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Highlighting hunters and wildlife, the Mossy Oak Gamekeepers podcast exists to improve your hunting, fishing and outdoor skills by delivering science based wildlife management practices plus hands on hunt/fish strategies and techniques. Our top notch guests will educate and entertain while we celebrate wildlife, discuss the latest research, detail hunting tactics, explore old legends and listen to some great stories. Managing wildlife and habitat can improve your time afield. Listening to th ...
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This week with a joined by lifelong whitetail fanatic Doug Roberts, to discuss what he has learned through trials and errors to help Gamekeepers can grow healthier whitetails. Doug has some incredible insight into what it takes to grow a big whitetail and he surprised us with some of his answers. He also explained to us what he knew about the Mitch…
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On this week’s BONUS episode we have Bill Sugg, Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland and David Loftis join us. We learn quickly from Mr. Loftis that the push button is WAY more than a beginners call. In fact, his calling inspires a normally mild mannered Bill Sugg into joining him with even more push button chaos. Later, Cuz gives us a deep dive on his famous t…
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This week we are joined in studio by one of our favorite guests, Dr. Bronson Strickland, for a lively discussion on whitetails. Bronson also brought Moriah Boggess, a brilliant young Deer Biologist who works with him at Wildlife Investments where they work with landowners to implement habitat management plans. We ask them both to help explain what …
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On this BONUS episode we interview Ernie Calandrelli of Quaker Boy about wing bone turkey calls. Ernie is a master wing bone caller, a larger than life character and a legend in the wild turkey world. He explains the history of the call, how to make one and how to call on one. This one is special. Listen, Learn and Enjoy. Show Notes: Quaker Boy Cal…
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This week we have Barry Smith, a highly respected fisheries scientist with a lifetime of innovation and experience around managing sportfish. It’s a conversation that includes crappie, catfish, flathead catfish, shell crackers, river fish, bass, crawfish, fathead minnows, the bream spawn, aerators, stratification, fertility, liming water, all femal…
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On this episode we have an old school call designer, Mike Battey explains turkey vocalizations and why you should have a trumpet call in your vest. Mike was the first to use high tech recording equipment to study wild turkey sounds and his recordings are amazing acoustic experiences. He is also an expert on the mysterious turkey call called the tru…
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This week we are joined by Dan Moultrie and Derrick Duke of Moultrie Feeders to discuss managing for deer and turkeys plus learn about the latest in technology. Dan has been a part of managing several high profile hunting properties and through his obsession with growing big deer has seen some of the best ideas others have put in place. We did our …
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BONUS Podcast. Box Calls. Join us and experience a Turkey Calling “Master Class” on running a box call. Guest Lyle Gilbert of Houndstooth Calls answers all our questions and teaches us about the versatility of an old school box call. Most hunters learn to call with a box, BUT everybody should have one in their vest. Listen, Learn and Enjoy. Show No…
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This week we are joined by two interesting guests, Dr. Will Gulsby of Auburn and Dr. Marcus Lashley of Florida – and we have a lively discussion. We learn about a pneumatic dart gun for capturing deer and then get into discussing the latest topics in turkey research. Suffice it to say, if you like turkeys, you’ll enjoy this one. Listen, Learn and E…
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BONUS Podcast. Mouth Calls. Join us and experience a Turkey Calling “Master Class” on running a mouth yelper. Guest Josh Grossenbacher of Rolling Thunder Game Calls answers all our questions and explain to us just how to get the sounds we want. He talks and demonstrates bubble clucks, yelps, purrs, cutts and cackles and gives a great explanation of…
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This week’s podcast can only be described as a deep discussion with Dr. Mike Chamberlain aka @wildturkeydoc on some thought provoking issues. We discuss social dominance issues, the latest research that is trying to understand a gobbler's personalities (whether they are home boys or risk takers), and how that affects their mortality. It gets deep w…
