What’s in A Barrel? Instagram Targeting Pro Hunting and Second Amendment Pages & Catching Up with Vortex Optics at NRA Show 2018
If you’re like me, you purchase a rifle, add optics, take it to the range to zero and then go hunting. But there is alot that goes into the barrel of that rifle. Alot of which I had questions about but never had the answers until our bud Derrick Ratliff of Horizon Firearms jumped on this week to discuss everything that goes into making a rifle barrel and how that relates to it’s accuracy.
Derrick breaks down the 3 most common types of barrel compositions. We also discuss twist rate, barrel lenght, fluting, fouling your barrel, differences between custom and factory barrels and much more. (Custom barrel in the making by Horizon Firearms)
Next we dive into social media platforms attack on pro hunting and 2nd Amendment pages. Our friend Beno Khodabakshian recently had his 75,000 follower Instagram account @TrophyBoars deleted without warning and without explanation. Instagram hasn’t responded to his attempts to contact them. Beno and I discuss the reality that Instagram is out to get our community and attack our way of life. This type of censorship borders on absurdity since people have the right not to follow or look at certain images.
Beno also comes from a unique background, born in Armenia and relocated to Iran in his early years, Beno talk about wild boar hunting in Iran and offers insight as to why there are so many wild hogs in many Muslim countries. Beno has enjoyed hunting Texas hogs for the past few years after moving to the Houston, TX in 2014.
We round out the broadcast by talking optics with our old buddy Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics. I had the chance to sit down with Mark in the Vortex booth at the recent NRA National Convention in Dallas. We discuss the latest and greatest for 2018 and Mark shares some interesting stories from Vortex customers.
Putting the Black Panther to Bed, Urban Coyotes/ Catching, Cleaning & Cooking Catfish/ Mrs. Smith’s Take on Trophy Rooms and 10 Years of Marital Bliss
Late spring means the blue cats are spawning! Our old friend and longtime guide Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors drops in to break down where and how he’s pulling good numbers of blues over the rail. Also, Greg walks us through the easiest way to skin a catfish. What about his favorite catfish recipe? We discuss all that and much more.
Next,we dispel the urban legend of the black panther with Texas Parks and Wildlife Chief Mammalogist Jonah Evans. Black Panthers do not exist in North America since Mountain Lions don’t possess the recessive black gene. Yet, people still claim on a regular basis to have seen a black panther. Jonah gives us an explanation as to what they are likely seeing which isn’t a black cat at all, but more likely a mountain lion in poor lighting conditions or some kind of shadow being cast on the cat. The cat below is a black jaguar, and jaguar and leopards are the only big cats in the world that can have the black appearance but again, although their range once consisted of parts of Texas, the last confirmed Jaguar was killed in Texas back in the 1950s. We also get into Jagurundis and ringtail cats during this in depth discussion.
After nearly 9 years of doing this show, I never really thought about having my better half join me until recently. Erin wraps up the broadcast by joining me in studio to look back on a recent rough patch in our marriage that was caused by hunting in a round about way. We’re all smiles now, but it turns out a trophy room can take a real strain on a relationship.
Headless Bucks, Matching the Hatch for Speckled Trout and Global Issues With Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Corey Mason
Captain Nick Dykes of Triple D Charters kicks things off when he joins us from a saltwater bay somewhere on the Texas coast. We talk spring specks, downsizing baits to match the hatch, wade fishing and much more. (trout are currently gorging on big schools of glass minnows, Nick has had success throwing small spoons at them)
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Corey Mason. We recap Earth X which saw 150,000 people from all walks of life converge in North Texas for a day celebrating our planet. This isn’t an event traditionally thought of as pro hunting, but DSC was there furthering the message and pushing the sustainable use hunting ideology to the audience. We also hit on the recent GOABC (Guides Oufitters of British Columbia) Meeting that Corey attended. The B.C. Grizzly Ban has been in the news alot lately and this meeting was focused on how to get it overturned in the next political election.
Lastly, we spend some time on Tanzania’s recent turmoil concerning trophy hunting. It looked like they might be going down the same path as Kenya and banning trophy hunting all together but their government has assured DSC that they see and understand that hunting is vital for the survival of their wildlife.
We wrap things up by discussing road killed bucks with Bandera County Game Warden Jason Garcia. Are you legally allowed to recover the rack of a road killed deer, what if it’s an exotic (like the below axis deer I photographed on a recent Hill Country trip), or even a varmint? What can you legally salvage? The answers might surprise you.