Fall Slabbin’, Understanding How Deer Move Throughout A Property & The Pre-Rut With Bill Winke, And Red Tide, Redfish and Trout on The Texas Coast
We start things off by taking fall crappie fishing with 7 time Crappie Anglers of Texas Angler of the Year Paul O’Bier. What do cooler temps mean for fall slab patterns? What about when reservoirs begin to ‘turn over’ as they do each fall- how does that affect the bit and movements of big papermouths? Paul also gives us his favorite baits and tips on where to look for crappie this time of year.
With archery season finally opening up in most places we are thrilled to have Midwest Whitetails’ Bill Winke make his return to the show. The longtime writer and tv show host is one of the most respected big buck hunters in North America, and we pick his brain on hunting the pre-rut, calling, understanding how deer use topography to move through a property and much more!
We wrap thing up when our old friend Captain Len Girard joins us live from the Texas coast. Has the Red Tide really been as devastating to fish populations as everyone seems to think? Captain Len offers some insight from someone who is on the water everyday and seeing it first hand. We also find out where he is catching healthy numbers of trout, redfish and flounder, and which live baits and artificials are resulting in the most hook ups.
Early Fall Bassin’ With A Classic Champ, ScentBlocker’s Scott Schultz and Alligator/Teal Combo Hunt on The Texas Coast
After a stellar Elite Series campaign that saw him qualify for his 17th Classic, Central Texas native and 2008 Bassmaster Classic Champion Alton Jones makes his return to the broadcast. Cooler temps and shorter days mean that bass are moving into their fall patterns. Alton discusses what baits he transitions to and why, as well as where to consistently find fish in Sept/Oct. Does he fish faster or slower? Big baits or small? What about when bass start to suspend higher in the water column away from bottom related structure? Alton breaks it all down for us.
Next we are joined by longtime bowhutner and Robinson Outdoors CEO and Owner Scott Schultz. Their ScentBlocker line of apparel and liquids has set the industry standard for over 3 decades. That’s saying alot when you’re able to re-invent yourself and repeatedly come up with groundbreaking scent control technology in an extremely competitive industry. Scott talks about the history of the company- beginning with the first attractants all the way up to today’s ScentBlocker Trinity.
If you are like me, then you probably shower with scent free soap and use some kind of scent free detergent during hunting season, but do you really understand how those products and scent control garments work? I know I didn’t. So, we’ll go straight to the source and have Scott explain it. Heck, even the foods we eat the day before a hunt can give us away in the whitetail woods. That being said, ScentBlocker’s Trinity Technology can help adsorb human order to the point where we are almost undetectable to the nose of a wary deer, elk, coyote etc. We get a little technical here, but I think it’s important to understand why a product works the way it does. After 7 days chasing elk in the mountains without a shower, I became a quick believer in the effectiveness of Trinity. (The proof is on my back).
Scott also updates us on the DUI (Deer Under the Influence) Attractant that is creating quit a buzz among whitetail hunters. We even have a Lone Star Outdoors Show special promo where you can buy one bottle of DUI at Scentblocker.com and get the 2nd bottle free! Use the promo code “lonestar”.
We round out the show by recapping one of the most fun hunts I’ve ever been on! Last week I was fortunate enough to take two 9 foot alligators with Fin and Fowl Outfitters near Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Chambers County. Not only is the alligator hunting exceptional, but the early teal season in the Texas rice prairie is truly a destination trip for the serious waterfowler. You simply won’t find larger concentrations of blue wing teal in North America. Fin and Fowl Outfitters’ Brian Davenport drops in to discuss this amazing part of Texas that is ideal habitat for both teal and alligators. Put this combo hunt on your bucketlist if you haven’t already! I highly recommend it. (Brian and myself with a 9’6″ Texas lizard).
This week we change things up and dedicate the entire episode to Western big game discussion- specifically elk hunting. Many of you followed along in the journey with myself, David and Chisum. From the time we drew our New Mexico archery elk tags, to the physical training, gear preparation, bow fine tuning and every other aspect of planning this on your own public land hunt that took place the first week of September.
So, this week we get three hunter’s perspectives on how that week in the mountains would ultimately play out. There were highs and lows for each of us, and we pushed our bodies until we broke and then pushed even harder. We start things off with my reflection on what truly was the hunt of my lifetime. I had the two best hunting companions I could ask for and ended up taking this 5 x 5 at 18 yards on the 3rd day of the hunt. Redemption was the theme for me after missing a bull in this exact same unit last season.
Next we check in with my lifelong friend and wildlife biologist David Morgan (the person largely responsible for getting me hooked on hunting a dozen or so years ago). I can honestly say that I have never hunted with a better woodsman or hunter than David and I believe Chisum would say the same. However, there is no guarantee with a bow and arrow and this hunt would prove to be one of heartache for Dave after he hit a 5 x 5 a little forward on Wednesday.
We get David’s thoughts on what happened with that shot and what he would do differently. We certainly appreciate him having the stones to come on the show and discuss the shot. A veteran bow hunter, who has taken countless deer, hogs and turkey with his bow- David hadn’t lost an animal in years. We tracked his bull for 2 1/2 days before the blood trail finally vanished. As ethical as they come, he put his bow down without hesitation after drawing blood and spent the rest of the hunt helping us out in any way he could. (David did take this awesome 6 x 6 on opening morning of New Mexico’s muzzleloader season last fall in the same unit we bow hunted this year).
New to mountain hunting, my college friend and longtime hunting buddy Chisum Cooke was the most excited of the three of us to learn we drew tags. Don’t get me wrong, I like bow hunting alot- but Chisum is obsessed with all things archery. He even has his own archery blog: www.devotedarcher.com. Throughout preparing for this hunt, we all kept each other accountable on the physical fitness side of things, but it was Chisum who would beat me over the head on an almost daily basis to make sure my bow was fine tuned and broadheads flying perfectly (which I am eternally grateful he did).
His first foray into mountain hunting was full of highs and lows, from being the person to find my bull after I shot it, to the other end of the spectrum and having a bona fide 6 x 6 bull of a lifetime at 8 yards and not being able to get a shot off. We get his take on the entire experience and how we used everything we learned over the course of the week to formulate a plan for the last day of the hunt. A plan that played out to a ‘T’ and resulted in a 15 yard heart shot on this 5 x 5 bull. Congrats brother!
So, if you’ve listened to the podcast by now I hope you realize that we are in no way tooting our own horns here, we are far from expert elk hunters. Dedicated, for sure- experts, far from it. And if there is one thing all of us want for you to take from this episode it’s that you are as capable of as any of the three of us at taking your own bull on public land.
That being said, our last guest today is an expert (although his modesty would lead you to believe otherwise). Randy Newberg is one of the most respected public land elk hunters in North America and has been hosting his own DIY (do it yourself) style public land hunting show for going on 6 years now. You might have seen “Fresh Tracks w/ Randy Newberg” which airs Wednesday evenings at 10:30 Central on Sportsman’s Channel.
So we pick Randy’s brain on all things public land elk hunting. How does he approach the very distinctly different parts of the breeding season (pre rut, rut, post rut etc)? We also get his insight on how to accurately predict where elk will be in each one of those time frames. Randy also gives us his take on calling as well as hunting bedding areas and water holes. Great stuff from one of our show’s oldest friends!