This Week’s Show – Booner Bucks With Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Clear Water Bass Tactics and TPWD’s Findings on Lead vs Steel Lethality On Dove
We get this week’s show going by talking clear water bass tactics with longtime guide and renown Texas tournament angler Charles Whited of Barefoot Fishing Tours. Winter time usually means clearer water, especially with the influx of invasive zebra mussels on many Texas reservoirs. Fishing clear water presents some issues for bass fisherman this time of year, but by changing your approach, plenty of big bass can still be caught.
Charles breaks down how to attack these fish. From, line choice and poundage to casting distance and baits/techniques. What about bait color? We also get his thoughts on dull vs vibrant baits for clear water. If anyone knows clear water, cold weather Texas bass it’s Charles. Not many guides can say that two 13 plus pound TPWD Sharelunkers have been caught on their boat in the past two years. We are certainly glad to have him share his expertise and years of experience with us.
Next we discuss the results of a recent study conducted by Texas Parks And Wildlife when TPWD Regional Director Corey Mason makes his return to the show. This in depth study spanned multiple seasons in 3 Texas counties. Dove hunters were given unmarked 12 gauge shot shells containing a standard 2 3/4 inch load with a #7 shot size. The hunters were oblivious to whether they were shooting steel or lead shot.
Every dove downed was collected, plucked and x-rayed/examined for wound channels, number of pellets that hit the bird, broken bones etc. Corey breaks down TPWD’s findings from the study. And I ask the tough question ‘Why would TPWD conduct such a study if they weren’t feeling pressured to move towards banning lead shot for dove hunting’? You won’t want to miss this one!
We round out the show by spending some time talking monster bucks with the outdoor industries leading couple when Lee and Tiffany Lakosky drop in. You probably recognize them from their long running hit show on Outdoor Channel – ‘The Crush With Lee and Tiffany’. Their names are synonymous with big racked, free ranging whitetail bucks. But most folks fail to realize that this is Lee’s life work.
We discuss the behind the scenes labor of love that goes into the food plots, haying alfalfa, running trail cameras year round etc. Lee puts in the work and it shows with the quality of bucks that roam his Iowa farms. We also discuss age structure and at what age he starts to target bucks as mature shooters. One of the 100 plus food plots Lee puts in on his Iowa farms each year:
We also are privy to a real treat when Tiffany reflects on her season which was highlighted when she harvested this 192 inch monarch known as ‘Wally’. The Lakosky’s had a 6 year history with this 8 1/2 year old buck. Heck, he’d even been wounded on two separate occasions. Still at 8 1/2 years old- Wally put on 20 extra inches of mass and was sporting his best rack ever. He is the biggest buck Tiffany has ever taken. Be sure to check out ‘The Crush With Lee and Tiffany’ Sunday evenings at 6:30 CST on Outdoor Channel. And, in case you hadn’t heard, a future big buck slayer will arrive March 2015! Congratulations Lee and Tiffany!
Illegals Affecting South Texas Deer Hunting, Winter Striper Bite, ‘Traditions’ With DSC’s Ben Carter and ‘The Reluctant Outdoorsman’ Drops In
We start this week off by checking in with Lone Star Outdoor News Executive Editor Craig Nyhus who recently captured the below image of an illegal Mexican national strolling along the sendero of The Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation deer lease in Dimmit County. Sadly, Craig was in the blind with a father/son on their first hunt when this illegal ruined any hopes of a harvest.
The situation along the Texas border is a serious one and more and more ranches are having these types of run ins. Trash is being left everywhere, blinds slept in, fences cut and hunting affected. Luckily, no violent altercations have occurred but it’s painfully obvious to everyone (except the federal government) that something needs to change. Craig and I discuss their situation as well as the new Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation and how folks can get involved with this great non profit hunting operation.
Next up, we are joined by our good friend and striper guide Jacob Orr of Limitless Outdoor Adventures. Winter is prime time for landing those big wall hanger caliber striped bass and with nearly a decade of experience guiding striper trips on Lake Texoma, Jacob is always on the fish. He tells us how to locate cold weather fish and what baits he is catching them on, both artificial and live. Jacob with a pair of nice oversize fish on Lake Texoma.
Then, a semi regular guest makes his return with Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Ben Carter joins us. We talk big game hunting and conservation before diving into the upcoming Dallas Safari Club Convention. ‘Traditions’ 2015 takes place January 15th-18th at the Dallas Convention Center. The show will feature over 1,700 booths with over 3 1/2 miles of isle’s to walk. Hunting & Fishing guides, outfitters, gun and knife makers and outdoor clothiers from all over the globe will converge in Dallas for the biggest hunting show of the season.
We round out the broadcast when Derek Orr and Rob Campbell join us to discuss ‘The Reluctant Outdoorsman’ – the brand new show which just premiered on Outdoor Channel. Derek is the star of the show and Rob the producer. Here’s the spin though- Derek has never hunted a day in his life. He has a cushy desk job with Outdoor Channel as a bean counter and enjoys sipping lattes and tennis. So, a new show was born when his peers challenged him to step into their shoes and hunt. The result is painfully funny but you’ll end up cheering for the affable Derek by the end of each episode!
With the end of Texas’ duck season on the horizon we examine some tips for decoying those wary late season birds. This is prime time to harvest those fully plumed out, wallhanger drakes! This week, outdoor writer Will Brantley makes his return to the show as we break down his feature in Ducks Unlimited Magazine- “10 Tips for Late Season Ducks”.
By January, ducks have started to change their behavior and are pairing off. Selecting a mate for the upcoming migration back north and subsequent breeding season are front and center in their life cycle. You won’t want to miss Will’s tips on bringing those pairs and singles into shotgun range.
Next we are joined in studio by Fannin County whitetail hunter Jason Sluder for a whitetail tale for the ages. His 21 point bruiser is the biggest buck ever reported killed in Fannin County. Estimated to be 6 1/2 years old, the buck sported almost 50 inches in mass measurements, and scored 214 6/8 gross, 199 6/8 net. Jason with the buck of a lifetime:
During our visit, Jason talks about hunting this beast through bow season and on into the Texas general gun season. What kind of blind did he use? Did he harvest the deer coming to feed? We get all the details on this once in a lifetime monster! Jason even brought the rack over to the studio so we could put our hands on it! Too cool.
We wrap up the show by visiting with Dr. Megan Clayton- Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Center at Corpus Christi, TX. It’s no secret that cattle and wildlife (specifically whitetail deer) co-exist on many Texas ranches and deer leases. So today we discuss the value of introduced vs native pastures and the benefits of each for both cattle and wildlife.