Loophole Bucks and Antler Restrictions 15 Years Later, Plus Fitness Tips to Increase Your Vitality and Performance on The Hunt
Texas Parks and Wildlife Whitetail Deer Program Leader Alan Cain makes his return to the show. After a personal experience with a mature (but illegal to harvest) buck on my deer lease outside of Wichita Falls, TX I figured it was time to discuss these “Loophole Bucks” that will never be harvested due to Antler Restrictions.
Why can’t a hunter send in a photo of this type of deer ( clearly one that we want out of the gene pool) and get special permission from the Game Warden or regional biologist? Alan gives us the ins and outs on the entire system. Plus, we take a look at Antler Restrictions history and whether or not they are working as intended across board.
Then our old friend Ryan Alspach of Warrior Fuel Supplements jumps back on the show. We talk back country mule deer and the hellacious season that was 2018 for Ryan.
We also take a look at some of the things we should be doing as we age, both in the gym and at home. Hunting is a way of life for many of us and I generally go to the gym so that I can hack it in the mountains or in the woods. But the older I get, the more difficult taking care of my body becomes.
Ryan also has some pointed things to say about the fitness industry and social media in general. Interesting stuff to say the least.
North America’s Greatest Conservation Success Story and Corey Knowlton on Recent Firearm Malfunction, The Hunting Community Cannibalizing Itself from Inside Out, Governor’s Tags, Western Big Game Draw Tips, And Much More
Perhaps the greatest conservation success story of our time is that of the wild turkey. Market hunting, timber cutting and a general disregard for the resource resulted in less than 30,000 birds left in North America by the early 1930s.
Our TPWD Turkey Program Leader Jason Hardin makes his return to the broadcast. We take a look back at the history of the recovery effort and what Texas Parks and Wildlife is still doing today to continue that mission in East Texas.
Next our old friend and renown big game hunter and world traveler Corey Knowlton jumps on to discuss a rare firearm malfunction that left him temporarily blind while on safari in Tanzania. We also get into Governor Tags and what geographical characteristics the average guy should look for if trying to kill a monster bull or buck on on public land out west.
One thing that truly bothers both Corey and myself is the hunting community’s insatiable appetite to destroy itself from within. We get into that irritating phenomenon. Also the “I only kill what I eat” mantra…Corey has some fundamental issues with that movement as well. Of course we revisit the controversial black rhino hunt and the hell that it brought on Corey and his family. Now that we’re a few years removed, would he do it again?
Muzzleloader Hunting Big Midwestern Bucks and Daytime Applications for Using Thermal Imaging on A Hunt
Our good friend and firearms writer Kevin Reese of Pulsar Night Vision and Thermal Imaging dropped by the studio to discuss some outside of the box applications for thermal optics.
I have long been a fan of scouting with my Pulsar thermal monocular (Helion XP 50 pictured here) but over the past year or so I have started using it more and more during daylight hours. Invaluable tool to have in your hunting pack. Thermal doesn’t discriminate between night and day, it simply detects heat signatures. I found the Illinois buck I would eventually shoot while daytime scouting with the Helion.
Then we dive into Midwestern whitetail hunting with Kyle Pavlick- 2nd generation operator at Golden Triangle Whitetail in Pike County Illinois. I recently had the opportunity to chase some of their giant bodied, big racked bucks during the Illinois muzzle loader season. We discuss that hunt and why they grow them so big in the corn belt.