To Shoot or Not: Does with Fawns, Early Season Duck Tips, Whitetails and Exotics Co-Existing & Bleeding Your Catch
With the Texas general gun season opening up this weekend we start things off by checking in with the man who has his finger on the pulse of our state’s whitetail herd- Texas Parks and Wildlife Whitetail Program Leader Alan Cain. A longtime friend of the show, Alan drops in to talk big bucks, LAMPS permits for East Texas counties that don’t allow doe harvest and we discuss the natural relationship between a doe and her fawn.
We specifically analyze whether or not hunters should harvest a doe with a yearling fawn. Alan breaks down the gestation period of a whitetail and when does typically have fawns drop in Texas. When are fawns weaned? When has a fawn learned enough behavior from it’s mother in order to survive? Also, what about a doe that comes in estrus later than normal. Alan informs us that a doe comes into estrus at the same time every year and if they come into estrous late, they are likely to pass that undesirable genetic trait onto their offspring. You might be surprised to hear his thoughts on harvesting those does AND their fawns. Would you shoot the doe pictured below with a yearling fawn? Alan tells us what he would do:
Next up we check in with our friend and longtime waterfowl guide Edd Hanson of Hanson Outdoors. Duck season opens up this weekend and we talk early season tips- From calling strategy to decoy placement, number of decoys and how those approaches change as the season progresses. Edd and Hunting Retriever Champion ‘Lead’ with an early season strap of teal:
Butch Amlong – Ranch Manager and Outfitter of Squaw Mountain Ranch Trophy Hunts drops by next to talk whitetails and exotics with us. First, we discuss how spring/summer rains affected antler production across the board this fall. Also, how is a bumper acorn crop affecting deer behavior throughout much of Texas?
We then shift gears and analyze the relationship between whitetails and introduced exotic species. High fence, low fence or no fence – exotics are thriving on the Texas landscape. I think most of us agree that this is a good thing as it offers increased hunting opportunity. However, what does it mean for whitetails? With over 20 years experience, Butch gives us his thoughts on how exotics interact with whitetails and if exotics alter the natural behavioral patters of a whitetail. It’s something to think about for anyone considering adding exotic animals to their ranch.
We wrap thing up by checking in with Lone Star Outdoor News writer Steve Schwartz. A recent article of his offered some great insight on how to properly care for a fish you intend on eating. Steve shares a simple but valuable tip on how to maximize the taste of any fish you catch.
Pre-Rut Bucks With Terry Drury, Late Fall Lunkers w/ Jeff Kriet & Ghost Powder Bringing in Big Bucks
With Texas’ general deer season set to open up on Saturday, November 1st- we are thrilled to have Terry Drury of Drury Outdoors drop by. One of the most recognizable faces on outdoor television, the Drury Brothers have been filming and producing their own deer hunting shows for over two decades now and Terry knows a thing or two about killing big mature whitetail bucks.
We discuss the brand new show “Drury’s Thirteen which airs on Outdoor Channel Tuesday Nights at 9pm Central. We also discuss pre rut hunting tips during this exciting time of the whitetail’s breeding cycle. Bucks are starting to put their nose to ground and are looking for those first does that come into estrus. Terry gives us his tips on how to kill that giant pre rut buck of a lifetime!
Next up we shift gears and talk some big bass with Major League Fishing and Elite Series Pro Jeff Kriet. As water temps continue to fall, largemouths once again move shallow and are feeding aggressively. Historically one of the best flippers and pitchers on tour, Jeff talks bait presentation, fishing fall/winter grass and much more.
We also discuss Major League Fishing’s unique and exciting format and how much more competitive professional bass fishing has become over the past decade. The proof is in the pudding when not only Jeff, but 4 time Classic winner Kevin Van Dam failed to qualify for the upcoming 2015 Bassmaster Classic! Also, our friends at Major League Fishing hooked us up with this autographed Shell Rotella Cup Tournament worn Jeff Kriet jersey which we will give away live during the interview when Jeff issues a bass fishing related trivia question!
We round out the show when Ghost Powder’s Kevin Strickland drops by the studio. A lifelong bow hunter, Kevin recently killed his 55th buck with his bow. But his biggest buck to date (a 181 North Texas double droptine monster) was killed while chowing down on Ghost Powder. This unique, all natural, Texas based/Texas made deer attractant is creating quite the buzz among whitetail hunters. Kevin talks about the science based formula and 6 years of trial and error that went into perfecting Ghost Powder.
Ghost Powder owner Cody Lee with a nice Fairfield, Texas buck taken while inhaling Ghost Powder on 10/24/14
Fearless Quail Forecast, Choosing the Right Crankbait, Introducing Foreverlast & Coastal Fishing Report
Texas Parks And Wildlife Upland Game Bird Program Leader Robert Perez stops in to break down his department’s quail surveys and what they mean for the upcoming season. Much of the state received timely rainfall during the spring and summer. Will that translate into huntable quail numbers of both bobwhite and blue quail in their perspective ranges? Don’t miss Robert’s 2014-2015 Fearless Forecast!
We then shift gears and talk some bass fishing with FLW Bass Magazine Contributor Sean Ostruska. One of the most overwhelming things for an angler can be walking into a sporting goods store and being inundated with a 1,000 different styles and colors of crankbaits. So how should we educate ourselves so that we know which crankbaits to purchase? Sean’s recent article “Cranking Down The Choices- 18 Ways To Pick The Best Crankbait” tackles this issue in detail.
Sean interviewed countless pros on the subject and we find out what they said about crankbaits. Pretty packaging a nice paint job and a $20 price tag doesn’t necessarily mean that bait is better than the $5 bait on the shelf next to it. Sean breaks down some very specific tips for the angler to consider when selecting the right crankbait. Early fall is one of the best times of the year to chunk ‘em as those big females have followed bait fish back into the shallows and are gorging themselves on everything in sight!
Next up, Foreverlast Founder and President Billy Gerke drops by to talk a little bit of everything. From whitetail deer hunting to wading the Texas coast for specks and redfish. Billy and his family live hunting and fishing and that lead to the creation of Foreverlast over 17 years ago.
Today they offer a wide variety of both hunting and fishing related products that today can be found in just about every major retailer out there. We are thrilled to welcome Billy and the Foreverlast team to our show and are looking forward to a great relationship with this Texas based family owned and operated company.
We wrap up this week’s show when our good buddy and the always affable Captain Len Girard joins us live from the Upper Laguna Madre for our coastal fishing report. The big bull reds are stacking up in the shallows as they get ready for their December spawn. Black drum and flounder are also showing up in good numbers. Captain Len tells us where to find ‘em and how to catch ‘em.
Lastly we discuss the side affects of the new 5 fish trout limit that went into affect this fall. Has Captain Len noticed any change in anglers heading to the coast? How is it affecting guides and other folks who depend on the fishing industry? You might be surprised by his answer.