This Week’s Show: Coastal Fishing Report, William Clark Green Live in Studio and Land Acquisition With Lone Star Ag Credit
The always affable Captain Len Girard gets things going for us this week when he joins us live from the Upper Laguna Madre. We find out what the trout and redfish are biting and where they are stacking up. Captain Len also updates us on the flounder and black drum bite as well. Where are they staging and what does he look for when trying to locate them? Never a dull moment with a good friend and great story teller Captain Len!
Then a real treat when lifelong hunter William Clark Green makes his return to the studio. A Texas good ‘ol boy at heart, William Clark Green has been tearing up the Texas music scene with the debut of this 4th studio album “Ringling Road”. The first single “Sympathy” went #1 on the chart and we take a listen to the current single as well as a couple other tunes off the record.
Of course, we also talk about growing up in the country and what hunting and fishing has meant to William throughout his life. These days he enjoys duck hunting, dropping feral hogs and off shore fishing trips. So get ready for a heavy dose of outdoor talk including a tale of a coyote getting smoked on a dead sprint with a .45 pistol!
We wrap things up by talking land acquisition with Lone Star Ag Credit’s Credit Analysis Manager Brad Fjestad. Lets face it, land is the one thing they aren’t making more of. Whether for recreation, hunting, fishing or ranching- having your own patch of land to call your own is every sportsman’s or woman’s dream- I know it’s mine. Anyway, Lone Star Ag Credit has been making that dream a reality for folks since 1917! We get into all that plus hear about Brad’s recent South Texas bowhunt for javelina.
James McMurty, ‘Gunny Time’ W/ R. Lee Ermey, Wetland Loss Along The Gulf Coast w/ Ducks Unlimited & STI Firearms’ Jens Krough
We get things going this weekend when longtime singer/songwriter and avid outdoorsman James McMurty drops in! One of my longtime favorites on the Texas scene- James has been making some of the Lone Star State’s best music for over 3 decades now. His new record ‘Complicated Game’ is no exception as many critics believe it’s his finest work to date. We discuss the new record and take a listen to the first track ‘Copper Canteen’ which references deer hunting and walleye fishing.
We also hear a little bit about James’ background growing up bird hunting and squirrel hunting and eventually transitioning into deer hunting as a young man. What is his favorite deer rifle? What about fishing back home in the Texas Hill Country? We get to the bottom of what makes this musician and outdoorsman tick.
Ducks Unlimited’s Southern Region Director of Operations Dr. Tom Moorman stops by next to discuss the alarming trend of coastal wetland loss in the Gulf Coast region. Texas and Louisiana are losing valuable wetlands at an ever increasing rate. Where are the wetlands going and why? What is DU doing to stem the tide? How can we help as duck hunters and conservationists? Most folks probably understand that coastal wetland loss is bad from an ecological standpoint, but the economic impact can be just as devastating. Habitat loss is a major factor in the decline of the mottled duck (pictured below) in the Gulf Coast Region.
Next we check in with longtime actor, tv show host and retired US Marine Corps Drill Instructor – Gunnery SGT R. Lee Ermey. ‘Gunny’ as he likes to be called, talks about his new show on Outdoor Channel “Gunny Time W/ R. Lee Ermey”. We talk some high powered weaponry with the man who these days gets to go around blowing stuff up and playing with some pretty large caliber guns. Including, his new favorite- the Dillon Minigun.
Gunny also talks about his passion for big game hunting and his plans to travel to Siberia this coming fall to hunt the world’s largest moose and brown bear species. Not bad for a 71 year old! So get ready for an action filled segment with the Golden Globe nominated actor (Full Metal Jacket). Be sure to set your DVR for “Gunny Time” Wednesdays 7 PM CST on Outdoor Channel.
We round out the broadcast by checking in with STI International Marketing and Sales Director Jens Krough. If you haven’t heard by now, we are giving away and STI TROJAN .45 ACP 1911 pistol as our April Photo of The Month Grand Prize! Jens gives us the specs on this signature STI 1911 as well as the latest and greatest from Texas’ #1 pistol manufacturer! Based our of Georgetown, TX – STI is 100% employee owned. Be sure to check out STI for your next handgun purchase.
Spring Strutters W/ Michael Waddell, History and Purpose of the Pope & Young Club And Spring Crappie Spawn Heating Up
Michael Waddell is perhaps the most recognizable face on Outdoor Channel. His hit shows “Bone Collector” and “Realtree Roadtrips” are mainstays on the network’s lineup. What most folks don’t realize however, is that Michael actually got his start in the industry based off the fact that he is an NWTF World Turkey Calling Champion.
Of course he is mostly seen these days punching arrows through the vitals of big racked bucks, but it was the turkey woods that opened the door. So, today we talk all things spring gobblers with one of the absolute best. He even does a calling demo for us on how he coaxes that mature tom into shotgun range that has hung up at 70-80 yards. Michael also offers insight into the pros and cons of the running and gunning style of turkey hunting he is known for. Check out “Bone Collector” Monday nights 7 PM on Outdoor Channel.
Next up we talk spring crappie fishing with our longtime friend and fishing guide Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors. The Texas spring spawn is either going on right now in your local reservoir, creek or river- or it’s about to! Greg tells us what to look for as far as using water temperature as an indicator as to when males will begin moving shallow in order to prepare beds that females will lay their eggs in.
Greg also breaks down his set up. From rod and reel selection to what lb test he prefers. We discuss vertical jigging and his favorite skirt colors. What about fishing at night? Greg shares years of knowledge and experience chasing slabs with us! Be sure to check out Pavur Outdoors for your next fishing trip. Greg with a mess of North Texas crappie:
We wrap things up when Pope & Young Club President Jim Willems drops by. Now in it’s 54th year, we discuss the club’s history and how it was instrumental in creating archery only seasons in many states. We then get into record keeping and one can go about submitting an entry into the record books. Especially in situations where the club might not recognize a species from a specific region. This is not an oversight by the club, they have established boundaries and they amend them as trophies are submitted.
Jim and I also tackle the unfortunate division that exists between different factions of the hunting community. There is an elitist attitude that sadly enough is fostered by many hunters in the public eye. Most of it is misguided and founded purely on the lack of understanding between the way sportsmen and women hunt in various regions. We ask Jim the tough questions and he gladly steps up and answers them.