Putting the Black Panther to Bed, Urban Coyotes/ Catching, Cleaning & Cooking Catfish/ Mrs. Smith’s Take on Trophy Rooms and 10 Years of Marital Bliss
Late spring means the blue cats are spawning! Our old friend and longtime guide Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors drops in to break down where and how he’s pulling good numbers of blues over the rail. Also, Greg walks us through the easiest way to skin a catfish. What about his favorite catfish recipe? We discuss all that and much more.
Next,we dispel the urban legend of the black panther with Texas Parks and Wildlife Chief Mammalogist Jonah Evans. Black Panthers do not exist in North America since Mountain Lions don’t possess the recessive black gene. Yet, people still claim on a regular basis to have seen a black panther. Jonah gives us an explanation as to what they are likely seeing which isn’t a black cat at all, but more likely a mountain lion in poor lighting conditions or some kind of shadow being cast on the cat. The cat below is a black jaguar, and jaguar and leopards are the only big cats in the world that can have the black appearance but again, although their range once consisted of parts of Texas, the last confirmed Jaguar was killed in Texas back in the 1950s. We also get into Jagurundis and ringtail cats during this in depth discussion.
After nearly 9 years of doing this show, I never really thought about having my better half join me until recently. Erin wraps up the broadcast by joining me in studio to look back on a recent rough patch in our marriage that was caused by hunting in a round about way. We’re all smiles now, but it turns out a trophy room can take a real strain on a relationship.
Headless Bucks, Matching the Hatch for Speckled Trout and Global Issues With Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Corey Mason
Captain Nick Dykes of Triple D Charters kicks things off when he joins us from a saltwater bay somewhere on the Texas coast. We talk spring specks, downsizing baits to match the hatch, wade fishing and much more. (trout are currently gorging on big schools of glass minnows, Nick has had success throwing small spoons at them)
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Corey Mason. We recap Earth X which saw 150,000 people from all walks of life converge in North Texas for a day celebrating our planet. This isn’t an event traditionally thought of as pro hunting, but DSC was there furthering the message and pushing the sustainable use hunting ideology to the audience. We also hit on the recent GOABC (Guides Oufitters of British Columbia) Meeting that Corey attended. The B.C. Grizzly Ban has been in the news alot lately and this meeting was focused on how to get it overturned in the next political election.
Lastly, we spend some time on Tanzania’s recent turmoil concerning trophy hunting. It looked like they might be going down the same path as Kenya and banning trophy hunting all together but their government has assured DSC that they see and understand that hunting is vital for the survival of their wildlife.
We wrap things up by discussing road killed bucks with Bandera County Game Warden Jason Garcia. Are you legally allowed to recover the rack of a road killed deer, what if it’s an exotic (like the below axis deer I photographed on a recent Hill Country trip), or even a varmint? What can you legally salvage? The answers might surprise you.