The buck is named “King” for a reason, and this week we have the exclusive interview with hunter Mark Lee who harvested the 31 point Houston County monster on Opening Day of the 2013 Texas whitetail season. Mark and his son Cullen hunted this dandy of a whitetail for 2 years before King finally hit the ground for good. We get the history of how they pursued this animal together and how they were finally able to kill him. King even disappeared completely for a 3 month stretch in the 2012 season.
Grossing 278 5/8 inches, the buck is the largest ever taken by a hunter in Texas. (The Brady Buck of 1892 and the McCulloch Buck of 1925 both grossed higher but details of who killed them and how they were killed are still a mystery). Mark’s deer is #1 all time for the Texas Big Game Awards and is one of the finest whitetails ever killed in North America. We are thrilled to have Mark share his story with us this on this weekend’s broadcast.
Next we talk big bass with Barefoot Fishing Tours owner and guide Charles Whited. His name has become synonymous with big, Central and South Texas bass. With countless Angler of the Year titles and tournament wins on circuits such as Bass Champs to his credit, Charles has a knack for finding lunker quality largemouths. And I am not kidding when I say lunkers, in 2012 Charles caught Texas Parks and Wildlife Toyota Sharelunker #534- a 13.59 toad out of Lake Austin. Then, last year his client caught a 13.00 lb lake record Toyota Sharelunker on Lady Bird. Not many guides can say that two sharelunkers have been caught on their boat total, much less in the past two years! Charles talks fall patterns, what to look for when fishing a new lake and he gives us his favorite baits for this time of year. Charles with his Toyota Sharelunker:
We round out the broadcast by checking in with our friend Mark Boardman- Marketing Director of Vortex Optics. Mark talks about the Vortex line and what separates them from other optics companies. I have to thank our friends Steven Rinella and Sean Callahan for turning us onto Vortex Optics. Those of you who know me or have hunted with me know I am pretty abusive towards my gear. Binos get dropped, scopes and guns are banged around in ATVs and trucks and range finders are tossed carelessly into a hunting pack without a second thought. So to find a brand that takes the abuse and keeps on performing has been refreshing.
Mark talks about the Vortex warranty and we discuss the importance of having quality optics. Whether you choose Vortex like us, or another brand- good glass is more important than any modern rifle it’s mounted on. Mark and I also discuss our upcoming November 2014 Photo Contest sponsored by Vortex Optics. Tune in to find out what awesome Vortex product we’ll be giving away! Mark with a West Texas aoudad: