This week we kick things off by talking some flyfishing with Athens, Texas native Bryan Smith. On May 24th, Bryan hooked into a massive channel catfish at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries’ Lake Zebco. After battling the 20 lb behemoth for over 20 minutes, Bryan landed the fish (pictured below) and was the proud owner of the Texas state record for channel catfish.
The fish set a total of 6 records. A dedicated fly angler only, Bryan talks about the unique way he targets and land big catfish on his flyrod. Yes, the fish does look similar to a big blue cat but by counting the spines on the fish’s anal fin they were able to confirm it is indeed a channel catfish. Congrats on the catch Bryan!
Then we check in with one of the greatest basketball players ever to lace up a pair of sneakers. Karl Malone, AKA “The Mailman” stops by to talk about his love for the outdoors. Karl has traveled the globe hunting big game but you will be very surprised to hear what his favorite types of hunting and fishing are to this day.
He also discusses his North American Sheep Grand Slam and what it was like hunting stone sheep in the same canyon that President Teddy Roosevelt hunted in over 100 years ago. We also discuss Karl’s Youth Hunting Initiative and his passion for getting underprivileged kids into the great outdoors. This is one of the most fun interviews we’ve done in recent memory. Karl doing what he does best, dominating the hardwood and downing big game like this massive elk:
We finish up the broadcast by talking ducks with our longtime friend and Delta Waterfowl VP of U.S. Policy – John Devney. I know duck season is 5 months away, but we need to find out how spring nesting conditions look throughout the Prairie Pothole region on into the Dakotas and then Canada. John talks about recent precipitation that could be a game changer for nesting waterfowl.
We also get into the rapid loss of CRP Land and what waterfowlers can do in order to help stem the tide. Of course we have to get into one of my favorite Delta Waterfowl efforts as well, so John and I discuss the controversial topic of Predator Management as well. In many areas, nest success directly depends on how high the predator ratio is. Removing animals like the raccoon pictured below gives the ducks a fighting chance.
NBA Legend Karl Malone, New State Record Catfish & Nesting Conditions w/ Delta Waterfowl
Get ready for a good one! We kick off this week’s show by visiting with one of the best athletes every to lace up a pair of cleats. Bo Jackson is a Heisman Trophy winner, NFL All Pro running back and Major League All Star Game MVP. But these days, Bo spends as much of his time as possible in the woods, preferably with a stick & string. How does sticking a 10 pt buck compare to hitting a home run off Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson? Bo also talks about the time he swore Big Foot was going to steal the buck he’d just killed. And of course we find out what hunts are at the top of Bo’s bucket list.
As seen on the recent ESPN 30 for 30 on Bo, he enjoys spending time in his man cave and finds it therapeutic to work on the massive collection of arrows he has acquired over the years.
Then we check in with one of the luckiest hunters you will ever meet. Not lucky in a sense that he doesn’t know what he is doing afield, but lucky as in he won the Texas Parks and Wildlife Big Game Grand Slam hunt package!!! We are thrilled to have Weatherford, Texas native Britton Schweitzer join the show to tell us all about his Grand Slam experience. The 4 hunts included in the Grand Slam are: whitetail, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and desert big horn sheep.
With TPWD issuing only 2-3 big horn sheep permits a year, you can see why that tag is the hardest tag to get in the entire Lone Star State- hands down. The hunts are all 5 day hunts and food and lodging is included, heck even the taxidermy is included! Britton recaps his experiences on each specific hunt including the shocking ending to his desert big horn sheep adventure. For more info on how to register for TPWD Big Game Hunts:(Big Time Texas Hunts)
Britton with his Texas desert big horn sheep.
We finish things up talking trout and redfish when our good friend Captain Len Girard joins us live from Baffin Bay. The trout bite is looking good and big schools of redfish are moving into the shallows. We break down what live and artificial baits are really bringing fish into the boat right now. No matter what, there’s never a dull moment with our favorite captain.
Bo Knows Bowhunting, Texas Grand Slam Hunt Winner & Trout Action Along The Coast
Off the top we are joined by longtime Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries District Supervisor Bruce Hysmith.Bruce oversees every water body in an 8 county region. One of the main reservoirs under his guidance is Lake Texoma. Texoma has long been the Southwest United State’s crown jewel as far as striper fishing goes but most Texans don’t realize that this unique fishery also has a viable population of smallmouth bass. Bruce explains why these fierce fighting cousins of the largemouth have been able to thrive in Lake Texoma since TPWD introduced them in the early 1980s. Meanwhile other smallmouth stocking efforts in Texas pretty much failed. I had the pleasure of targeting these aggressive and powerful fish on Texoma just a couple weeks ago. Bruce breaks down where to find ‘em on one of Texas truly incredible fisheries.
