New Feral Hog Poison to Be Tested in Texas and Alabama, The Buck that Got Away and Ducks Unlimited Working to Increase Public Hunting Opportunity
Texas Parks and Wildlife has approved the testing of a new sodium nitrite based hog poison called Hog Gone. TPWD Wildlife Division Director Clayton Wolf makes his return and we break down the widespread implications of introducing poison into the food chain. Clayton also talks about the lethality of this poison. How many times do the hogs have to ingest it? How fast does it kill them? Is sodium nitrite toxic to other animals and if so, how does TPWD intend to make sure that those other species don’t eat the poisoned feed? We get the answers.
Next, it’s a story of the one that got away when my friend Don Gresham joins the show. Don and I had the pleasure of enjoying a hunt in 15 degree weather earlier this week. I took a nice 10 pt on the hunt but we experienced something that neither of us had ever seen in the whitetail woods!
We wrap up the show by talking public land duck hunting and habitat improvement projects with Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Kevin Hartke. We discuss some of the projects his team is working on from a conservation standpoint and how they can benefit those of us who still grind it out on public land. We also dive into the funding behind these projects. It might shed some light on where your license sales funds go and how NAWCA (North American Waterfowl Conservation Act) uses federal dollars to match funds put up by DU and state agencies.
Deer Corn Lethal In Extreme Cold? Grizzly Ban, Hippo Hunting and DSC Convention W/ Corey Mason, The Lions of West Texas and Colorado Moving Towards Wolf Reintroduction
We discuss hippo hunting in Tanzania, the Grizzly Bear ban on hunting in British Columbia and the upcoming Dallas Safari Club Convention with DSC’s Executive Director Corey Mason. If 15,000 grizzly bear with hunters harvesting 200 annually isn’t sustainable use hunting, then I don’t know what is.
Next, we take a look at winter whitetail deer nutrition with QDMA’s Kip Adams. Their are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to when to feed deer during the winter, and in extreme cold weather environments feeding corn might actually be lethal to deer. Kip explains why.
Then we check in with Borderlands Research Institute Director Dr. Louis Harveson. We discuss their 17 year study on West Texas mountain lions and what their findings indicate for the longterm outlook of Texas’ largest apex predator. If you haven’t seen the short 7 minute film “The Lions of West Texas” I suggest you check it out. Very well done.
We wrap up the broadcast by taking a look at the ridiculous proposal by the Sierra Club to reintroduce Grey Wolves into Colorado. I explain why this is an incredibly stupid idea that flies in the face of North American wildlife conservation.
The Final Chapter- Mountain Lion Hunting With Houndsman Wayne Pennell and Spreading Holiday Cheer with Sam Mason & Songbird Jones in Studio
We spend a few segments recounting one of the most epic journeys of my life when houndsman, mountain man and cougar hunter Wayne Pennell joins me. Over the past 20 months, I have spent 17 days and 3 different trips to Colorado to hunt mountain lion with Wayne and his hounds. We’ve caught 4 lions, but on this trip, we caught the right lion as the 3rd time was a certainly a charm. We discuss dry ground hunting, lion hounds, the mountains, cougars and what it means to truly be a houndsman and mountain man.
Then I am thrilled to have original country artists Sam Mason and Songbird Jones join me in studio to spread some Christmas cheer! They play some original Christmas tunes including my favorite “Leaving Santa Lone Star”. Of course we also mix in a little hunting and fishing talk as well.