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NEW Outdoor Adventure Show! Host Rebecca Wanner aka “Bec” dives into the stories of hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, cooking, conservation and anything and everything that has to do with the outdoors and the back trails. Guests share their stories about success, failure and the one that got away. Hear not just about the gear, but more about what makes the outdoors relatable to everyone each week on The Bend Show!


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NEW Outdoor Adventure Show! Host Rebecca Wanner aka “Bec” dives into the stories of hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, cooking, conservation and anything and everything that has to do with the outdoors and the back trails. Guests share their stories about success, failure and the one that got away. Hear not just about the gear, but more about what makes the outdoors relatable to everyone each week on The Bend Show!




How To Talk Hunting With Non-Hunters & Make Christmas A Gift Trip

Learn how to talk about hunting with non-hunters by showing patience and respect while still getting your opinions across. Are you stressed thinking of how to get home for Christmas or how to host that holiday? Consider doing a Holiday away at a central location, making Christmas a gift trip. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 161 Details NEWS REAL CHRISTMAS TREES MAY HAVE INSECTS The Department of Agriculture is advising checking the trunk, branches, and needles for any signs of the lantern fly and reporting any findings immediately to the department. They are requesting that people inspect their real Christmas trees for these invasive insects. The lantern fly can cause significant damage to plants and trees, so it’s crucial to inspect your tree before bringing it indoors. BEER SPA BierBath is set to open in Sykesville, Maryland on December 9th. The spa features hot baths infused with hops and barley that are said to provide detoxifying benefits. After relaxing, guests can continue on to enjoy a taproom featuring 30 different beers. UGLY CHRISTMAS TREE TREND The Ugly Christmas Sweater has taken on a whole new look. Ugly Christmas Trees are trending in 2023. According to CBC News, people are adorning their trees with pom poms and feathers while others are opting for a Christmas Cactus or buying an ugly Christmas tree from sites like Amazon that resembles the one in the Charlie Brown cartoon. A 15 inch Redneck Christmas Tree is selling on Amazon for $15. It’s nothing more than a toilet plunger with several Evergreen branches and on red ornament. The description reads: “Toilet plunger base with wooden handle makes a great holiday gag. Can be decorated with ornaments or left bare. Decoration only - plunger not designed for actual use. HOW TO TALK HUNTING WITH NON-HUNTERS From time to time we are all challenged with how to go about visiting with people that are not hunters. At times, with both sides of the fence passionate about their feelings, a heated discussion can result. But it does not have to. When sharing why you hunt with a non-hunter it is important to have patience and respect. Tigger & BEC often use the discussion as a reason to talk about wildlife conservation. How there is importance to find balance in nature. Cities are growing meaning that areas for wildlife to roam are smaller and smaller. If populations of wildlife are not managed then circumstances of disease can result. Having a calm conversation and allowing both sides to share their feelings without judgment goes a long way. Make the discussion a safe place to share, and then use it as a moment to educate. Practice patience and respect will go a long way and are more likely to have a positive conversation. HOLIDAY LOCATION & GIFT TURNED INTO A TRIP Dollars are tight this time of year for everyone plus there is the stress too of hosting or arranging travel to have everyone home in time. Instead of gifts, book a Christmas getaway that is not as far away for everyone! Consider looking at the map and picking a central location for all to travel to that might be easier than everyone coming “Home”. For example, say Mom & Dad live in North Dakota but members of your family now live in places like Nebraska. Meet in the middle, and turn the holiday into a memorable trip! A location for that might be the Black Hills in South Dakota. Search an area on the map that is between everyone, then search that area for a vacation home rental. There are places like AirBnB or VRBO as well as an assortment of other reputable vacation home rental places that will offer great alternatives. Eliminate the stress of cleaning and preparing your home, and treat everyone to an affordable getaway that is the gift. Spend time as a family checking out hiking trails, shopping in quaint towns and enjoy exploring the area...


Try These Easy Cellphone Photo Tips & This Hunter Chili Recipe

We talk quick, easy photo tips when using a cellphone in the field or your DIY family photo. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 160 Details CELLPHONE / MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY Our cell phones or mobile phones have become that one item that no matter where we go, the phone goes to. With that, the improvement in Cellphone Camera capabilities has been incredible. So much so that often, cell phones have replaced traditional cameras. Now there is no reason to haul around that heavy DSLR or upgrade to a full-frame camera. BEC is an amateur photographer, here are her BEST TIPS for being outdoors and using your phone or mobile device to grab top-notch photos without the cost or hassle of carrying around the camera. HUNTER CHILI RECIPE Now that you harvested your trophies, what to cook is the next question. Fall and winter is chili season, this week hear an easy CHILI RECIPE using your wild game. Have You Tried? Do you have a tried and true wild game recipe? We want to try it in the cabin kitchen! Email FIELD REPORTS & COMMENTS FEATURE: Justin Hampton, Ozark Traditions TV, located in Missouri. Sean Ehr, Toxic Calls, located in Western Washington. Call or Text your questions, or comments to 305-900-BEND or 305-900-2363 Or email FOLLOW Facebook/Instagram: @thebendshow SUBSCRIBE to The Bend YouTube Channel. Website: #catchBECifyoucan #tiggerandbec #outdoors #travel #cowboys The Outdoors, Rural America, And Wildlife Conservation are Center-Stage. AND how is that? Because Tigger & BEC… Live This Lifestyle. Learn more about Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt & Rebecca Wanner aka BEC here: Home - Tigger & BEC WESTERN LIFESTYLE & THE OUTDOORS Tigger & BEC are News Broadcasters that represent the Working Ranch world, Rodeo, and the Western Way of Life as well as advocate for the Outdoors and Wildlife Conservation. Outdoorsmen themselves, this duo strives to provide the hunter, adventurer, cowboy, cowgirl, rancher and/or successful farmer, and anyone interested in agriculture with the knowledge, education, and tools needed to bring high-quality beef and the wild game harvested to your table for dinner. They understand the importance in sharing meals with family, cooking the fruits of our labor and fish from our adventures, and learning to understand the importance of making memories in the outdoors. Appreciate God’s Country. United together, this duo offers a glimpse into and speaks about what life truly is like at the end of dirt roads and off the beaten path. Tigger & BEC look forward to hearing from you, answering your questions and sharing in the journey of making your life a success story. Adventure Awaits Around The Bend.


How To Improve Venison Wild Game Taste & Holiday Dinner Options

Episode 159 Details The holidays may be upon us now with Thanksgiving only days away... BUT the real countdown is on for the WNFR, the 65th Annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo that kicks off December 7th - 16th in Las Vegas! If you've not made this a Bucket List event to attend when Vegas Goes Country, then it needs to be! From the Cowboy Christmas Shopping to the Country Music Entertainment nightly covering Classic Country to Hot New Country to Outlaw Country, and then of course the best rodeo action in the world. NEWS NEW PUBLIC LAND ACQUISITION LARGER THAN YELLOWSTONE According to; outdoor enthusiasts, especially those hunters and anglers in the Northwest, will soon have access to 15,573 acres of public land in eastern Oregon. The acquisition of the Minam River Wildlife Area was highlighted in a recent press release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which worked with state, federal, and private partners to bring the land under public ownership. When combined with the neighboring Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Minam State Recreation Area, the acquisition stitches together a block of public land that’s larger than Yellowstone National Park. It will also improve hunting access to an additional 6,000 acres of land owned by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Hunters, anglers, and other users will be able to access the Minam River Wildlife Area from April 1 to Nov. 30. It will remain closed to the public for the rest of the year. While this closure will put the area off-limits for any late-season hunting and fishing, it’s meant to protect big game on their wintering range. A grand opening celebration is currently slated for June 2024. FLORIDA 200 POUND PYTHON A massive 17-foot, 198-pound Burmese python was recently captured in South Florida. It is the second-largest snake ever caught in the state. The Python was caught during a cold front, making it even more unusual as snakes typically remain sedentary during colder temperatures. FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM SUED FOR ADDICTION According to Newser magazine, 41 states have filed a lawsuit against Facebook and Instagram. They are accusing them of intentionally trying to make kids addicted to their platforms. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook collects data on children under 13 without parental consent. The states also claim that Facebook algorithms are designed to hook children with features like the “infinite scroll”. TINDER ADDS NEW FEATURE According to Verge, Tinder, the dating app, has launched a new feature called Matchmaker. It allows a member’s friends and family members to pick potential partners for them. Users review the dating candidates suggested by their loved ones. They then have the final say on who they like. HOT TUB HEALTH BENEFITS A new study by Coventry University reveals that soaking in a hot tub may produce the same health benefits as going for a half-hour jog. Researchers had dozens of study participants soak for 30 minutes. The participants experienced major boosts in cardiovascular levels that were comparable to running. Blood flow to their legs increased by 345% while average heart rates shot up 31 beats per minute. The participants’ blood pressure also dropped significantly. Researchers found that a hot tub posed excellent benefits to both physical and mental health. The relaxed feeling of a hot tub is something enjoyable which makes the use of a hot tub even more desirable for improving health. FEATURE WHAT CAUSES THE WILD OR THE GAMEY TASTE IN VENISON? The "wild" flavor of venison is directly related to what the animal eats. Venison refers to the meat of antlered animals such as deer, moose, elk, and caribou. The 'wild' flavor of venison is directly related to what the animal eats. Corn-fed deer will have a milder flavor than those that eat acorns or sage. The 'gamey' flavor is more noticeable in the fat. Removing the fat, connective tissue, silver skin, bone, and hair during processing lessens the 'gamey'...


