Campfire Conversation With Michael Waddell, Novice Hunter Prepares for Dall Sheep Hunt of a Lifetime & Killing Ducks Quick & Clean W/ ‘The Finisher’
Over the years, we’ve had some great discussions with Michael Waddell. This was unscripted visit was no exception. I really had no idea where I wanted the conversation to go, so we just winged. I think you might even hear a cold beer crack open in the background.
Are Rio Grand Turkey’s really less intelligent that their Easter cousins? How do you convince your spouse that you have to go on the hunt of a lifetime when you’ve already been on 5 hunt of a lifetimes this season? What issue does Michael see that we need to do a better job of policing ourselves at as a hunting community? All that and much more.
Then we’re joined by First Lite’s Tag Spenst – Director of Digital Marketing. Tag recently drew a coveted dall sheep hunt at the 2018 Sheep Show in Reno, Nevada. Funny thing though, Tag’s hunting experience consists of killing one duck and one quail. We get his take on what it was like winning that hunt and the preparation he’s put into getting ready for hunting Dall Sheep in Alaska’s famed Brooks Range.
Our friend David Maestas also jumps on to tell us about a unique duck hunting product that I believe belongs on every waterfowler’s lanyard. “The Finisher” is a quick and humane way to put down those cripples that every one of us has seen flopping around the pile of dead ducks. Yeah, the one you though you’d rung it’s neck only to see it twitching 10 minutes later. As ethical sportsmen we need to be better than that. ‘The Finisher’ is the solution to that problem.
Our old friend Land Tawney – CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers makes his return. We discuss a variety of topics including the #greendecoy hashtag that can be found all over social media in recent months. Land explains what the GreenDecoy claim is and where it stems from. Somehow, Land along with BHA became the poster child for this smear campaign on various conservation organizations such as BHA, Trout Unlimited, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and others.
We also discuss Utah Senator Mike Lee’s plan to turn over all federal land to state control. What would that mean for the future of hunting and conservation in our country? Why would a U.S. make this notion in the first place? We dive into that and also cover getting our own kids into the outdoors with us.
(Photo Randy Newberg)
Kent Cartridge is a known for making great shotgun loads. I’ve always found that their waterfowl loads (Kent Fast Steel) give you the best bang for your buck on any duck or goose loads. Andrew Howard jumps on to discuss some new stuff that Kent has coming out this fall. I am certainly looking forward to shooting the Diamond Dove 12 gauge dove loads this fall as well as the Teal Steel early teal waterfowl loads. Andrew also talks about their bismuth non toxic loads (now available in a 25 round box) and Kent’s other innovations in shotgun loads.
Dylan Dowson- Community Manager of OnXMaps rounds out the broadcast. He gives us the history of OnXMaps from the beginning to where the company is today with over 100 employees. I talk about how I have used OnXMaps in the past and Dylan discusses how he thinks I should use them going forward. Sorry Garmin, those GPS units might be a thing of the past…
Renown Nature Photographer on Why He Plans to Thwart Grizzly Bear Hunt & Going Deep For Big Bull Reds
You can catch them off the jetties, you can catch them in surf and you can head for open water in search of monster redfish. On this week’s show we discuss chasing open water bull redfish with my longtime friend Captain Josh Guenther. I recently had the pleasure of joining Josh on a trip out of Port O Connor, Texas where we got into some 40 plus inch bulls. First we had to hit the back of the bays to catch bait, then we headed out to 40-50 feet of water and started hammering them. Josh tells us where to find these over sized redfish and at a pound an inch, it’s easy to see why this 43 incher wore my arms out!
Then we’re joined by world famous wild photographer Tom Mangelsen. Tom recently drew a Wyoming grizzly bear tag for the fall 2018 hunt- the first grizzly hunt the lower 48 will have seen in forty four years. Like so many opponents of the Wyoming Grizzly Hunt, Tom entered the draw to try and thwart the sustainable use hunting of a recovered grizzy population. How does he plan on saving the life of a grizzly bear and why is that important? The USFWS delisted the bears and has decided the population had reached carrying capacity in the Greater Yellowstone area, why does he feel he knows better than trained wildlife biologists?
We step inside his mind on this week’s show. After Tom says his piece, I will go back through our discussion and point out all the erroneous information that he spits out. By the way, this man has made millions of dollars photographing grizzly bears. But what has he actually done to help conserve them?
(Photo Tom Mangelsen)