Duck Populations- Who’s Up vs Who’s Down, Game Changing Thermal Technology with Pulsar and Asia’s Appetite for Shark Fin Soup a Global Issue for Shark Populations
The U.S. Fish & Wild Service has released their “2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations” survey results (Waterfowl Survey for the layman. Ducks Unlimited Chief Scientist Tom Moorman jumps on to break down the results of the survey. We discuss the biggest winners and losers from a population change standpoint. Some species saw significant decline while others (like Gadwall) continue to increase in numbers seemingly year after year. We also take a look at Woodducks and ringnecks – two species that make up a decent portion of hunters bags but are not included in the annual survey.
Next up, we check in with Costa Sunglasses Coastal Community Manager – Todd Barker. We dive into Costa’s long standing support of the shark research organization Ocearch. We discuss why Costa supports Ocearch and how. More importantly though, we discuss the work that Ocearch is doing on behalf of the world’s different shark species. While the U.S. maintains healthy shark populations of it’s coasts, the rest of the world doesn’t seem concerned with the over 100 MILLION sharks that are killed annually to satisfy Asia’s appetite for Shark Fin Soup. Over fishing, illegal gill nets and widespread poaching, and poor regulations are largely responsible. What can be done, if anything at all? Todd gives us his take.
Last week, Henry and I had the pleasure of traveling to Pulsar Night Vision/Thermal Imaging headquarters to visit with President James Sellers. We discussed the ground breaking and highly affordable (from a Thermal optic standpoint) new TRAIL, HELION and CORE lineups. James talks about some specific features of each that truly separate them from the competition. If you are looking for a solid thermal optic, you can’t beat the HELION and TRAIL for clarity, function and value.
One of my favorite features of the TRAIL thermal rifle scope is the picture in picture function.
Fall Dove Forecast, Eva Shockey on Hunting, Motherhood and New Book, American Dollars Going to Work on African Soil and Scentblaster
We get our 2017 Dove Season forecast with Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist and Dove Program Leader Shaun Oldenburger. Texas accounts for nearly 40% of the U.S. annual dove harvest. We discuss how many millions of doves Texas hunters harvest and how many shot shells it takes to reach that number. We also dive into recent precipitations affect on Opening Day. Shaun gives us an inside look at Whitewing dove numbers and that species continued expansion North as well.
Then we check in with our old friend Eva Shockey. Her new book “Taking Aim” covers all things hunting, life, cooking and much more is due out at the end of the month. We also talk North Carolina bear hunting, Yukon moose and her favorite wild game recipe.
Next, Carl Van Zyl of John X Safaris spends some time with us reflecting on sustainable use hunting on the Dark Continent. What do American hunter dollars really do on the ground in Africa? The longtime PH and 2nd Generation owner of John X gave us his thoughts while we were in South Africa 2 weeks ago. (South Africa’s landscape is littered with beauty beyond imagination- what that still be the case if wildlife ceased to have a value placed on them through hunting?)
We wrap things up when Scentblaster creator and Heron Outdoors President Heath Hardwick stops by. For hunters who use scent to attract game, this unit is a game changer. New for the fall of 2017, Heath gives us an overview of how the Scentblaster lures in all kinds of game.
Testosterone and Back Country Mulies with Warrior Fuel Hunt, Eliminating Your Scent Profile in The Whitetail Woods and The Bowhunter Box Club Drops By The Studio
We start things off by discussing scent elimination with Troy Kloever of ScentKapture. Every whitetail hunter obsesses over trying to keep their scent profile at a minimum. Troy explains how Scentkapture uses the latest scientific molecule trapping technology to squash human odor. There are plenty of scent control formulas on the market, but Troy gives us some insight on what works and what doesn’t and why. We also discuss foods to avoid eating entirely before heading into the whitetail woods.
Then we do some backcountry scouting for giant, public land mule deer with passionate bow hunter Ryan Alspach of Warrior Fuel Supplements and Warrior Fuel Hunt. We discuss where to find those elusive giants and how to use digital scouting technology to help try and arrow one come archery season.
Next, we continue our visit with Ryan by spending a segment on something every guy should be interested in: testosterone. Our bodies make it, and we need it to live a healthy and satisfying life, yet due to today’s world some of us suffer from insufficient testosterone levels. It can make you lethargic, unmotivated and leave you in a zombie like state day in and day out. Ryan and I give our first hand experiences and how it has changed our lives for the better. Go get your levels checked fellas! If it makes you happier and healthier, it will make you a better hunter and angler.
We round out the show by discussing the Bowhunter Box Club with Jason Feldt. This monthly box is a great way to get to test out some awesome archery related products each month. I talk about some of my favorite items that have been included in previous month’s boxes. Also, did you know the color of your peep sight has a direct effect on how clearly you see your target? We discuss. (Photo Courtesy of Hunting Product Guru)