Tradition. Conservation. Family. The Outdoors. It matters to you. It matters to us. This is “Hunting Matters”, presented by the Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF). With HSCF Executive Director Joe Betar. Join Joe as he engages in conversations with guests, from various backgrounds, that have a passion for hunting and conservation. Great discussions, news, hunting legislation and more! Listen and discover. "Hunting Matters".
Steve Hall grew up in Denver, CO and graduated with a B. S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1981. Since then, he has served as American Sportsman's Club Colorado Services Manager, Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) Education/Outreach Director, Texas State Rifle Association Executive Director, International Hunter Education Association (IHEA)-USA Executive Director and currently serves as the TPWD Hunter Education Coordinator.
During his TPWD career, he initiated or helped develop many education & outreach programs (e.g. Mandatory Hunter Education, Outdoor Woman, Aquatic & Boater Education, Parrie Haynes Youth Ranch, Texas Youth Hunting Program Partnership, 4-H Shooting Sports and Sport Fishing Partnership, TX Archery-in-Schools, TX Student Air Rifle Program, Target Range Grants, Fly Fishing and Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo). He teaches for the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow national program and has been inducted into the IHEA & Texas Hunter Education Halls of Fame. Steve also was honored nationally by the Aquatic Resource Education Association. Steve is an avid bow hunter and fly fisherman and continues to volunteer to teach in many outdoor education programs.
Dante "Dan" Pastorini
Dante "Dan" Pastorini reached legendary status in the 1970s as the dashing young quarterback of the Houston Oilers. Selected No. 3 overall in the 1971 NFL Draft out of the University of Santa Clara in California, Pastorini arrived in Houston with the expectation he could rescue the moribund team and take them to the top of the league. It didn't take long for Houstonians to truly embrace Pastorini, and with salt-of-the-earth head coach Bum Phillips and colorful teammates like Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Elvin Bethea and Earl Campbell, the memorable "Luv Ya Blue" era was born. Before long, the entire country was shaking Columbia Blue pom-poms for the Oilers and Pastorini's legacy -- bolstered by a record-setting role in the 1974 Pro Bowl -- was cemented in place.
After his playing years were over, Pastorini remained in the embrace of his adopted hometown and with an "Official Texan" decree signed by the governor himself, Pastorini laid down roots in the energy capital of the world. Immediately after his 13-year NFL career concluded, Pastorini stayed in sports by piloting a variety of racecars and boats, winning events and setting records along the way on both land and water.
Always anxious to give back to the city that still reveres him, Pastorini has supported countless charities throughout the years, none more so than the Be An Angel Foundation, which helps profoundly deaf children and families supporting multiple children with disabilities. Pastorini currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the well-respected entity.
Pastorini also progressed in the business world, owning and operating DP Quality Foods, working as a consultant for human resources giant Insperity, serving as a Senior Account Manager for DataWorks Plus and filling the role of COO at Turbine Metal Technology.
Through the years, Pastorini helped with the marketing efforts of industry leaders like Seagram's Spirits, the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association, Lamborghini Motorcars, Coors Light, Mopar Performance, Kendall Oil and Champion Spark Plugs. More recently, Pastorini was inducted into the Houston Sports Authority Hall of Fame alongside fellow honorees George Foreman, A.J. Foyt and Jackie Burke. Pastorini also is enshrined in the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame, the Impact A Hero Hall of Fame and is one of Mike Ditka's Gridiron Greats. In 2019, the prestigious Houston Touchdown Club named Pastorini "Touchdowner of the Year." In 2020 he is selected for the East West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame in Tampa, FL. A veteran of football broadcasting, both in radio and television, Pastorini remains in the spotlight to this day, living in the shadow of downtown Houston.
Brian Gilroy, Co-Founder/CEO, Wildlife Partners
Brian was raised in Texas and grew up with a love of the outdoors. During his first career, he spent almost 20 years in the oil and gas industry. His primary focus was financial services related to the oil and gas exploration business. He spent the majority of his time managing investments for high-net-worth investors. In 2002, he founded an oil and gas exploration company and placed approximately $100,000,000 of investment capital in various exploration projects across the United States.
In 2011, Brian began investing in the exotic wildlife industry. As a result, he co-founded Wildlife Partners in April of 2016. As an entrepreneur, hunter and conservationist, his love for wildlife has led Brian to create an innovative model that marries wildlife conservation with capitalism. Wildlife Partners is today the largest breeder of exotic wildlife in the United States. The company has amassed more than 10,000 acres and is breeding 60 species with more than 3000 animals.
Will Morgan is the Marketing Director for Outdoor Edge Knives & Tools. Upon graduation in 2007, Will moved to Steamboat Springs, CO where he began working as a manager of outdoor recreation for a shared ranch community. His responsibilities included overseeing mountain biking, Nordic skiing and fly-fishing operations until the fall of 2012. He then moved to Eagle, CO where he began his professional career in marketing with UrgeMedia. While there, he advanced quickly to become the Director of Producer Relations where he managed twenty-five multi-faceted marketing strategies across television, social and digital media. In the spring of 2020 he came on board with Outdoor Edge as their Marketing Director.
Chris Dorsey has been called the 'brand father' of outdoor television having helped create and launch 56 series across numerous national outdoor networks through his company Dorsey Pictures founded 20 years ago. He's also created nearly an equal number of popular mainstream television series and specials on scores of networks including History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, HGTV, DIY, Travel, Oxygen, ESPN, NBC Sports, Oxygen, Spike and many others. He's also hosted nearly 400 episodes of outdoor programs--including Sporting Classics with Chris Dorsey currently airing on the Outdoor Channel--and is among the world's most widely traveled hunters having taken all 29 North American big game species, the Deadly Seven of Africa, the spiral horns of Africa and the turkey World Slam.
He's the author of 12 books on outdoor and natural history subjects and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Robb Report and most of the outdoor periodicals in the English-speaking world.
He’s also a columnist for Forbes, covering a wide range of topics including politics, public policy, conservation, and the outdoor industry. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Sports Afield and Ducks Unlimited magazines.
He was inducted into the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame in 2021, and he's also served on numerous boards and advisory positions throughout the outdoor industry always with an eye for showcasing to the masses the important role that hunters and anglers play in supporting conservation. As such, he's a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Memorial Award from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the Ray Scott Trailblazer Award from the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.
Native Texan Mike Arnold is a research scientist and outdoor writer with more than 140 published articles, including feature pieces in such magazines as Sports Afield (two articles in Sep/Oct 2021 issue), Hunter’s Horn, Safari Magazine, and African Hunting Gazette. Mike's forthcoming TEDx talk launches on September 26, 2021. He’s currently at work on a book titled Bringing Back The Lions: International Hunters, Local Tribespeople, and the Miraculous Rescue of a Doomed African Ecosystem.
The hunter’s horn blew early for Mike. Taking his first whitetail near San Saba while hunting with his father at the age of five was a transformative experience. From that time forward, Mike has spent months each year pursuing game animals – from quail and rabbits behind his parents’ house, to kudu and leopard in Africa.
Mike combines his love of writing, science, and hunting to record his adventures. He often covers the role hunters and their organizations play in ecosystem restoration and conservation. He has produced a series of articles on key stakeholders highlighting how sport hunting leads to the conservation of habitats and wildlife. Mike’s upcoming TEDx talk and book both cover this topic as well. To learn more about Mike visit https://arnoldoutdoorwriter.com.
A solid listen in less than an hour with various guests discussing various topics about hunting-from gear to legislation.
A very informative and interesting podcast about hunting and conservation. Highly recommend.