AMA Friday October

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Ask Me Anything Friday on the Houndsman XP Podcast is rolling your way. Another great round of questions have been submitted for this month and Chad Reynolds joins Chris to take on these questions that need answers.

  • Scent training
  • Why some quit
  • Prairie squatch vs Mountain Squatch
  • Handgun carry
  • Much much more

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It's an ask me anything Friday, special edition of the Houndsman XP podcast. We've been through this before. You're going to hear it on the podcast, but this is how you get your questions submitted for [00:03:00] an ask me anything Friday. When you see the picture of Tuff and I in our Facebook group and the announcement that the books are open for all the questions, fire away, folks.

Chad Reynolds. The Houndsman XP team and the co host of All Mixed Up joins me on this episode of Ask Me Anything Friday to get you those much needed answers for these questions that you have. The dog box is rocking. Let's get the tailgate down. It's time to dump the box. Yeah. So Chad shows up sporting the mountain man beard.

If he shaved your mustache off, we'd have to call you Jed Graber.

That's the best part, man. That's the only thing I could really hammer out as a mustache. I got to keep it there. Yeah. You look distinguished. That's something. Is Ashley giving you [00:04:00] advice and grooming tips on your beard? And she's hit or miss it's every other day. She says it makes me look older, but then and I guess a while ago, that would have been a good thing.

But now that I'm actually starting to get old I don't know if that's how good of a thing that is, but she says the other day when I was out there mercilessly attacking the ducks, that it looked very ruggedly handsome, so I think it's going to stay for a little while longer, it's awesome.

That's awesome. Talking about getting older, man, I'm spun up right now. Yeah. My first grandkids do in about two and a half weeks. Oh, wow. Wow. That changes things then, man. It's one of those deals is it's on one hand, you look at it, you're like, what's going to be like having somebody call me pap or grandpa or whatever?

But then on the other hand, it's exciting because. It's this little human being I get to corrupt and send back home to her mother. So there's some payback involved too. Oh yeah. [00:05:00] Big time. Yep. My mom's the worst about it, man. Like it's all good nature. None of it's bad, the child's only genuinely benefiting from it, but she just spoils her with gifts and all kinds of stuff and loves on her and dotes on her.

And like they'll literally do whatever the little one wants to do, and I'm like, God, really? Yeah. The. You can say no, it's possible, so every time I leave, when I leave the daughter with my mom now, I'm like, practice say, no, Roxy, we can't do that. Try and get her to say it 10 or 12 times before I leave.

Yeah. Yeah. I'm going to be more, I think I'm going to be, my wife is going to be the one that's going to try to spoil her, spoil our grand grandkids. And that's their job,

But grandpa's are supposed to be a little more, if they call me grumpy, that'll be okay. Yeah. Instead of grampy or grandpa, they call me grumpy. That'll be okay. They need a little bit of [00:06:00] grumpiness. They need some of that, but I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be exciting, but Hey, Chad, man, I appreciate you joining me.

Help me work through some of this AMA, ask me anything, Friday stuff got. Every time we post one of these, we get all kinds of wild and crazy questions. Derek Torman and absolutely ruined his perfect track record by not engaging on this episode. And asking a question he's made, he's asked questions in every AMA.

We've answered every one of his questions on an AMA. He was batting a thousand. So I guess he was just stepping back to give some other people a chance. Yeah. You don't want to hog the light all the time. Give another opportunity. He's a community guy, community player, team player. 100%. Yeah, I say we just dive right in and start tackling some of these questions and trying to come up with answers and just so everybody knows if you're listening to this podcast [00:07:00] for the first time, the way to get involved in an AMA Friday is to join our Houndsman XP Facebook group.

And then when you see the picture of. My yog terrier tough and I in my truck with both of us having an astonished amazed look on our face, you can't miss it. That when you see that and you see it's AMA Friday time, you can start loading up your questions. And we have fun questions. We have some serious questions.

We have some questions that give us leeway to either be the experts or make stuff up. So some of them are pretty tough. Some of them were deep thought questions. And then some of them are just going to be fun. Which question do you want to hit first, Chad? Oh, gosh. And of course Chad's eaten.

That's like his trademark podcast. It's his downtime. He has to restore his calorie energy. So you have to start to death. But the, [00:08:00] I, I don't know. We can start off light with the best cut of

Sasquatch meat. That came from John Bolin. John Bolin he's been on the podcast a couple of times. We did one on the first one he did was I shook hands with the HSUS. Highly recommend everybody go listen to that podcast. That's one of the top of all time podcasts. And then he, we had another one on sustainable living and just sustainable, simple lifestyle living.

Both of them. Yeah. Yeah. Both of them. Great. So read the question again. John Bolan asks. Let's see. He asked, I'm trying to find it again really quick. Yeah. What's the best cut of meat from a Sasquatch and how do you prepare it? Woo. Oh it all depends where you're hunting your Sam squinches, I would, I found when I, butcher up a Sasquatch. They come from the prairies. They walk too much and they're a little [00:09:00] stringy and tough, so I prefer the mountain squatches, or the ones you could find in the wetlands. They don't move quite as far, and it's less aerobic activity.

But the muscle in the legs is a little bit bigger because they're going up and downhill, but they aren't walking quite as long. So it's not as tough because is it because the like out on the Prairie game is and resources, food resources are farther apart. Then it like say a wetland where it can reach over and grab a nutrient and chomp its head off.

Exactly. Exactly. They're probably having to travel too long a distance at night to get water and then food and then everything else they're eating out there is going to taste like sage, so that, that's not depending on your taste, but the uphill mountain squatches, getting big loose muscle in your hamstrings, your hams, and Yeah.

And of a varied diet, less rodents and stuff. And they have more tubers and plants and organic matter up there yeah. Wow. And then I'm not a smoking guy. I'm all about grilling [00:10:00] personally no kidding. Yep, that's right. Which cut grilled hams off of a mountain squat.

That's the best right there. I'll bet. I bet. John, he's got an awesome smoker, so I bet. We need to have John come back on and do some Squatch, ham smoking. It sounds good. Yeah, it sounds good. What do you think about that? You agree, yeah I'd stay away from like the Jack links, Squatch, the, that.

