What a treat to start the show off! We check in with 15 year old New Waverly Texas’ native Makayla Hay. An experienced whitetail hunter, Makayla shot her first deer at age 8. She already is able to age deer on the hoof and has taken a couple nice bucks in her short time as a deer hunter. So when she and her father Jim saw the picture of a giant Montgomery County buck crossing the Trinity River she knew that was the buck she wanted to harvest this season. The photo was taken by a couple fisherman close the the Hay’s Montgomery County lease but the buck had never been spotted on trail cameras.
On the November 2nd opener of Texas’ general season, the giant 23 point buck stepped out and Makayla calmly hammered him with her 7mag! This buck scored 203 1/8 and is awaiting a 60 day drying period before officially becoming a Boone and Crockett buck. It’s the largest buck ever taken by a Texas youth hunter and the largest Montgomery County buck taken in almost 50 years. Makayla tells us all about her hunt of a lifetime and this giant East Texas trophy. Makayla with her buck:
The photo of the buck crossing the Trinity River. Taken by a fisherman just weeks prior to Opening Day:
Next we check in with Dallas Safari Club Executive Director Ben Carter who recently completed his North American 28 big game species. We talk some hunting and then get into the upcoming 2014 DSC Convention “Generations”. This one of a kind hunting show will feature over 1,600 outdoor exhibitors from all over the globe. Taking place January 9th-12th at the Dallas Convention Center, some of the outdoor industries’ biggest names will be in attendance- from Larry Weishuhn to Craig Boddington and Jim Shockey. For more information on the hunting show of all hunting shows check out Dallas Safari Club’s website:
We then change things up and talk some coastal fishing when our longtime friend Captain Len Girard joins us live from the Upper Laguna Madre. Captain Len breaks down the redfish, trout, flounder and black drum bite along the Texas coast. We talk live baits and artificials. Captain Len also breaks down the correct technique for fishing live shrimp during the cold winter months. One thing is for sure, this is the best time of the year to get into some big migrating and very hungry redfish like the one below:
We then round out the broadcast by getting into some goose hunting with Team Rip Outdoors Pro Staffer Jon Pollauf. He discusses how he consistently brings in solid numbers of giant Canada geese while field hunting in his home state of Ohio. In his 15 years as a waterfowler, Jon has collected over 70 duck and geese bands with over 40 of those coming off Giant Canada geese. Jon breaks down how he continues to kill these wary birds, from decoy spread, to calling technique and much more. Jon with a pair of banded geese he harvested on the same hunt: