#96: the Anonymous Mailbag

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This week, we take a run at solving YOUR problems!

That’s right, you’ve written in and asked us about fishing boat advice, duck ID, duck boat advice, and, of course, relationship advice – we’ve got you covered with our (non) expert advice (opinions)!

Hear our comments on this piece from the Outdoor Writers Association of America at 30:32

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#95: Little Debbie, Universal Studios, and Jesus

Little Debbie.  Cinnamon Rolls.  Sour Patch Kids.  And, of course . . . hot dogs!

This week we go back to our roots and discuss our favorite hunting snacks, plus we chat about the Universal Studios expansion (38:52 mark), the United Waterfowlers of Florida Summit (3:04 mark), and new exit music from Trail Diver!

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#94: Saved Items

This week we’re cleaning out our “saved items” folder, chatting about Florida’s population growth, alligators chasing scallopers, and the Ice Planet Hoth.

Plus, Nate rants about the folks COMPLAINING about the new deer regulations, Travis talks about Ron Bergeron in the Everglades, and Emily finds the child she never had.

We also discuss Mr. Rogers, Georgia Outdoor Network, and . . . Episode 100, the Live Show!!!!!

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#93: Quotable Quotes

Find us another podcast that seamlessly weaves Joe Biden, Ron Swanson, Aldo Leopold, and Fred Bear into a podcast that simultaneously discusses bikini babes fishing, deftly recaps the recent Florida Wildlife Commission Meetings, and still has room to discuss the new Top Gun trailer!

Here’s the Joe Biden auto-tune Emily discussed

Here’s the link to April Vokey interviewing Darcizzle

Here’s the Top Gun trailer

Here’s the Ed Killer piece we were NOT fans of . . .

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#92: ICAST, 2019

It’s time for our annual ICAST recap, including our favorite products, the craziest things we saw, Bill Dance, and the Trolling Motor Wars.

Plus, 2020 campaign slogans, FWC meetings, Alabama State Parks, and the nuance of drama in the Florida Waterfowling Community.

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#91: Eat Your Vegetables

This week, we play it (mostly) straight, with discussions around (again) spraying, Meateater’s take on Red Tide, upcoming meetings with FWC, and more.

Plus, our draft of Patriotic stuff, Betsy Ross, ICAST, and Kershaw knives!

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Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#89: Deer Fangs, Zombie Mullet, and Python Hunters

The links:

Zombie Mullet in the St. Johns River

Aquifers under the sea

Deer with makeup and fangs

Python Hunters can use shotguns now

the Hired Guns of Instagram

Meateater buys FirstLite

Gov. Desantis Signs Largest Environmental Budget in Florida History

Travis’ Release – Fishing Brands Squabble – who owns rights to the upside down Florida Logo

Nate’s Keep – Crispi Summit GTX

Travis’ Keep Read – Chad Rischar’s 21st Century Conservationists approach

Travis’ Keep Watch – The new Yeti Commercial with 1000 Miles from Nowhere

Travis’ Keep Buy – Fundraiser for books – Drake’s Hunting Adventures

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
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Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#88: Back to Business

Seems like it’s been three weeks since we did something like this . . . How rusty can you get?

Pretty rusty.

Nate’s back to Fly-fishing, Travis recaps his DC trip, Emily picks fights with listeners and mathematics . . . plus, we go deep on the Live Target Mullet, Calico Jack Rods, Pizza Flavored Ranch Dipping sauce AND hat sales, major announcements about the live show, and more!

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Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

Heroes . . .

Before Instagram and Youtube, Duck Dynasty and Meateater and Charlie Moore, before Facebook and viral videos and podcasts, there were heroes.

Not the kind in Marvel, or Justice League, or whatever the franchise du jour is . . . Real, honest to God heroes.

These were men that packed a metal lunchbox and drove ’83 Oldsmobiles and worked their 40 at the office or the yard or the site, then came home and kissed their pretty wife and, exhausted, helped with homework, or played catch, or watched the game.  Sunday’s were for Sunday School and church, and maybe, if you were real lucky and the paycheck had been kind, a trip to Morrison’s cafeteria or Quincy’s buffet for lunch . . .

But, on Saturdays . . . On Saturdays, these men were heroes.

Remember the time he took you and Billy Hester to the boat ramp at Lake Cannon and you guys caught bluegills off the bed as fast as humanly possible?  Bream bigger than your hand, slurping earthworms . . . that picture is still floating around somewhere, of you with your goofy t-ball hat and him, looking strangely like you do now, and a stringer full of fish and smiles . . .

Or how about the time you all chipped in for a dove field . . . $80 a person, 20 guys, and Mr. Baker planted the millet just like he had all the other seasons, but this year, well this year something just went right and the birds came in, wave after wave after wave, from every direction.

Can you remember him coming home with a Brittany from the classifieds in the paper?  He worked with Copper just enough to drag the pup to the quail grounds one Saturday, and, just like in so many paintings, there was a point, a flush, and birds brought to hand . . . You wondered how did he know how that would work.

There were nights at the trestle, snook after snook over the side of the boat, every bait resulting in a fish or a break off.  There were bull redfish and bull sharks, flounder and snapper and sheepshead and trout.

There was the trick to unhooking a catfish with a stick . . . Or how to remove a hook that had embedded into the skin . . . Turning a zara spook into a marionette and watching it dance 30 yards from the boat . . . Calling owls up to the campfire . . . Somehow, intrinsically, always knowing where the turkey would come out of the swamp . . .

How about the love for it, all of it, that he passed on to you . . . the yodel of a gobbler bouncing off cat-faced pine trees, sounding like it was right in front of you and all around you at the same time . . . the blue on a redfish tail when it caught the sun just right, a blue not like you’d find in any crayon box, heck, maybe not anywhere else in nature; electric and soft at the same time.  The way he could tell, at 125 yards, that those were redheads or wood ducks or herons, and how calm he stayed as they approached.

Saturdays were full of snacks, of Vienna sausages and powdered donuts and Pepsi made with real sugar and tasting coffee straight out of the thermos.  Folded up baggies with PB and J’s, so soaked in Granny’s blackberry jelly that your fingers would get sticky on the outside of the bread.

In a time when the world seems to have tilted just a hair too far off it’s axis, when virtual reality has somehow supplanted reality, when boys seem to endeavor to stay boys as long as possible, isn’t this the time to remember those men?

Before there were Xboxes and Nintendos, Google and iPhones and WaypointTV, before there was HeviShot and Mojo’s and surface drives, there were heroes . . .

We usually called them “Dad.”

Happy Father’s Day!

#87: Things Fishermen Like, a Redux

Remember our first episode?

A little less than 2 years ago we took to the airwaves and forever changed the face of podcasting (note: we didn’t say we changed it for the better) . . . with our first episode taking a tongue in cheek view of Things Fishermen Like.

In light of our summer break, we decided to revisit our initial list, as well as add a few new items to the discussion.

Don’t worry, though – we all still hate Kenny Chesney!

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Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram