Apex Predator

The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, shares his favorite gar patty recipe, and also demonstrates how to clean a gar in about five minutes using only a machete.

Video: Apex Predator cleans gar with machete in five minutes

Shares favorite recipe for moist, flavorful gar patties
August 24, 2016 at 5:26pm
Josh Chauvin shows off a frog he arrowed during a recent daytime public lands trip with his recurve bow. It's a lot more challenging than nighttime frogging, but Chauvin said it's a great way to get in some bow practice before deer season.

Apex Predator: Daytime frogging with a recurve bow

Arrowing frogs is a fun, challenging way to get in some bow practice before deer season, Chauvin says
July 25, 2016 at 1:55pm
Josh Chauvin's favorite topwater lure to catch speckled trout is Strike King's 4 ¾-inch Sexy Dawg, which features three treble hooks. Unfortunately for Chauvin, a shark nailed this speck before he got it to the boat.

Apex Predator tests topwater lures for speckled trout

Strike King’s 4 ¾-inch KVD Sexy Dawg proves to be most effective, Chauvin says
July 05, 2016 at 9:17pm
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, used his doubled-over four-turn improved clinch knot on the lure when he caught this spadefish.

Apex Predator's top fluorocarbon knots

Watch video instructions to tie Predator's doubled-over four-turned improved clinch
June 10, 2016 at 2:21pm
Josh Chauvin shows off a big alligator snapping turtle he caught using a noodle constructed with a non-stainless hook, untarred line and a ½-inch hex nut for the weight.

Apex Predator: How to make noodles to catch alligator snapping turtles

Use non-stainless hooks for catch and release
May 24, 2016 at 2:30pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, shows off a 58-pound catfish he caught recently in the Intracoastal with a rod and reel using a Carolina rig and chunks of gaspergou for bait.

Apex Predator lands a 58-pound mud whale

Chauvin shares big cat cleaning tips for tasty head and belly meat
March 16, 2016 at 2:36pm
By scouting locations each spring and using his bicycle and a kayak, Josh Chauvin accesses sloughs and small pockets where late-season ducks gather to avoid hunting pressure.

Apex Predator: Early-spring is perfect scouting time for deer and ducks

Now is the time to locate great spots for next fall's hunting
March 08, 2016 at 9:06am
Josh Chauvin arrowed this doe with a 12-yard shot using his 100-pound Bamabows longbow on St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Natchez, Miss.

Apex Predator: 100-pound longbow adventure brings down doe

Stalking and using challenging weapons gives adrenaline rush to Chauvin
February 03, 2016 at 6:34pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with a double-throat patch 9-pointer he shot last season on St. Catherine's Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The hunt featured lots of miscues, but he took the only shot he had and dropped his biggest buck to date.

Apex Predator makes only shot count, downs double-patched Mississippi River buck

9-pointer goes down despite numerous mishaps during 2014 hunt
January 04, 2016 at 4:12pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, researched arrow speed and trajectory to determine the ideal yardage to set your first pin. Click on the image for easier reading.

Apex Predator: Determining supreme arrow trajectory

Arrow speed is key in setting first pin
December 01, 2015 at 9:00am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, missed out on a couple of opportunities to take down a big bear, but cashed in with three grouse to go with his cow elk and wrap up his Colorado trip.

Colorado Part II: The Apex Predator's bear blunders and three-shot scores

Chauvin gets a bad case of 'bear fever,' but wraps up trip with three grouse
November 10, 2015 at 5:49pm
One of Josh Chauvin's goals for the 2015 season is to take down a deer with his 100-pound custom longbow. This still shot captures him drawing back on a coyote last January, which he missed just high from 14 yards.

Apex Predator: Prepped and ready for upcoming deer season

Recaps highlights of last year's hunts with preseason 'Pump Up' video
September 29, 2015 at 3:53pm
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, poses with a 600-pound cow elk he arrowed on a recent trip to remote, mountainous terrain in Colorado.

Apex Predator arrows cow elk in Colorado

Chauvin downs 600-pounder with compound bow at 20 yards
September 17, 2015 at 4:36pm
Josh Chauvin harvested this spike last season on Sicily Island Hills WMA with his PSE Talon, and even cut the drawstring from his pants to attach the tag to the deer.

Apex Predator: Potential solutions to hunter non-compliance in reporting deer kills

More validated tags means better data when considering season or tag reduction, Chauvin says
August 25, 2015 at 5:00pm