#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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An Open Letter about Carlos Beruff

Governor Desantis,

I am writing to implore you to rescind Governor Scott’s egregious overreach of naming Carlos Beruff as an FWC Commissioner last week.

In case Tallahassee is so out of touch with what real Floridians think, let me recap Commissioner Beruff’s resume, as seen by those in the Florida Outdoors community:

  • He is currently facing an ethics commission complaint over how he helped one of his former development partners while serving as chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He resigned from SWFWMD after this action.
  • He has been accused of illegally moving an eagle’s nest.
  • Manatee County investigated his company, Medallion Homes, for ripping up a county-owned conservation area.
  • In December of 2011, as a governing board member of SWFWMD, he voted against expanding hunting in Cypress Creek Preserve, Hampton Tract of Green Swamp, in Green Swamp East out parcels, in Halpata Tastanaki, in Conners Preserve, in most of the 16,000 acre Lower Hillsborough Tract with the exception of the small tract opened (2600 acre Washburn tract) for youth and family hunts only (5 permits each).
  • He planned a Marina that would require a 60′ wide channel through 2,100′ of sea grass, but declared it would do no harm to the environment.

I recognize “growth” and “Florida” are synonymous in this day and age; however, this appointment is such an egregious overreach and beyond the pale as a political favor.  It is an embarrassment for the state.  It is a blatant abuse of power.  It is a slap in the face to outdoorspeople statewide.

This decision MUST be rescinded immediately.  Failure to do so immediately  can only be viewed as an adversarial position for this administration towards hunters, fishermen, and, ultimately, Floridians.  Mr. Beruff may very well be qualified for some position on development, or growth, or any manner of other areas; it is unfathomable to any reasonable stakeholder that he be given any authority over Florida’s Wildlife Commission.

Thank you,

Capt. Travis Thompson
Host, Cast and Blast Florida Podcast
travis@castandblastfl.com
Guide, Gasparilla Charters
travis@gasparillacharters.com
@travisthompson – @castandblastfl
(863) 206-0762

#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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#62: Hunting and Ecology with David Mizejewski

If you don’t know David Mizejewski, he’s a naturalist, spokesperson, and television personality for the National Wildlife Federation.  He’s appeared on the Today Show, Wendy Williams, Conan, Good Morning America, and more, as well as hosted shows on Animal Planet and NatGeo.

We invited him to join us to discuss his perspective on hunting . . . An ecologist who doesn’t hunt, we felt like this was a great opportunity to hear from a voice who is both important in conservation and could provide a non-hunter’s point of view on some of our favorite pastimes . . .

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Keeps:

Nate:  Keeping our fingers crossed for full funding of the Land Water Conservation Fund – LWCF

Travis: The new Tactacam 5.0 – what GoPro wishes it could be!  Message Travis for more details . . .

Emily: The Staves . . . particularly this cover of Jolene . . .

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Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#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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#59: Are There Too Many Duck Hunters?

This week, we tackle something near and dear to our hearts . . . the debate about recruiting new waterfowlers to our sport and, potentially, our spots.

But, before we get to that, we draft country music artists, discuss BHA’s latest promotion, pay your age hunts, our missing fishin’, and more!

Here’s the link to the Delta Waterfowl Article we referenced during the show!

Keep:

Emily – The 90’s Country Spotify Playlist – warning: DOES contain Kenny Chesney, and the Myofascial Ball Release video that changed her life

Travis – This study on how most Americans aren’t actually that “Woke”

Nate – Red Dead Redemption 2!!!!

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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 – @lovedalocafitness – Instagram

#58: Gabriella Hoffman

We’re changing things up this week – we were able to catch up with District of Conservation host Gabriella Hoffman.

We chat about growing up in California, guns, urban recruitment to outdoor opportunities, women in the outdoors, Florida’s election, and more!  It’s a great conversation with an important voice in our industry . . .

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Listen to her show here

Plus, we celebrate the “pay your age” duck hunts, the ATL, and new reviews!

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
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