Well what you can say about the guy other than he is a bowhunting legend! We are thrilled to have the great Tom Miranda stop by to kick this weekend’s show off. We talk about Tom’s elite status as one of only a handful of bowhunters to complete the North American Super Slam using only archery equipment. We discuss which of the 29 big game species that comprise the Super Slam was the absolute toughest to hunt.
A lifelong trapper we also find out how Tom’s early days as a government trapper helped him become the hunter he is today. Currently Tom has two bowhunting shows airing on Outdoor Channel. Territories Wild and Adventure Bowhunter. We discuss some of the hunts showcased on these shows as well as Tom’s dedication to the production aspect of producing a quality hunting show. Tom with his desert big horn sheep- the icing on the cake of his North American Super Slam!
Next we talk largemouths with renown Texas outdoor writer Matt Williams. His recent article “How to Become A Better Bass Angler” was featured in the January issue of Texas Outdoor Journal. Matt shares some tips and knowledge that he has amassed in 40 years of bass fishing. Some of the things he mentions are things I think many anglers often overlook. Matt with a nice bucketmouth:
There has been much controversy surrounding the new 2014 Farm Bill. An ten year projection has over 56 billion dollars earmarked for conservation, but that is a drop in the bucket compared to monies allotted for Food Stamps and nutrition. Ducks Unlimited was on the front lines fighting for this bill and so we are thrilled to have DU CEO Dale Hall join us to discuss the bill’s positive impact on conservation verses what it means for taxpayers and it’s socioeconomic impact. Either way, I figure it’s best to have the conservation funds as a part of the bill as opposed to not having them at all. The 2014 Farm Bill breakdown:
We round out the show when our longtime friend Captain Len Girard joins us live from the Upper Laguna Madre for our coastal fishing report. The trout bite is absolutely on fire with 30 plus inch fish being pulled out of Baffin Bay on a regular basis. Captain Len also discusses the redfish and improving flounder bite before we take a guide’s look into the proposed regulation changes from Texas Parks & Wildlife. Is a statewide 5 fish trout limit a done deal? Is this even necessary? Captain Len is on the water everyday and so if anyone has an idea of the overall health of our trout fishery it would be him. Interesting stuff for sure and we will follow up very soon with TPWD Coastal Fisheries Director Robin Reichers as soon as the official word comes down on these proposed changes.