Synopsis Of Episode 46:
This week is gonna be a diverse one. Off the top we visit with our old buddy from the Texas Coast, Captain Pat Hunt. Captain Pat has been fishing Corpus Christi Bay and the surrounding areas since the mid 1950s. Needless to say he is still whackin’ the redfish at a pretty good clip. Where are the trout this time of year. What wintertime bait is the most effective for both trout and reds? All that and a lot more with Captain Pat.
Then with the December 4th Pheasant opener less than a week away and with Maverick and I loading up the truck and heading West on Friday I figured we better find out what to expect this season. Nobody knows more about our state’s roosters than Texas Parks and Wildlife Upland Game Bird Program Leader Robert Perez. TPWD has been conducting surveys throughout the Panhandle since the late 1970s and Robert will tell us what this year’s results mean. We also cover the history of the Ringed Neck Pheasant in Texas. When was it introduced and why?
We round out this week’s broadcast with a very special guest- Texas Rangers hurler Tommy Hunter drops in. Tommy is not only an avid outdoorsman, but his 13-4 record was good enough to lead the majors in winning percentage. An integral part of the best Rangers team in club history Tommy is currently en route to Mississippi in hopes of taking a monster whitetail. Other off season plans include duck hunting with Mitch Moreland Ian Kinsler and possibly hog hunting with Cliff Lee…sounds like a blast. Also, where the heck did the claw and antlers originate? Should be a lot of fun with a genuine good ‘ol boy!
Synopsis of Episode 45:
This past week I was able to harvest my first buck. A Montague County 8 pt at Goin Day Hunts. My friend Don Gresham invited me back out to his place in Forestburg and Don joins the show to visit with us about my hunt and Goin Day Hunts. The Greshams have had this land in the family for well over a century and I was honored to head out there and share their little piece of paradise.
Becky Clark of Rustic Reminders Taxidermy and GR8 Mounts also stops by to talk taxidermy with us. It’s very important that you take special care of any trophy animal you plan on taking to the taxidermist. Becky reminds us of some of those important details that often get overlooked. GR8 Mounts have also donated 3 awesome mounts that we will give away on the show including: a whitetail shoulder mount, a full body bobcat mount and a whitetail euro mount. Be sure to listen to the podcast to find out how you can have your trophy mounted for FREE!!!
Shawn Roberts, Regional Field Supervisor of the National Wild Turkey Federation drops in to give us an overview of the NWTF. The great thing about this organization is that so much of the money raised stays in your state and with your local chapter. I am thrilled to be involved as we look to get a chapter going in McKinney. If you have any interest in conservation and making a difference then contact Shawn as we always want to add to the 75 NWTF chapters already in Texas. Shawn with a beautiful spring gobbler:
And of course November means bucks and ducks are on the brain, but it also means that Sharelunkers are usually being caught on Lake Fork. Our Lake Fork guide Heath Hardwick checks in to give us a detailed report on what the big ones are hitting and where. It’s gonna be a great show.
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.