhino hunt at last January’s Dallas Safari Club convention. We talk about how to handle this type of venom from anti hunters, nobody knows better than Corey. (Corey and Me at The Hunting Consortium booth at DSC 2014)
Next up we check in with Jason Christie. Whether fishing the Elite Series, Major League Fishing or the FLW Tour, Jason has been one of the hottest anglers in pro bass fishing over the past two seasons. He won twice on the FLW Tour last year and has one Elite Series win to his credit in each of the past two seasons as well. Known as one of the best ‘closers’ come Sundays – Jason talks about the ‘go big or go home’ mentality he displays on the last day of every tournament. Also, with the Forrest Wood Cup and a $500,000 payday on line at Lake Murray, S.C. in two weeks, we also discuss what patterns he predicts will be key in deciding who walks away as this year’s Forrest Wood Cup Champion.
Then we are thrilled to have our longtime friend and Texas Deer Association Auction Manager Vance Runnels drop in to discuss the upcoming TDA 16th Annual Convention and Fundraiser. This one of a kind event celebrating deer breeding, deer hunting and whitetail genetics comes to the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort and Spa next weekend (August 7-9). If you are a whitetail enthusiast of any kind, be sure to grab a day or weekend pass and check out this awesome event!
'Uncharted' & Handling Hunter Harassment w/ Corey Knowlton, Big Bass w/ Jason Christie & Texas Deer Association's 16th Annual Convention
With archery season finally upon the horizon, we start things off by talking bow maintenance with Cinnamon Creek Ranch’s Chris Lutsinger. A longtime bow technician and competitive shooter, Chris shares over 30 years of expertise with us. The Texas archery season opens up on September 27th and discuss how to make sure that bow is tuned and ready to rock and roll on Opening Day! Also, what are some things to consider when setting up a new bow? How should you define your draw length and appropriate poundage? Chris breaks it all down for us. (Chris doing what he does best)
Next up we talk some feral hog hunting with renown outdoor writer and blogger Gayne C. Young. A Texas native and editor of Dallas Safari Club’s ‘Game Trails’ publication- Gayne’s book ‘The Complete Guide To Hunting Wild Boar and Javelina’ covers feral hog hunting from top to bottom. In this interview we take the hunt to the pigs, there is nothing wrong with hunting them over a corn feeder or bait pile, but what if you don’t have a lease? Well there are plenty of WMA’s out there that allow hog hunting but you have to go in and get them during the day. So finding those bedding areas and travel corridors are key. Gayne shares some insight with us on the subject. Also, be sure to check out a couple of his more recent books “And Monkeys Threw Crap at Me” & the brand new (out this week) “Teddy Roosevelt, Sasquatch Hunter”.
Dr. Joe Alton then returns for part two of our two week mini series on Field Medicine and Wilderness Survival. In this 2nd installment we cover a few common injuries likely to occur on hunting/fish trips that we were unable to get to last week. Notably, caring for broken bones, what do in cases of hypothermia and heat exhaustion and also how to deal with possible head traumas. Dr.Alton (AKA ‘Dr. Bones’) helps us understand what to do in these situations where help is miles, sometimes even days away from arriving. Be sure to check out his book
We round out the broadcast by talking waterfowl hunting with G&H Decoys ‘Duck G.’ whose family has owned and operated G&H Decoys since 1934. There is no room for complacency in the decoy making business and G&H is introducing the all new Navigator swimming decoy for this fall. We all know how those calm days in the marsh cause a decoy spread to become ineffective and G&H’s Navigator is the solution. Of course, we also get a waterfowling history lesson each time we check in with the good spirited Duck G who will tell you first hand he’s been around ‘Since before grass has been growing’! And…we even give away a brand new Navigator decoy during the interview so be sure to tune in!
Field Medicine & Wilderness Survival Part II, Getting Geared up For Bow Season, Hog Hunting on Public Land & The New G&H Decoys 'Navigator'