We talk ice fishing for giant walleye with Freshwater Fishing Hall of Famer and renown outdoor writer Gord Pyzer. Gord, the longtime fishing editor for In Fisherman magazine, is a native of Northern Ontario where ice fishing is a way of life. I’m not sure if it’s the nostalgia created from the classic comedy ‘Grump Old Men’ that has long made me want to drop a line under the ice but it’s long been on my bucketlist. Gord tells us what it’s really like. Beer and bratwursts or frostbite and misery??? Either way, sign me up! (Gord with a nice walleye pulled from under 18 inches of ice)
Then, we get a landowner’s perspective on the whitetail deer hunting industry in Texas with Stillwater’s Ranch owner Clayton Leverett. He provides some insight as to why many landowners get into the commercial hunting side of things. Plus, we talk about his ranch, a beautiful piece of the Texas Hill Country with amazing views and giant bucks. Stillwaters Ranch has been in the Leverett family since 1882! I took this buck while hunting with Clayton on his ranch 2 weeks ago – my biggest buck to date.
We then discuss snow goose hunting the conservation season with Ducks Unlimited author John Pollman. Now is the time where you can hunt snow geese without bag limits or a plug in your shotgun. These geese are eating themselves out of their house and home and the USFWS is encouraging hunters to kill as many as they can each spring. (John’s lab Murphy bringing back a white devil).
We wrap things up by visiting with Texas Parks and Wildlife Land Conservation Director Ted Hollingsworth. There is $2 million dollars earmarked for private landowners to use on conservation projects on their property. Ted tells us how landowners can apply and how the conservation funds are appropriated.