Why Comforting Your Pet During Euthanasia Is Important

Saying goodbye to our four-legged hunting pals or the family dog is never easy. Should we be there during the final farewell? We share veterinarian thoughts and our story. Plus News and the latest trends in holiday goodies. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 158 Details BEC & Tigger kicked off deer rifle season in their neck of the woods. Tigger always finds it amusing how BEC packs everything sugar-related, from candy bars to licorice while Tigger has all the jerky and trail mix. BEC claims she learned it from her father and regardless, rifle deer hunting season is a holiday in her book! NEWS BEAR AWARE: Officials in areas prone to bears are warning people that your fall-themed decorations which include pumpkins and squash, can actually attract bears. Wildlife Officials say that the bears right now are eating as much as possible to fill up before going into hibernation for the winter. 101 Uses for WD-40: Pumpkins, Squash & Gourds. WD-40 can keep pumpkins fresh and pest-free by spraying them with WD-40 products. The spray’s invisible coat of protection makes it difficult for bugs to feast on the gourd. The scent of WD-40, with its citrus undertones and vanilla profile, also helps deter pests. Note - If you have dogs, WD-40 is not recommended to be used as the canine may lick and digest. Call your veterinarian if so happens. Strength Training Over Cardio: A recent Stanford University study has revealed that strength training is more effective for burning fat and building muscle than cardio. Researchers had participants partake in a 9-month exercise routine. Those who did strength training three times a week had better progress than those who did cardio or a combination of both. So there’s a bit of proof that we all need to keep hunting, fishing, and packing in all that gear… it builds muscle while losing the fat! Blue Moon Beer has announced the release of Blue Moon Thanksgiving Seasonings. The two-pack of seasonings includes the Blue Moon Zesty Seasoning for savory dishes and the Blue Moon Pie Pint for sweet treats. DiGiorno, as in the frozen pizza, is offering a new Thanksgiving Pizza. The pizza pie has a chewy Detroit-style crust and is topped with mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, green beans, and gravy. And word on the street is this new pizza has been selling out fast! Baskin-Robbins icecream has a new Thanksgiving inspired flavor called Turkey Day Fixin’s. The holiday flavors combined of sweet potato and autumn spice ice creams with honey cornbread pieces and swirls of cranberry sauce. A new survey by GetYourGuide says that 92% of people prefer receiving experience gifts over physical gifts. Trips over Gifts! EXPERIENCE TRAVEL EXAMPLES Blue Water Girl Charters in the Florida Keys in Key Largo Captain: Deb Deyo Offering Offshore Full/Half Day Fishing Charters, Sunset Cruises, Sandbar Trips & More P: (305) 896-3768 E: Johnnie Candle, Professional Angler & Fishing Guide Fish the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle during the winter months. Summer months, fish walleye in Devils Lake, North Dakota. P: (701) 371-9431 E: Buckstorm Hunts Guided big game hunts in South Dakota and Wyoming. Guide/Outfitter: Travis Theel P: 605-381-6133 E: WHY COMFORT PETS DURING EUTHANASIA SAYING GOODBYE, PUTTING PETS DOWN Whether it is a man’s best friend, your trusty hunting dog and companion, cow dog, or family pet; saying goodbye to a pet is hard. There is no way around it. Especially pets like dogs or cats; where they’ve entered an, even more, deeper connection as they typically almost always depend on you and do so for many years....


Dog Facts & Fun, Wildlife Traffic Jams & The Wolf Debate

Man's Best Friend, that’s right we are talking about dogs. The Rocky Mountain Elk migration is underway, learn where you can go to see it first hand and we discuss the hot debate regarding wolves. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 157 Details BEC & Tigger are one week away from opening deer rifle season in their neck of the woods. Now is the time to take those last few practice shots. BEC loves to quote, "Aim Small, Miss Small" in which Tigger always loves to give her a hard time reminding her that's from the movie "The Patriot"... not a BEC quote! NEWS RECORD WALLEYE CAUGHT South Dakota’s famed Lake Oahe, a reservoir inside the Missouri River water system, has produced what is speculated to be the next South Dakota state-record walleye. Aaron Schuck of Bismarck, North Dakota was fishing with a deep diving crankbait when a whopper walleye struck his plug. Official weighing on certified scales took place at Oahe Sunset Lodge and Steakhouse by the owner Lisa Moser, located near the town of Pollock, South Dakota. Aaron Shuck’s walleye measured 33 inches in length with a heavy weight of 16.5 pounds beating a 23-year-old record! BEC has fished this area many times, both open water and ice fishing. Two thumbs up, it is BEC Approved! Looking for a great guide with accommodations? BEC recommends Loebs Lake Oahe Guide Service out of Pollock, SD. Give Josh a call and tell him that Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' said to! Josh Loebs, Fishing Guide Loebs Lake Oahe Guide Service E: P: 701.426.5832 WILDLIFE TRAFFIC JAMS IN COLORADO Tis the season that the quaint town of Estes Park, Colorado one of the entrances to the Rocky Mountain National Park is taken over by elk. Twice yearly elk migrations occur as large bunches of elk move out of the park and make a pit stop in Estes Park. Traffic jams occur as the elk cross streets or from gawking tourists trying to get pictures of these massive animals bedded down in residents' front yards to experience the golf course closed as it is a favorite hangout for the elk. The migration is not a quick one either, can take a couple of weeks as the various bunches move leisurely. The fall migration is a must-see as the massive bulls are herding the females but it is to be viewed with caution. The rut is on and the bulls can be aggressive. Check out for videos of the Elk taking over Estes Park, Colorado. MAN'S BEST FRIEND, THE DOG Dogs are often one's first pet and are often looked upon as a member of the family. This week Jeff 'Tigger' Erhardt tests Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' on her knowledge of the four-legged, Man's Best Friend... The Dog. A fun round of Did You Knows, Facts, and the first part of a two-part "Dog Discussion". Tigger is a cattle dog trainer, having worked with many border collies and other cattle dog breeds. These dogs are both part of the livelihood on the ranch but also become parts of the family. DID YOU KNOW... WESTERN STYLE Looking for the latest in Western fashion and style? Medora Boot and Western Wear keep both Tigger & BEC in the boots they love, the jeans that fit, and the latest styles of shirts, jackets, and more. Check out located in historic Medora, North Dakota in the Badlands. Online ordering and shipping are available in time for the holidays! RICHELLE BARRETT, THE PRAIRIE CROCUS Author and photographer Richelle Barrett, aka The Prairie Crocus, from northern Montana shares words again this week from the saddle on how to look for good in your day, your surroundings. Look forward to hearing her words in the coming weeks. Order the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays, Richelle has her latest book out now “Anthology” as well as a calendar for 2024 on sale now at and black & white note cards. Be sure...