Then Pflugerville, Texas native Donnie O’Neal joins us to talk about his recent bass fishing trip of a lifetime. A tournament bass angler, Donnie and his partner were trying to catch a double digit Lake Austin monster on the morning of April 28th when Donnie felt a major thud on his Alabama rig umbrella style bait. He immediately thought he’d hooked a big striper or catfish. Once he got the fish to the surface he realized that it was actually two largemouth bass! The smaller of the pair weighed 7.8 lbs and the other tipped the scales at 11.8 lbs. That’s over 19 lbs of Texas largemouth caught on one cast! It’s truly an amazing feat and Donnie recalls all the details surrounding his fishing tale for the ages.
Next on the lineup card, we check in with Lone Star Outdoor News Executive Editor Craig Nyhus. His recent article “Mixing Cattle and Deer: Grazing Tips For Landowners” highlights the delicate balance between running cattle and maintaining a healthy whitetail herd on our ranch or lease. Craig breaks down the ideal times of the year to keep cows off grazing pastures. We also discuss how overgrazing can lead to serious erosion problems for the landowner. Another interesting fact that most folks don’t realize is an 1,100 pound cow consumes 15-30 percent of it’s diet from browse and forbs that are whitetail’s primary food source. So they are directly competing. That being said you can have both cattle and a healthy deer herd if you pay attention to the delicate balance between the two. Craig breaks it all down for us.
We finish things off by checking with our longtime friend and Army Bass Anglers Founder Major Promotable Cody Roberson. Army Bass Angler’s has big things on the horizon as their Support, Defend & Fish mission statement continues to raise awareness and gain traction on a national level. Army Bass Anglers even is preparing for season 3 of their hit WFN TV show ‘Force on Force’. We also discuss non profit that ABA is raising funds for: A Soldier’s Child. A San Antonio native and no stranger to winning bass tournaments on Texas lakes we also talk about Major Promotable Roberson’s favorite early summer bass baits. Be sure to set your DVR for ‘Force on Force’.
Lake Texoma Smallmouths, Balancing Cattle & Deer, 19 Pounds of Texas Largemouth on One Cast & Latest From Army Bass Anglers
We jump right into some big bass talk with one of pro bass fishing’s biggest personalities when Ish Monroe joins the show. With a huge smile and unmatched intensity- Ish has become a fan favorite on the Elite Series and he is enjoying his best season to date as he currently sits 4th in the Angler of the Year standings. We talk post spawn bass, Ish’s favorite late spring baits and Major League Fishing. Ish also breaks down how he has learned to stay on more of an even keel which has increased his success as a tournament angler. As evidenced by his solid top five finish in Alabama – a great hunting and fishing state. You don’t want to miss it! (For Alabama Hunter Education Info)
Then a good friend of the show and longtime hunting buddy Zane Williams drops by the studio. We recap our coyote hunt from this past week and hear some brand new tunes off Zane’s latest record ‘Overnight Success’ which comes out June 4th. There is no shortage of good times and great music when Zane is around. A true renaissance man when it comes to writing good story telling country tunes- be sure to visit Zane’s website to find out when he’s playing in your neck of the woods. (Visit Zane’s Website)
Then we wrap things up when Celina Bass Club President Mark Roundy joins us in studio. Mark felt called to help out the families of the victims of the April 17th chemical explosion that killed 14 of our Texas brothers and sisters in the little town of West. So he did what he knows best and with the help of 3 other Texas bass clubs, they set up a fishing tournament to help raise money for those families. Mark gives us the tournament details including info on the payout structure and awesome raffle and auction items they have lined up. (Visit The Tournament Website)
Zane Williams in Studio, Big Bassin' w/ Elite Series Pro Ish Monroe and A Bass Tournament for A Great Cause
This week we kick things off by touching base with longtime catfish tournament angler Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors. A seasoned catfish tournament angler, Greg is an expert on all things blue and channel catfish. With the channel cat spawn heating up all over Texas we focus on where to find and how to catch spawing channel cats. Greg breaks down the ideal water temperature range to look for as an indication that the spawn has started. Cut bait or punch bait, treble hook or circle hook? We cover it all with one of the best. With a 25 fish daily bag limit, a day on the water catching channel catfish can result in a heck of a fish fry! Greg with a nice 9 lb channel. Visit Greg’s Website
Then we get into one of my favorite topics when longtime retriever trainer Angie Becker of Tioga Retrievers drops by to talk hunting dogs with us. Offseason/summer training tips, retriever nutrition, snake avoidance and finding the right retriever and training regimen are just a few of the thing we cover. Angie with 3 generations of Master Hunters trained at Tioga Retrievers.
