Improve Your Outdoor Photography Skills, How Night Vision and Thermal Imaging Technology Have Changed the Game, & Young Women Getting Involved with Hunting and Gun Dogs
We’ve all been there, come home from an outdoor adventure and looked through the photos we took and shook our head in disappointment. So this week I’m excited to have Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Chief Photographer Earl Nottingham join the broadcast to give us some tips on how to make our photos more captivating. You don’t need an expensive fancy camera in order to take some stellar photos! (Photo by Earl Nottingham)
Pulsar Night Vision American Operations President James Sellers drops in and we discuss the history of night vision and thermal imaging technology and their place in the current hog or predator hunter’s arsenal. Less than a decade ago the price point on these such units meant most hunters couldn’t afford them, but things have changed and they are now more accessible for the everyday outdoorsman. With hog depredation at an all time high across the Southern United States, hunters are using night vision and thermal scopes to help control the ever increasing feral hog population as well as help remove excess predators from the landscape- plus its loads of fun! (James and I with Pulsar Apex XD50A Thermal Scope)
We wrap things up checking in with Allison Sutton of Legend Working Dogs. Allison has a passion to introduce more young women into hunting and handling hunting dogs. In a male dominated profession and community, Allison takes pride in the success she’s experienced and hopes to help empower the future generation of females to pursue their dreams in the outdoor industry or otherwise.
Results from Multi Year Quail Study, Knowing the Predators on Your Property & Spring Crappie With Mr. Crappie Himself
We start out by talking quail with Wildlife Biologist Susan Cooper. She recently headed up a multi year study on whether or not the aflatoxins in deer corn had a negative affect on quail reproduction. Susan discusses the results of the study as well as her thoughts on the nesting conditions for quail this spring.
Next we discuss the different predatory animals on the Texas landscape with Texas Agrilife’s John Tomacek. John is well versed in studying kill sites and the signs that different predators leave behind. Identifying what animal is responsible for certain kills can be beneficial to landowners/lease holders from an ecological and economic standpoint.
We wrap things up by talking spring crappie spawn with Mr. Crappie- Wally Marshall. The north Texas native has made a living catching crappie and we pick his brain on where to find shallow crappie and what baits he likes to use for varying degrees of water clarity.
Keep Your Shotgun Running Like a Top, Tips for Getting That Lunker Bass in the Boat and A Cautionary Tale Regarding Gun Rights
We get the ball rolling when our old friend and with Field and Stream Magazine Shotgun Editor Phil Bourjaily drops in. How often should you be cleaning your shotgun? What about semi autos vs pumps and their maintenance? Do American made guns require more maintenance than their foreign counter parts? We also pick Phil’s brain on whether one brand of shot shell is more corrosive than another.
Then we talk big bass with our buddy Charles Whited of Barefoot Fishing Tours. Often times an angler gets excited once he has a visual on how big a bass truly is and that is where mistakes start to occur that can lead to heartache right at the boat. Charles is no stranger to lunkers, having caught this 13 plus lb Lake Austin Sharelunker himself. Charles gives us a couple tips that might just be the difference in the catch of a lifetime or another ‘the one that got away’ tale.
We wrap things up by talking gun control and gun culture with Jason Selmes- host of The Australian Hunting Podcast. We break down Australia’s 1996 government enforced gun buy back and it’s affect on Australia 20 years after the fact. Hunters like Jason are forced to use over/under style shotguns to pursue their quarries since both semi auto and pump action shotguns are banned. (Jason with a nice red fox, taken with a camoed up over/under)
Some of the 660,000 rifles and shotguns that Australians were forced to give up per the National Firearms Agreement that was forced upon them.