Latest Smashed Hunting & Fishing Records and How To Host Hassle-Free

This week news of records being broken in the hunting and fishing world, we share the latest details for the upcoming NFR when Las Vegas turns into Rodeo Vegas plus tips to host hassle-free. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 156 Details If rifle deer hunting has started in your neck of the woods, it will be soon. Time to pull out your trusty deer rifle and dust off your cobwebs by sighting in both the firearm and sharpen your skills. If you already have taken some shots, dialed in that scope earlier when it was warm; remember it is very important to do so again in the temperature and humidity that you will be hunting. We want everyone prepared and ready to have a memorable successful hunt! NEWS BOWHUNTER TAGS WORLD RECORD VELVET BULL MOOSE After five years of buying raffle tickets for the North American Game Warden Museum’s moose tag, Trace Armstrong of Rolette, North Dakota actually won the coveted grand prize tag! Now the hunt was on to find a trophy bull to fill this winning Moose tag. A trophy is an understatement for what Armstrong drew his bow for on August 31st, 2023. Armstrong released his arrow at 35 yards to take down a 1,700lb Canadian bull moose still in velvet that has been green scored by an official Pope & Young representative at 173 4/8 inches and with a net score of 16 6/8th inches. The bull will be scored again after October 31st, for the dried rack requirement and if stays close to the green score it is speculated to top the Pope & Young record book which would make it the new World Record Velvet Bull Moose! Head to to see this massive beautiful trophy bull! Congrats again to Trace Armstrong! MASSIVE BLUE MARLIN SMASHES GULF OF MEXICO RECORDS Dreaming about heading south to warmer waters and partaking in some deep-sea fishing? Recently, Texas angler Scooter Anderson did just that launching out of Alabama on a 55-foot Viding offshore boat. Anderson landed an officially weighed and measured 12-foot, 1,145-pound Blue Marlin that shames not just Alabama records but all Gulf of Mexico State Records! NFR After-Party Announces Entertainment Lineup & New Location The most anticipated after party of the NFR, hosted annually by Rodeo Vegas, is ringing in its 20th Anniversary with Country Music Stars Justin Moore, Corey Kent, Chayce Beckham and more at its new home, Rodeo Vegas’s new location will be part of Resorts World Las Vegas. Rodeo World Las Vegas will also be hosting the BFO, Bullfighters Only World Champsionships at Resorts World Las Vegas! HOSTING FAMILY & FRIENDS HASSLE FREE Take it from BEC, don’t fret about volunteering to host that next gathering or if you are someone who’s always wanted to do so. The stress is what we put on ourselves, and our guests are just happy to be invited! Here are BEC’s tips for keeping it fun, cost-effective, and stress-free! Guest List: In this day in age, it is completely okay to create a Facebook Event and invite this way. It’s highly recommended as almost everyone has at least one member in their household with a Facebook account. This then can be used for last-minute details, as well as used to build up the excitement for the date. Location: If your home is a disarray, that’s okay! BEC uses her heated shop for fall gatherings. A bathroom is cleaned in the house near the door, but there are never any complaints about hanging out in a big open space like a shop or garage. FOOD: As the host, find one of your favorite recipes that can be made ahead of time that covers the “Main Dish”. BEC & Tigger always make Tigger’s Ranchers Chili. It is a hit with everyone! Then say in your invite to bring a side to share! BEC leans towards main dishes that can be kept warm in a crockpot or roaster, ready to serve or be enjoyed at any time. DRINKS: Make it BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) and have a case of water or...


How To Hunt Upland Game & Pheasants More Successfully

Stealth aka Silent Hunting. We do so chasing big game, learn why it applies to hunting upland game, especially pheasants. News headlines of a self-defense grizzly kill to recent legislation protecting our hunter education in schools. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 155 Details How many of you are locked and loaded, westward bound for the long awaited elk rifle season? For example, Montana’s opens Saturday October 21st and Colorado has already started kicking off it’s first season with the second season soon to start while Nebraska will be wrapping up bull elk seasons on October 31st. We want to be sure to wish everyone the best out there on a successful trip! In our news shortly, we have another grizzly story you’ll want to hear and then also for those that are leaving on that long awaited hunting or fishing excursion… we share ideas that Tigger & BEC personally do so that when a spouse or loved one is left behind, they don’t feel lonely, avoid the jealousy that could stem and keep everyone part of being part of a memorable trip. Also on today's show, we have an expert in upland game hunting joining and we are talking about STEALTH pheasant hunting. With all that on deck - Let’s Ride and get this show on the Road! NEWS HUNTER EDUCATION PROTECTED According to Outdoor News, President Joe Biden has signed the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act, which protects funding for schools that provide hunter education, archery, shooting sports and other programs. The signature comes after both chambers of the U.S. Congress solidly passed the legislation that fixes language from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022 that potentially allowed the U.S. Department of Education to pull federal funding from schools that have hunter education, archery and other shooting sports programs. FLORIDA ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS OUTDOORS According to WFLA, News Channel 8: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced a new initiative that went into effect this week to encourage Floridians to get outside, including discounts to state parks and for obtaining hunting and fishing licenses. The Great Outdoors Initiative was created to encourage residents to explore Florida’s state parks, recreation areas, and waterways. The executive order directs the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer 50% off annual state park passes and Gold Sportsman's hunting and fishing licenses. The following are the discounted rates that are available until Jan. 13, 2024: Florida State Parks Family Annual Pass: $60, plus tax Florida State Parks Individual Annual Pass: $30, plus tax FWC Annual Gold Sportsman licenses: $50.75, plus applicable fees FWC Five-year Gold Sportsman: $247.75, plus applicable fees FWC Lifetime Sportsman License: Age 4 or younger- $201.50, Ages 5-12- $351.50, Ages 13 and older- $501.50, plus applicable fees “Florida is home to some of the best state parks, waterways and recreational lands in the country, and I encourage all Floridians to get outdoors, experience our extraordinary natural resources and enjoy our fundamental right to hunt and fish,” DeSantis said. “And we are now making it more affordable for families to get outside and enjoy these wonders by offering state park passes and fishing and hunting licenses at sharply discounted rates.” We hope other states look into doing something similar for their residents. To Learn more about the FWC head to IDAHO GRIZZLY KILLED IN SELF-DEFENSE According to Fox News, An elk hunter in Idaho shot and killed a grizzly bear in self-defense after the animal charged directly at him in a "surprise encounter," wildlife officials said. The hunter was moving through heavy timber near Henrys Lake State Park the evening of September 30th, 2023,...


How To Make Pheasant Street Tacos & Neutralize Odors Naturally

Episode 154 Details Pheasant season is here in the North! Tigger & BEC spent last weekend's opener sharing the time with their nephews and taking out family. Tigger of course had to rib BEC as at the last minute she did a "No-No" and decided to switch from her pump 12-gauge shotgun to her over-under; and was skunked. But it all happens to the best of us! Thankfully much of their party was limited out and most importantly fun & memories were made. NEWS HIGH SCHOOL: FLY FISHING CLASS An innovative English class introduced Maine high school students to fly fishing this fall. Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, Maine introduced this fall an innovative English elective class that focuses on fly fishing. The goal, to engage students by immersing them in the outdoors. The instructor, Nick Miller, was asked by the principal if he was to teach a nontraditional class, would he be interested and if given the opportunity, what would it be. Mr. Nick Miller chose his favorite hobby, Fly Fishing. Thus far students have been taught basics in fly fishing including going out to several bodies of water to actually fish. Later in the semester, once to chilly outside they will begin reading works such as Norman Maclean’s “A River Runs Through It” (a book made famous by the movie of same name featuring actor Brad Pitt), and transition the outdoors relatability into more of a traditional English Class. VERMONT POACHER CAUGHT IN ACTION After a years-long court process, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife after instances dating back three years are now able to put to rest a poaching case. After reports of poaching by a 43-year-old male, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife staged a dummy deer, a buck, in Northern Vermont in which Shane Philips was caught in action. According to a press release from the VDFW, Game wardens watched Shane Philips of Vermont attempt to poach the buck by using his vehicle headlights to illuminate it in the dark. After shooting the dummy buck with a crossbow, the suspect was confronted, and he fled the scene. The suspect was tracked, arrested, and confiscated both the crossbow and vehicle. Philips has been found guilty of taking big game by 5 illegal means. This poacher must pay a fine of almost $3,000, forfeit both the vehicle and crossbow, and has lost his hunting privileges for the next three years. YELLOWSTONE ELK STAMPEDE CAUSED BY WOLVES Right place, right time. In a once-in-a-lifetime sighting, a wildlife photographer in Yellowstone National Park this month captured video footage of an approximately 300-head herd of elk chased by a pack of wolves. A must-watch! The pack of about 20 wolves pursuit of the herd resulted in an elk stampede with the wolves bringing down a young cow. This video is a glimpse of nature that is rarely seen much less caught on camera. An impressive video of wildlife in action. FEATURE ELIMINATE ODORS NATURALLY Banish Nasty Odors From Vehicles Naturally! That’s the focus. With fall now here, we are all stoked for hunting season… not for fall cleaning… but if you’re like most, this is that one time of year your vehicle too. Have to make room for your hunting buddies, or maybe your 4x4 is musty smelly having sat waiting for hunting season to kick off OR your farm & ranch truck needs a little TLC. We are here to the rescue with natural ways to banish and neutralize those nasty car odors naturally. You might even want to use these tricks to remove smells from your daily ride too! Ventilation - crack open the windows, kind of a no-brainer there. Baking Soda Magic - sprinkle on the seats & floor mats as well as the carpet, let sit for a while, and vacuum up. Citrus Freshness - place some lemons or oranges in half and leave for a day sitting in the vehicle. Dry Coffee Grounds - leave a cup or bowl in the front, back and if spills just vacuum up. Dryer Sheets - Choose your favorite scent and leave around inside the vehicle, they also help with keeping mice away...


