Bowfishing For Trophy Alligator Gar, David Blanton on Faith and Hunting & What’s in a Rub with Wild Bill of Texas Select Seasonings
Last week I had the pleasure of chasing trophy alligator gar with Extreme Bowfishing and our February 2017 Photo of the Month Winner Zach Welch who won the trip as the grand prize for that month. Zach and his buddy Kale flew down from Nebraska and we met up with Captain Cody Sole for a day of flinging arrows at big gar. Cody put us on the fish and the Nebraska boys each arrowed a giant alligator gar!
We recount that trip but more importantly, we hit on the current status of Texas’ alligator gar resource and possible changes in the direction of their management. You might be surprised to find out that the so called ‘Catch and Release’ guides and anglers are actually hurting this fishery more than anyone realizes. (Kale, Zach and I with one of the gar we harvested- yes we ate them).
Then we spend some time with outdoor legend and devout Christian David Blanton. The Realtree Outdoors mainstay isn’t shy on discussing his faith. David talks about his testimony and how his job with Realtree became his god for awhile years ago. Today he is able to use his platform to help reach hunters who might not be walking with The Man Upstairs. Recently, David also got involved with the Crossroads at Panadero Ranch ministry- a hunting and faith based program that takes young boys ages 11-16 on their first hunting experience. These boys don’t have a father figure in their house. I believe in this effort and was happy to discuss it with David.
We round out the show by talking all things wild game rubs and seasoning with Wild Bill Powell- founder of Texas Select Seasonings. Wild Bill shares his diverse culinary background and we slow cook the heck out of some venison shanks, talk some hog hunting, chili pequins and much more! ( A few of Wild Bill’s most popular blends)
Public Land Hunting Ethics, Montana Black Bear and Triploid Grass Carp As A Management Tool For State Wildlife Agencies
Asian grass carp first started showing up in North America around the mid 1960’s. By 1975, they could be found in 40 states and currently call 45 states home. This was no accident initially, as state wildlife agencies explored the idea of using grass carp to help manage or control aquatic vegetation. Today, state wildlife agencies still use this fish in certain situations. The only difference being that released fish are sterile.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries District Biologist Marco De Jesus joins the show this week to discuss triploid grass carp and how his division employs the service of this fish. We also take a look at the relationship Inland Fisheries has with the Management Authority of a said body of water. At the end of the day, fishing opportunity is not why lakes were created. So, that relationship with the management authority of “X” water body is paramount for Texas Parks and Wildlife to work with them to increase good angling opportunity.
Then we spend a couple segments with my good friend Luke Sterling who recently invited me up to Montana for a spring black bear hunt. Luke is a lifelong Montana native and is the most hardcore backcountry hunter I’ve ever had the pleasure of hunting with. I’m not gonna lie, keeping up with this mountain goat was not an easy task for a flatlander like myself. We recount our hunt and discuss a situation that occurred on our hunt that really made me question the ethics of some of the members of our hunting community. Poor hunting ethics and etiquette shouldn’t be tolerated. It simply is bad form and can lead to unnecessary conflicts.
Grip and Grins, The NRA and Nepal Blue Sheep Hunting with YETI’s Ben O’Brien & Illinois Public Land Bruisers and Accubow’s New Interactive Archery App with Matt Pell
We kick this week’s show off by visiting with YETI Cooler’s Ben O’Brien. Having worked for the NRA prior to YETI, Ben offers a different take than most on the YETI/NRA public dust up that occurred recently. It was a bad look for the hunting/2nd Amendment community and we discuss why. Then, we hit on Grip and Grin trophy photos. You know, the one where the hunter poses proudly behind a dead buck, strap of ducks, turkey or otherwise.
Is the Grip and Grin giving the opposition fuel in their fight to snuff out hunting altogether? I’m not sure, but it’s worth discussing. Personally, I am all smiles after a successful hunt and I don’t hide it. But some folks are starting to lean the other way, interesting topic no doubt.
Then we dive into big Midwest public land bucks with Accubow founder and CEO Matt Pell. Matt has been bowhunting big tracts of Illinois public land since his boyhood years and he isn’t shy about naming some great places to try and arrow a Midwestern bruiser. Of course we also get into the new interactive archery app that Accubow recenlty released, the first of it’s kind. Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway in the coming weeks!