We start things off by checking in with our longtime friend and hunting/fishing buddy Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors. A competitive catfish tournament angler and catfish guide, Greg knows how to land giant trophy blue cats. The cold winter months are prime time for tangling with huge blues and Greg tells us where to find ’em and how to catch them. From geographical and structural features to key on to how he rigs up his poles for trophy blues. Greg also talks about water temperatures and how wind direction affects the bite. Greg and his brother with a monster blue cat they weighed in at a recent catfish tournament.
Next, we talk ducks and conservation with Ducks Unlimited’s Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. America’s waterfowl population is at or above record highs for many species, but at the rate we are losing wetlands this trend will not continue. Paul breaks down a recently proposed bill that if passed would increase the price of the Federal Duck Stamp from $15 to $25. The price has been $15 since 1991 and the buying power of that $15 per hunter has never been lower. It’s time for us step up as duck hunters and conservationists and help the ducks out. Paul also discusses how much of the increased price will go directly back to the ducks. You might be surprised at the answer! Paul with a nice haul of greenheads:
We then round out the show by spending a couple segments with one of our oldest friends. Jim Shockey is not only one of the hunting communities’ biggest ambassadors, but he is also the only person to complete the North American Super Slam and Ultimate Slam using only a muzzleloader. His hunting career speaks for itself as evidenced by his highly popular shows on Outdoor Channel “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures” & “Jim Shockey’s The Professionals”. Jim reflects on his favorite hunt of 2013, the importance of having his daughter Eva embrace the hunting lifestyle we all cherish and the biggest threat he feels American hunters are facing today. Of course we are also looking forward to seeing Jim at the upcoming Dallas Safari Club Convention January 9th-12th. Both Jim and Eva will be at the event for all four days! (For more info on Dallas Safari Club’s 2014 Convention)