Fatal Grizzly Attack, How To Bear Prepare & Pheasant Taxidermy Tips

Episode 153 Details Pheasant season is here! This is a pastime that we greatly enjoy as we annually take time to host family and friends which is really all about the kids! That is probably why we love Pheasant Hunting so much. With proper firearm safety, upland bird hunting is a thrilling activity that is by far one of the most rewarding when watching youth take down their first bird or an older member taking part too. It is a lifelong hunting sport. Whether using a .410, 20 gauge or 12 gauge shotgun; upland bird hunting fits the whole crew! NEWS ARKANSAS ALLIGATOR SEASON For many across the United States, hunting for alligators in Arkansas may not have crossed one’s mind. As it turns out, since 2007 alligator hunting has been growing as both a recreational activity as well as a way to keep the species from becoming invasive in the state. This year the alligator season spanned over two the last two weekends of September. The harvest broke previous records of tagged alligators, with 202 alligators harvested. According to Outdoor Life, the alligator Arkansas population statewide is hoovering around 3,000 animals. FATAL GRIZZLY ATTACK Last week we reported on a scary, near-death grizzly attack near Yellowstone National Park in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. We are saddened to report that another grizzly attack happened last weekend, this one resulting in two fatalities and the loss of a dog. According to Outdoor Life, Parks Canada officials were notified on September 29th at 8 p.m. by an emergency alert from a Garmin inReach device. The GSP alert came from within the Banff National Park in a remote area in the Red Deer River Valley. Immediately a first responders unit mobilized, however, weather conditions prevented a helicopter from flying in and the response team traveled on foot to the GPS coordinates, arriving at the scene of a double fatal grizzly attack at 1 a.m. The first responders found two deceased individuals and their deceased dog. Also still lurking nearby the first responders encountered a grizzly bear displaying aggressive behavior, which was euthanized on site. This is a chilling story, that no one ever wants to share. A family member of the hikers did tell CBC News that the hikers had wilderness experience, lived for being in the backcountry, and “knew the bear protocol and followed it to a tee.” The same family member also explained that the two hikers had sent them an inReach message at 5 p.m. that evening letting the family know that they had made camp for the night. Meaning that the victims were not traveling in the woods after dark or setting up camp when the grizzly bear attacked. A full investigation is underway as this now marks the second fatal grizzly attack in North America in 2023. Be Bear Aware: KNOW THIS BEFORE AtlasTrax FEATURE PHEASANT TAXIDERMY TIPS Feature: Rick Acker, Award-Winning Taxidermist Roughrider Game Birds The Do, The Do NOT For A Beautiful Game Bird Mount THE BEND FIELD REPORT - HEATHER KROHE CATFISH During a memorial catfish tournament, a MONSTER 104lb catfish was caught and landed off a kayak. Find Little Rack Taxidermy on Facebook @Little Rack Taxidermy RECIPE: WILD TURKEY TENDERS PARMESIAN Before filling that freezer with new game meat, use up what you have! Or start gathering delicious recipes to give a try! Here is a proven recipe from the National Turkey Federation that Heather Krohe and her family has given a Thumbs Up. Here is the Recipe: AND here's another great Wild Turkey Tender Recipe Too! WATCH FIELD REPORTS & COMMENTS Call or Text your questions, or comments to 305-900-BEND or 305-900-2363 Or email FOLLOW Facebook/Instagram: @thebendshow SUBSCRIBE to The Bend YouTube Channel. Website: #catchBECifyoucan #tiggerandbec #outdoors #travel #cowboys The Outdoors, Rural America, And Wildlife...


How To Enjoy Traveling New Places & A Grizzly Bear Attack

Episode 152 Details How is your fall looking now that colors are changing, and leaves and acorns to walnuts are dropping, have you found anything unusual? Well here in the north we’ve seen something unusual. A flower typically considered the first sign of spring has been spotted by quite a few of us. That flower is the Crocus, a simple flower with velvet-like pale purple petals. For many of us, this has been a first-ever find and has us a little confused. What have you seen? NEWS PHEASANT FORECAST Upland bird hunting is a favorite sport for many of us. As we near the opener for pheasant season, it is always the question, how is the pheasant population? After a tough winter throughout the Upper Midwest, according to Oudoor News, it is being reported that pheasants survived and populated much better than expected. Especially those areas that had productive habitat, the pheasants flourished. The birds proved to be tough last winter, and the relatively dry spring after the hard winter made for ideal nesting and brood survival. With this positive news, hunters get ready for pheasants to fly and be ready for a successful upland bird hunting season. GRIZZLY BEAR ATTACK According to Outdoor Life, earlier in September while on a deer hunt, it turned quickly into a backcountry emergency when a man was mauled by a grizzly bear south of Big Sky, Montana. While helping track an archery deer down, Rudy Noorlander, 61, a Navy Veteran, was in the Custer Gallatin National forest following trails he knew very well when the man encountered two grizzlies. Noorlander first spotted the younger of the two and was drawing his side firearm when what he described as a 10 foot mega-grizzly pounced before the man could do anything. Noorlander tried to shoot the bear, however instead his gun misfired and as the grizzly was already on him had no time to play dead. Instead, with adrenaline pumping he punched the large bear in the nose. The grizzly continued to attack the man, ripping off his lower jaw and part of the trachea, scratching his chest open while biting a bicep and leg. Then the man continued fighting through it all and screaming, in which fellow members of the party heard the struggle. In fear they would hit the man while aiming for the bear, the fellow hunters threw rocks at the grizzly while calling for emergency responders. Thankfully the actions worked, Noorlander survived, however now is healing from multiple major reconstruction surgeries. For example, his fibula from one leg was used to reconstruct his jaw. A wild story of human survival, but one that needs to be shared with anyone heading into the backcountry. Hunting, hiking or seeking enjoyment; grizzly attacks have been on the rise. Know and understand what to do as well as before heading into the wilderness check with local wildlife officials of recent sightings. FEATURE SMELL THE ROSES Feature: Johnny Candle Professional Angler, Sport Fishing Speaker and Guide Taking a moment to stop and smell the roses, we have all heard that phrase from time to time. Tigger has been busy visiting here with one of crew, Johnnie Candle who is a Professional Angler, Sport Fishing Public Speaker and Fishing guide located in Devils Lake, North Dakota during the late spring and summer months reeling in walleye to now on the road to Florida where he guides, chasing after Redfish during the fall and winter months. Hear Johnnie sit down for a moment to elaborate on some wisdom. The Wisdom we all need to be reminded of from time to time. Pullover and enjoy that roadside fruit or vegetable stand, or like Tigger and I recently took a pit stop at an old barn filled with antiques and treasures from years gone by. Take The Time, Make The Memories. Thinking of fishing in Florida this fall or winter, let Johnnie Candle aid you in landing the keepers! Booking now for Florida Fishing and summer Walleye in North...