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BONUS: Mastering The Pot Call. Join us and experience a Turkey Calling “Master Class” on a running a pot style call. Guest Terrence Williamson answers all our questions and teaches us how a little friction can sound like a sweet hen with some practice. Listen, Learn and Enjoy. When does deer season start? If you want the best deer herd possible thi…
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This week we have a truly special guest in Mr. Benny Herring. Anybody that turkey hunts in Mississippi owes him a debt of gratitude, you see Mr. Herring was one of the first team of biologists that trapped and relocated wild turkeys across the state. During the late 1960’s through the early 80’s he was involved in over 90 cannon net captures and re…
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This week we share a podcast recorded recently at the NWTF national convention with none other than Dr. Bret Collier of LSU. Bret has been studying turkeys a long time and actually took part in the first GPS turkey study. He tells the story about how it all this got started at a bar with a drawing a sketch of the GPS unit on a napkin. Later he melt…
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This week we are joined by one of our favorite turkey hunters, Doc Weddle. It’s a fun discussion of turkeys, strategy, calls, public land issues and having the right attitude to enjoy it all. We really benefited from this one and know you will also. Listen, Learn and Enjoy. Show Notes: Stay Connected to Doc Weddle: Instagram: @docweddle Facebook: h…
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This BONUS episode is all about Barred Owls. We are joined by world class owl hooter Tony Graydon who teaches us some of his contest winning techniques that we hope to apply to locating gobblers. Lannie demonstrates hooting on a reed call and then Dr. Scott Rush from Mississippi State gives us a scientific insight and understanding of what the owls…
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This week we are joined by Tes Randle Jolly, a world class wildlife photographer that specializes in wild turkeys. This lady is a lifelong hunter and practically lives with a flock of birds each spring while witnessing behaviors that we as hunters often miss. She also manages her farm to the nth degree to make her turkeys and other wildlife feel we…
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This week we’re joined by Dave Owens of the Pinhoti Project and we discuss turkeys and turkey hunting strategies. This one has been a longtime overdue and turned into an interesting introspective as to why we do certain things in the turkey woods. We all learned something and Bobby even taught everyone something about pileated woodpeckers. The seas…
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This week’ in studio guests are Bill Duke of Duke Traps along with a very successful husband and wife trapping team, Karen and Dave Linkhart. The unique couple hail from Ohio, but travel all over trapping raccoons, otters, coyotes and many other varmints. This couple has an interesting story and are as serious about trapping and their lifestyle as …
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This week we are joined by one of our favorite guests, Dr. Mike Chamberlain of UGA to talk about his latest study regarding gobbler harvest. Mike has been managing a study of the largest group of radio collared gobblers ever for a scientific study. Mike carefully explains the data so that even Dudley can understand it. If you’re concerned about tur…
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This week we’re AMAZED – and to be honest, we’re ENVIOUS of the 210 inch set of antlers brought in by Austin and Meghan Ashley. It’s one of the biggest and prettiest deer to ever be killed in the South. Meghan killed this deer in south Mississippi, and immediately after the photos hit social media a storm of rumors, negativity, and theories appeare…
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This week we are joined by Shawn Lumsden of the Flint River Plantation in mid Georgia. Shawn is a very disciplined Gamekeeper who is always looking for ways to improve his property. We start out talking about finding sheds, and he has some solid tips to give us. We also talk about managing does, big bucks, wild hogs, conservation easements, being d…
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This week we are joined in studio by wild hog trapping experts Jack Robertson and Robbie Taylor of Big Pig Traps. Admittedly wild pigs can be fun to hunt, but they can destroy habitat and cause more damage to the ecosystem than can be quantified with dollars. We learn about how the pigs got here and how they were being moved around the landscape in…
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This week we really enjoyed the discussion with our in studio guests, Caroline Winters and William McKinley. Caroline recently graduated from Mississippi State and is working for the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP), and William is the MDWFP Deer Program Coordinator for the whole state of Mississippi. Caroline recently killed …
