Genetics vs Nutrition- Which One Means Bigger Deer and Bigger Antlers? How the Kid Won the Bassmaster Classic & Spring Crappie Spawn With Greg Pavur
We start off by checking in with 25 year old Jordan Lee who last week won the 2017 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe outside of Houston. He gives is the low down on how he brought 27 lbs to the scale on the final day to earn the most coveted trophy in fishing and a nice $300,000 check! Jordan also talks about the collegiate bass fishing circuit and how it was instrumental in his evolution as a tournament angler. Great advice and insight for any young aspiring anglers out there.
Then we switch gears and discuss how to understand deer movement and behavior in the South Texas Brush Country with Dr. Bronson Strickland of the Mississippi State Deer Lab, Dr. Strickland spent quite a bit of time studying deer in South Texas prior to becoming the co director of the famed Mississippi State Deer Lab.
Then we take a look at a 10 year study conducted by Dr. Strickland and his peers at the Mississippi State Deer Lab. This study analyzed whether nutrition or genetics (in a controlled setting) are the deciding factor for big racks and big bodies in whitetail deer. The findings were somewhat shocking to say the least!
We wrap up the broadcast by checking in with longtime crappie guide Greg Pavur. The spawn is on and Greg tells us where to find them, how to catch them and how to cook them!
Fun with Alton Jones Jr., Muzzle Breaks and the 6.5 Creedmoor with Horizon Firearms and What Happened to Real Country Music with 2015 Bassmaster Classic Champ Casey Ashley
We start off by visiting with pro bass angler Alton Jones Jr. I caught up with Alton at the Bassmaster Classic media day in Houston this week. We’ll deviate from the normal script here as I ask Alton some off the wall questions and try to keep him on his toes as he gears up for his first Bassmaster Classic appearance.
Next we discuss the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber in detail with Horizon Firearm’s Derrick Ratliff. This caliber has taken the hunting/shooting community by storm in the past two years and Derrick tells us why he thinks it’s the most versatile caliber available.
Then we get Derrick’s take on muzzle breaks. Should you have one on your hunting rifle? He gives us the pros and cons.
We round out the show by checking in with 2015 Bassmaster Classic Champ Casey Ashley. He gives us his thoughts on how Conroe will fish for this weekend’s tournament. Surprisingly, a very warm winter has the majority of the field scrambling to figure out what pattern the bass are in. Casey also gives us his take on tying baits directly to braided line. Does he do it? Under what circumstances? All that, plus we talk Nashville and the ruination of country music with the recording artist turned angler.
Thermal Imaging Drones for Hog Eradication and Wildlife Management, Spring Bear Hunting with Mossberg’s Linda Powell and We Say Farewell To Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Ben Carter
This week we discuss spring bear hunting with Linda Powell of Mossberg Firearms. Our longtime friend, Linda is one of the most passionate bear hunters I’ve come across in the outdoor industry. She’s taken black bear all over North America and brown bear in Alaska and even Russia. We discuss the new 6.5 Creedmoor lineup from Mossberg as well, plus Linda tells us about the Mossberg 835 Turkey Shotgun which we will be giving away to our March 2017 Photo of the Month Winner!
Next we discuss the use of thermal imaging drones for hog eradication and wildlife management surveys. I had the opportunity to go out with Jason Douglas of Thermal Wildlife Drones last week and take in first hand how a drone can help landowners find and eliminate feral hogs. But this technology comes with a grey area for me. We discuss all the details with Jason. (Jason waiting for dark to fly the drone- we would kill 14 hogs with the drones assistance that night)
The clarity of the image captured by the drone’s camera was amazing. I can see how this technology could be used as a great wildlife surveying tool for landowners.
We round out the show by visiting with Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Ben Carter for the last time. Ben is stepping down after a decade at the helm of DSC. We take a look back at what he’s most proud of during that tenure. A veteran of over 20 trips to Africa, I also ask him what to expect and how to prepare for my first trip with John X Safaris this summer.