He's eating some chemically enhanced beef jerky there, which I love. I love it but I'm just thinking, I'm just thinking that, that could be maybe go a little wrong. I've never heard of anything in the, like the desert squash, we'd have to ask Seth. Yeah, see what his evidence is of any activity in the desert for he could give us the scientific name.

It's probably it's, the greater squatches Maximus [00:11:00] Israelis or something. I think this is totally a subjective question. People should write in and tell us how they like to prepare squash, what their favorite cuts are, just hit us up on, on Facebook and let us know.

Cause we're always looking for good opportunities. I bet Seth's eating squash too. Oh yeah. Surely you coyote and all kinds of stuff. Uhhuh. . Yeah. He likes the wild stuff and that's for sure. . So when you guys have hunted together, has he showed up in his sandals? ? No. No. No, he hasn't, no. He shows up.

I haven't seen in the sandals yet. He shows up in the heel at a bear hunt and there's. Cactus and all kinds of stuff. It's high mountain desert, Gila, Ponderosa pine forest type stuff. But he's wearing these Jesus cruisers, like up and down the ridges. I was like, are you going to hunt in those?

He goes, oh yeah, hunting these all the time. [00:12:00] We treed this bear down over the, and we went through, I don't even know what kind of brush it was. He gave me all the scientific names for the brush and stuff, but Had a bunch of thorns on it and stuff. And he's just cruising through that stuff and open toed sandals and pair of long pants.

Yeah, not even Crocs, right? We're not Crocs. These are like, he told me the brand because I asked him what I say, I can't remember what I call them. He's dude, I don't wear those types of sandals. These are Tevas or something like that. He's real elitist about his sandal choice too. Oh God. Yeah.

This is, you have to be when you're doing full contact sandal hiking, 100%, 100%. Yeah. Yep. Hey, let's look at, let's look at a serious question and see, I like the one. I like the question and I got to find it cause I've got this saved like in three different, on four different photos [00:13:00] here, find the one it's about the handgun choice.

Oh, okay. There you go. Let me find the exact question here. I got you. Have you got it? It says, yeah, I'll read it to you. Is it common practice to carry a sidearm? I carry a nine millimeter for yotes and other predators in addition to your 22 or 17 rifle while coon hunting. Is that the one you're talking about?

Yeah. Yeah. All right. And that's Anthony James Anderson for that one right there. Yeah. Yeah, Anthony, thanks for that question. And I'll just address it for years. When I first started working as a conservation officer in the state of Indiana, then, it was actually illegal to carry a firearm while in pursuit of raccoons during what we call the chase season, summer season.

It was totally unconstitutional. And then somewhere around 2005 or so they [00:14:00] made a decision that handguns with we had a handgun permit at the time. We don't even have that anymore with the proper personal protection permit than a person could carry a handgun. It's always been a common practice.

So I know people that have done it for years. I ran into people while I was working and they would be carrying a handgun. And I always use the rule of thumb that if you're carrying a 22, a Ruger Mark. Mark three 22 with a laser sight and the scope on it. Yeah, it's probably not a personal defense handgun.

So you were actually operating outside, outside the law. Could you use it for that? Yeah, but let's, I'm not going to blow smoke up your skirt. Don't try to blow it up mine. That's not why you were carrying that. I thought I was encouraged it because I don't carry, I can do more with, for coyotes.

And other predators with that 22 than I can with [00:15:00] a handgun anyway, more than likely. Oh, yeah. Yeah. That don't let you get too close to them. I guess there are some certain circumstances where you could bust one out of a thick cover or something and fire up a shot with a handgun, but you don't want to reach out just a little bit more.

Most of the time. Yeah. Yeah. I'd say exercise your second amendment rights. And if you live in a state that's not America, then make it America. That's right. That's my theory on it. It's it should be. And somebody made the comment, which I thought was really valuable. That going back to that truck in the middle of the night, you don't know what's waiting on you when you get back there, especially in today's day and age, you got this truck park, you've been a mile over, away from your truck, you come back, somebody laying in the bushes, waiting for you to open the door and some methods going to take off with your truck.

Oh, I had a friend back in Florida that talked about coming back late hog hunting and loaded up all his [00:16:00] dogs and got them all situated and was sitting there texting his wife, Hey, I'm on my way home. I'm about to head out, blah, blah, blah, blah. And all of a sudden heard like a bump out from under his truck.

And then some crackhead went taking off into the bushes. And I guess he was underneath trying to cut out his converter. His catalytic converter. Oh man. Heck yeah. Yeah. And he was late. He loaded up the dogs and everything and never even knew he was under there, and then I can only imagine if he took off and started driving, if he would have.

Like with the trailer, he could have cut the corner and ran them over or something, yeah. So who knows, ? Yeah. You just talk about the catalytic converter thefts and all of a sudden, there you are. David Williams got his, remember two years ago down at Tyler? Yeah. Yeah.

At showed up trial. Yeah. And got it out too. It was gone, totally lost it. That thing was so loud. He showed up the second day of the terror trials. And it was like, what the heck is going on with your truck? You're running straight [00:17:00] pipes and they'd stolen his converter. So yeah, my advice is I think it is common.

And it's your constitutional right to carry. And obviously we're telling you to abide by your laws for civil liability reasons here. But man, if you're living in a state where it's not legal, then move to America or make your home state America. That's my advice on that. So thanks for that question, Anthony.

And you talked about your buddy texting his wife. There's a question on here that I'd really like to. To talk about. Huh. And that is how you get permission from your wife. To, is that to bring home another dog? Yeah. Alright, now are we talking dog or puppy? Yeah I want to find the exact question.

So we get it right here. It is Caleb Roach. Okay. You [00:18:00] got it. This is a second question to ask. He says another one is how do you convince your wife? Okay. Not make your wife. Can you use really good board choices here? Really good word choices. Another one is how do you convince your wife? To bring home another dog.

