This week we start off by talking feral hogs with lifelong Texas outdoorsman and Langley Ranch hunting guide Randy Dudley. Randy has had a recent run of bad luck in the outdoors. In mid October he shattered his knee cap and severed every tendon in one knee while off shore fishing for his birthday. In late June of this year, Randy was guiding a hunter on a feral hog hunt. The hunter shot and wounded a nice sized boar and when trying to track the animal Randy was gored repeatedly by the angry and wounded boar. Randy would fight for his life and take on over 20 charges before he was finally able to pin the hog down in order to dispatch it.

You can see images of Randy’s injuries (which required 2 hours of surgery and nearly 60 stitches) as well as the perpetrator below. Our hope is that folks will hear Randy share his story and that they will treat wild hogs with a certain level of fear and respect. There seems to be a misguided mindset out there that feral hogs only ‘bluff’ when they charge and that they can’t really cause much harm. Randy is living proof that that isn’t the case.

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Then, with the Texas duck opener upon us, we talk some waterfowl with our friend Blair Michael- Owner and President of Spectra Shot Shotgun Shells. A Louisiana native, Blair recaps his recent bucketlist hunt chasing mallards and pintails in Canada’s Prairie Pothole Region. We also talk about the projected duck numbers and how that will translate into what kind of numbers we can expect to see in the Southern part of the United States. If you haven’t tried Spectra Shot, I suggest you find a box. These unique shot shells offer a denser pellet and you’ll never wonder who shot which bird again!

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Then we round out the show by talking winter catfishing with long time North Texas catfishing guide Chad Ferguson. In addition to running a highly successful guide service, Chad also is a freelance outdoor writer. His recent piece in Outdoor Life Magazine titled “Splat Cats” describes a very unique winter time technique for boating big numbers of blue and channel catfish. As temps cool, big numbers of migrating cormorants head to Texas and can be found wintering in large groups on most Texas reservoirs and rivers. Chad explains how fishing their nighttime roosts can make for some of the best and most reliable catfishing out there.

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