Where Youth Are Given Hope & Watch For Hidden Hotel Fees

A place where youth are given a second chance and find hope. Learn how Home On The Range is aiding troubled youth. Plus what hidden fees to beware of when booking hotels... And there is a new Monopoly out in time for the holidays. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 151 Details Fall is upon us now and if like Tigger & BEC, you are too trying to soak up all that fall brings which includes fall fishing. They have been fly fishing for pan fish and BEC is practicing more in hopes of eventually going fly fishing for trout. If you have a place they need to visit for such a trip, please share! NEWS BEARS ENJOY KRISPY KREME DONUTS Anchorage, Alaska may be a likely place for bears to live in the surrounding wilderness, however did you know they are fans too of Krispy Kreme Donuts? Recently a mama bear aka a sow, along with her cub were caught red-handed devouring fresh tasty donuts. A Krispy Kreme delivery driver delivering baked goods, left the door to the van open only to return to find the Mama bear and her cub raiding the van! Local law enforcement was able to chase the bears away using loud sirens. HOTEL TAXES, WATCH YOUR BILL! Some hotels have been adding surprising additional ‘incidental charges’ to the hotel bill that may surprise you. Incidental Charges or sometimes called even an extra “hotel tax” or “resort fee”, are additional expenses guests may have thought were included in the hotel stay. The hotel deems these items or amenities as those that are beyond the basic room rate or standard room rate. For example, the charges could include pool use, minibar usage, parking fees, internet access as well as now we have experienced charges for daily housekeeping. Every hotel is different, but with trips to Vegas for the upcoming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) or booking holiday travel over Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, we want all advised. The reason for the incidental charge(s) is that hotels claim to be suffering tight margins in the hospitality industry thus putting these previously absorbed costs back on the consumer. So there ya have it, beware of Hotel Hidden costs and check your bills carefully upon booking and at checkout. FREE FOOD SAMPLER ABUSER Many of us who have visited stores giving out free samples of some treat, may have at least once in our life or may be guilty of being an abuser of said Free Food Samples. Costco may be curbing some of that as news was released, by The Takeout, that those who are huge fans of grabbing the freebies or feel it is part of their reason for a membership may be in for a surprise if this hasn’t happened already at your local location. Costco is distributing free samples at some locations using self-serve sample kiosks, and the reason behind the change is Labor Shortage. Human product demonstrators can cost the company upwards of $15/hour and there are not a lot of people applying for the jobs. Currently, Costco kiosks in some locations are being used for samples of chips, cookies, and other pre-packaged goods. So Now You Know what else is replacing humans other than just self-checkouts or AI these days… and if you are one that often takes up a second job during the Holiday Months, it is being reported that there are fewer jobs being posted at this time for Holiday Help by nationwide retailers. NEWS HOME ON THE RANGE Guest: Jolene Obrigewitch, Development Director Home On The Range - A place where youth are given a second chance and find hope. Every year a major fundraiser for the nonprofit Home On The Range is the PRCA Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match. The top world leaders in saddle bronc arrive on the edge of the Badlands to participate in an epic mid-summer battle between the toughest broncs and the top athletes in the field. SPOTLIGHT TALENTED YOUTH DOING AMAZING THINGS So often we praise the...


Here Are Tips On How To Backpack Food

Tis the season for backcountry hunting and fishing trips, which also brings about Dutch Oven cooking and what foods to be packing into the wilderness. Tips to save weight while keeping healthy on the trail. Plus we share the latest news headlines This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 150 Details Well here we go, Hard to believe we are NOW up to 150 episodes!! of chasing Tigger & BEC around The Bend. We’ve taken you down dusty roads, to switchbacks chasing elk, to fishing big waters and even taken ya’ll along into the Rodeo Arena. AND THAT’s why you never know what’s Coming Around The Bend! SPOTLIGHT EASY BAKING RECIPE! Desserts ANYONE can make... Have you seen the latest trend on TikTok? Forget the water, TikTok creators like @jordan_the_stallion8, have been testing out the trend. Instead Mixing a ¼ cup of Dr. Pepper soda pop to a boxed brownie mix and an egg, bake like usual and you’ve got Pop Brownies… Well BEC hates to bust the bubble on this so-called “NEW TREND”! Our cabin master of the Dutch oven, aka Tigger, has been using soda or pop in his cakes for years when cooking over the fire! Tigger makes amazing desserts by simply melting butter on the bottom of a hot Dutch oven, adding the dry cake mix and pouring over the top a can of soda or pop, covering with the lid, and setting on the hot embers or coals. Don't forget to add those hot embers/coals on top of the lid too!! Want a cobbler?? Toss in a can of your favorite canned fruit canned pie filling and BOOM - You have a Dutch Oven Cobbler! Tigger isn’t the only one making delicious desserts using a can of soda pop. Head to for our good friend, Kent Rollins the Cowboy Chef and another lover of the dutchoven to grab his recipe and watch his easy “HOW TO” for an easy Old Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler. FEATURE BACKPACKING FOOD THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU For everyone who’s dreamt of packing into the backcountry from just wanting to hike, camp, fish, or hunt. Keeping that pack light, yet filling it with food that will keep energy up while not taking up space or adding weight can be a tricky feat. BEC dives into simple, basic tips to survive that first trip. The key is to begin planning now, weeks before you head out on that trip. It’s always tempting to head online and purchase pre-packaged meals, and freeze-dried foods that claim to taste great, weigh almost nothing while the ratio of carbs or protein is needed for physical activity. The oversight comes when not having tried them first at home! Adding in miles of physical activity first off we know often causes the body not just to burn up calories fast, but also can accelerate the process of digesting food and the need for #2 quickly (yup, we’re talking poop)!! Before being stuck on the trail with food that might be healthy but doesn’t necessarily agree with your stomach right off the bat, you’ll want to start adjusting your diet now and trying these tips BEC offers in this episode! SAVING WEIGHT The pack gets heavy fast, and especially when needing to stay hydrated too. Think food that can be consumed, the wrapping be burned or easily packed out and keep your energy intact. Believe BEC, it is not as easy as it sounds yet it can BE EASY to do with a little preparation and DIY R&D (aka research & development). We’re telling you, TRY everything you have before you pack your ride to head out to the backcountry. BEC was raised on a large ranch, has been a certified trail guide, packed in and elk hunted the backcountry. She is seasoned on what to know, but as one “never knows what’s truly around the bend” believes strongly you can never over-prepare. Do not make planning a headache either, have fun and make it a family adventure so that even if loved ones cannot join on this adventure they will still feel as thou they are part of the excitement! NEWS BULL RIDING...


