#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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#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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#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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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!

#86: The Fishing Songs Draft

Remember when we drafted boat songs?  Or on the way to boat ramp songs?

This is like that, only worse . . . much, much worse!

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On Teachers and Legacy . . .

Mrs. McCarty had this contest.

It was 4th grade, and it was me or Carey Corbett, and the idea was to see how many of Florida’s counties we could name.  We tied.  Then we had to name the county seats.  Carey won.  But I gave her a heck of a fight.  We read a Land Remembered and studied the Seminole Wars and Flagler and Plant. It was that year that I realized that I loved Florida, that I understood her, that she came easy to me.

Mrs. Long accompanied us to the PEER center, a local wildlife rehab facility.

The first pine snake I’d ever seen, a scavenger hunt through the boardwalked swamp.  As a 6th grader I possessed only a handful of real skills: I could blush on demand within 50 feet of Jessica George; I could recite the batting averages of the ’84 Cubs; and I felt at home in the woods.  My teacher saw that, and encouraged it in me.

Mr. Partain complemented me on the in depth project I did on wood ducks, and another on bobwhite quail.  Mrs. Turner encouraged me to write the way I wanted; sure, I’d need to write to a standard to pass the tests in other classes, but she told me not to lose my own voice.  Mr. McGuire told us to chase what we loved, and to always have fun, to never stop being who we were supposed to be.

Mrs. Kurz placed the roots of math that I would never use, but that helped sprout logic and reason.  Mrs. Hough talked about her love for Florida’s barrier islands.  Mrs. Ordian taught discipline, my first “D” in an elective, for failing to practice the violin up to her standards.

Mrs. Brantley. Mrs. Carpenter.  Mrs. Buckley and Zotti and Parker.  Mrs. Farthing, who encouraged my writing more than anyone I’d ever met.

Looking back, I don’t know if any of my teachers hunted, or fished, or had any impetus to affect conservation in any way.  I don’t know if they cared about water quality and hunter recruitment and seatrout regulations, about nutrient loading and spray plans and migratory birds.

The butterfly effect is this bizarre idea predicated off the premise that a buttefly flaps its wings in Africa, and 2 months later a storm hits Florida . . . In simplest terms, it’s long term cause and effect.

I don’t know if my teachers knew the long term effects they’d have on a scrawny 11 year old, a clumsy 13 year old, an awkward 15 year old . . .

But they did.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of one of these teachers, some lesson they taught, now rote behavior.

As a dad, I recognize even more the importance of what goes on for 7 hours every day.  There’s never been a more important time to be a teacher . . .

To those who get up every morning at the crack of dawn, and plant themselves in a garden they’ll never see . . . day after day, year after year, student after student . . . to those who poured into that crazy kid all those years ago or pour themselves into his crazy kids today . . .

“Thank you” doesn’t quite seem enough . . . We can only hope you know how much it means . . .

#66: Carlos Beruff and Eleanor

This week, we discuss what are our Eleanors – you know, those things you keep trying to accomplish, and seem like they should be easy, but always stay just.  Out.  Of reach.

Plus we chat about the appointment and subsequent rescinding of Carlos Beruff, including your incredible support of our letter!

Keeps:

Travis – Landon Blankenship is giving away a duck mount to a youth hunter

Nate – The new Rinella cookbook

Emily – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon

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#64: What We’d Give for Christmas

‘Tis the Season to be . . . giving?

Most podcasts are mailing it in this time of year . . . but not us!  We’re coming in hot and heavy with what we’d give this Christmas to various things in our lives.

Plus, we draft Christmas songs, which is pretty much a train wreck.

This is our last episode until 2019 – Thank you all for all your support this past year – Merry Christmas to you all, and Happy New Year!!!

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#60: Landon Blankenship

Have you always wanted to know how waterfowl taxidermy works?  This week, we sat down with one of the best, Landon Blankenship, to talk all about taxidermy.  How thorough the process is, his favorite birds, and mistakes we make when bringing in our ducks.

Keep:

Nate: The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act passed

Emily: Major gains for Travis and Kaley on Emily’s Beachbody program . . . Want to get in shape?  Message @lovedaloca and start today!

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#57: Baboons, Ethics, and Blake Fischer

By now, everyone in the hunting and fishing world has seen the story about Idaho Game Commissioner, Blake Fischer.

This is our discussion.

Plus – hunts for new duck hunters, discourse over division, and Emily cries.

Book a hunt for a new duck hunter by e-mailing or messaging Travis.

Travis kept District of Conservation, a new podcast by Friend of the Show Gabriella Hoffman – click here to find Gabby’s podcast!

Interested in a discount on a Darkwater Call? Enter code CB20 at checkout at darkwatercalls.com

Here’s a pic of the decoy Emily mentioned in our keep segment – made by Justin Seelig of Southern Roots Outfitters, it’s a mottled duck urn decoy, making it so we can take our dog on one more duck hunt.

 

 

 

 

 

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