I'm really wondering, are you trying to convince her to bring home another dog? Or are you trying to convince her to allow you to bring home another dog? And that makes a big difference. It does. Some people, some women, they bring home plenty of dogs. If I had to, if I had to guess, he's probably saying what most people are having to deal with is he's wanting to bring home another one and he's trying to get her to go along happily with it, right?

Is that what you think? Yeah. Now is this a, is this an adult dog or a pup? Cause there's two different, it makes a huge difference. I'll just go ahead and speak on the one I'm comfortable with. If it's a puppy, get it in her hands, get it [00:19:00] in her hands. If they're holding it, man, you got the upper, you got the upper hand, like you are in the controlling position, so don't ask, don't do nothing, just walk up, put it in her hands and then walk away. And you're halfway there. And it's that puppy. Yeah. If that puppy, if she like cradles it and it lays its head up on her shoulder, just give the man the money and walk to the truck. You're going home with that puppy.

Exactly. If you can get them to burn it out a little bit ahead of time, have them go out there and rattle the kennel every 10 minutes or so. So it's awake and running around and playing, and you can put it in her hands and it starts to go to sleep. Ah, then you're 75 percent there, so I've found.

If you get the dog in their hands, they can't hardly say no to puppy. That is now a dog, that's more complicated. Yeah. My experience has been a little bit, a bit different on this whole thing. And I've got to actually got a philosophy on it. So the. For one thing, be a man. There you go. [00:20:00] You don't ask permission.

You tell your woman that this is what you do. You're laughing while you say that. Chris, why are you chuckling while you say that? I couldn't say it with a straight face. Yeah.

My grandpa never asked my grandma permission for anything like that. It sounded nice. No. So my experience has been a couple of things. One is my wife doesn't like to deal with the puppy. She, once they get here, she tolerates them and she'll take care of them and she'll do all that stuff, but she doesn't like.

Puppies dragging stuff around and chewing stuff up on the porch. And because all my pups run loose, they run loose around here. And they come in and out of the house and then they're peeing on the floor. And then, so it just creates a lot of drama. So what I've found [00:21:00] is an older dog and a bark collar, they can be in the kennel for a week or two before she would even know it before they, she even knows they're here.

And so that's awesome. And so when she does walk out there, she looks and she's like. Is that a new dog? I can pull the same tactic on her that she does when she breaks out a new outfit and comes walking out. I'll say, is that a new outfit? Oh, I've had this a long time. The trick is to define long. That's, that is the key to communication here.

Okay. Let's define long. Are we talking, are we talking seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months? What are we, long to me is like months. And we don't always share that definition, so I can, after the dog's been there a week or two, I said, nah, that dog's been here a long time. Yeah. That's old skid boot, man.

He, yeah. You remember him?[00:22:00]

But honestly, really, I'm saying just do it. And I don't care if this is a man or a woman, if it's your husband or your wife, if you're women and your husband's not into hounds or whatever, you've already decided you want the dog. You've already been spinning this up in your head.

That you need another dog or you want another dog. If you don't get the dog, there's going to be a fight. If you do get the dog, there's going to be a fight. So just do it and just have one fight, get in the fight with the dog, without the dog. There you go. Yeah. Just do it. Yeah. And that's what I've done.

With my hounds, but I think there's a responsibility here. I also know I know the limits and the threshold. There's no way I could be, I could have 15 dogs here, because for me personally, that's just my personal limit. And, I like having about [00:23:00] four, four or five.

I can feed them, I can take care of them, I can exercise them, I can do what I want, and I'm not breaking the bank to do it, yeah, and keeping that many quiet isn't that hard, and then managing the waste, of that many isn't that hard, I hear what you're saying, go ahead and do it, but respect the other aspects of it. If you know the, if they're noisy and that bothers the spouse, or you're slow with the waist and you want to get another one, maybe just speed up on that waist a little bit, manage it a little bit better, if you're willing to do that, then they ought to be willing to allow it, participate.

Yep, that makes sense to me. I like, I dig that, but I figure there's gonna be a conflict one way or the other. So just do it. Yeah. , just do it. Nike swoosh. Get the dog. Just do it. . Just do it. I'm down with that. Yeah. What's what's your next choice here? Let's see. I I there's a few things there's two of them, but let's see [00:24:00] what makes folks stop hunting with hounds?

Let's see. What was the exact reading on that? There you go. What is it? Josh Michaelis. Yeah. What makes folks quit hunting with hounds? And I guess there, there's probably a number of answers to that one, right? But in my opinion, if I have to base it off of what's got me to cut back on dogs or get out of a specific venue, or when I watched my buddies do it, all of us have that passion, the drive to go and we get the thing and the trailer and the dogs and all of this.

And we have this I don't know, romanticized idea about what it's going to be. When we go out and we stay out all day or all night or something like that. And I guess what I'm trying to build up to here is we don't make it easy enough. There's something to be said. I got a buddy and he gets on way more bear and lion than I do way more bear than lion than I do, but he'll go out.

He makes it as easy as possible. He has it to where he could pull his truck right up in front of his kennels and he can open the kennel doors and they all [00:25:00] run and dive in the dog box. And he'll drive right down the street to an okay area and do like an hour's pass, and he'll do that every day or every other day.

And if he doesn't get on anything that he doesn't turn out, but like he goes on these quick little hunts and makes it. He fits it into his daily routine, and if you think about, I'm sure you've done it, I know I do it all the stinking time, we're like, no, we're going until we find something, then you come back and you're exhausted, you got to put the dogs away, and you miss some other obligations, and it's just, it's too much work, it's, and it doesn't have to be that way, if you, I go for yeah.

I try, I find my dogs are best when I go as many times as possible and they could be short hunts. They don't have to be the longest thing. Go out, load the dogs up, get out, look for an hour, a quick hour, and if you don't find something, maybe dump them down and, exercise the legs just a little bit, if you got a spot, you could wrote a dog real quick, wrote them, pack them back up and then head home and get into the next thing, but I find everybody tries to make it too dang hard and then it's just not worth it anymore.

The juice ain't worth a squeeze. Fewer. [00:26:00] Simpler hunts are easier on your, you, your dogs get more out of it. It's easier on you. It's easier on your family. And it allows you to meet your other obligations that you may want to be a part of too. It doesn't always have to be work and family obligations.

It could be, you want to go target shooting or hunt a different type of dog or whatever, but yeah, go, yeah, whatever. I have too many venues of dogs. So for me. If I pour all that time into one, I'm somebody else's sacrifice. And so I like to, I've tried really trying to take that to heart since I found it, I try and make it as easy as absolutely possible.

So that'd be. That's my thoughts on it. We, work on simplifying your hunting routine and everybody will benefit from it. I definitely hunt more when it's more simple. If I get out of the groove, then it's easy for me to sit back and think about, you start thinking, where are my collars at?

Are they charged? My dog box sitting on the truck. The dogs are going to act crazy [00:27:00] for the first 20 minutes of the hunt because I haven't hunted in two weeks, so when I start getting out of the groove, then it's harder for me to get motivated to go back. I've got a friend of mine.

They, he was a, he's a coon hunter here locally and he spent a year and he hunted every night for a year straight every day. And he told me, he said, some nights were two or three hours, but a lot of nights were 45 minutes to an hour, from the time I left the house, we went down the road we treat a coon, we're back to the house, I had to work the next day but he hunted every day and he and his partner actually won the PKC state race that year with that dog.

And that, that included the nights that they were out competing with the dog as well. But when you start talking about, like for me, bear hunting, lion hunting, stuff like that, it has to be an event. Now, once I get there, it becomes a daily event. If I go to New Mexico, then [00:28:00] boom, we're hunting every day.

And it becomes a routine there, but I get another thought I had, you identified that there could be tons of reasons, a lot of that, what I'm experiencing here now, especially is. Access a lot of access opportunities when you don't live somewhere where you have large tracts of public land, you got deer season going on.

You start doing the the crazy hot chicks matrix with access versus re reward for doing that sort of stuff. And thinking about where you're going to go and busy roads. I know a lot of older guys that have quit hunting that just I don't have any place to hunt anymore. They didn't keep up with changes on land ownership and a lot of that stuff.

So that can be part of it as well. Oh, a hundred percent. Especially if you've got a long commute. To your, good spot or where you want to go, or you have to go these days or that time of the season, I got a lot of land around me [00:29:00] that's all private that I have rights to, but certain times of the years, it's all leased out to the outfitters and everything.

Yeah. And it makes me travel further earlier in the season. And as the cold comes in, it freezes everybody else out like a bunch of mosquitoes and the whole world's mine again. So I can't wait for it to get so cold. Nobody else wants to party. But. I have to travel further in the beginning of the season, like right now I'm having to travel further if I want to run for, I, I definitely could see that.

And like you say, don't keep up on access. You know what app I use on my phone more than any other app besides the podcast app to listen to this here podcast. I use Onyx. Onyx Maps is the most comprehensive mapping system for hunters on the market today. I use it all the time. When I was in New Mexico, I was looking at 40, 000 acres of ranch that I needed to learn.

Flip open on X and just start studying the map. [00:30:00] When I'm riding trails, I put the tracking app on, it helps me get around in strange country. I could mark water sources, food sources, bear sign, just all kinds of options within on X. You need to check out on X maps by going to houndsmanxp. com.

Click on the link on our sponsor page. You'll go right to on X maps. And when you check out, enter the code HXP 20, and you will get 20 percent off of your order, know where you stand with on X, and speaking of which I've already got my mind. Made up, I, I try and do simple things for my landowners that give me rights, even if it's simple as sending a Christmas card with a genuine, thank you written in there, my wife does all this.

So when I say my idea, that's why you don't want to make her mad about dogs. Yeah. But like she'll participate in it, and it just a quick quote of Christmas card saying, thank you for the opportunity. Man, it goes a long way, that goes a really [00:31:00] long way with maintaining landowner rights.

This maintaining landowner permissions could be a whole podcast in and of itself. Really? I was thinking the exact same thing right now. I was like, man, I could talk on that for an hour. Easy. Yeah. Health issues are another reason. Some people, some people just get to the point, they have new health issues pop up and they simply can't go anymore.

That could be it or feel they need to go with the buddy. I got a distant friend that has a heart condition and he feels like he Only should go hunting when he's with somebody else now, and so yeah, I, that could definitely, cripple, cripple your hunting a little bit, if you gotta be played by somebody else's schedule or you can't even make it up the mountain anymore.

God forbid, God, that sounds like a nightmare. I don't even want to run to the top of the mountain forever, Chris, forever. I'm never going to get old. I've decided against big Newton's and you're going to be struggling. That's right, man. Those are the ones I, what are those nature ways or [00:32:00] something? Nature's bakery.

Yeah. And that's the apple flavor. I haven't seen the apple flavor. That's the best breakfast one they got. They got the raspberry and the blueberry and those are pretty good. Yeah. But apple, that one's best in the morning. That's got breakfast biscuit written all over it. I find the raspberry are more like an afternoon, in between lunch and first supper, not as far as second supper or third supper, but between lunch and first supper, a raspberry noon comes in real nice, I got to.

Getting back to that question, I just had a thought about something else too. I think at times with our hunting and different things we become stuck in it's a paradigm but let's just talk about traditions. What hunting is to me now isn't, doesn't mean the same things that it did to me in 1983.

When I was that age, it was the excitement of going on the hunt and being involved. I remember showing up the first, first ever coon [00:33:00] season where I had my own dog. I had my driver's license. My uncle who got me into hunting invited me to come up and hunt. And he said, be up and dark is, anywhere it's six 30, seven o'clock, I'm sitting in his driveway at five, this is a knife.

So as we get older and we start to see styles of dogs change, maybe technology for tracking systems becomes more complicated. Some of this stuff, a lot of times people just, they develop these strict rules for what hunting should be and how it should be. And when they can't enjoy it like that anymore then they just quit.

Yeah, and there's, pros and cons to that, you want hunting to be exactly what it is, but. Things change period, and you find a way to grow with it and still find some enjoyment out of it, or you're going to, you're going to [00:34:00] miss out on it entirely. And I don't, I never want to be without it.

So I'm going to try and, chase hunting and wherever it goes, but I definitely see what you're saying, like the idea of being able to just go out to a certain spot and dump them and not worry about property lines anymore. I'm sure that a lot of the old timers that came before us, the idea of having to manage property lines like we do now would just be a nightmare, like I imagine some wouldn't be able to tolerate it, yeah, we had spots when I was a kid, I'd get mom or dad to actually drive me around and hunt a creek. From two or three miles away and hunt it all the way back home.

And we had dogs were different though. Cause they were a hundred, closer hunting dogs, things like that. They weren't turning the dog loose and you're walking a mile in some weird direction to go get them. They hunted around you. They hunted with you. But we crossed all kinds of properties there, there was a nursery and there was a guy that owned a car dealership that didn't live there.

But we just hunted it. Nobody ever said anything [00:35:00] to us and nobody cared, the, so I fall into that too, where there was only one place that we got a little nervous cause we call her the rifle woman. If you got too far, yeah. If you got too far to the north. If they hit the branch and they went north on you and treat up in there then you wanted to sneak in there and sneak out.

I never got shot at. I think it was just her own self propelled reputation and rumor mill that she would shoot at people if anybody came on her property, but we got a rifle woman. But yeah, I think that's a lot of it. I think there's, I think it's not as easy as just being put your finger on one thing and saying why people get out and then the laws change.

There's a bunch you could scatter it at. I just, yeah. I think all of those are good points. Yeah. I think the drives there and we're willing to fight. For a lot of these things like the right to pursue hounds and maintaining the hunter's rights as long as it's, as long as we're getting enough juice out of it, as long as we're getting enough enjoyment out of it, for me, the key to [00:36:00] that is that try and make it easy on yourself.

And you mentioned collars earlier, like just something as simple as that, like having your collars in a bag. And you're handheld in a bag on the charger, just have them in the bag on the charger and just maybe stuff a handful of leashes in there because there's nothing worse than getting out there and finding your collars dead or your handheld dead, or you forgot something.

My dumb ass has been up there before. And I was in the, I went out on Crocs. I didn't even put my shoes on. I had my like house shoes on, trying to go, outside in the backyard. And I got out there and I hunted, I finished the hunt. I didn't care. I was in snow. But it's like Seth and his sandals.

Wow. Yeah. Mine wasn't on purpose. I'd freeze. I've never forgot to put my boots on Chad. No, I have. I've done a few times or ended up in the really cold season. I'll put like my mucks on, that I use for stomping around out in the dog yard, like when the snow's up to my calves, and I'm just shuffling around out there doing dog maintenance or something like that.

And they're like, you know what, I'm gonna go. And then just throw the only time I've ever done it. [00:37:00] What's that? The only time I've ever done it is like when I was going to a competition hunt, or I was going somewhere to meet somebody to hunt and you get that sick feeling about where you're too far to turn around.

You got to make a decision. Either I'm going or I'm going home. Yeah. That's your decision point. If I go home. Then I won't go back. And if I go, I've got to hunt without boots. So I have done that before. And I don't know about you, but I always realized it because I get like a draft on my ankle, I feel a little extra wind on my ankle.

I'm like, Oh no. Oh, what did I do to myself? Exactly. Exactly. Hey, let's let's jump on Alex Chris. It's something I've talked about before, but I think there's a lot of I know Alex and I've got some good things. I've got some good points to make. Alex writes, is it really that bad to include a kill shot in your YouTube video or social media [00:38:00] posts?

The question that has been bantered around on this podcast, other podcasts, articles have been written about it. What's your thoughts? I guess it all depends on the game, and what you're hunting and then how it goes down. Cause I've seen every end of the spectrum. I've seen like some deer hunting videos where they make a rifle shot and the deer just folds up and lays down and that's fantastic.

That's, I think that personally, I think that's fine. I don't think there's much wrong with it. Now, if on the other end of the spectrum, I've seen like a deer hunting video where it got crippled and they had to bring in the dogs, and it was a gut shot and they had to bring in the dogs to track it down.

And then, the dogs are smaller dogs and they're baying this deer and it's like standing in its own guts, and I'm like, God, don't put that on there. Don't, we don't [00:39:00] need to see that, so I think it's. It's on a case by case basis, there's folks that say, don't talk about hunting at all.

And I think that's wrong. Like it needs to be, we need to, I feel strongly that if we hide everything, then we're making it seem like we're doing something wrong and it won't be a part of society, but on the other end of the spectrum, I know how babies are made, man, but I don't need to see a video of it, dude.

It's not, there's a line to cross, and. I feel like we do a pretty good job nowadays of starting to police ourselves, like approving of stuff that looks clean and then speaking up about the stuff that probably shouldn't be out there, so I like if it were to be a rule, no, I don't think all kill shots should be out of it, but take a long look at it, talk to your buddies, maybe get involved in somebody that has.

If you're talking specifically about social media, maybe talk to a fellow that is big into social media, get their buy in, I, and try and go [00:40:00] from there, cause I know we want to share, we're proud of what we do, but if we're putting it on social media, we're speaking for the community as a whole.

So I don't think it's the end of the world to get a little bit of buy in and try and protect this awesome thing that we all like to enjoy. Yeah. I think anytime you start putting hard and fast rules on something that you're engaged in a mindset to lose, there, you can't ever put a hard and fast rule on stuff.

One thing that I would say, you can usually tell pretty quick whether or not a video is what the purpose of the video is. Is it an ego boost for you or is it actually adding value to the hunting community, the way you post things? And there's a lot of different things, different directions you can go on this as far as that goes.

But I think it comes from just taking a moment and asking [00:41:00] yourself, why am I posting this? Why am I posting this particular thing? Because you can scroll through social media and develop a pretty good idea of that person's the kind of person they want to portray themselves of app by why they post.

That's how algorithms are built. That's why we see things in our algorithms that reflect our interest because they're taking what we post and then trying to put us together with other like minded people so that we form this community. So I think first thing we need to do is ask ourselves.

Why am I posting? Is it a brag post where I can be the macho man and show this, or is it serving another purpose and there's nothing wrong with you know, showcasing your hard work. I'm not saying that, we need to. Be able to do that. A lot of it is the presentation as well.

