This week we get things going by talking rifle shot placement on whitetails. We’ve all had that big buck step out and never present that perfect shot to the vitals or shoulder. What about a neck shot? Maybe a “Texas Heart Shot” is the only option. Outdoor writer and longtime wildlife biologist Bob Zaiglan drops by to discuss the pros and cons of each shot. We also discuss the importance of being one with your rifle and knowing exactly how your bullet will perform when you pull the trigger. Bob is the longtime Whitetail Editor for Texas Outdoors Journal and his recent feature “Taking The Shot” goes over shot placement in great detail. As hunters we should always strive to take the most ethical and lethal shot possible, but it might not always have to be a punch to the vitals or front shoulder. Photo Courtesy of ‘Texas Outdoors Journal’ & Bob Zaiglan
Then we visit with Dr. Greg Stunz of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Dr. Stunz is the Executive Director of the new Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation. This one of a kind center focuses on issues surrounding many species from trout and redfish to red snapper. Dr. Stunz talks about some of the projects that the new center will be undertaking regarding our different sport fish species. This endeavor sees faculty as well as graduate students and undergrads all taking part in important research that will help preserve our sport fish for generations to come.
We keep with the conservation theme when our friend and Texas Parks and Wildlife Big Horn Sheep Program Leader Froylan Hernandez drops in. TPWD recently conducted their aerial surveys and sheep numbers are as good as they’ve been since the late 1800’s! Froylan also discusses a new relocation site as the desert big horn continues to expand into more of it’s natural range. Texas’ desert big horn sheep conservation story is one of the biggest successes of the last 50 years. Of course we also ask Froylan if the great numbers will result in more tags for hunters in the near future.
We round out the broadcast by checking in with an avid fly fisherman who recently caught the state record snook. Chris Holley caught this 12 pound snook while fishing in adverse weather on September 21st of this year. Originally targeting redfish, Chris and his guide shifted their focus to the often overlooked snook that day and it paid off in a big way. Chris talks about the fight this fish put up which lasted close to 20 minutes. The best part of Chris’ experience was that he caught the record breaking fish on a flyrod that he built himself. Pretty cool Chris!