Sea Ducks & the Waterfowl Tradition of Chesapeake Bay, Behind the Scenes Look into the Whitetail Deer Breeding Industry, Trout & Reds Fire Up Along the Coast
We discuss sea duck hunting and the tradition and culture of waterfowling the Chesapeake Bay with longtime sea duck guide Jeff ‘Pitboss’ Coats. Wooden decoy carving, punt guns, market hunting and much more originated in that region which is the biggest wintering ground in the Atlantic Flyway for many duck/geese species. (Jeff is always smiles on a typical sea duck hunt)
The Eastern Shore in the Chesapeake Bay region is the heart and soul of wooden decoy carving in North America. Jeff has been carving his own wooden blocks since the mid 90s. There are even museums solely dedicated to wooden decoys that you can take in after the morning hunt. An area this rich in waterfowling tradition needs to be at the top of every serious duck hunter’s bucketlist! (pair of wooden old squaw decoys valued at over $100,000)
We also are joined in studio by Sierra Mesa Ranch’s Rob Carringer. We take a look at everything from the science behind genetics and breeding to legislation and even CWD’S impact on the industry over the past 2 years. In addition to owning the Sierra Mesa Ranch, Rob also still hunts his property in Pennsylvania each fall. To hear him talk about the differences in the mindset of Pennsylvania hunters vs that of Texas deer hunters is eye opening to say the least.
We wrap things up by talking redfish and trout with our old friend Captain Len Girard. What baits are causing the most hook ups right now (both live and artificial) and where is he finding big schools of each? Also, what’s up with the legendary Baffin Bay, historically the mecca of 30 inch trout…it seems to have hit a dry spell this year. Captain Len gives us the nitty gritty details.
Double Tapped With .00 Buckshot- A Hunter’s Near Death Experience, Big Bass for a Bigger Cause, Kevin Van Dam on Big Bucks and Pressing Whitetail Legislation at the Capitol
We’re joined in studio by our friend Jeff Bynum who had a close call last week being shot twice in buck shot while hog hunting in South Texas. This should serve as a reminder that you can’t be cautious enough with a loaded firearm.
Next, we discuss the Lake Fork Classic Charity Fishing Tournament with Craig Roberts. This tournament started as a get away for a couple close friends to drink beer and fish Lake Fork. A decade later it has evolved into a non profit that just eclipsed the $100,000 donation mark to Camp John Marc for disabled children.
Then we check in with Texas Wildlife Association CEO David Yeates concerning some pressing wildlife bills that are being voted on in Austin. Specifically regarding pen raised and breeder deer identification protocol which is vitally important from a disease control perspective.
We wrap up the broadcast by talking whitetail deer of all things with the greatest bass fisherman the world has ever seen when Kevin Van Dam makes his return to the show. Kevin admits that he fishes partly to fund his whitetail addiction! Good times with the best of the best.
Bag A Big Tom This Spring, The WWII Liberator .45 Pistol, Kudu 101- South Africa’s Most Sought After Trophy and Pro Bass Fisherman Greg Hackney on Potty Protocol on the Water
We start off by chasing Eastern Greater Kudu with longtime PH Ross ‘Stix’ Hoole of John X Safaris. Perhaps the most sought after trophy of all of Africa’s spiral horns, the Kudu is as majestic as they come. Stix talks about the terrain we will hunt this animal in, plus he gives us his thoughts on caliber and bullet selection for hunting some of Africa’s medium big game. (Keep in mind at 660 lbs a Kudu is a medium sized African animal)
Next, we’re joined by longtime vintage weapon dealer Ed Raye. We discuss the FP Liberator .45 Single Shot pistol that General Motors manufactured for the U.S. Army in 1942. It was designed to be dropped behind occupied Europe but the plan never really came to fruition.
Then, it’s the P’s and Q’s of 1’s and 2’s on the water with our old friend and 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Greg Hackney. We caught up with Greg a couple weeks ago at the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe, TX and he gave us the do’s and don’ts of bathroom protocol while out fishing a tournament. We appreciate him being a good sport!
We wrap up the show with 6 Spring Turkey Tips that I have learned over the years. Trial and error, success and failure- that is the only way to learn and I will share some of each with you during this segment in hopes that one piece of it sticks with you long enough to put your tag on a big ‘ol tom this spring!