Ivan Carter on Anti Poaching, Changes in Social Perception Towards Hunting and Conservation Initiatives/ Texas Deer Hunter Bags a Pair of Mountain Lions/ Redfish Heating Up Despite Cold Temps
We start off by checking in with South Texas deer huntress Jayme Derouen who recently was able to harvest TWO Texas mountain lions while looking for a shooter buck at her deer lease. She recounts the events of that hunt. The odds of seeing one lion, let alone three (yes she saw three) and harvesting a pair are astronomical. Truly the hunt and experience of a lifetime.
Then we sit down with our old friend and lifelong hunter/conservationist Ivan Carter. When he speaks on conservation issues, people tend to listen. We get his take on some new initiatives regarding giraffes and anti poaching as well as changing social perception of hunting by the general public. 25 years ago, being a professional lion hunter or elephant hunter was a badge of honor. Now things couldn’t be further from the truth.
Ivan and I recording the interview at Dallas Safari Club Convention 2018
We wrap up the show by talking winter redfish, Texas Parks and Wildlife mandated fishing closures due to freezing temps and Hurricane Harvey’s revitalizing affect on the South Texas coastal fishery Captain Len Girard joins us to discuss.
New Feral Hog Poison to Be Tested in Texas and Alabama, The Buck that Got Away and Ducks Unlimited Working to Increase Public Hunting Opportunity
Texas Parks and Wildlife has approved the testing of a new sodium nitrite based hog poison called Hog Gone. TPWD Wildlife Division Director Clayton Wolf makes his return and we break down the widespread implications of introducing poison into the food chain. Clayton also talks about the lethality of this poison. How many times do the hogs have to ingest it? How fast does it kill them? Is sodium nitrite toxic to other animals and if so, how does TPWD intend to make sure that those other species don’t eat the poisoned feed? We get the answers.
Next, it’s a story of the one that got away when my friend Don Gresham joins the show. Don and I had the pleasure of enjoying a hunt in 15 degree weather earlier this week. I took a nice 10 pt on the hunt but we experienced something that neither of us had ever seen in the whitetail woods!
We wrap up the show by talking public land duck hunting and habitat improvement projects with Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Kevin Hartke. We discuss some of the projects his team is working on from a conservation standpoint and how they can benefit those of us who still grind it out on public land. We also dive into the funding behind these projects. It might shed some light on where your license sales funds go and how NAWCA (North American Waterfowl Conservation Act) uses federal dollars to match funds put up by DU and state agencies.