The Backcountry - What To Know Now & Pro Fishing Walleye Tips

Episode 149 Details How did you wrap up summer, say goodbye, and Hello to Fall? For many, us included as trees have started to turn, and archery season opens, feel that Labor Day weekend is - The Start To Days of Fall. Tigger & BEC decided to do a “Day RoadTrip” on that Sunday of the long holiday weekend. As let's be real, on this outfit there's no such thing as a "long weekend". These crazy cats took off with the truck loaded with kayaks, and fishing gear and traveled their “own backyard” meaning, stayed within state lines. Driving around a massive lake the two know very well, came upon not one but TWO bays new to them and had vacant beaches. Instead of unloading the gear, Tigger & BEC on the LAST hot day of summer jumped in the lake, enjoying just playing and swimming while soaking up the sun. SPOTLIGHT FAN MAIL We received lots of “Fan Mail” after last week’s show when we talked about the recent backcountry expedition done by experienced outdoorsmen who had 3 pack horses tumble 80 feet and thankfully survive! We heard lots of comments, Want to give a shoutout to one listener, Scott Middleton from Alberta, CA - He shared photos of his Tennessee Walkers that they use on rougher terrain. Another listener texted in that he appreciated us sharing about transporting feed across state lines for horses (or any livestock). This individual was stopped and had feed checked for noxious weeds prior to being allowed to enter the national forest. Before heading to the backcountry including the national forests or grasslands, if you are crossing state lines it is highly recommended to contact your local veterinarians as Coggins tests, health certificates or even brand releases may be required as well as contact all states you Game and Fish departments you will be traveling through to your final destination. NEWS PADDLEBOARD FISHING Experienced Connecticut fisherman Eddie Carroll went viral in the fishing world when while fishing off his 12-foot paddleboard. What caused the excitement, off the coast of Madison in the Long Island Sound he hooked a large catch, so big that it began dragging him and the paddleboard. After fighting this monster fish for over an hour, he reeled up to the paddleboard a massive brown shark. Thinking smartly so folks would believe his “Catch Of The Day”, or catch of the year in our book… Eddie Carroll was able to turn on his phone to start recording as evidence to prove the catch. It was figured to roughly be an 8-foot Brown Shark, in which this fisherman did cut the line for the next lucky angler. We’ve got the video - Head to to watch this INCREDIBLE catch of a lifetime! ANIMALS DON’T STOP FOR PASSPORT CONTROL According to NPR - Apparently Wild or not, animals don't stop at passport control, including the reindeer that graze on the border of Norway and Russia. Forty-two crossed into Russia, and now the Norwegian government has to pay Russia for the loss of grassland - more than $4,000 per reindeer. The animals are just going where the grass takes them, I guess. So now Norway is repairing an old fence there to try to rein in their deer… like that pun.. but on a serious note… Norwegian officials, according to Fox 5 NY, state the work of building and fixing the border fence is a challenge, as the workers have to stay on the Norwegian side of the border "AT ALL TIMES" during construction, which as you can imagine is making the work extra demanding. As for example; If a worker crossed into Russian territory, without a Russian visa, that would amount to illegal entry. These reindeer have truly stirred the pot or shaken up a hornets' nest as Russia has sent two compensation claims thus far. One claim is for $ 4,700 USD per reindeer that crossed into Russia to graze in a nature reserve. In addition, the second claim is asking for a lump sum of nearly $4.4 million in total for the days the animals grazed in the nature reserve park, which consists mostly of lakes, rivers, forests, and...


Sitting Down With SAGE NEWMAN - Rodeo, Ranching & The Outdoors

This week we talk rodeo, ranch life, and the outdoors with PRCA Pro Rodeo Saddle Bronc current World Leader Sage Newman. Hear where you’ll find him when not in the arena. Back to school, we share why not to put the fishing poles away plus we tackle news. AND before you head out on that dream backcountry hunting trip - you need to hear this story and the tips learned from experience. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 148 Details Labor Day Weekend!! For some, it rings the end of Summer…One last family campout or lake weekend before winterizing everything if you live here in a true four seasons climate. For others, especially those of us into archery, it rings in the beginning of that hunting season as almost across the country as a whole; whether it be deer to the western rugged states with elk, the scouting has truly kicked off, packs are loaded and hikes to stands or blinds is on… AND FOR THOSE we wish you a SUCCESSFUL but most importantly Memorable Season! SPOTLIGHT Pack Horses Miraculously Survive 80-Foot Fall from Wilderness Trail “Alone” alumni Cade Cole and Jordan Jonas had a seriously close call when three of their packhorses tumbled off the trail and into the steep timber According to Outdoor Life, Seasoned outdoorsmen, Cade Cole & Jordan Jonas with horse-packing experience were on their way to meet a group of clients for a survival course at the time of the accident. (Jonas, who won Season 6 of “Alone,” hosts survival and backcountry skills courses.) The horses were loaded down with cookware, camping gear, and other equipment. The area they were riding to was so remote, that the clients were flown in on a bush plane while the guides made the 32-mile trek in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Montana-Idaho border. And like many of us with horses, they are like members of one's family. Luckily at the time of the horses' horrific fall, neither rider was atop their mounts. One of the horses acted up crossing a steep area, with a washout on a trail causing all three horses tied to one another to tumble. The men were able to with the use of rope lines climb down to the horses and quickly using their survival skills make ties and pulleys to secure two of the horses caught, rolling the horses back onto their feet to slide down to get their footing. Miraculously none of the horses were hurt. But this is a GREAT reminder for all who have dreamt of exploring the backcountry. The importance of staying calm in a stressful situation, not just for one's own safety but to keep the animals calm as well. Think clearly. We are happy this pair and their mounts survived however watching the video is extreme. If you go to; you’ll see some of the footage that Jordan Jonas caught on camera of the horses falling, beware it is graphic. And again, do your diligence and be prepared beyond for all unknowns when heading out this fall into the backcountry on foot or using pack horses and mules. BEC shares tips for those who have never attempted hunting or exploring the backcountry, but dreamt of doing so on horseback. The guidance and thoughts shared are very smart and basic. A must-listen! MEET SAGE NEWMAN While BEC was on one of her recent “Catch BEC If You Can” ( #catchBECifyoucan ) adventures, her being a PRCA Pro Rodeo Music Director takes her to some great rodeos which leads to meeting amazing individuals paving the way in the rodeo world. This trip was no different. Sage Newman, Current PRCA World Saddle Bronc Leader on the road to making his 3rd Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) appearance, took time to visit with BEC (aka Rebecca Wanner). We learn there is more to this cowboy than riding broncs and making 8 second rides that score big. Sage Newman hails from Melstone, Montana where he grew up on his family’s ranch. When not chasing the next rodeo, this man...


How To Keep Pushing The Limits In Life

Taking time to make memories, learn a skill, or join a club or organization is the theme this week. Hear how to push the limits in life. Expand horizons and one can always set goals. Plus even going to toss in the number one tip when it comes to grilling. This is Rebecca Wanner aka 'BEC' and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 147 Details Tigger and BEC were able to slip away on a vacation! Yes, get off the ranch. They were Lake Michigan bound on the Wisconsin coastline. While their Tigger was able to for the first time partake in Lake Michigan salmon fishing, something that BEC has enjoyed many times over the years and was happy for Tigger to have the chance to try. Great family fun, he was joined by nephews and learned quickly how fishing with down riggers is a whole new ball game. SPOTLIGHT: 4-H Taylor Downing from Fairfield North Dakota shares how 4-H has been an integral part of her life. During not just elementary and high school, but also thru her college years. She shares how livestock showing taught skills that will continue through life as well as friendships made too. '4-H: Providing Youth Development, Mentorship & Education.' Both BEC & Tigger are advocates of 4-H as both were active in youth. For the third year in a row, the couple emceed and were master of ceremonies for the North Dakota 4-H Public Leaders Livestock Competition this summer. An event that brings well-known public figures from the state to learn from 4-H youth how to show and give reasons in a timed event in which these leaders must use the skills learned and compete in an actual “Showmanship Event”. 4-H is for all demographics and is an organization that strives to bring together youth from agriculture backgrounds to the city or suburbs, to unite in a positive, learning atmosphere that will provide lifelong skills and build friendships. This year both Jeff 'Tigger' Erhardt and Rebecca 'BEC' Wanner were recognized and given an award by North Dakota State University, President David Cook, for their ongoing support of 4-H and youth development during the North Dakota State Fair. They were humbled, and speechless as well as a tear was shed by BEC. Both have a passion for our youth and agriculture; and strive to lead by examples of how we can impact anyone at any age. Thank You NDSU, NDSU Extension and 4-H for this acknowledgement. PUSHING THE LIMITS FEATURE: LeighAnn Skurupey This woman shares how she continues to push the limits. Her backstory includes how early in life she was diagnosed with a heart condition did not keep her throughout life from becoming an adventurist. LeighAnn is an example of how no matter the challenge, we have the strength internally to overcome fears and look them in the eye. In this episode, LeighAnn shares learning how she learned to swim later in life. This now has led her to have eyes set on hopes to compete in Iron Man competitions to eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon in the future. LeighAnn Skurupey is a highly educated individual, she has a Ph.D. in Animal Science and works with North Dakota State University in 4-H Youth Development. A frequent to the show, as this woman empowers men, women, and youth to never stop, you can achieve your goals! DID YOU KNOW TRIVIA White-faced capuchin monkeys greet each other by sticking their fingers up each other’s noses. (How can you not laugh at that fact!) Gummy bears were originally called “dancing” bears. The hagfish is the only animal that has a SKULL but no SPINE. People weigh less if they stand at the equator than if they stand at the North or South poles. COOKING GRILLING TIP BEC's best tip of the week for conquering the GRILL when it comes to meats and vegetables is to make sure, "The Grill Is HOT!" Once the food is tossed on the grill, turn down the temp, but to ensure you get that great 'sear' on the beef or chicken to even...


