We start off by talking spawning bluegills with author Ryan McCaw. As water temperatures start to warm into the 70s, big bull headed panfish start showing up on beds. We discuss baits that are more likely to catch a true trophy sized blue gill (perfect for the frying pan). Ryan has a ton of great info in his book ‘Secrets to Catching More and Bigger Bluegill’ and we discuss his expertise and passion for North America’s most accessible and catchable type of fish.
Next we visit with historian and author Dan Flores on the history and expansion of the Coyote throughout North America. It’s fascinating when you consider the coyote has basically mirrored humans step for step as they have colonized the entire continent, although coyotes did it from West to East. His book ‘Coyote America- A Natural and Supernatural History‘ comes out June 7th and we discuss how coyotes have been able to thrive under persecution from the government, hunters, ranchers, trappers etc for over 200 years. Dan argues that the more pressure put on coyotes, the more they proliferate. He also points out how Fission/Fusion societal differences between coyotes and grey wolves made wolves so easy to exterminate while coyotes thrived under the same pressure.
We wrap things up by discussing Texas’ exploding alligator population and the subsequent hunting opportunities that are available. Longtime Houston Chronicle outdoor reporter Shannon Tompkins drops in to expand on a recent column he wrote concerning Texas alligators which have now been documented in 127 Texas counties- So whether you want to hunt gators in the fall or spring, the opportunity is certainly there!
Post Spawn Bucketmouths, Pushing the Envelope in Outdoor Cinematography & The Latest from an Iconic American Rod/Reel Company
We start things off by talking post spawn largemouths with our old friend Cody Roberson of Army Bass Anglers. Where is he finding solid fish and what presentation is resulting in the most strikes as hungry bass move into their post spawn haunts? We also get the latest news concerning Army Bass Anglers and their hit show ‘Force on Force’ which airs on the World Fishing Network. Then we discuss the upcoming Toyota Fest Tournament on Lake Ray Roberts featuring 38 of the top anglers from the Elite Series and FLW Tour. (Cody with a couple nice fish he weighed in at a recent Bass Champs event).
Then, the other Shockey… the one who makes the real magic happen from behind the camera lens. We discuss outdoor cinematography, and story telling with Branlin Shockey on this weekend’s Lone Star Outdoors Show. If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Uncharted”, “The Professionals” or “Carter’s War”- they have Branlin’s fingerprints all over them. Should be a good interview with one of outdoor television’s true innovators.
Lone Star Outdoors Show’s photo.
Gary Remensnyder- President of Lew’s Fishing drops by next to discuss this history behind one of America’s most iconic fishing companies. We find out what’s new for 2016 as well as how Lew’s continues to push innovation in the bass fishing industry. I had the pleasure of trying out the new Team Lew’s® Pro Magnesium Speed Spool® Series reel on Austin’s Lady Bird Lake this past week- it passed with flying colors!
Gary also discusses our May 2016 Photo of the Month Grand Prize which is being sponsored by Lew’s. This month’s winner will receive the Mach 1 Rod/Reel Combo. So send in your best hunting/fishing/outdoor photo for a chance to win.
Improve Your Outdoor Photography Skills, How Night Vision and Thermal Imaging Technology Have Changed the Game, & Young Women Getting Involved with Hunting and Gun Dogs
We’ve all been there, come home from an outdoor adventure and looked through the photos we took and shook our head in disappointment. So this week I’m excited to have Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Chief Photographer Earl Nottingham join the broadcast to give us some tips on how to make our photos more captivating. You don’t need an expensive fancy camera in order to take some stellar photos! (Photo by Earl Nottingham)
Pulsar Night Vision American Operations President James Sellers drops in and we discuss the history of night vision and thermal imaging technology and their place in the current hog or predator hunter’s arsenal. Less than a decade ago the price point on these such units meant most hunters couldn’t afford them, but things have changed and they are now more accessible for the everyday outdoorsman. With hog depredation at an all time high across the Southern United States, hunters are using night vision and thermal scopes to help control the ever increasing feral hog population as well as help remove excess predators from the landscape- plus its loads of fun! (James and I with Pulsar Apex XD50A Thermal Scope)
We wrap things up checking in with Allison Sutton of Legend Working Dogs. Allison has a passion to introduce more young women into hunting and handling hunting dogs. In a male dominated profession and community, Allison takes pride in the success she’s experienced and hopes to help empower the future generation of females to pursue their dreams in the outdoor industry or otherwise.