Apex Predator

After more than 1,300 public lands hunts, the author finally scored a mature buck when he downed

Apex Predator: Redemption buck

1,300-plus hunts finally result in public lands wallhanger
February 06, 2017 at 2:34pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with a doe he shot on Christmas Day from 50 yards with his .44 magnum Thompson/Center Contender on Richard K. Yancey WMA.

Apex Predator: Primitive pistol hunting now legal

Louisiana's primitive weapons now include .35 caliber and larger pistols and muzzleloading handguns
January 03, 2017 at 3:08pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with one of the Mississippi public lands does he shot, this time with his recurve bow.

Apex Predator: Stalking Mississippi does

Rules change allows Chauvin to put more venison in the freezer
November 16, 2016 at 10:44am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, arrowed this mule deer doe with a 28-yard longbow shot during his third summer hunting on public lands in the Colorado mountains.

Apex Predator arrows Colorado mule deer

28-yard-longbow shot highlights third year in the mountains
October 19, 2016 at 6:00am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, points out some of the advantages to using an over-under shotgun to pursue hogs on public land.

Double the barrel — Double the hog

Apex Predator points out advantages to hunting hogs with an over-under shotgun
September 28, 2016 at 4:38pm
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