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This week we have Dr. Bronson Strickland of the Mississippi State Deer Lab discussing their recent publication on whitetail buck movements. We talk about the rut, moon phases, hunting pressure, vegetation management and notions the old timers trusted that have now been debunked by science. You can’t really argue with GPS collars. Dudley said it’s o…
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This week we have waterfowl expert and avid duck hunter, Dr. Brian Davis, from Mississippi State in the Studio to discuss everything “dabbling Ducks.” We learned a lot of interesting facts about how these ducks eat, migrate and avoid hunters. We also hit on creating and managing small waterfall impoundments on our own pieces of dirt! Listen Learn a…
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This week on the Gamekeepers podcast we have Mike Yoder of Drone Deer Recovery on to talk about drones with high tech thermal imaging locating dead deer. This modern equipment is not without controversy as the technology is moving much faster than most states game laws. Mike explains the challenges he has met in building a modern means to help deer…
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This week we are joined by Jim Ronquest of Drake Waterfowl and Addison Edmonds of Gunner Kennels and talk waterfowl, deer hunting and dogs. One of our favorite ducks, the Wood Duck, gets discussed and we even talk about creating small waterfowl attraction areas on properties that have low ground or beaver ponds. It’s a campfire discussion of some o…
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This week we are joined by Dr. Bronson Strickland of the Mississippi State Deer Lab and he explains deer anomalies. Occasionally at the skinning rack we notice things about our deer that make us wonder everything from what is that, to, is the meat good to eat? Luckily, Bronson knows all and explains it all without getting too gross. You’ll hear abo…
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This week we have a special in-studio guest who evoked a great conversation. Kevin VanDam has been on many podcasts talking hunting and fishing, but we don’t expect you’ve heard him this relaxed and open on an array of relevant topics from stories to management tips. He is a rare individual and we can all learn from him, whether it’s fishing and hu…
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On this BONUS podcast you get to hear the story of 8 year old Saylor Stiglet’s giant Mississippi eight point. It’s a story of a father and daughter that will warm your heart. Also hear Erick Larson’s unbelievable three year quest to kill his target buck. A true 200 plus inch whitetail. Erick is also a PHD/agronomy expert and shares insightful wisdo…
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This week we question Mark Drury on aging bucks, with a specific emphasis on aging older, more mature bucks. It’s a conversation where he provides the many tips and tricks he’s learned over the years that will help gamekeepers understand what they are looking at. We also questioned him in detail on his strategies for managing all those trail camera…
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This week we have the world traveling hunter, conservationist, museum curator and now author – Jim Shockey. It’s a great discussion of his new book and we also asked about his introduction to hunting, his first whitetail, his love of cultural artifacts, his favorite wild game meats, introducing kids to the outdoors and much more. It’s one of our fa…
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This week we are joined in studio by deer dog recovery expert Zach Crowley and his legendary tracking dog, Dayah (a beautiful black-mouthed Cur). We hope you never need one, but if you do it’s great to know there is a network of recovery dogs that can make the difference in recovering your deer. Zach explains what steps to take after a nominal shot…
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This week we’re joined by wildlife professors Dr. Will Gulsby and Dr. Marcus Lashley, where we discuss the importance of oak trees and the findings on an acorn production study that debunked a long-time myth about fertilizing oaks and acorn production. We dive deep into some intense conversation trying to wrap our heads around the premise and some …
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This week we talk hunting mature bucks with Ben Rising of Whitetail Edge. It’s an in-depth conversation on his whole process and we all learned something as we listened to his explanations. This guy has a trophy room full of big whitetails and more than qualified to lead this discussion. If you’re interested in killing big deer then this one is for…
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This week we are joined in studio by Brodie Swisher – a well-known bow hunter, the editor at bowhunting.com. We talk about early season strategies, preferred feed trees, hunting from tree saddles, making important decisions prior to the shot, broadheads, scouting, the joys of a blood trail and just why bow hunting is different. Brodie is a passiona…