Flies Biting Your Dogs? Answers here. Big Game Hunting Tags

Are the flies bugging your dogs and horses? We hear this veterinarian's take on fly control and prevention. Dig into Big Game hunting applications and tag understanding of a Lottery Tag versus Over the Counter Tag. This is Rebecca Wanner aka BEC and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 146 Details Unsuccessful big game hunting lottery draws again for us, Tigger & BEC. As luck would have it for the second year in a row, neither of us will be Antelope hunting in 2023. Just scouting and hunting with the camera. Big Game Hunting is about to get underway. Depending on your state. For example, if in the eastern part of the country where whitetail may be more plentiful such as Missouri. Units, tags, there may be no reason to apply and just buy over the counter. However big game the further west you travel, often the more tricky it becomes. Every state regardless of its Big Game population varies on regulations and these change from year to year. A lottery just to simplify further is as it sounds. Say for example in a particular unit there are 100 resident bull elk tags offered and a thousand resident hunters apply. The success of drawing a tag is 10 percent. Some states in an attempt to even up the lottery may offer “Bonus Points” or “Preference Points”. Now our explanation is just a general explanation. Again EVERY STATE IS DIFFERENT so this is just an attempt to simplify understanding the basics. If you were unsuccessful in winning a lottery tag then next year at application time you would get your name entered in with your current application and then again as many times as you’ve earned “Points” for past attempts at winning at tag. This can be done for a multitude of species and for both residents and non-residents. Again, all rules, laws, and regulations are dependent upon the state. OUTDOORS & WESTERN LIFESTYLE NEWS HEADLINES MISSED: PHONES & BATHROOMS, WHY THEY DO NOT MIX According to Saama TV, doctors are warning people not to use their phones while sitting on the toilet. YouGov revealed in a recent study that 57% of people while sitting on the toilet, use their phone. How does the medical field feel about phone usage while on the toilet? Doctors are not in favor of using your phone while on the toilet, and it’s not totally for the reasons you make think… meaning unsanitary. The warning is that long periods of time on the phone while sitting on the toilet can lead to painful and enormous hemorrhoids due to the straining and pressure. Not a fun topic or picture to think of while we bring this up, but there ya have it. Keep those phones for calling/texting family and friends and snapping those memorable moments… and OUT of the bathroom! EMBED: TARANTULAS? WATCH YOUR STEP There have been recent headlines coming out of Kansas already warning of Tarantula Season is almost upon us in September. I had never heard of this or REALIZED that tarantula’s where common in Kansas and Colorado. According to KAKE News, these tarantula spiders can be so thick along roadways and highways near Medicine Lodge in September on can actually hear their body crunching under tires!! UGH! The Texas Brown Tarantula has a leg span of about 4 to 5 inches and is considered to be the largest spider in Texas. EMBED: GARLIC AS PET FLY CONTROL We have been battling flies (Fly - Order: Diptera; Phylum: Arthropoda) around the ranch. They have become worse at bothering the dogs, especially flies chewing on the dogs' ears. Then also the horses seem to have no relief and now are covered with fly eggs. This spurred BEC into researching alternative uses for fly control. A popular one that we...


Why To Road Trip Now To This Cowboy Destination & More

ROAD Trip Now! WHY? Cooler temps, no crowds. Hear about this cowboy destination recently visited that you need on your travel bucket list and a new TV Show to go along with it. Plus upsetting news of another walleye fishing cheater scandal has made headlines. And a familiar store is revived in time for Back To School Shopping. This is Rebecca Wanner aka BEC and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Episode 145 Details BEC and Tigger kick off today’s episode by chatting about the game draws that will be coming through across the country. Unfortunately, BEC is not going moose hunting this year and Tigger’s draw has yet to be determined so stay tuned for that update! Fishing & Hunting News In other fishing and hunting news, here is what you missed: Fishing Tournament Cheating Scandals One sure would have thought lessons were learned after last year's infamous Ohio Lake Erie Walleye Trail Tournament scandal last September. That ignorant decision of filling their caught walleye with lead weights resulted in the two men pleading guilty to felony charges of cheating and a misdemeanor count of illegal animal ownership after they were found to have used weights to make their walleye catches appear heavier. Both men were sentenced to 10 days in jail, fined $2,500 each, had fishing licenses suspended for 3 years, and had to forfeit the boat used in the tournament valued at $130,000. We are sad to say, lessons in cheating have not been learned. According to, during the last weekend in July, a competitor in the Bart’s Cove Walleye Duel held on Lake Erie, was caught messing with walleye catch weights. This time found to have stuffed the walleyes for weigh-in with more walleye. YES, you that’s what you read. On the line this time around was an all-inclusive fishing trip to Panama valued at $14,500. Small price to pay in our book, for the individual whose name we are leaving out at this time as the man is claiming "not guilty" has now been a headline across the outdoors world. At the weigh-in when the judge cut open two of the fish, the walleye were filled with smaller fish that had holes in their lips. Now we all know that fish eat fish, however, what really made it suddenly suspicious that this was another Cheater Scandal, was finding a 12” walleye that had 3” of its tail cut off before being stuffed down one of the walleye weighed. On top of that, the smaller fish inside of both walleye were not in any type of "digestive state". The investigation is now in the hands of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and The Bend Show will be paying close attention to not just how this story ends but also how tournaments across the nation will adjust their rules and regulations moving forward. HEAT CHECK We’re all tired of talking about the excessive heat, but after an accident of a different kind and how technology is continuing to control our lives. Felt this here story was one that EVERYONE needs to be aware of… An Arizona man was recently trapped inside his Tesla after a HOT 110-degree Arizona day caused the car’s battery to MELT. Yes, Melt. The Peoria, Arizona man was then trapped in the car which quickly became an Oven as the internal temperature rose quickly. Since the battery was melted, the car’s doors would not open, windows could not be rolled down, and had to now to access the dead computer that runs the car. He was trapped for 20 minutes until his sister whom he called was able to save him by using the Tesla app to prompt the car to open the passenger door. ABC 15 Investigators dug into this a bit more, turns on the Tesla Owners Manual there is outlined a manual exit option on the Tesla in case a battery failure occurs. However, it sounds like there have been many complaints filed against the car manufacturer. Ya know, back in the day, one used to keep in their car a pointed hammer or...


Place Trail Cameras Here In Hot Weather & SHOP NOW This Outdoors Gear

Trail Cameras! What you need to do now and know if using cameras for patterning wildlife with consideration to your weather conditions. And we have the Outdoors items to be shopping for while Back To School Shopping. Plus we share a twist on the latest trend going viral, Lemonade Marinade, you will want our recipe for Lemonade Marinade Grilled Chicken. This is Rebecca Wanner aka BEC and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Radio Show & Podcast, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! EPISODE 144 DETAILS BEC & Tigger kick off a packed show filled with Outdoors Deals to shop for now, how heat can affect our wildlife tracking, and dig into a hot trending recipe that's gone viral on all of social media. SPOTLIGHT BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING… This means now is when to do your Christmas shopping or shopping for those items we will need or use next year come summer. The discounts and clearance Outdoors items have been showing up. So what we are saying is NOW is the time while shopping for back to school to be cruising the clearance aisles of your favorite stores too. We just gave you the excuse to look at more outdoors equipment. You might be finding deals on tents to sleeping bags, coolers, etc. Shop for those items that you found were super helpful this summer and will want for next year, and instead retire and toss out then what is worn out. There’s no reason to keep around, take up space equipment “for a rainy day” when you might find a better deal now, and then you will be ready come next spring and summer. Another idea is to be considering these items as Christmas gifts. Plan now ideas of say trips next summer or fun backyard activities to do with the kids. An example is to buy discounted sleeping bags for kids, then give these as gifts at Christmas telling the recipient how you want them to get excited and be prepared for once tenting season comes along next season. PLUS as a bonus, if you live someone that lives in colder temps or receives lots of snow; meaning “Snow Days” occur now you’ve given kids a gift too that they can “Practice Camping” within the living room on those days stuck at home or indoors. We have done this too with small 1-2 man tents, set them up for kids to watch movies from in the house when we can’t go outside. But our SECRET is that Tigger & BEC purchase all of these outdoors items now when everything is on clearance! NEWS DNR UPDATES After a hardship on wildlife, especially in western big game states, verify the areas you plan to hunt in the coming months. Reports are being received across the nation on different states' DNR's issuing new regulations. Know before you go. HEATWAVE ON WINE It’s been reported by KSBY that America’s current heatwave is not just affecting people and pets; but also wreaking havoc on California’s wineries. Everything these winemakers can do to keep wines at appropriate temperatures is being done including putting ice packs around bottles of red’s so that these wines do not get hot and ruined. MAPLE SPAM For all the SPAM fans, you are in luck, there is a new flavor in the house! Hormel has launched SPAM Maple Flavored, and it is retailing for $3.58. Hormel the makers of SPAM claim this is the perfect combination of sweet and savory to that kicks up any recipe. SPAM, “The Meat of many uses!”. TRAIL CAMERA PLACEMENT Hunting, Hunter, or Wildlife Patterns; Temperature Matters Using trail cameras has become so popular over the years that we hear of hunters at times even leaving them up year around. If you are NOT one of those that have your trail cam up year around or you ARE one of those that do. You are going to find this insight from one of our Bend Field Staffers - Travis Theel, Guide, Outfitter and host of the YouTube Channel Buckstorm very interesting. Are you placing your trail cameras in the right locations at the moment? Food for thought. Have you...