We round out this week’s show by talking some serious sport fishing with recreational tuna Captain Bruce Daniecki. Bruce and his partner run a boat out of Freeport, Texas and they specifically target both yellowfin and blackfin tuna. Captain Bruce discusses how far off shore you have to go in order to get into solid tuna fishing, also what fishing techniques they use to consistently pull tuna over the rail. Many anglers might not realize we have this great fishery just off the Texas coast but there are plenty of ways to get hooked up with some experienced tuna anglers. Forums such as 2CoolFishing (Visit 2CoolFishing) have a ton of great information and anglers who are more than willing to share their expertise. If you want to go on a tuna trip I recommend hooking up with a group of experienced anglers. Usually it will only require that you chip in for fuel. Captain Bruce with a beautiful Gulf of Mexico tuna haul.
Hunting Dogs, Spring Catfishin' and Big Time Tuna Fishing Off The Texas Coast
We start things off by talking mulies and pronghorn with our Texas Parks & Wildlife Mule Deer and Pronghorn Antelope Program Leader Shawn Gray. TPWD just introduced some new regulations that will give Texas hunters more opportunity to harvest each of these revered big game species. Shawn talks about giving landowners control of the number of antelope bucks they can harvest which should lead to more hunters chasing antelope this fall. We also discuss the recent pronghorn relocation effort headed up by his department. One of the estimated 11,000 pronghorn in the Texas Panhandle:
Shawn also breaks down the new regulations that will affect the 2013-2014 Texas mule deer season. How about an extra 3-4 weeks of hunting? Sounds good to us! Texas’ mule deer population has steadily improved since the historic drought of 2011. Things are looking good for this beautiful big game species.
Then U.S. Army Master Sargent CJ Grisham joins the broadcast to discuss how he was illegally disarmed and arrested outside of Temple, Texas back in mid March. The Youtube video his son took of the exchange with the cops has become a viral sensation and he has been on such shows as Glenn Beck since his arrest. He still hasn’t gotten his guns back from the police department and his CHL license is suspended until the charges brought against him have been adjudicated. Master Sargent Grisham discusses the case and events surrounding the police arresting him for “rudely displaying a firearm”
Then we round out the show by checking in with Dr. Tim Fulbright- Endowed Research Scientist at the Ceasar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville, TX. Dr. Fulbright has over 30 years experience in wildlife research and he and his colleagues just concluded a 9 year study on whitetail deer populations that had access to year round supplemental feed vs deer on the same ranch that didn’t get supplemental feed. How was the natural browse and forage affected in both groups? Will deer essentially eat themselves out of house and home like the snow geese on the Arctic Tundra? Dr. Fulbright breaks it down for us.
New Regulations for Texas Pronghorn and Mule Deer Harvest, War Hero Illegally Disarmed & Arrested & Results of 9 Year Whitetail Study
We are all over the map this weekend! To start with we are joined live from the Texas Coast by our good friend Captain Len Girard. The trout bite is on fire right now and Captain Len tells us where to find ‘em and what bait to use. Of course live shrimp and croaker are always great options for live bait but what about artificials? Captain Len breaks down his favorite plugs and soft plastics as well. Full stringers of trout with some bonus reds can be expected from Corpus Christi Bay all the way to the Land Cut.
Then we change gears and dive into a hot button issue involving two heavy weights on the Texas deer scene. The Texas Deer Association and Texas Wildlife Association passionately disagree on some recently proposed legislation in the Texas house. HB 2433 and SB 1412 – would change the an 80 year old 10 day rule for releasing bucks into high fence pastures. The new legislation would increase the required release time from 10 days to 60 days. Dick Cain- Board Member, Texas Deer Association and longtime deer breeder drops by to explain why this would not be in the animal’s best interest. Also, it becomes a private property rights issue when folks start trying to tell each other what they can and can’t do on their own place. The high fence vs low fence debate will never die. Personally, I believe we need to stand united as a hunting community. Either way, it’s very interesting stuff for sure. Which side of the fence are you on?
Next we talk spring crappie with Texas’ top crappie angler- Paul O’Bier. A longtime friend of ours, Paul is a 4 time Crappie Anglers of Texas Angler of the Year and 3 time Texas Crappie State Championship Tournament winner. Paul breaks down how this unpredictable spring weather has affected the crappie spawn and bite. Where is Paul finding most of his fish? What is his go to jighead weight? We also find out what color jig he used to win the CAT Tournament on Cedar Creek last weekend. Paul with a couple nice slabs from his winning stringer of papermouths.
