Texas Hounds to Save the Rhino? My Big Fish Tale and the Latest and Greatest in Hog Hunting Technology from All Seasons Feeders
We all have a fish story, and this spring I was fortunate enough to hook into a largemouth that I may never top. All my life, I’ve wanted to join the double digit club. Some people fish their entire lives and never do. So to catch this big girl was something of a dream come true. And where I caught might just be the most surprising aspect of the whole experience.
Next we check in with lifelong houndsman Joe Braman of South Texas. Whether it be bobcats or mountain lion, Joe Braman is typically thought to be the best houndsman in the Lone Star State. Recently, he was approached by our mutual friend and conservationist Ivan Carter regarding the possibility of training his hounds to help catch rhino poachers in Africa. Joe responded by taking the next 15 months to train up over 100 hounds to aid in the effort. He talks about that training process and how he was able to make these friendly dogs aggressive enough to engage and stop a human target.
The we discuss the latest and greatest hog hunting technology from All Seasons Feeders with 2nd generation owner Zach Gates. The new ‘Lil Squealer’ hog light comes in at a $59 price point and is going to be a game changer for the working man. Zach also has a new kit out that can take that old Gen 1 Night Vision unit and turn it into the latest and greatest currently on the market.
Houston’s Illegal Seafood Market, Chasing the ‘Black Death’ With John X Safaris and Off Season Deer Habitat Improvements With Dr. Deer
We kick things off by checking in with Texas Game Warden Captain Josh Koenig. Captain Koenig recently headed up a multi-year sting operation focused on Houston Texas’ black market for game fish. His unit posed as fish merchants and tried to sell illegal fish to various seafood restaurants throughout the Houston area. What they uncovered is simply mind blowing. Nearly 50% of restaurants were willing to purchase fish illegally! This is a huge issue from both a conservation standpoint and health risk concern for the consumer.
Then we head to South Africa and discuss hunting the “Black Death” with our friend and Professional Hunter Carl Van Zyl of John X Safaris. Cape Buffalo kill numerous hunters and guides every year. Carl talks about the severity of a cape buffalo hunt and how he has managed to keep himself and his clients safe over the years. Few animals hold such a revered place among hunters as the Cape Buffalo- affectionately called Black Death for a reason. I was able to tag along on my friend Glynn Underwood’s buffalo hunt last summer.
Next we discuss off season whitetail habitat improvements and spring/summer food plots with our old friend Dr. James Kroll – AKA ‘Dr. Deer’. We dive into prescribed burns, roller chopping, what plants work best in both northern and southern climates and much more!
Waiting Out A Mountain Lion, River Kayaking For Lunkers and Getting Into The Latest Pulsar Night Vision and Thermal Optics
We start things off by heading to the underrated Brazos River with kayak guide Matt Scotch. Matt breaks down why that fishery produces big bass compared to other rivers. Also, what are the advantages to bass fishing out of kayaks? We recap our two recent outings together where we faced everything from rising water and fast currents to thunderstorms and a great top water bite! We cover it all, plus the increasing popularity of kayak fishing with Matt. (Matt with a double digit lunker he landed out of his kayak)
Next, a mountain lion hunt for the ages with a longtime fan of the show Clark Thompson. When one attempts to hunt cougar in North America, it’s generally done with hounds. So when I heard Clark’s tale of how he took this big New Mexico cat, I knew we had to have him share! Get ready for a unique blend of modern technology and hard nosed, old fashioned woodsmanship as Clark recounts what truly was the hunt of a lifetime.
We round out the broadcast by spending some time with our friend Kevin Reese of Pulsar Night Vision and Thermal Optics. We discuss a myriad of topics including the 6.5 Grendal as a reliable pig killing caliber. Of course we also dive into the night and thermal optics realm. Things have changed mightily in recent years. Consumers get much more than they did a decade ago, and for a lot less of an investment. Kevin breaks down the Pulsar Night Vision and Thermal line ups, price points for each as well as special functions unique to the Pulsar lines. (Incredible clarity can be expected from the new Pulsar thermals like this Helion monocular)