Well, here it is – our 400th Episode. I can’t believe it’s been almost 8 years since we embarked on this journey. So, thanks to each and every one of you who tune into the broadcast. Whether you’ve listened to all 400 episodes or 4, I sincerely want to thank you.
That being said, Episode 400 takes us back to July and my first trip to South Africa. I’ve had a couple months to look back and reflect fondly on this experience and each time a twinkle comes to my eyes. Hunting with John X Safaris on South Africa’s Eastern Cape was everything I imagined and then so much more. Throughout this episode I will attempt to take you on that journey with me as I give a day by day account of what transpired on what I can honestly say was the trip of a lifetime.
Kudu is the #1 animal on most hunter’s lists. Mine was no exception. Glassing for these magnificent creatures in the mountains of the Great Karoo reminded me very much of elk hunting back in the states.
No matter the species, we spent a significant amount of time behind the glass. I love this kind of hunting and was pleasantly surprised by how much glassing we did.
The sunsets and terrain reminded me very much of the Texas Hill Country and even the mountains of far West Texas. Mother Africa wasn’t shy about showing off her vast beauty.
Everyday was an adventure and my warthog brought hunt home highest honors in that department. I still laugh when I think about my PH Carl Van Zyl saying “You wanted a rodeo, you got one now Cowboy!”.
The Lone Star Outdoor Show Africa Trip with John X Safaris is scheduled for June 22nd – 30th. Email me at email@example.com if you’re interested in joining me on this epic adventure!
Public Land Mule Deer Success, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers CEO Land Tawney and United States Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke
Sometimes Mother Nature kicks your ass. She’s harsh and she’s unforgiving. This was the case on my New Mexico public land mule deer hunt. The first 16 hours of the trip were spent trying to stay warm in my Kifaru sleeping bag. The grueling 7.5 mile hike required gear that would keep you warm against these elements, of course that amount of labor meant alot of sweating (even with 100% Merino Wool base layers) and as soon as I made it to base camp at 11,500 ft I began to get extremely cold very quickly. It ended up being the right call to shorten the 5 day hunt down to 2 days and get off the mountain as soon as possible.
So, I resigned myself to the fact that this trip was likely a total bust. 11 hour drive each way, 5 hour hike up and no way to really give myself a chance to harvest a mulie buck was a kick in the crotch to say the least. On day 2 I was able to get out for 8 hours and after dropping 1,500 ft in elevation I did find calmer conditions. Even running into some does and a herd of elk which lifted my spirits considerably. So on day three, with 2 miles left in the hike out my buddy and I came into an Aspen clearing that I knew had to be a haven for mule deer. You’ll have to tune in to sehow it played out, but it wasn’t a trip or experience that I will ever forget.
Then, we discuss the status of our public lands with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers CEO Land Tawney. We talk alligator hunting and grouse hunting before transitioning to the topic of the day – How has President Trump appointed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke done thus far at representing the interests of sportsmen and women concerning our public lands? What about the leaked Monument Report that was accidentally released last week? Is there a significant risk that some of our public lands will be sold off to the private sector? Land gives us his thoughts on how Secretary Zinke ( a self described ‘Teddy Roosevelt Guy’) is doing so far. Great stuff with one of my favorite organizations.
We wrap up the show by visiting with Secretary Zinke himself! We get to know the Secretary a little bit as far as who he is as an outdoorsman and what he enjoys hunting. I also ask him the tough questions regarding the National Monument Review and whether or not he plans to sell off any of our public land to the private sector. We discuss his views on Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and whether he thinks the organization is giving him a fair shake.
We start off by talking fall bass patterns with Elite Series Pro Brent Ehrler. After an 11th place finish in the Angler of the Year Standings and an incredible showing at the Bassmaster Classic, Brent is poised to build on a great 2017. We pick his brain on his favorite mid fall baits for big largemouths and the areas he keys in on when trying to locate them.
Then, it’s Rattlesnake Bites 101 with our longtime hunting buddy and outfitter Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors. Greg had the misfortune of getting tagged by a rattler while standing on his porch last month. He gives us the does and dont’s for bite care. We also find out if baby rattlesnakes actually emit more venom when they strike than adult snakes do.
Greg talks about his hospital experience and the medical bills he racked up. Antivenom is expensive at $6,000 a vile. Adds up quick when you get 22 of them!!! We are glad Greg is nearly recovered and hope his experience can benefit some of you guys and gals.
We round out the broadcast by talking ducks with Hevi Shot Ammo CEO Ralph Nauman. Ralph talks about the new Hevi X Tungsten waterfowl load and how it is going to be a game changer for waterfowler this season.