Adam shares his experiences this turkey season. Mike talks about his business, www.huntinggeardeals.com

Adam and Mike interview Capt. Billy Henderson about Osceola Turkey, alligator hunting, and deer hunting in various North American habitats. Captain Billy has lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for his entire life. He grew up on the Gulf of Mexico fishing the flats as well as offshore and his love for the outdoors continued into the woods chasing everything the Florida Flat woods had to offer. He has traveled the country hunting whitetail, mule deer, elk, and various other species in pursuit of his passion. For nearly 20 years now, he had been a full time, full service outfitter offering hunting a fishing excursions in Florida.

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What We Learn In This Episode:

  • Hunting Osceola Turkey
    • Where to find them
    • How to kill them
  • Alligator Hunting
    • The best methods
    • How to judge size
    • What not to do
  • What food plots work best in the south
  • The differences between hunting whitetails in the South vs. other parts of the country

Show notes, resources, links:

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Deep South Outfitter Website


Microdraft Skiffs– Billy’s Boat Company


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Adam and Mike start this episode off talking about the type of property they hunt on.  Adam will be taking a trip to a new state this year and uses the podcast to break the news to his wife. Mike is hoping to gain access to a new piece of private land in the coming weeks.

The interview is with Lindsay Thomas Jr, editor of Quality Whitetails magazine, the journal of QDMA, and the QDMA’s Director of Communications. He has been a member of the QDMA staff since 2003. Prior to joining the staff of QDMA, Lindsay was an editor at a Georgia hunting and fishing news magazine for nine years. Throughout his career as an editor, he has written and published numerous articles on deer management and hunting. He earned his journalism degree at the University of Georgia.

They discuss the 2017 Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting and the latest research projects that were presented there. The Southeast Deer Study Group meets annually for researchers and managers to share the latest information on the most important wildlife species in North America. These meetings provide an important forum for the sharing of research results, management strategies, and discussions that can facilitate the timely identification of, and solutions to, problems relative to the management of white-tailed deer.

-MH

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What We Learn In This Episode:

  • What is the Southeast Deer Study Group?
  • The effect coyotes have on deer behavior.
  • The best method to manage coyote populations.
  • How to pinpoint your local peak rut using trail cameras.
  • Explanation of the crazy rut timing in the south.
  • QDMA Deer Steward classes
  • How does QDMA help with deer conservation?

Show notes, resources, links:

Follow Lindsay Thomas Jr.


About the Southeast Deer study Group


How to Run a Trail Camera Survey- QDMA.com


QDMA- Online Deer Stewart Classes


Southern Rut Map and Dates Explanation- QDMA.com


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Welcome to the first episode of the Down South Hunting Podcast! On this episode, we introduce Mike and Adam and speak with Wildlife Biologist for the National Forest Service Daryl Ratajczak. Daryl began his career working with black bears in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park focusing on research and education, which soon landed him a position with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. He was promoted to become the Agency’s Big Game Program Coordinator overseeing Tennessee’s deer, elk, black bear and wild hog programs. In 2001, Daryl was appointed as the Chief of Wildlife and Forestry for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The call of the mountains and a desire to get back into the field brought Daryl to his current position as a wildlife biologist for the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. He keeps tabs on the latest southern wildlife research and news since it has been a major part of his career and hunting experience.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • Summertime whitetail behavior
  • Studies and thoughts on supplemental feeding
  • Mineral stations: fact & fiction, realistic expectations, nutritional needs for a whitetail
  • Food plots and how to use them
  • Whitetail habitat
  • Discussion of the core range of a whitetail
  • The fluctuation of rut dates in the South

Show notes, resources, links:

Follow Daryl-

Daryl’s Blog- Nemophilosophy

Unforeseen Effects of Supplementary Feeding– Polish study showing effects of baiting on ground nesting bird predation.

Alabama Wildlife Document highlighting deer management issues with baiting and supplemental feeding.