Apex Predator

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
One of Josh Chauvin's favorite trail cam pics shows this nice buck being stalked by a turkey, which is visible to the right in the background of the photo.

Apex Predator: Summertime trail camera set-up advice

Chauvin details his favorite brands, and the features he look for to successfully scout deer
August 18, 2015 at 1:56pm
The Apex Predator shot this 350-pound hog on Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge two years ago. The statewide Hog Wash Tournament gets underway Sept. 20 and runs through Aug. 31, 2016.

Apex Predator: Year-long Hog Wash Tournament starts Sept. 20

Statewide tourney promotes hunting, control of invasive species
July 21, 2015 at 4:09pm
After a tough fight, with no gaff, Josh Chauvin was finally able to net this 50-pound plus lemonfish he hooked using a de-barbed hardhead catfish for live bait.

Apex Predator: Use red snapper and de-barbed hardheads to catch more cobia

First snapper at a rig often brings lemonfish up with it, Chauvin says
July 13, 2015 at 4:40pm
The Apex Predator recently encountered this black bear while setting out trail cameras with his dogs on Richard K. Yancey WMA in lower Concordia Parish.

Video: Apex Predator encounters bear while setting trail cams

Chauvin, dogs meet up with black bear on Richard K. Yancey WMA
June 29, 2015 at 5:41pm
Whenever he's out on the water, the Apex Predator wears a fanny pack PFD, which features a CO2 cartridge attached to a pull cord. The PFD also can be manually inflated.

Apex Predator: Fanny pack PFD convenient, comfortable and safe

Device provided added sense of security when kayak flipped during Paddlepalooza
June 08, 2015 at 1:40pm
Josh Chauvin shows off a moose antler he found while black bear hunting in the mountains of northern Idaho last month.

Apex Predator: Idaho DIY bear hunt

April's trip yields no bears, but provides great learning experience
May 13, 2015 at 5:55pm
Josh Chauvin caught this 15-inch, 2 1/2-pound crappie on a Beetle-Spin tipped with a Berkley PowerBait Crappie Nibble.

Catch more crappie using dehydrated nibbles

Dried-out nibbles last, stay on the hook longer, Chauvin says
April 07, 2015 at 4:44pm
Watch the attached video for detailed cooking instructions for the Apex Predator's hog's head cheese recipe.

Apex Predator provides 'headless' hog's head cheese recipe

Watch included video for detailed cooking instructions
February 26, 2015 at 3:15pm
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, poses with a nice 11-point buck he shot on R.K.Yancey WMA last season after ducks alerted him to the big deer's presence.

Find the ducks to get the bucks

Apex Predator's late season tip to surprise nocturnal swamp bucks
January 05, 2015 at 4:07pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, enjoyed a great public-land duck hunt last January by using a little ingenuity to preserve his honey hole. On a separate hunt that same day, his wife shot two of the mallard hens pictured here.

Apex Predator: using a 'Light Decoy Spread' on public land duck hunts

Light show preserves public land hunting spot
December 18, 2014 at 4:15pm