Hunting Prep Starts Now. Why To Beware of Mating Season

Hunting is right around The Bend. Learn what you need to be doing now to be ready and how the big game numbers are looking. Mating season, we share what animals to avoid and enjoy from afar. This is Rebecca Wanner aka BEC and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Show, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! EPISODE 143 DETAILS BEC & Tigger intro the show reminding all that we know everyone is hitting the lakes, rivers and pool trying to stay cool; but beware of others. Watchout for each other, studies have recently showed that much fewer people know how to swim then in previous generations. Stay cool, Stay safe. Welcome to your Outdoors & Western Lifestyle news outlet, The Bend Radio Show & Podcast available on SiriusXM Rural Radio Channel 147, AM / FM Radio, and on all Podcast Players. SPOTLIGHT Dinner in The Dark?? A New Jersey chef has launched a new promotion called “Dinner in the Dark” at his restaurants! WHAT a fun idea!? If you dare… Chef David Burke blindfolds diners before serving them a five-course meal. Approximately 12 or 15 years ago during a Wine & Food Festival, David Burke, had tried the idea and it didn’t go so well. HOWEVER he never let go of the concept and has now launched these unique dinner experiences. An example of a meal is of course while blindfolded, diners have been served truffles, puree, broccoli, heirloom tomatoes, cookies, parfaits and candied fruit. The dinner costs $100. NOW we’ve brought you this creative concept from Chef David Burke, so now I’m going to challenge you and your cooking skills. On your next family dinner, campout or dinner party; consider doing something of the “like”. Let’s see first how TRUSTWORTHY you are deemed by your friends and family, but then also, I see this as a fantastic way fun way to have a dinner conversation like no other plus puts your cooking skills to the test! NEWS TRY THAT IN A SMALL TOWN After the Jason Aldean backlash across the nation by some, according to Whiskey Riff; Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean’s Nashville restaurant has removed CMT from their televisions after CMT announced it would no longer be airing Aldean’s video for “Try That In A Small Town.” A statement was released by E3 Chophouse saying as follows, “We stand with Jason! E3 supports the small town because that is who we are! We will not air CMT at any of our restaurants until a formal apology is made and Jason’s music video is reinstated.” We too are in support of Jason Aldean, love his hit song that has been playing on country radio for months alre ady. Whether you are from a small town or not, we all strive to be better people and live in a community that supports one another. That’s America. Head to our website to watch Jason Aldean’s video for his latest hit, “Try That In A Small Town.” EMBED FACEBOOK POST: EMBED ALDEAN VIDEO: MATING SEASON We have all seen the jokes, the funny memes of Don’t Pet the Fluffy Cow… So in case you have not heard, two national parks thus far in recent weeks have had horrific incidents regarding people and bison or buffalo. The woman in North Dakota visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park is recovering from injuries to her stomach and foot after having been charged. In Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, there a bison gored a woman. Please Please, regardless if you are familiar with these types of animals, new to the terrain, landscape or otherwise these are great reminders. It is Mating Season across many areas for a diverse group of animals, not just bison or buffalo. Big Game to livestock such as bulls breeding cattle. Do not cross fences, do not tempt fate! PUMPKIN SPICE BEER? Ready or not, those fans or haters of Pumpkin Spice; there is a new brew of another kind about to hit the shelves while it’s still HOT...


How To Season Meat Like A Chef & Fly Fishing Firsts

Have you wanted to give Fly Fishing a try? We talk about what to expect for first-time fly fishing! Do you love cooking meat but have trouble getting the seasoning right? We’ve got an insight into why and how the chefs season beef to venison to chicken to fish and more. This is Rebecca Wanner aka BEC and Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt with the radio show The Bend Show, your news outlet for the latest in the Outdoors & Western Lifestyle! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcasting app or on The Bend Show YouTube channel. EPISODE 142 DETAILS BEC & Tigger intro the show, sharing that Tigger has had his gallbladder removed. He is now recovering slowly and will be watching his diet and will need to slowly reintroduce foods. Health is upon us to monitor. It is our responsibility to take care of ourselves as there are no other more valuable assets in your operation, in your business, or to your family. Please use this as a reminder to do wellness checks yearly! Welcome to your Outdoors & Western Lifestyle news outlet, The Bend Radio Show & Podcast available on SiriusXM Rural Radio Channel 147, AM / FM Radio, and on all Podcast Players. SPOTLIGHT It’s Hot, Kids are getting antsy, and parents or the sitter's nerves may seem frayed and wondering what to do with them. Turns out that instead of tossing a new video game or downloading another app for kids to play… Pull out the Board Games! Scientists studied several groups of 9-year-olds only to discover that hands down, children that played board games had higher math scores than those who did not. Board Games enhanced not just mathematical abilities for young children, but also improved strategy effects on basic and complex math skills, plus added to positive cognitive and developmental skills. So there ya have it! Pull out the Monopoly, The Game of Life Game or one of our favorites, especially if you grew up on a farm or ranch, the Farming Game and let the kids go wild! NEWS Iceland - If venturing to Iceland anytime soon and want an experience as unique as can be… For $400 per night, you can spend the night in the middle of an Iceland Forest inside a bubble. Yes, that's correct BUBBLE. The Buubble by Airmango offers guests the opportunity to sleep in bubbles that are heated, have electricity, a king size bed with bedding, a lamp, and a small bench with a nearby cabin offering bathrooms and other amenities. This has BEC wondering, what can she charge for sleeping on her picnic table with an air mattress… Food for thought. Aspartame, Healthy or Not? The World Health Organization is reviewing if they may soon label the artificial sweetener Aspartame as a possible carcinogen. Aspartame is used to sweeten Diet Coke, Coke Zero, chewing gum, breakfast cereals, ice cream, and Diet Snapple for example. It’s also known as NutraSweet, Equal, and Sugar Twin. Regardless of the decision, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on those “ingredient labels” when grocery shopping! Beer For A Better Tan? Have you heard of this latest Tik Tok trend, pouring beer on oneself in order to achieve a better tan? If you have or have not, this is a HECK NO from BEC. Experts have weighed in on this trend and it has been debunked. The Beer has of course NO SPF protection and actually ATTRACTS bugs and bees. Be Safe - Smear on the Sunscreen and Drink the Beer! Bunny Take Over The New York Post has reported that Wilton Manors, Florida is being overrun by Lionhead Rabbits. A bunny breeder in Fort Lauderdale illegally let loose the rabbits before they started multiplying on the street. Hundreds of rabbits are now living in the backyards of homes in Wilton Manors. The bunnies have a shaggy mane and resemble lions. Some families are feeding the rabbits while others consider them a nuisance as the bunnies are digging holes in the nice lawns. The estimated cost to catch and rehome the rabbits would be $40,000. If you’ve not heard of the Lionhead rabbits before, here’s a little more insight....