And [00:42:00] Brad Luttrell pointed this out, like with go wild. He talks a lot about social media presentation. If the only thing you're ever posting is the kill shot and not talking about any of the other process. Good point. As far as, telling the story of raising this puppy, having your kids, a shot of the kids helping you train the puppies hauling the dogs down the road, a dog doing something goofy.

And the only thing you're showing is the grip and grin or the trigger pulling. That's such a. Perverted, narrow representation of what we do. So I say that as long as you're telling the other parts of the story, and Alex does an outstanding job at this, by the way, that guy, he's always posting values and intrinsic values of hunting and the kids and friends and storylines [00:43:00] about the dogs and all kinds of things.

It doesn't even shock me that if he would post a shot of a bear coming out of a tree, not shocking at all, because I've known his track record behind other stuff, I know other people that the only time you ever see. A picture from them or a post from them is a bloody bear draped across a dog box and being like, yeah, I got it done today.

Cool. Great. And I think we have to be very careful though. I just recently saw a compilation of kill shots that's being circulated in a state right now where some hunting rights are going to be on the ballot in 2024. So we have to be very, we have to be on point for that and realize that threats out there too.

So just take it into consideration. That's my, I don't think there was any hard and fast rule. If you guys want a good example of how to do this successfully, follow Alex because he's got [00:44:00] some good stuff out there. Yeah. I like the focus of it's going to be big game shots in a tree, how the critter comes out might play a little bit into it.

It crumples away. All right. And falls down to the bushes and just keep the camera up in the tree. If you have a dog down, that's going to go, put a mouth on it a little bit, or if it hits every branch on the way down, like a pinball machine, like we don't That probably doesn't need to be on there.

Thumping and bouncing off the ground and, Turning a bunch of dogs loose to go down there and maul a dead carcass. It's dude, we all know that happens. We don't have to put that out there. Yeah and and, They can take that video And make it say what they want it to say.

We all have let our hounds mow the dead animal, to put some taste with the odor and really, get involved, get it, get in there and get a good nose of it. And, reward themselves for the chase a little bit. But if you have a handful of them, and they're jiggling it around a little bit, if you turn the camera angle the right [00:45:00] way and zoom in, they could make it look like that animal is still alive.

They could do a lot of stuff, and they could edit your video. So it's not just from beginning to end and see, it is dead. They didn't take the full minute video, man. They took the five seconds and it looks like they're chewing on a live one or something like that. So think of it that way.

Think of what these people that hate what you do could do with it and then try and go that way. Artificial. Have you looked at any of the things that are able to produce now with artificial intelligence? No. Oh, you mean the AI paintings or whatever? Yeah. Voice replications, video taken your face.

I don't know what it's going to look like in the future. It's the cards are stacked. The deck stacked against us on this thing as far as being able to effectively represent ourselves in a social media arena as hunters, because they can basically take your face and it's crazy. I'm not even going to try to explain it because I don't understand it, but it's coming.

It's [00:46:00] coming. What's next, buddy? Let me see. What was I thought one was pretty cool. About let's see, let me find the fella. All right, so Jacob Morgan said, Since deer hunters just want to shoot big bucks, could you train a deer dog to only run bucks and not does? If you think it's possible, how would you go about training one to just run bucks?

And I put a little bit of thought into this one this morning, not too much, but in my opinion, it could be done. Yes. Yes, it could be done. Is it worth the work? Is the juice worth the squeeze? Probably not, most deer season, deer dogging seasons are not long enough as is, back when I lived in Louisiana, we had a month.

That was it, and the amount of time you'd have to take to train it. And I'll get into real quick, briefly, how, like how I would go about training and, but like the time it would take to train it and the amount of time you have, I just, to me, the juice ain't worth the squeeze. If you could run for whatever reason, let's just say you could run deer year round, [00:47:00] then yeah, a hundred percent.

But I think the easiest way to go about that is it have to be seasonally too. But I would focus on associating. A male, a buck in rut, the odor and all the extra stuff they have going on, we could smell a difference. So to a dog it's glaring, so I would work on focusing that as a stimulus.

I get one with that big, soggy patch on his forehead, and work with that from a young age and then only run them. And certain times of the year. And that's the other thing I'm talking about with is it worth it? Could it be done? Yes, it could be done, but is it worth it to only have a dog that you only run during buck season, like during the main rut, so I think that's the way to go about it, land tracks, land trails, only turn them out on bucks in the rut that are worked up.

And then after you've. Associated reinforcement with that odor. Then you start breaking them off of the does when you see him run it. And if a hundred percent you can [00:48:00] train it, if the deer dogging guys right now can get a, get a. A deer recovery dog to identify the wounded deer and disregard the others.

I don't know about you. I can't smell a difference between a deer and a bloody deer, but the dog can, but I could sure as heck smell the difference between a doe and a buck in rut, I don't even have to walk all the way up to your truck sometimes to know you got a ruddy deer in there, so yeah, I think it's definitely possible.

It really goes back to a lot of the things that Heath talks about a lot. And the things that we've all, all of us that have trained. Law enforcement dogs is sent discrimination, you have the, those dogs have the ability to do sent discrimination work. If they can tell Chris Powell from Chad Reynolds, they can tell the difference between a buck and a doe, so the only problem I see is, if you're free casting [00:49:00] dogs, there's a lot of front end work that you got to do to get to the point where it's not going to strike a doe. So it's a little bit easier in my mind to train scent discrimination in a human tracking dog, because I know my quarry, I know this is the person I'm looking for and they need to ignore scent from everything else, but if you're just going to generally broadly train only go out and run male deer.

And disregard, I don't know. I don't know if it'd be easier or more difficult in my mind, the way my mind's wired, it seems like it'd be more difficult. I can't set up standards and control situations. Oh yeah, definitely. Controlled environment. That's the big thing with narc and bomb detection, like you, you control most of it until it's a trained, Behavior that you can replicate over and over again.

And then you take it to the field, it'd be hard, now, if you had a giant high fence, like you could move through the steps far faster, but you talked about scent discrimination and I [00:50:00] figured I'd share something, with the listeners that I found is like the best way to describe it.

