We start off by talking big bucks and coyote bounties with Clayton Leverett of the Stillwaters Ranch in Llano, TX. I had the pleasure of whitetail hunting out there last week but more importantly I was educated on running a snare line for predators. There are quite a few counties that still have coyote bounties in place today. Some states such as Utah, even have statewide bounties on song dogs. Clayton has a special plan in place for where the bounty funds go, tune in to find out what he’s doing and how he is passing down the dying art of trapping/snaring to his son. (Clayton and I with a couple coyotes we caught on his snare line)
Then we visit with TPWD non game and fur bearing program leader Jonah Evans. There is a school of thought out there that claims the harder coyotes are pressured by trapping and hunting, the more litters they have and faster they reproduce. Jonah explains that rationale in depth. We also discuss whether or not any hard numbers exist for coyote populations. We then move onto bobcats and whether or not they are a real limiting factor on whitetail deer herds or not. We’ll wrap things up with a little discussion on the value of each’s pelt.
Next we discuss how a major warming trend affects the bass bite during cold weather months. Our old pal Cody Roberson of Army Bass Anglers breaks it down for us after his recent Bass Champs event on Falcon Lake. Temperatures reached 97 degrees in mid January! It had quite a few teams scrambling to figure out the bite. Cody tells us what worked for him and his partner.
We wrap things up by checking in with Horizon Firearms and iota Outdoors President Derrick Ratliff. He talks about the most popular rifle builds of 2016 from a caliber standpoint. We also dive into the advantages of a custom rifle stock verses a factory one. (Derrick and I going over the new iota Crux at the Dallas Safari Club show earlier this month)