We wrap things up by checking in with TPWD Chief Pilot and Assistant Chief Game Warden Lee Finch. Lee heads up TPWD’s aviation department and his responsibilities include wildlife surveys, animal relocation and patrolling the night skies in search of poachers and game law violators. Lee talks about some of his experiences as the “Eye In The Sky”, from West Texas mule deer counts, to big horn sheep relocation and using night vision to bust an unsuspecting deer poacher. Lee and his partner using night vision goggles while flying an anti poaching surveillance mission.
TDA vs TWA, Trout Bite On Fire, Spring Crappie and The Eye in The Sky
Lots of star power this weekend! We start off by checking in with renown chef, world traveler, author, blogger and TV show host Andrew Zimmern. His hit series Bizzare Foods is wrapping up Season 7 on Travel Channel. What drew me to invite Andrew on the show is the fact that he is also an avid hunter and angler which is depicted in almost every episode of Bizzare Foods. He has hunted and fished for wild game all over the globe. He brings Bizzare Foods full circle in each episode by showing the entire process from the hunt to harvest, to gutting and cleaning and then the preparation and eventual consumption of the animal. Andrew with a nice strap of ducks from the Texas Coast.
Sure Andrew will eat just about anything put in front of him, but I truly respect the fact that he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and doesn’t sugar coat how food is really procured. We talk about some of his favorite hunting/fishing trips, most tasty wild game recipes and of course we’ll find out what his least favorite wild game meal consisted of. Andrew with a nice tuna caught off the coast of Samoa.
Then we check in with old friend and one of my favorite songwriters Brandon Rhyder. We talk some music- including taking a listen to the brand new single “Haggard” which is climbing up the Texas charts. Brandon talks about the single and the new record (which currently doesn’t have a title) but is scheduled to be released sometime this summer. Brandon doing what he does best:
Also, if you’ve been watching Sportsman’s Channel over the past couple of months then you might have seen Brandon as a frequent guest on Lone Star Outdoors TV. Hunting and fishing were part of Brandon’s upbringing in rural Northeast Texas. But with his music career having blossomed, he is finding alot more time to enjoy the outdoors. He took down this Texas free ranging aoudad at 450 yards on a recent hunt!!! Nice shot.
Bizarre Foods' Andrew Zimmern & The Great Brandon Rhyder!
Wow what an awesome story to kick off this week’s broadcast. Trevor Brittingham was fortunate enough to harvest the oldest buck I’ve ever heard of this past whitetail season on a 5,000 acre Dimmit County, TX ranch. The buck know as ‘Indigo’ was first filmed at 3 years old and Trevor first saw him and filmed him running does as a 160 class at 10 years old!
He took the video to the ranch manager and they scoured the archives until they found the buck that would become known as ‘Indigo’. Turns out they even had his 7 year old sheds on hand. His rack changed over the years but he always maintained a narrow rack with some very defining characteristics. After that disovery Trevor hunted him hard but Indigo disappeared for 2 seasons and was feared dead. A helicopter survey discovered he was indeed still alive at the ripe old age of 13 and Trevor’s patience and dedication to hunting this buck finally paid off in December.
Trevor with Indigo- a 14 year old trophy!
Indigo’s 7 year old sheds
Indigo captured on trail cam just days before Trevor harvested him.
Then one of my favorite Texas artists joins us when William Clark Green drops by the studio. William’s new record ‘Rose Queen’ comes out April 30th. We hear a couple tunes and talk a lot of hunting. A passionate waterfowler- William grew up duck and goose hunting on his family ranch near Beaumont, Texas. He then attended Texas Tech in Lubbock and experienced waterfowling on a whole new level during his college years. We cover all that and William even tells us about his recent offshore fishing trip which didn’t turn out so great. Dramamine anybody? William playing the new single ‘She Likes The Beatles’ in the Lone Star Outdoors Show Studio:
William Clark Green in Studio & Ghost Like 14 Year Old South Texas Buck Shot
Zane Williams- The Right Place,
Stevie Ray Vaughan- Texas Flood,
Ray Johnston Band - Son this Is Your Dad,
Austin Allsup- Stay Right Here,
Cross Canadian Ragweed- Boys From Oklahoma,
Justin Bowerman Music- Black Mouth Cur,
Brandon Key- Saltwater Bays,
Whiskey Myers- Lonely East Texas Nights,
Justin Bowerman Music- Leave it At The Front Gate,
The Turnpike Troubadours- Wrecked