Bowfin: Underrated and Overlooked, Precision Shooting with Kopfjager Industries and Dealing with Poachers and Thieves on Your Hunting Property
Garrett Hellinger of Kopfjager Industries gets things going for us with some precision shooting discussion. The former military sniper is currently a DFW area SWAT team sniper. Clearly, we are talking to the right guy when it comes to one shot, one kill. Garrett talks about the history behind Kopfjager Industries and the innovative Reaper Grip that has become widely popular with hog and predator hunters. (Garrett and I in the studio)
Field and Stream Fishing Editor Joe Cermele joins us next to discuss the much maligned bowfin. These prehistoric fish are incredible fighters and tough to target. Sadly, most anglers never pursue the bowfin. Native to the the Eastern half of the country, the bowfin is pound for pound one of the best freshwater fighters out there. Joe has become ‘hooked’ in recent years and he tells us where to find them, what baits to throw and what time of the year results in the most hookups.
As many of you know, I recently had some cameras stolen off my deer lease. So I figured we’d discuss the do’s and don’ts of dealing with Poachers and Thieves with Operation Game Thief’s Lt. Jason Jones. Do signs really thwart would be crooks? What about dummy game cameras? What should you do if you’re in your stand and an armed poacher appears on your property? We discuss with Lt. Jones.
Choosing Your Backcountry Shelter: Tents, Tipis and Tarps With Aron Snyder, Summertime Bluegill Fishing with BASS Legend Mark Davis and The Latest and Greatest From All Seasons Feeders
Now is the time to start planning this fall’s backcountry hunts. Draw results are coming in and over the counter tags are being purchased. So, we talk backcountry shelters with Kifaru International’s Aron Snyder. Tent, Tipi or Tarp? What should you choose for your backcountry hunt/fishing trip based on when and where you are going? Aron breaks it down for us.
Then we also spend a segment on bear hunting as Aron just returned from British Columbia where he fulfilled his lifelong dream of taking an interior grizzly bear. We get the nitty gritty details of that 14 day hunt as well. We also discuss some of the perks of being in the outdoor industry and the hunting opportunity that it affords each of us.
Next, we take a walk down memory lane and get back to the basics of fishing with 3 time Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year – Mark Davis. Bluegill or some kind of panfish was likely the first fish most of us ever caught (I know it was mine). Yet, they are often overlooked as a viable sport fish and table option. Mark talks about his love for big bluegills and where he finds them this time of year. The early summer spawn is a great time to put some big ones on the stringer!
We wrap up the show by getting the latest news from the All Seasons Feeders product line up with 2nd generation owner Zach Gates drops in. There are some exciting things coming this fall concerning their deer blinds, bbq smokers and feeders.
Wolf Hunting and Conservation- The Eternal Struggle, Spinners for Post Spawn Largemouth and An Innovative New Product for Your ATV Trailer
We talk wolf hunting and it’s role in big game conservation with wolf hunter extraordinaire Luke Sterling of Sterling’s Extreme Outdoors. Luke has the only footage I’ve ever seen of 3 wolves getting put down on one sit! And he self filmed it to boot. But Luke hasn’t always been a wolf hunter, it is something he evolved into as a lifelong Montana resident who has seen these apex predators decimate Montana’s elk and mule deer herds. (Luke with a giant black wolf)
We also dive into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services epic blunder of reintroducing the wrong subspecies of wolves back in 1995. This often overlooked black eye for USFWS is largely responsible for the declining cervid herds in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Of course we also pick Luke’s brain on caliber choice, hunting methods and much more. (One of my favorite myths that the anti hunters like to throw out- wolves only prey on the young, old, sick and weak – this trophy bull’s experience says otherwise)
Next, we take a historical look back at how Lake Fork took a nation by storm with a single 17 plus largemouth back in 1986. ‘Ethel’ would create a catch and release mindset going forward and was instrumental in setting a standard for fish care as well. We also break down the post spawn pattern the fish are on with our bud Heath Hardwick who put us on some good ones this week!
We wrap things up by introducing a great new product when our friend Cody Maxwell of Drive Over Chock drops by the studio. The brand new Drive Over Chock is ideal for anyone who hauls an ATV, golf cart, 4 wheeler or otherwise. We also mix in some bass and trout fishing with the lifelong angler.