Grizzly Bear Hunting W/ A Legend, A Close Encounter w/ Wolves, State Water Red Snapper and Shrimp Boat Tuna, Plus The Latest From Vortex Optics
We talk bow hunting for big brown bears with archery icon John Dudley. The gold medal archer recently had to have reconstructive shoulder surgery…so he taught himself to draw his bow with his MOUTH!!! Incredibly that is how he took this 8 ft British Columbia grizzly. Then, things get even harrier when John discusses his recent encounter with a pack of aggressive Alberta wolves. The encounter ended up with 13 wolves interested in John’s elk kill. By the time the charge was over, only 11 wolves remained and John and his two guides were out of bullets and only had a couple arrows left and had resulted in picking up sticks and rocks to defend themselves. Surreal experience!
Next, we talk state water red snapper with Captain Ryan Warhola. The lifelong resident of the Texas coast has been fishing the blue waters off the Texas coast since he was 6 years old. Captain Warhola tells us where to find big fish inside the 9 mile mark (state waters) and how to catch them on artificials with bait being hard to acquire during the winter months. He also sheds some light on some new research that might prove snapper actually migrate into state waters to do most of their spawning. We wrap things up by pulling up next to off shore shrimp boats and targeting black fin tuna that are feeding on their by catch. (Captain Warhola with a giant state water red snapper)
Then our old friend Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics joins us to talk about what Vortex is doing in 2016! New scopes, binos, and accessories plus we dive into our February 2016 Photo of the Month Contest – Grand Prize is a new Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12 Rifle Scope! Tune in to find out more and all the details on how you can win.
Whitetail Deer Regulation Changes for 2016, Targeting Trophy Snook, Looking Back on the 2015 Waterfowl Season and What to Do with Invasive Lionfish?
We talk whitetail deer regulation changes for the 2016-17 season- including a two week muzzleloader only late season for 32 Texas counties. Our Texas Parks and Wildlife Whitetail Program Leader Alan Cain gives us the details on that and other proposed changes for next season.
Next, our old friend Captain Mike Holliday drops in to talk all things snook fishing. These highly prized trophy fish put up a hell of a fight and Mike tells us where to find them and how to catch them this time of year.
We then put a bow on the 2015-16 Texas waterfowl season when Ducks Unlimited Southern Region Biologist Kirby Brown makes his return. With record duck numbers on the continent, this should have been a banner year for Texas duck/goose hunters. Sadly, it didn’t pan out the way many thought it would. Kirby breaks down the reasons for such a poor year despite great conditions and record duck numbers. (shovelers were one of the few duck species to show up in big numbers across the Lone Star State this fall)
We round out the show by discussing a real threat to our coastal fisheries when Matagorda Bay Ecosystem Program Leader Leslie Hartman stops by. The invasive lionfish is starting to show up in big concentrations throughout the Gulf of Mexico. This Pacific Ocean native has no natural predators due to their venomous spines. With no predatory threat and a voracious appetite, they are of major concern. Leslie talks about what TPWD and the private sector can do to help combat their spread. Much like feral hogs, it will be impossible to get rid of them but we might be able to control their numbers to some extent.
Jeff Foxworthy on Bowhunting and Whitetail Management, Ray Johnston Band Live in Studio and Texas Coastal Fishing Report w/ Captain Len Girard
Our old friend and the king of Blue Collar Comedy makes his return to the show this weekend! It’s always a riot to have Jeff Foxworthy join us and this week is no different. We recap the whitetail season that was, look forward to spring turkey season, hear a couple one liners and Jeff also talks about his recent archery hunt for Alaskan bull moose!
Next, our hunting buddy and Texas honky tonker Ray Johnston drops by the studio. We talk some waterfowl hunting with this passionate bird hunter- From dove to ducks and even his recent wingshooting trip to Argentina! Ray also breaks out his guitar to play a couple songs for us, including a brand new one that is all about getting into the woods!
We wrap things up by catching up with our old friend Captain Len Girard. We get into the current redfish and trout pattern, as well as hit on the giant black drum and big schools of sheepshead that are currently making up a big part of the catch.