The Fur Trade- Then and Now, Outdoor Channel Deals With Poacher and Grand Canyon Bison Act Uses Science Over Stupidity
I honestly thought Outdoor Channel would decline comment on the suspension of Wild Game Nation after host Bill Busbice was convicted of elk poaching in Wyoming. Not only did Outdoor Channel get in front of this issue, they accepted the opportunity to discuss it on this weeks show in the form of President/CEO Jim Liberatore. I ask him the tough questions and he gives a very candid and honest interview. I think the message is clear from Outdoor Channel that poaching and gross wildlife violations will not be tolerated.
(Jim Liberatore- CEO Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks)
Then we visit with Randy Richard- owner of Glacier Wear and North America’s largest fur buyer/trader. The lifelong trapper, furrier and outdoorsman joins the show this week to discuss the history of the fur trade in North America. We start with the Romantic Era of the mid 1800s and how the beaver trade drove Western expansion across the U.S.
We also talk about the peak of the 1970s-80s to bottoming out completely to where we are today. Can a trapper make a living full time in today’s world? What furs does he buy most frequently and from what regions are they preferred? Fascinating stuff regarding one of our most time honored traditions in North America.
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar jumps on to discuss the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act. This science based conservation measure would stop the government hire (taxpayer dollars) of sharp shooters to remove up to 400 bison from the park and instead allow hunters to help in the manage the overpopulated herd. I think this option sounds much more appealing than 400 dead and rotting bison carcasses scattered across the plateaus of one of America’s most iconic sites.
Backcountry Fitness, BCAA’s, Whey Protein Myth, Diet and Much More w/ Warrior Fuel’s Ryan Alspach, Wetting a Line and New Music With Jason Eady & Bear Hunting Calibers and Bullet Choice Plus Patriot Rifle Giveaway With Mossberg’s Linda Powell
We talk about the role health and fitness play in the outdoor lifestyle with Warrior Fuel creator and CEO Ryan Alspach. The lifelong bowhunter is built like a Greek God and offers up 25 years of fitness knowledge on everything from diet, to weight training/cardio, gut health and supplements. The lifelong bowhunter and Utah native also divulges the truth about Whey Protein products…you might be shocked to hear what some of us have been putting into our bodies in the name of “fitness”.
Then, a special in studio treat in the form of singer/songwriter Jason Eady. We take a listen to some new tunes off his new self titled record, his 6th studio production to date. Also, we take a look back at the way we grew up vs the way our kids are growing up. Was it a better time and place when you left the house in the morning with a fishing pole and baseball glove with instructions from the parents to just be back by dark? It’s an interesting conundrum for a couple guys who make part of their livings using social media/technology to promote themselves on a daily basis.
We wrap things up by talking spring bear hunting with Mossberg Firearm’s Linda Powell. Our resident bear expert discusses her favorite calibers and bullet selection for black bear. Then we get into our June Photo Of The Month Contest which Mossberg is offering up a pair of Patriot Rifles in the caliber of a parent and their child’s choices. That’s right, two rifles up for grabs this month! Be sure to submit your best hunting/fishing/outdoor photo to enter! (Patriot lineup ranges from 22-250 to .375 Ruger and is available in Walnut, Laminate and Synthetic stocks (pictured below).
Quail Recovery with Quail Coalition, Chasing the ‘Silver Kings’ With Dan Oko and Scott Alford & YUDU Outdoors CEO Brian Senn
It’s no secret that hunters have seen banner quail crops in 2015 and 2016. So now that we are headed back in the right direction, what does that mean longterm for the bobdwhite? Quail Coalition Executive Director Jay Stine makes his return to the show to discuss. We also take a look at the dynamic between hunter harvest and overall quail population vitality. Do hunters truly impact quail numbers?
Plus, Jay discusses some things to keep in mind regarding how to manage a property with quail nesting in mind. What shrubs/grasses offer quail nutrition and nesting cover vs ones that should be targeted for removal due to their lack of beneficial characteristics. Plus, Quail Coalition is looking to expand past it’s current 12 chapters and could even be looking outside of Texas.
Next, we are joined by outdoor writer Dan Oko and 30 year tarpon fishing veteran Scott Alford. We’ll break down Dan’s recent tarpon fishing cover story on the latest Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine titled “Landing the Silver King”. Not only do we take a historical look back at tarpon fishing and it’s heyday back in the 1930s, we also dive into Project Tarpon (which Scott Founded in 2006) and how viable tarpon populations are today.
Unlike many species, tarpon will migrate thousands of miles annually and GPS tags confirm this fact to a great extent. Scott talks about the techniques he uses to land a high percentage of tarpon, which is still only about 50% of hookups due to their aerial acrobatics and tendency to throw the hook. All things tarpon fishing and tarpon conservation with two guys who know alot more about it than myself.
We round out the broadcast by checking in with YUDU Outdoors CEO Brian Senn. After growing more and more disenchanted with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, Brian and his team came up with YUDU Outdoors – a new social media app for hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. No more hate, animosity or death threats from anti hunters, anti gun, tree hugging libtards. Life is too short for that kind of hate. So, what do YUDU outdoors?