Alaskan Do It Yourself Caribou Hunting, Dealing With Problem Grizzlies on The Tundra and No Man’s Land on Big Game Animals With Horizon Firearms’ Derrick Ratliff
On this week’s show we hit the Alaskan tundra with Derrick Ratliff of Horizon Firearms. Derrick along with 3 of his buddies, recently completed a do it yourself Barren Ground Caribou hunt. Derrick gives us the low down on what gear he took, caliber rifle, the style of hunting caribou on open ground, cost associated with this hunt and more (Derrick with his bull, taken with the Horizon 6.5 PRC).
Derrick also talks about his interactions and dealings with Grizzly bears on this trip. All four hunters harvested bulls, and all 4 felt the wrath of a hungry grizzly taking what it wanted to from their meat stash. Derrick explains the lack of human fear these bears exhibited and whether or not this is common on this type of hunt.
A grizzly bear’s work on the Horizon guys meat stash. The bears literally left the guys with 80 lbs of salvageable meat from 4 caribou.
We wrap up the discussion by talking New Mexico rifle elk hunting. Something that Derrick does nearly every fall. This year he hit an elk in No Man’s Land. We discuss that area on an elk and hear how a similar shot ended up having a more positive outcome.
Professional Bass Fishing’s New Direction with Brent Ehrler, Kelly Jordon and Chris Lane, Cattle Fever Tick Results in Massive Deer Cull & Dallas Safari Club’s Corey Mason on Cancelled Grizzly Hunt
If you haven’t heard, professional bass fishing is going in a new direction. 80 of the sport’s top pros recently announced they were leaving their respective Elite Series/FLW Tours to fish in Major League Fishing’s new Bass Pro Tour. This is a monumental movement for many reasons. Major League Fishing’s format of Catch, Weigh, Release is entirely different from traditional 5 fish tournaments.
I am thrilled to have 3 of the sport’s best jump on for a round table discussion on why they all decided to jump ship for Major League Fishing and how this will affect the sport of bass fishing going forward. Never a dull moment with our old friends Kelly Jordon, Brent Ehrler and Chris Lane chiming in on the sport’s new direction.
Next we check in with Dr. Donald Thomas- Entomologist Research Biologist for USDA. Dr. Thomas sheds some light on the cattle fever tick infesting South Texas whitetail and nilgai herds. So much so that nearly 100 deer were culled in the Port Mansfield, TX area last summer in an attempt to keep the ticks from further spreading the disease. This topic is historically fascinating as it goes all the way back to the early cattle drive days.
We round out the broadcast when Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Corey Mason makes his return. Topic of discussion with Corey centers around the reversal of the much publicized Wyoming Grizzly Bear Hunt, the first of it’s kind in the lower 48 since the mid 1970s. Sadly, a federal judge recently squashed the hunt by putting the bears back on the endangered species list despite wildlife officials stance that the bears have reached recovery goals.
Female Hunters Incite Anti Hunting Community, Hank Shaw on Dove and Teal Recipes & Panhandle Pronghorn with Outfitter Clay Pope
Lifelong hunter Brittany Longoria joins the show this week. She recently made international headlines when this photo of her and a giant leopard surfaced after a recent trip to Namibia. The anti hunting community pounced and it wasn’t pretty. For some reason they can’t seem to grasp the fact that attractive young females also enjoy big game hunting. Brittany jumps on to discuss this phenomenon. We also dive into her thoughts on sustainable use hunting and how we choose to portray ourselves to the rest of the non hunting world. Unlike many of the female hunters we see become instantly famous after this type of ordeal, Brittany didn’t seek the attention, in fact she didn’t give SCI permission to share it publicly.
Then our old friend, author and wild game chef extraordinaire Hank Shaw drops in to discuss some fresh takes on dove and duck recipes. Cooking is one of those things where we always find inspiration from others, and Hank has inspired alot of the things I attempt in the kitchen. During this visit, we also discuss upland hunting and Hank’s quest for the North American small game slam. Hank’s latest creation: Chicken Friend dove breasts in tomato gravy!
We round out the broadcast by talking Panhandle Pronghorn and hunting Australia’s Outback with longtime outfitter Clay Pope of Pope Brothers Guide Service and Outfitting. Hunting pronghorn in agricultural regions like the Texas Panhandle is significantly different than chasing them out West. Clay talks about this style of hunting speedgoats on land that is flat for as far as the eye can see. Decoys, shot placement, caliber and bullet selection are all discussed. Plus we hear all about the month he spent hunting in Australia this past summer.