And I got this from a fellow named Jerry Bradshaw. He's the owner operator of Tar Heel Canine juggernaut in the dog training world globally. But he likes to talk about scent discrimination is like we come into the house and the old lady has been cooking some apple pie and we come in and then.

Apple pie, that's that smells good. Whereas a dog comes in and goes cinnamon, brown sugar, flour, egg yolks. Like they break. It's all broken up. They smell, they have literally, they can discriminate the sense. And that's how narc and bomb and everything works, like without getting too far into it.

We teach the dog. A bomb dog to identify these number of odors. And as long as they can identify these, whatever number of odors they can find every explosive, that we need to find, cause every explosive has one of those simple odors in it to it. So if you can isolate. The book in rut odor.

Now you're going to have a gray line there [00:51:00] where adolescent males, where maybe there's a little bit there. They still got their own pheromone hormone thing going on where they're going to never detectable to us, but they're definitely going to be different. It's it's like when there's a woman around, it's.

If you're standing there with a bunch of guys, it's you almost know when a woman walks in the room, you're seriously, there's something to that and dogs are more acute. In that sense than we are. Oh, yeah. They got the tools that are way above ours. . I like to think of it as we're so much eye oriented.

We'd walk into a room, we'd notice somebody with a strobe light on their head immediately. Like, how could you not see that guy? He's got a strobe light right on his forehead, Bob, you blind, with a dog. That odor is as striking as like a flashing strobe light would be to us, and, it's they can't miss it, and again, back to the sin discrimination. That's why back when I used to run hog dogs all the time you'd, [00:52:00] I'd have a trashy puppy or something, grab ahold of a skunk, and he'd take a shot of skunk spray right to the nose, and eyes are watering and drooling and everything, or you could still track though, they could still track, they can still discriminate, to me, in my opinion.

That'd be the same as being in a blue room and trying to find the red sticker on the wall. Just because the whole room's blue. Doesn't mean you can't see red anymore, with our weak nose, it could be overpowered. That's a fact. I have no doubt, but they have a highly tuned nose. So even if everything smells like skunk, they can still smell the little bit of deer or the little bit of coon or whatever, like it's.

They could still discriminate the two. They can isolate each. We haven't even scratched the surface on our understanding of what a dog's nose can actually do. I would love to walk through the world one day like that. Wouldn't it be, wouldn't it be amazing? It'd be wild. Yeah. So yeah, let's look for another one.

Blake Doyle, I'm going to answer this real quick [00:53:00] because the question is in episode 64, I believe your guest was discussing a dog that was having occasional seizure, epileptic type issues. Yes. Chris seemed like you had some info you wanted to share, but didn't want to get off topic. I have a dog with similar symptoms.

Usually only happens after a hard race. He'll circle for a bit, almost act blind, mainly in the right eye. Have blood, had blood work done. Nothing abnormal, no tick borne disease, but thyroid tests did test low, so started him on medication. Just curious if anyone else has seen similar issues. If I had a thought about this, Blake, I'll just, I can't recall what it was.

It's a pretty long and lengthy question that you have for us, that maybe some people that have had similar issues could message you on that and give you some of their experiences. I personally never had a dog that had seizure issues. Going back to the [00:54:00] thyroid thing. We've had enough veterinarians on the podcast to talk about looking at all of the other issues that, that could be contributing to thyroid malfunctions, make sure you're checking all those boxes.

So not a lot of reason for me to spend a lot of time. I appreciate you asking the question, Blake but like I said, man, if I had an original thought about that, it has escaped me because I don't recall. You got Chad. On that one, the only things I've had I've had some sight hounds that had I'm trying to bring up just so I can make sure I get the blood work, right?

I've had a dog that had seizures, some pups that I got into that had seizures and I've had an older dog that went along life and had no, no issues. in that regard at all, that never had any seizures were healthy, powerful running dogs with powerful hearts and everything like that.

And then [00:55:00] one day loaded the dog up and everything was fine, beating their tail, beating their butt and elbows all the way to the dog box and dove in there and then got to the field and the dog had passed and had seizures. It had a bunch of hay in its mouth coming out its mouth down its throat.

And it was just, laid down in the straw, in the straw that I had in the back of the dog box and just hyperventilated and sees. And That dog, the vets did every test they could on him. Everything was fine, afterwards, but I had two young pups that I just gotten from a gentleman that started showing, some epileptic issues, and it's only been these three dogs in my entire life, and all three of them just happened to be sighthounds.

But the pups, we did blood work on them and I am for the life of me having trouble pulling this up here. Yeah. But I believe it was kidney failure. The kidneys were just fried from who knows, I talked to the gentleman, he didn't know exactly what could have happened, but maybe they got into some kind [00:56:00] of poison, or something that's poisonous to the dogs or something like that, but their kidneys were failing, so the dog was going through like toxic shock.

Because it couldn't process all these toxins in its body, even the naturally occurring ones at this point, like his kidneys were done, and they just couldn't process it anymore. And whenever the dog would get bad, it would start to have epileptic episodes. And then when we'd take it to the vet and then we'd clean it out with this, iV an IV bag of fluids cause they would be dehydrated. They had clean water, the whole bit top care lived in the house, the whole bit I was getting thrown in the works at it. And but it just couldn't process the toxins and was on this IV bag with nutrition. So it got, it was getting its food, its calories through the IV.

It would clean up and the behavior would go away and it would come back home. And I do everything I possibly good to this dog. And it would slowly just become more and more toxic till it, it couldn't even stand. It would walk around like it was drunk and then it would start seizing. So there you go.

[00:57:00] Blood work is not that expensive depending on your vets. And I say that living in the middle of nowhere and I get the good old country boy, that's, that, we'll give, everything for pennies on the dollar. But, I imagine in a city blood work might not be that bad, and it answers a lot of questions.

You could rule out the liver function, the kidneys, hydration. There's a lot of stuff that plays into that because the seizure is just basically the body like given up, and that can happen from a number of reasons, not just a very specific neurological rewiring. They're like, like I said, in my example, it was kidney failure.

