Wolf Hunting and Conservation- The Eternal Struggle, Spinners for Post Spawn Largemouth and An Innovative New Product for Your ATV Trailer
We talk wolf hunting and it’s role in big game conservation with wolf hunter extraordinaire Luke Sterling of Sterling’s Extreme Outdoors. Luke has the only footage I’ve ever seen of 3 wolves getting put down on one sit! And he self filmed it to boot. But Luke hasn’t always been a wolf hunter, it is something he evolved into as a lifelong Montana resident who has seen these apex predators decimate Montana’s elk and mule deer herds. (Luke with a giant black wolf)
We also dive into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services epic blunder of reintroducing the wrong subspecies of wolves back in 1995. This often overlooked black eye for USFWS is largely responsible for the declining cervid herds in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Of course we also pick Luke’s brain on caliber choice, hunting methods and much more. (One of my favorite myths that the anti hunters like to throw out- wolves only prey on the young, old, sick and weak – this trophy bull’s experience says otherwise)
Next, we take a historical look back at how Lake Fork took a nation by storm with a single 17 plus largemouth back in 1986. ‘Ethel’ would create a catch and release mindset going forward and was instrumental in setting a standard for fish care as well. We also break down the post spawn pattern the fish are on with our bud Heath Hardwick who put us on some good ones this week!
We wrap things up by introducing a great new product when our friend Cody Maxwell of Drive Over Chock drops by the studio. The brand new Drive Over Chock is ideal for anyone who hauls an ATV, golf cart, 4 wheeler or otherwise. We also mix in some bass and trout fishing with the lifelong angler.
Post Spawn Slabs, Healing our Heroes Through Veteran Outdoors & The Most Unorthodox Duck Hunt of All Time
We start out by visiting with Veteran Outdoors SGT Toby Nunn. There is a massive gap in the lives of our returning veterans- the transition period from active duty to returning to civilian life can be a difficult one. Luckily, there are organizations such as Veteran Outdoors that use the Great Outdoors as a bridge to help these returning heroes slide back into some sort of normalcy in their everyday lives. Toby talks about the difference that Veteran Outdoors made in his life as well as continues to make in the lives of many of our nation’s finest.
Finding peace/healing through outdoor experiences have helped 1000’s of our heroes as they struggle with a return to civilian life.
Then we talk late spring/early summer crappie fishing with 7 time Crappie Anglers of Texas Angler of the Year Paul O’Bier. Nobody knows crappie better than Paul and he tells us where to find them, what baits to use and the technique he employs to bring them in the boat. Paul also gives us his top 3 big crappie lakes in Texas and his #1 big crappie lake of all time. If you’re looking for that elusive 3 lb slab, then you will want to tune in.
Then we check in with Golf Pro Ryan Gray. The video of Ryan striking a flying duck (and killing it) with his tee shot has become an internet/viral sensation. He recounts that surreal moment with us. And yes, you are hitting 3 off the tee if it happens to you!
80 Year Old Scores 5th 200 inch Buck in 5 Seasons, Red Snapper Anglers Shafted Yet Again & Turning Your Property into A Whitetail Magnet
81 year old Don Holden is on some kind of hot streak, having take a 200 inch buck in each of the past 5 seasons. We are thrilled to have the seasoned hunter drop in to reflect on whitetail hunting in South Texas today vs 60 years ago when you used to be able to trade a hindquarter of your harvest to the land owner in exchange for hunting rights. We also discuss how Don and his son Brett have been able to consistently grow 200 inch bucks on their free range lease in Maverick County.
Next we talk red snapper with TPWD Coastal Fisheries Director Robin Reichers. Recreational anglers will see a 3 day only season for Federal Water red snapper this summer. This is criminal when the fishery is as vibrant as it’s ever been. Robin explains how an outdated and archaic outline from the National Marine Fisheries Service continues to hurt recreational snapper fisherman. The days of anglers like you or I landing huge red snapper like this one might be all but gone, and not because the fishery is depleted.
We wrap up the broadcast by visiting with outdoor writer Michael R Shea. We discuss his recent article “Welcoming Whitetails” which breaks down some techniques on how to turn your property into a whitetail deer magnet. We discuss everything from understanding natural browse vs food plots, to clear cuts and even wind mapping your place using bubbles and milkweeds. Fascinating stuff!