Our old friend and respected whitetail authority Dr. James Kroll (AKA Dr. Deer) gets things going for us when we discuss the current whitetail season, which has been a challenging one for many hunters across the southern part of the country. If you have seen sporadic rut activity but no real bona fide 2-3 weeks of hard chasing, then you might have witnessed what many of us saw this year- a “Trickle Rut”. Dr. Deer talks about the multiple reasons for the lack of a real rut. We also discuss one of the whitetail deer’s most treasured food sources. When do deer move off acorns and onto other food? What type of oaks produce the acorns deer desire the most? Do they have a preference? What type of oaks do we have in Texas? We even look at how a hard freeze affects deer and their acorn intake.
Next we talk all things sandhill crane hunting with our old friend Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors. Greg has been chasing the ‘Ribeye In The Sky’ religiously for nearly a decade now. He shares a wealth of knowledge on how to successfully put these giant, tasty birds on the ground. (Cable with a couple sandhills taken on a crane hunt with Greg)
We then jump into some rattling discussion with renown whitetail deer biologist and wildlife management consultant Dr. Mickey Hellickson. Over a three year period, Dr. Hellickson and his peers recorded the results of 171 different rattling sequences performed on the 7,500 acre Welder Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. Dr. Hellickson breaks down what technique rattled in the most bucks, what kind of cloud cover proved the most productive, and whether morning or evenings resulted in the most bucks rattled in. We also talk pre rut, rut and post rut when it comes to which time period in the breeding cycle saw the most MATURE bucks come in.
We all know that a good pair of boots goes hand in hand with the outdoor lifestyle that we live day in and day out. So we are thrilled to have our friend Marc Conselman of the Texas Boot Company drop in to talk some hunting/fishing and western heritage with us! Plus, Marc gives us his infamous “Wrought Iron Venison” recipe ( you won’t want to miss it). We are thrilled to announce that the Texas Boot Company is also sponsoring our December Photo of the Month Contest and this month’s winner will get $500 towards ANY pair of boots in stock.