Synopsis of Episode 44:
Should be a pretty educational show this week. Staying on top of current issues that could directly affect the Texas outdoorsman is something I take pride in so off the top we’ll visit with Matt Dunn- Legislative Director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Why visit with Matt??? Because Obama and the EPA are attempting to ramrod some ridiculous legislation down our throats. The proposed legislation was drafted by the EPA and would allow the sale of E15 gasoline. E15 is NOT compatible with any marine engine, lawnmower, weed whacker (or any other gas powered equipment) and even vehicles manufactured prior to 2007. Ethanol is bad for the engine and the consumers and all 13 million registered boat owners in the country could be left holding the bag on this deal.
Then, Dale Hall- CEO Ducks Unlimited drops in. Dale was recently named the Conservationist of the Year by America’s Wetland Foundation. We get into that, the lasting effects of the tragic Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Dale’s favorite place to hunt, and the most glaring obstacle he forsees facing the future of our continents waterfowl.
We round things out with a guy who is probably a lot like you and me. Van Zandt County bowhunter Greg Goodrich joins the show to talk about an unfortunate decision he made while deer hunting last week. Greg killed an 8pt buck that failed to meet the Antler Restrictions in Grayson County. Greg didn’t realize this until he laid his hands on his buck. This was his largest archery deer ever harvested and while a trophy to him- the deer was still illegal. So he was faced with two choices: 1) walk away and let the deer lay in the woods OR 2) tag the deer and turn himself in… Lets just say that I am proud to have such an honest man and ethical hunter as a guest. Lots to learn from Greg’s experience!
Greg’s illegal Hagerman 8pt.
Synopsis of Episode 43:
I don’t know how in the world we are going to fit all this into an hour but will give it our best shot… First off, November means alot of things for hunters, but its also good times for many fisherman and the striper bite is on fire at the Legendary Lake Texoma. Longtime Striper Guide Capt. John Brett drops by to give us the lowdown.
Then, with quail season underway we will check in with Texas Parks and Wildlife Upland Game Bird Program Leader Robert Perez. With the 2 year drought that plagued much of the state officially over, quail numbers should be on the rebound. Robert gives his 2010-2011 season fearless forecast and also breaks things down regionally from South Texas to the Trans Pecos and over to the Rolling Plains. Also, is there any truth to the claim that quail have multiple hatches on good years?
Lastly, perhaps the outdoor industry’s biggest personality drops in when we get down to business with the Bone Collector himself- Michael Waddell. Michael will be on for two whole segments and I have a million questions to ask him. This good ‘ol boy is crazy about smokin’ monster whitetails and we cover a variety of topics including: bow hunting ethics, high fence hunting, whats the best deer camp prank he ever pulled, his decision to leave Realtree, and how he got his start in the outdoor industry (among other things). I promise ya one thing- you will like this guy and he is entertaining as heck.
It’s gonna be a good one!
Synopsis of Episode 42:
Off the top we’ll visit with our favorite angler- Mineola’s own Kelly Jordon. Kelly is gearing up for the Bassmaster Classic and upcoming Elite Series but he still found some time to head to the Panhandle and harvest a trophy pronghorn! We will talk about that experience as well as the Louisiana Delta and how Kelly thinks the fishing will be at the 2011 Classic. Also, BASS announced a few changes in the qualifying structure for the Elite Series and the Classic, so Kelly gives us his take on that as well.
Then one of our state’s most respected outdoorsman- Gary Roberson– drops in to talk predator hunting. Gary has decades worth of experience and his article The Bobcat: Texas Most Secretive Predator was featured in the July/August edition of Texas Trophy Hunter Magazine. I want a nice bobcat mount for my study and so I’ve asked Gary to share his knowledge on calling and hunting cats with us. What should I look for when deciding where to make a call? How long should I wait before moving locations? What are his favorite sounds for bobcats? Electronic vs mouth calls…all that and a whole lot more.
Then Ducks Unlimited Senior Regional Director Jim Lillis stops by…but we aren’t talking ducks! In 2007, Jim was drawn for one of the Hagerman Wildlife Refuge archery hunts in Grayson County. On that day he experienced the whitetail hunt that most of us can only dream about- harvesting a then state record typical whitetail that grossed over 180 and scored 175 2/8 inches!!! His Boone and Crockett beast is still number 1 in the LSBA record books and I am thrilled to have Jim tell his tale during the show.