Glassing with Tripod Mounted Binos, Declining Number Of Duck Hunters Major Cause for Concern and Archery Training with the Accubow
Binos vs Spotting Scope…that question is becoming more and more popular among backcountry hunters. We all want optimal performance, but weight and space are at a premium when you hike in 5-10 miles for a hunt. Our old friend Mark Boardman- Vortex Optics VP Marketing jumps on to talk about how he mounts his 50 power Kaibibs on a tripod and then begans to dissect the landscape. We also talk about the weight difference between 50 power class binos and some of Vortex’s higher end spotting scopes.
I know I pack and repack my bag 3 times or more before heading into the backcountry. Weight is a major factor when I choose my optics system. Maybe Mark’s insight will help you come up with optics package that is right for you as we gear up for the fall season.
Are you an above average, below average or average duck hunter? Delta Waterfowl’s Paul Wait breaks down some numbers on this week’s show.
More importantly though, we discuss the alarming trend in decreasing Federal Duck Stamp sales. We’re losing duck and goose hunters by the tens of thousands annually. Bad news for ducks, bad news for duck hunters, bad news for conservation Since the mid 1970’s we’ve lost over 1 million duck hunters (over half of our ranks).
What can be done to reverse this alarming trend? What does it mean for the future of our sport? Why are hunters hanging up their decoys for good? Paul breaks it down for us on this week’s visit.
We round out the broadcast by touching base with Accubow CEO and avid bowhunter Matt Pell. An engineer by trade, Matt used that background to create the ultimate archery training tool. The Accubow can be drawn from 10-70 lbs with no let off. When it comes to fine tuning your muscles and focusing on form, there is nothing better out there. Matt talks about how he came up with the design and how he knew bowhunters and archers would gravitate the the Accubow’s versatility. Practice makes perfect and you can take the Accubow with you essentially anywhere.
Bowfin: Underrated and Overlooked, Precision Shooting with Kopfjager Industries and Dealing with Poachers and Thieves on Your Hunting Property
Garrett Hellinger of Kopfjager Industries gets things going for us with some precision shooting discussion. The former military sniper is currently a DFW area SWAT team sniper. Clearly, we are talking to the right guy when it comes to one shot, one kill. Garrett talks about the history behind Kopfjager Industries and the innovative Reaper Grip that has become widely popular with hog and predator hunters. (Garrett and I in the studio)
Field and Stream Fishing Editor Joe Cermele joins us next to discuss the much maligned bowfin. These prehistoric fish are incredible fighters and tough to target. Sadly, most anglers never pursue the bowfin. Native to the the Eastern half of the country, the bowfin is pound for pound one of the best freshwater fighters out there. Joe has become ‘hooked’ in recent years and he tells us where to find them, what baits to throw and what time of the year results in the most hookups.
As many of you know, I recently had some cameras stolen off my deer lease. So I figured we’d discuss the do’s and don’ts of dealing with Poachers and Thieves with Operation Game Thief’s Lt. Jason Jones. Do signs really thwart would be crooks? What about dummy game cameras? What should you do if you’re in your stand and an armed poacher appears on your property? We discuss with Lt. Jones.
Choosing Your Backcountry Shelter: Tents, Tipis and Tarps With Aron Snyder, Summertime Bluegill Fishing with BASS Legend Mark Davis and The Latest and Greatest From All Seasons Feeders
Now is the time to start planning this fall’s backcountry hunts. Draw results are coming in and over the counter tags are being purchased. So, we talk backcountry shelters with Kifaru International’s Aron Snyder. Tent, Tipi or Tarp? What should you choose for your backcountry hunt/fishing trip based on when and where you are going? Aron breaks it down for us.
Then we also spend a segment on bear hunting as Aron just returned from British Columbia where he fulfilled his lifelong dream of taking an interior grizzly bear. We get the nitty gritty details of that 14 day hunt as well. We also discuss some of the perks of being in the outdoor industry and the hunting opportunity that it affords each of us.
Next, we take a walk down memory lane and get back to the basics of fishing with 3 time Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year – Mark Davis. Bluegill or some kind of panfish was likely the first fish most of us ever caught (I know it was mine). Yet, they are often overlooked as a viable sport fish and table option. Mark talks about his love for big bluegills and where he finds them this time of year. The early summer spawn is a great time to put some big ones on the stringer!
We wrap up the show by getting the latest news from the All Seasons Feeders product line up with 2nd generation owner Zach Gates drops in. There are some exciting things coming this fall concerning their deer blinds, bbq smokers and feeders.