What Makes You Tick? A Historical Look at Mankind’s Love of the Hunt and the Wildlife Around Us with Shane Mahoney AND Wade Fishing For Monster Trout W/ Captain Nick Dykes
People often ask me “Why do you hunt?” My response is usually pretty vanilla: “Why do I hunt? I don’t know, why do I wake up in the morning? I just don’t know any other way. It’s who I am.”
Luckily, renown conservationist, author, hunter and tv show host Shane Mahoney is much more articulate and eloquent in explaining the answer to that question than I could ever hope to be.
When Shane speaks, I listen intently. I know you’ll enjoy this discussion on our inherent love for the wild others we share this planet with. We discuss it from a historical standpoint up to the current social trends we see with hunting and wildlife. Fascinating Stuff!
(French cave art dating back 30,000 plus years. The artists of the day only painted animals. No landscapes, no trees, no sunsets, no lakes. Just the animals they hunted, the ones that hunted them and the ones they admired)
Then, Captain Nick Dykes jumps on to discuss what artificial baits are catching the most trout this winter. We get out of the boat and discuss his passion for wade fishing and why he finds that style of fishing so attractive.
The Legend “Superbuck”, Latest in Precision Shooting With Horizon Firearms, Introducing Youngsters To Firearms and NAT GEO Publishes Erroneous Piece on Trophy Hunting
We start off by visiting with whitetail hunter Jim Stinson. Jim oversees a 10,000 acre, 10 member deer lease in deep South Texas. Their strict management plan has resulted in some great deer over the years, but none were as impressive as the buck that became affectionately known as “Superbuck”. Sadly, this deer was poached in 2014 by one of the lease members and then snuck across state lines all the way back to Idaho. 2 years later, after a lengthy investigation and the hiring of private detectives, Superbuck was finally returned back to Texas. Jim talks about how they grow giant deer, and how they came to catch the poacher. (Jim and Superbuck after his return to Texas)
Then we discuss the latest in precision shooting with Horizon Firearms President Derrick Ratliff. Also, what is the correct age to introduce firearms to a youngster? Is there a right or wrong answer? Lastly, what can be done if your child (or even a friend for that matter) turns out to right hand, left eye dominant? Derrick breaks down what he did for his 5 year old son Rhyder.
We wrap up the broadcast by breaking down a recent anti hunting piece published by National Geographic. Author Stephen Leahey lumps hunters in with poachers while in the same breath blames hunting for the potential extinction of some of our big game species. Are you kidding me? I refute it with facts and science.
Ivan Carter on Anti Poaching, Changes in Social Perception Towards Hunting and Conservation Initiatives/ Texas Deer Hunter Bags a Pair of Mountain Lions/ Redfish Heating Up Despite Cold Temps
We start off by checking in with South Texas deer huntress Jayme Derouen who recently was able to harvest TWO Texas mountain lions while looking for a shooter buck at her deer lease. She recounts the events of that hunt. The odds of seeing one lion, let alone three (yes she saw three) and harvesting a pair are astronomical. Truly the hunt and experience of a lifetime.
Then we sit down with our old friend and lifelong hunter/conservationist Ivan Carter. When he speaks on conservation issues, people tend to listen. We get his take on some new initiatives regarding giraffes and anti poaching as well as changing social perception of hunting by the general public. 25 years ago, being a professional lion hunter or elephant hunter was a badge of honor. Now things couldn’t be further from the truth.
Ivan and I recording the interview at Dallas Safari Club Convention 2018
We wrap up the show by talking winter redfish, Texas Parks and Wildlife mandated fishing closures due to freezing temps and Hurricane Harvey’s revitalizing affect on the South Texas coastal fishery Captain Len Girard joins us to discuss.