Post Spawn Slabs, Healing our Heroes Through Veteran Outdoors & The Most Unorthodox Duck Hunt of All Time
We start out by visiting with Veteran Outdoors SGT Toby Nunn. There is a massive gap in the lives of our returning veterans- the transition period from active duty to returning to civilian life can be a difficult one. Luckily, there are organizations such as Veteran Outdoors that use the Great Outdoors as a bridge to help these returning heroes slide back into some sort of normalcy in their everyday lives. Toby talks about the difference that Veteran Outdoors made in his life as well as continues to make in the lives of many of our nation’s finest.
Finding peace/healing through outdoor experiences have helped 1000’s of our heroes as they struggle with a return to civilian life.
Then we talk late spring/early summer crappie fishing with 7 time Crappie Anglers of Texas Angler of the Year Paul O’Bier. Nobody knows crappie better than Paul and he tells us where to find them, what baits to use and the technique he employs to bring them in the boat. Paul also gives us his top 3 big crappie lakes in Texas and his #1 big crappie lake of all time. If you’re looking for that elusive 3 lb slab, then you will want to tune in.
Then we check in with Golf Pro Ryan Gray. The video of Ryan striking a flying duck (and killing it) with his tee shot has become an internet/viral sensation. He recounts that surreal moment with us. And yes, you are hitting 3 off the tee if it happens to you!
80 Year Old Scores 5th 200 inch Buck in 5 Seasons, Red Snapper Anglers Shafted Yet Again & Turning Your Property into A Whitetail Magnet
81 year old Don Holden is on some kind of hot streak, having take a 200 inch buck in each of the past 5 seasons. We are thrilled to have the seasoned hunter drop in to reflect on whitetail hunting in South Texas today vs 60 years ago when you used to be able to trade a hindquarter of your harvest to the land owner in exchange for hunting rights. We also discuss how Don and his son Brett have been able to consistently grow 200 inch bucks on their free range lease in Maverick County.
Next we talk red snapper with TPWD Coastal Fisheries Director Robin Reichers. Recreational anglers will see a 3 day only season for Federal Water red snapper this summer. This is criminal when the fishery is as vibrant as it’s ever been. Robin explains how an outdated and archaic outline from the National Marine Fisheries Service continues to hurt recreational snapper fisherman. The days of anglers like you or I landing huge red snapper like this one might be all but gone, and not because the fishery is depleted.
We wrap up the broadcast by visiting with outdoor writer Michael R Shea. We discuss his recent article “Welcoming Whitetails” which breaks down some techniques on how to turn your property into a whitetail deer magnet. We discuss everything from understanding natural browse vs food plots, to clear cuts and even wind mapping your place using bubbles and milkweeds. Fascinating stuff!
Nesting Conditions in Canada and the U.S. With Ducks Unlimited, British Columbia Grizzly Bear Hunt Under Fire and Elite Archery’s Larry McCoy on Broadhead and Arrow Selection
With kick thing off by heading north to the duck factory as Ducks Unlimited’s Prairie Pothole Region Director Steve Adair PhD and DU Canada’s Prairie Region Director Scott Stephens PhD drop in. We discuss nesting conditions in each of their respective regions, the two most vital waterfowl production areas in North America. Scott also explains how Canada generates funding for waterfowl conservation without the amount of hunters (Federal Duck Stamp dollars) that the U.S. has.
Then we shift our focus to British Columbia as longtime outfitter Mike Hawkridge of Big Country Outfitters drops in. Mike discusses the struggle for rural B.C. outdoorsmen and women when an urban (and predominantly non hunting) Vancouver population essentially controls what happens in wilderness areas they likely will never even see. Right now, outfitters and resident hunters alike face the possibility of a province wide grizzly bear hunting ban. Mike and I dive into what happens when emotions rule out over sound, science based wildlife management.
Next we are joined by Elite Archery and Slick Trick Broadhead’s Larry McCoy. You probably seen him on ‘Respect the Game’ which airs on Sportsman’s Channel. Larry breaks down his choice for arrow/broadhead combos based on draw weight/lenght. We also discuss the all new Elite Tempo bow and some great new broadheads from Slick Trick like the mechanical Raptor Trick and the new small game Rip Trick heads. Larry with a bruiser of a buck he connected on in Iowa.