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 Robin explains how an outdated and archaic outline from the National Marine Fisheries Service continues to hurt recreational snapper fisherman.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!
Nesting Conditions in Canada and the U.S. With Ducks Unlimited, British Columbia Grizzly Bear Hunt Under Fire and Elite Archery’s Larry McCoy on Broadhead and Arrow Selection
With kick thing off by heading north to the duck factory as Ducks Unlimited’s Prairie Pothole Region Director Steve Adair PhD and DU Canada’s Prairie Region Director Scott Stephens PhD drop in. We discuss nesting conditions in each of their respective regions, the two most vital waterfowl production areas in North America. Scott also explains how Canada generates funding for waterfowl conservation without the amount of hunters (Federal Duck Stamp dollars) that the U.S. has.
Then we shift our focus to British Columbia as longtime outfitter Mike Hawkridge of Big Country Outfitters drops in. Mike discusses the struggle for rural B.C. outdoorsmen and women when an urban (and predominantly non hunting) Vancouver population essentially controls what happens in wilderness areas they likely will never even see. Right now, outfitters and resident hunters alike face the possibility of a province wide grizzly bear hunting ban. Mike and I dive into what happens when emotions rule out over sound, science based wildlife management.
Next we are joined by Elite Archery and Slick Trick Broadhead’s Larry McCoy. You probably seen him on ‘Respect the Game’ which airs on Sportsman’s Channel. Larry breaks down his choice for arrow/broadhead combos based on draw weight/lenght. We also discuss the all new Elite Tempo bow and some great new broadheads from Slick Trick like the mechanical Raptor Trick and the new small game Rip Trick heads. Larry with a bruiser of a buck he connected on in Iowa.
Sea Ducks & the Waterfowl Tradition of Chesapeake Bay, Behind the Scenes Look into the Whitetail Deer Breeding Industry, Trout & Reds Fire Up Along the Coast
We discuss sea duck hunting and the tradition and culture of waterfowling the Chesapeake Bay with longtime sea duck guide Jeff ‘Pitboss’ Coats. Wooden decoy carving, punt guns, market hunting and much more originated in that region which is the biggest wintering ground in the Atlantic Flyway for many duck/geese species. (Jeff is always smiles on a typical sea duck hunt)
The Eastern Shore in the Chesapeake Bay region is the heart and soul of wooden decoy carving in North America. Jeff has been carving his own wooden blocks since the mid 90s. There are even museums solely dedicated to wooden decoys that you can take in after the morning hunt. An area this rich in waterfowling tradition needs to be at the top of every serious duck hunter’s bucketlist! (pair of wooden old squaw decoys valued at over $100,000)
We also are joined in studio by Sierra Mesa Ranch’s Rob Carringer. We take a look at everything from the science behind genetics and breeding to legislation and even CWD’S impact on the industry over the past 2 years. In addition to owning the Sierra Mesa Ranch, Rob also still hunts his property in Pennsylvania each fall. To hear him talk about the differences in the mindset of Pennsylvania hunters vs that of Texas deer hunters is eye opening to say the least.
We wrap things up by talking redfish and trout with our old friend Captain Len Girard. What baits are causing the most hook ups right now (both live and artificial) and where is he finding big schools of each? Also, what’s up with the legendary Baffin Bay, historically the mecca of 30 inch trout…it seems to have hit a dry spell this year. Captain Len gives us the nitty gritty details.