Headless Bucks, Matching the Hatch for Speckled Trout and Global Issues With Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Corey Mason
Captain Nick Dykes of Triple D Charters kicks things off when he joins us from a saltwater bay somewhere on the Texas coast. We talk spring specks, downsizing baits to match the hatch, wade fishing and much more. (trout are currently gorging on big schools of glass minnows, Nick has had success throwing small spoons at them)
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Corey Mason. We recap Earth X which saw 150,000 people from all walks of life converge in North Texas for a day celebrating our planet. This isn’t an event traditionally thought of as pro hunting, but DSC was there furthering the message and pushing the sustainable use hunting ideology to the audience. We also hit on the recent GOABC (Guides Oufitters of British Columbia) Meeting that Corey attended. The B.C. Grizzly Ban has been in the news alot lately and this meeting was focused on how to get it overturned in the next political election.
Lastly, we spend some time on Tanzania’s recent turmoil concerning trophy hunting. It looked like they might be going down the same path as Kenya and banning trophy hunting all together but their government has assured DSC that they see and understand that hunting is vital for the survival of their wildlife.
We wrap things up by discussing road killed bucks with Bandera County Game Warden Jason Garcia. Are you legally allowed to recover the rack of a road killed deer, what if it’s an exotic (like the below axis deer I photographed on a recent Hill Country trip), or even a varmint? What can you legally salvage? The answers might surprise you.
Texas Hounds to Save the Rhino? My Big Fish Tale and the Latest and Greatest in Hog Hunting Technology from All Seasons Feeders
We all have a fish story, and this spring I was fortunate enough to hook into a largemouth that I may never top. All my life, I’ve wanted to join the double digit club. Some people fish their entire lives and never do. So to catch this big girl was something of a dream come true. And where I caught might just be the most surprising aspect of the whole experience.
Next we check in with lifelong houndsman Joe Braman of South Texas. Whether it be bobcats or mountain lion, Joe Braman is typically thought to be the best houndsman in the Lone Star State. Recently, he was approached by our mutual friend and conservationist Ivan Carter regarding the possibility of training his hounds to help catch rhino poachers in Africa. Joe responded by taking the next 15 months to train up over 100 hounds to aid in the effort. He talks about that training process and how he was able to make these friendly dogs aggressive enough to engage and stop a human target.
The we discuss the latest and greatest hog hunting technology from All Seasons Feeders with 2nd generation owner Zach Gates. The new ‘Lil Squealer’ hog light comes in at a $59 price point and is going to be a game changer for the working man. Zach also has a new kit out that can take that old Gen 1 Night Vision unit and turn it into the latest and greatest currently on the market.
Houston’s Illegal Seafood Market, Chasing the ‘Black Death’ With John X Safaris and Off Season Deer Habitat Improvements With Dr. Deer
We kick things off by checking in with Texas Game Warden Captain Josh Koenig. Captain Koenig recently headed up a multi-year sting operation focused on Houston Texas’ black market for game fish. His unit posed as fish merchants and tried to sell illegal fish to various seafood restaurants throughout the Houston area. What they uncovered is simply mind blowing. Nearly 50% of restaurants were willing to purchase fish illegally! This is a huge issue from both a conservation standpoint and health risk concern for the consumer.
Then we head to South Africa and discuss hunting the “Black Death” with our friend and Professional Hunter Carl Van Zyl of John X Safaris. Cape Buffalo kill numerous hunters and guides every year. Carl talks about the severity of a cape buffalo hunt and how he has managed to keep himself and his clients safe over the years. Few animals hold such a revered place among hunters as the Cape Buffalo- affectionately called Black Death for a reason. I was able to tag along on my friend Glynn Underwood’s buffalo hunt last summer.
Next we discuss off season whitetail habitat improvements and spring/summer food plots with our old friend Dr. James Kroll – AKA ‘Dr. Deer’. We dive into prescribed burns, roller chopping, what plants work best in both northern and southern climates and much more!