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This week we talk squirrels with master caller and squirrel hunter Jeffrey Wood referred to by his friends as the Swamp Boy. He makes custom calls and he kills over 600 bushytails a year. He sits on the guest couch and he puts on a calling demonstration and explains how his style of still hunting the crafty critters. Jeffrey also has numerous state…
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This week we welcome Dr. Craig Harper of UT for a general deer discussion that begins with the severe drought most of us are experiencing. Will it affect acorns or other natural food sources? We sympathize with the many food plotters that, like us, are suffering. It doesn’t take long for the conversation turn to harvesting does, including advice on…
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This week we have a world famous musician, Mr. Chuck Leavell. While he’s been the keyboardist for The Rolling Stones for 40 years and now the musical director, he was also with the Allman Brothers in their heydays in the 70’s. There are too many more musical accolades to list. You may be wondering why we had him as a guest? Let us tell you – Chuck …
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With deer season now on the brain, we hit up one of our favorite mature buck nerds, Dr. Mike Chamberlain aka The Turkey Doc, for tips and tricks on improving the odds of harvesting mature bucks. Although Mike is widely known for his hands-on and scientific knowledge of all things Wild Turkey, he and his harem of hunting buddies and clients are luck…
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This week we welcome Mitt Wardlaw into the Gamekeeper Studio to talk about his expertise in applying row crop science to food plots. Mitt’s a smart guy who has lots of hands-on experience. We have a lively discussion on planting dates, cereal grains, annual and perennial clovers, myths around lime, the nutritional needs and timing of fertilizer app…
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This week we open our minds to the possibilities of improving our soils and more through “regenerative” food plots. Dr. Bronson Strickland and PHD grad student Luke Resop provide a deep dive into understanding the whole process. Luke is performing a 4-5 year comprehensive study comparing regen plots to those planted using conventional methods and h…
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On this BONUS episode we hear the story of the recently killed Mississippi State Record Alligator. The hunters Don Woods, Will Thomas, Tanner White and Joey Clark join us to tell the exciting story, and former MDWFP gator coordinator Ricky Flynt explains even more interesting details about prior interactions with the same individual. Imagine a 14 f…
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During this BONUS episode we talk with world-class wingshooter Tony Rosetti to learn a few tips to help make us better shots and enjoy dove season even more. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started, you’ll walk away with something useful from this one. Listen, Learn and Enjoy. If you enjoy the show, share it with a friend and leav…
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This week we welcome Drs. Dwayne Elmore and Bronson Strickland to school us all on aflatoxin. Aflatoxins are produced by a couple of species of fungi in the genus Aspergillus that can appear in a variety of situations, and when ingested can be harmful to the very birds and mammals we cherish. Our expert guests thoroughly explain aflatoxin, practice…
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This week we have a really interesting and hardcore gamekeeper named Andy Orlando, whose profession is “helicopter wrangler.” Andy works for a private firm contracted by various agencies to safely and ethically capture live animals such as pronghorns, elk, big horn sheep, mule deer, bears, and others via helicopter. From there he bails out of the c…
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Put your chaps on, as this week noted herpetologist Jimmy Stiles busts into the Gamekeeper studio with five venomous snakes that any of us could encounter. It’s an amazing podcast of information and education. Jimmy knows snakes, and his explanations help us understand these reptiles a bit better. It’s a fascinating look into something that strikes…
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This week we learn more about the “Slab Lab” and the quest to grow a world record class bluegill. Sarah Parvin from The Slab Lab and Shawn McNulty of American Sportfish Hatchery join us to explain the process and help teach us what they have learned. It’s an amazing story of a father and daughter’s shared obsession and a fisheries biologist pushing…
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This week we all listen in amazement to the stories that our guest Trapper Mike AKA the @pythoncowboy shares. Southern Florida and the Everglades has become an invasive species nightmare with pythons, monitor lizards, iguanas and even herpes infected monkeys. Trapper Mike, a “Gladesman” is doing his part to protect the wild places he loves. In the …
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