A Father Soaks in His Son’s First Deer Camp Experience and First Lite’s Ryan Callahan and Tag Spenst on Tag’s Alaskan Dall Sheep Hunt of A Lifetime
As a father, you experience things that leave a lasting impression when it comes to your offspring. The first time they score a goal in a soccer game, the first fish they catch and damn sure the first time they go deer hunting with you. But I’m not going to get all sappy on you guys. Rather, I figured we should experience through a young boy’s eyes and so I invited Henry to join the show this week to recount everything about his first time hunting big game with dad. (Our Clay County 9 pt I shot with him in the blind with me).
He was a bit nervous when I put the microphone in his face, but the warmed up pretty quickly once we started talking about hunting. I am not sure when he will be ready to pull the trigger himself, I hope maybe next season. Ultimately, however I will leave that decision up to him.
Then we spend a couple segments with a couple old friends from First Lite when Ryan Callahan and Tag Spenst jump on to discuss Tag’s Alaskan Dall Sheep hunt. You might recall we had Tag on the show prior to heading out for this once in a lifetime ram hunt, a hunt he won through a drawing at Sheep Show in Reno last year. Ryan provides some interesting prospective as he played an instrumental role in helping Tag get ready for this hunt. You might not be aware that prior to this Alaskan adventure, Tag had harvested a mallard hen, and that was it! Talk about baptism by fire.
We discuss the training and preparation that goes into preparing a non hunter for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tag gives us the details on how the hunt played out in Alaska’s famed Brooks Range. We also discuss gear, his First Lite kit he took, bear spray vs sidearms and much more. Good times and great conversation with a couple solid dudes.
Anti Hunting Groups Using Greyhound Racing as Guise to Attack Hunting and Fishing , Pop Up Blinds and Whitetail Hunting & Giant Midwest Bucks with Golden Triangle Whitetails
If you aren’t aware of Florida’s Amendment 13, then you will want to listen to my visit with Jack Cory of the Florida Greyhound Association. Amendment 13 is up for vote in the midterms and if passed it would end Florida’s rich tradition of Greyhound racing (they currently have 11 of the nations 19 remaining dog tracks). You might be asking yourself “So What, Why Should I Care?” The reason we all need to be aware of this proposed amendment and do everything in our power to defend it is very simple, anti hunting animal rights activist groups such as PETA and HSUS had a hand in drafting the legislation and they used verbiage that a Florida circuit judge already ruled to be “intentional trickeration”.
What does that mean, and how does it affect the rights of sportsmen and women? Tune in to find out what Floridians stand to lose. Jack explains the severity of the situation and that most voters don’t realize what they’re actually voting in favor of by saying yes to Amendment 13.
Next I will give you my thoughts on how effective pop up blinds are for whitetail hunting. Traditionally, I have preferred tree stands, but elk, pronghorn and life in general got in the way of hanging them on a new property I hunt in Northwest Texas. So I decided to put out some pop ups and see what would happen. To say I have been pleasantly surprised would be an accurate statement. I think in many instances you can go so far as to set up the blind the day of the hunt. (Pictured here is blind I nicknamed ‘The Stagecoach Blind’ due to the unique history of the rubble it sits on)
We round out the show by heading to Pike County Illinois to chase giant Midwestern bucks with Mike Pavlick of Golden Triangle Whitetail. The longtime outfitter knows a thing or 2 about putting clients on big deer. We discuss why Illinois’ Golden Triangle is considered one of the nation’s premiere destination for hunters seeking Boone and Crockett caliber deer. We discuss nutrition and Mike offers his advice on what a hunter needs to do in order to kill a giant whitetail. (197 inch Booner killed by one of Mike’s clients on the past few seasons.
Bovine Tuberculosis in Whitetail Deer? Hunters to Play Role in Mountain Goat Removal at Olympic National Park & Elite Series Angler Hank Cherry Gives Us the Other Side of the Story Regarding Pro Bass Fishing’s Shake Up
Recently there has been quite a bit of concern over Bovine Tuberculosis being transmitted to whitetailed deer. While it’s not rare in Northern states such as Michigan, I haven’t heard of it in Texas yet. Many of you emailed or messaged me on social media asking if you needed to be wary of this disease in Texas deer. I honestly didn’t know the answer but Texas Parks and Wildlife Whitetail Deer Program Leader Alan Cain does. We discuss the possibility of bovine tuberculosis in Texas deer and what role climate has to do with it’s frequency.
Next I am joined by Olympic National Park Deputy Superintendent Lee Taylor. The park has been dealing with multiple issues stemming from introduced mountain goats for some time. While native to other parts of Washington State, the goats are not native to the park having been introduced nearly a century ago. With that in mind and the increasingly aggressive nature of the Olympic goats (they show no fear of humans and are attracted to our sweat and urine) the park has come up with a 2 part plan to relocate/kill off the entire population.
Personally, I have no problem with that plan. But I see a golden opportunity for hunters to play a role in the removal of the goats. Does the park see it the same way? 700 goats is a lot to relocate, Lee gives is the inside scoop on whether or not hunters will be involved in this project that is designed to restore the park to it’s more natural state.
We round out the broadcast by checking in with Elite Series angler Hank Cherry. You probably remember last week’s episode with anglers Kelly Jordon, Chris Lane and Brent Ehrler (all of whom left the Elite Series for the newly formed Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour) and so this time we’ll hear from someone on the outside looking in. What was Hank’s reaction to the monumental shift in pro bass fishing? What about guys like himself who obviously are in the top 80 anglers in the world, but were never extended an invite to be a part of the Major League Fishing 80 man field?
What does it mean for the Elite Series and BASS? What about the FLW Tour? What about the direction of the sport going forward with 3 circuits and a limited amount of sponsorship dollars? So many questions for Hank as we try to peel back the layers of what really went on and why within his sport.