Big Bucks Bring Out the Worst in People, True Love on the Open Seas and Vortex Optics’ Mark Boardman on Alaskan Moose Hunting and Much More
My better half and I recently celebrated 10 years of marital bliss by taking a trip to the Dominican Republic. Being the saint that she is, Erin agreed to go offshore fishing with me while we were in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, I fear her first blue water outing might be her last. Erin jumps on to discuss how she feels the trip went. Between her and the other tourists on the charter boat, it was quite the circus! ( I was all smiles while Erin was doing some ‘chumming’ of her own )
Next, our old friend Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics drops in. We dive into his budget friendly Do It Yourself Alaskan Moose hunt. Plus, a successful late season Colorado mule deer hunt. Mark and I then take discuss the validity of the saying “don’t pass something the first day that you’d gladly shoot on the last day.” Then we switch it up and hit on the newest gym from Vortex, the Razor AMG HD rifle scope (which I just put on my 7mag). Mark tells us why this scope is a cut above the rest. (Mark with his Alaskan bull)
If you’ve been following along on social media or tuning into the show, then you know I’ve been dealing with some serious BS on my Oklahoma deer lease. I’ll give you the details on how that thing played out. You always hear about big bucks turning otherwise good people into the shadiest scum out there. This was my first time experiencing it firsthand.
Steven Rinella on Hunters at the Polls, The Dichotomy of State Wildlife Management on Federally Managed Lands, Worst Bite of Wild Game and More, Captain Len Girard Weighs in on Winter Trout, Redfish and Flounder & My Own Personal Deer Lease Hell
The always affable Captain Len Girard gets things going with a saltwater fishing report. We find out what the redfish and trout are hitting and where Captain Len is finding them. Also, sight casting for black drum and what to expect with high water and the pending fall flounder run.
Then our longtime friend Steven Rinella makes his return to the show. Topics discussed: state management of wildlife on federally managed land, sportsmen at the voting booth, comparing our worst tasting bites of wild game, the growing Meat Eater media company, the new Fish and Game Cookbook, the truth about coyote control, cougar hunting, The Wild Within and much more.
We round out the show by reflecting on my recent situation regarding my Oklahoma deer lease. I’ve never been so jealous of the folks who own their own land.
A Father Soaks in His Son’s First Deer Camp Experience and First Lite’s Ryan Callahan and Tag Spenst on Tag’s Alaskan Dall Sheep Hunt of A Lifetime
As a father, you experience things that leave a lasting impression when it comes to your offspring. The first time they score a goal in a soccer game, the first fish they catch and damn sure the first time they go deer hunting with you. But I’m not going to get all sappy on you guys. Rather, I figured we should experience through a young boy’s eyes and so I invited Henry to join the show this week to recount everything about his first time hunting big game with dad. (Our Clay County 9 pt I shot with him in the blind with me).
He was a bit nervous when I put the microphone in his face, but the warmed up pretty quickly once we started talking about hunting. I am not sure when he will be ready to pull the trigger himself, I hope maybe next season. Ultimately, however I will leave that decision up to him.
Then we spend a couple segments with a couple old friends from First Lite when Ryan Callahan and Tag Spenst jump on to discuss Tag’s Alaskan Dall Sheep hunt. You might recall we had Tag on the show prior to heading out for this once in a lifetime ram hunt, a hunt he won through a drawing at Sheep Show in Reno last year. Ryan provides some interesting prospective as he played an instrumental role in helping Tag get ready for this hunt. You might not be aware that prior to this Alaskan adventure, Tag had harvested a mallard hen, and that was it! Talk about baptism by fire.
We discuss the training and preparation that goes into preparing a non hunter for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tag gives us the details on how the hunt played out in Alaska’s famed Brooks Range. We also discuss gear, his First Lite kit he took, bear spray vs sidearms and much more. Good times and great conversation with a couple solid dudes.