It was toxic shock. The body was dripping and just its own. Toxins. So it's also going to affect your thyroid. So you've put your dog on a thyroid medication and you've treated a symptom, but you haven't found the cause. That's what I'm thinking in this case for you. Yep. You got anything else or we're going to wrap this one up, Chad?

No that's about all I got, man. I thought those are all the good [00:58:00] questions I saw on there that I like. We'll go off. I want to finish off on a high note. All right. What you got? And Billy George. Right asks, since Josh Michaelis didn't have a dog in any of the world finals, does that mean he has lost his elite status?

Oh boy. Yeah. That's a good question, Billy. I don't know what, I don't know that Josh can lose his elite status. Just saying it right now, anybody that, if he builds that, that lawnmower out of that geo tracker that he's trying to make into a hunting rig, that's freaking elite. That, that is elite on every level.

Yeah. If he can truly convert a geo tracker into a pleasurable vehicle to hunt out of, that's got its own merits. Yeah. Yeah. I agree. I'd say, yeah, that, that's pretty fancy. [00:59:00] He's also willing to share, and most times, when people truly achieve elite status, they're willing to share, they they recognize it and they want other people to come along, so he's helping create this elite handler series.

So it's a competition coon hunting thing. So he's an equal opportunity elitist. If he's an elitist. Cause he's trying to make other people a lead as well. Yeah, I dig it. Do you think the geo tracker has a, does have a pull chain to get them going? Or did you have to throw some biscuits to the hamsters in the beginning?

But no, go back to what you're saying. Yeah, man. I, those that are willing to get out there and then help bring other people in, answer questions, dedicate time. God, that one I'm fine in is. To people that take this seriously and hunt as hard as they possibly can and put that much time into it.

If they break off a few minutes to share [01:00:00] with, a beginner or somebody that just wants to get a little bit better at it. That, that is, that's the most valuable thing. I think I have, I'm not rich, but I'm okay. I'm doing okay. Anything more valuable than time. Time, man. If I stopped and talked to you for 30 man, I'm it's valuable to me.

You may not be able to go buy a car with it, but it's the most valuable thing I got is to break off a little bit of time and then, and as well as the knowledge, the time it took to get the knowledge and want to share it with everybody. So I think that is incredibly respectable, for anybody that takes the time to share their experiences and knowledge with somebody else.

I know Billy George was having a good time and poking fun at Josh. Josh can take it. He deserves every bit of gifts and he actually likes it too. But yeah Josh is one of those guys that like you said, is willing to share his time. And that puts him in an elite status. There's way too many people that are trying to.

Hold their cards close to the vest and [01:01:00] act like they're sitting on, the treasure map to success and they don't want to share. And that's really not good for our community or our culture. So anytime you find somebody that's willing to put themselves out there and put their opinions out there and share those, that knowledge with other people that puts them in lead status in my book.

I agree. And for two simple reasons, there's multiples, just like the other things we're talking about, there's multiple reasons, but the two glaring ones for me are one, the willingness to help others, like that's important. This sport will go away if we don't help it grow. We need to get out there with the kids.

We need to get out there with new people. We need to take, people that won't even own their own dogs hunting sometimes. And the people that want to be better at it, we need to put the good knowledge in their heads to make them better. And, it benefits all of us. So just. Just the time it takes to help out the, the young people in the game, either on age or experience in this venue isn't it super important.

And then on the other side, man, it's real easy to act like a know it all when [01:02:00] you never say anything. It's real easy to act like a know it all when you just don't talk, so anybody going out there and giving their opinions and saying what they thought and here's my here's what I would do, or this is what I think, or here's the way I do it, there you go, be confident enough to throw your stuff out there, you're going to get some people that, are going to chew it up, but whatever, there's a thousand ways to skin this cat, but if you aren't talking, if you weren't sharing your experiences, I don't know you're too afraid of getting them challenged.

Maybe, so maybe what you're doing really ain't that great after all, steel needs to be tested, so those are my thoughts on that. Yep. Yep. Now I really want to just rip Josh a new one and then you talk me out. Yeah. You really talked me out of it, but we can, we still can't, we can go back to that geo.

Yeah. All right, man. Hey, I appreciate you taking time, Chad. And for everybody out there, watch for that. Join our Facebook group. And we have a lot of fun in there. Randy Tivis is back to, to post a lot of cool videos [01:03:00] of. Of coyote hounds and sidehounds chasing coyotes. Chad's of cool. Yeah.

Chad's posting a bunch of stuff. We're all, it's just, it's really a great community and encourage you to join us over there on, on our Facebook group, we have a good time in there and you to our website. And purchase some merchandise from our store. We've got long sleeve tees. We've got short sleeve tees.

We've got hats. We've got all kinds of stuff in there. Decals, tumblers. We got a bunch of stuff in there and that helps support this show and keeps the lights on so we can keep answering questions and fighting the good fight and having a good time for all of our hound hunting friends out there.

And one of my favorite, one of my favorite hats is that, that gray hat with the houndsman logo off to the side of it, and it's got the mesh back, for the hot weather, but it's got that, I don't know, that tannish gray up front. I love [01:04:00] that hat. I got blood all over it up in my, up in the north game bird hunting.

So now it's got blood. I. Yeah. I got hot as heck and put it in the back of my game bag and then stacked a bunch of bloody birds on top of it. So I've messed it up. I'm going to have to get another one. Cause that was my favorite Huntsman XP hat right there, post a picture of it, man, post a picture of that well worn hat.

I love what, seeing those hats that are, used for more than just going to town and. There you go. All right. I'll put when we hang up, I'll go ahead and put that on there. A hundred percent, I still wear it. Cool. I'm not going to stop. It's got Chuck or blood and everything on it.

I'm still going to wear it, maybe not to church on Sunday, maybe not out to the wedding, for sure. All right, everybody. Thanks for tuning into this AMA Friday. Make sure after you join our group, you look for that next photo of tough. And post those questions up. We have fun doing these and gives us an opportunity to get off some of the serious stuff, have a good time, have some laughs and share our knowledge with you guys.

So that's going to do it for this episode of the Houndsman XP [01:05:00] podcast. This is Air Change.