• Conversations #2.24: Dr. Phil Lavretsky

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts Since almost the first day our podcast aired, we have talked about Mottled duck identification . . . “Do You Even Mottled Bro” was a rallying cry for YEARS. This week, we’re joined by the leading expert on Mallard and Anas duck genetics, Dr. Phillip Lavretsky from the University of Texas at El Paso. Phil takes us through his work with black ducks, mallards, mottleds, hybrids, and more. Find Phil’s work here Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! Need an auctioneer for your next event?  Mark “Dobe” Dobersch is your guy!…

  • Conversations #2.23: Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts Fish sores and lesions have become a hot topic in Florida with the recent push against herbicide usage. To get to the bottom of the issue, we reached out to one of the leading fish veterinarians in the world, Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd to chat about the myriad of maladies that fish can suffer from, whether there’s a singular characteristic, proper fish handling, and much, much more! Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! Need an auctioneer for your next event?  Mark “Dobe” Dobersch is your guy! Check him out here! E-mail Fletcher…

  • Conversations #2.22: Frank Gidus, CCA Florida

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora CCA Florida is the leading fisheries conservation group in Florida . . . In this conversation, we talk to their expert on habitat and ecology, Frank Gidus.  From oyster restoration, to seagrass planting, to crap trap removal, find out what CCA is doing to make our waters and fisheries better for everyone in the state! Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! Need an auctioneer for your next event?  Mark “Dobe” Dobersch is your guy! Check him out here! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! Double the “L’s” and Double the “T’s”…

  • Conversations #2.16: The North American Model, with John Cooper

    We interviewed John Cooper earlier this season regarding the changes we’ve seen to migratory waterfowl patterns.  You can hear that interview here. Now, we’re doing a deep dive into the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation – the Bible for Wildlife Managers . . . The 7 Tenets, how the model is funded, is the model the blanket framework for all conservation, what is the path forward for both funding and these guidelines, why private lands AND public lands AND parks all matter, Chronic Wasting Disease, the Land Water Conservation Fund, the Great American Outdoors Act, Missouri v. Holland, and what’s next for Sportsmen . . . Here’s the book,…

  • Conversations #2.15: Dr. Jason Ferrell

    Dr. Jason Ferrell is the director of the Center for Aquatic Invasive Plants at the University of Florida. In short, he’s an expert on the subject of one of the hottest topics in Florida: invasive plant, which in turn are generally handled by spraying. In this conversation, we unpack these plants and their behaviors, herbicides, both the good and bad sides, and we go in depth on aquatic harvesters, including detailed discussion of the recent pilot study done on Lake Toho.  This is a packed episode with a ton of amazing information around a very difficult subject . . . Please listen and share . . . Go to Patreon…

  • Virtual ICAST with FWC: #5 – Artificial Reefs

    Do you know about Florida’s Artificial Reefs program? Around our state, 3600+ reefs dot the coastline, providing habitat to many of our most popular and critical fisheries . . . In today’s episode, we’re joined by FWC’s Keith Mille and Amanda Nalley to discuss this very cool program, how it’s driven by science, the data it provides, the incredible opportunities it provides anglers, and how you can learn more about it! Make sure to visit FWC’s Virtual ICAST Page at myfwc.com/icast Click Here to Listen on Spotify Click Here to Listen on Apple Podcasts Click Here to Listen on iHeartRadio Click Here to Listen on Pandora Podcast: Play in new…

  • Virtual ICAST with FWC: #2 – TrophyCatch

    FWC’s TrophyCatch Program is an awesome opportunity for anglers to show off their big bass, have an amazing chance at some amazing prizes, and an opportunity for the state to collect catch data on these monster fish! Since it’s inception, the TrophyCatch Program has produced a staggering number of fish (spoiler alert: WAY over 10 tons of Bass have been weighed.  Way over.), it’s provided countless memories for the anglers, and it is a constant source of information for the Commission as they continue to study our world class Bass Fishery. Today, Ryan Hamm of FWC and Travis are joined by Drew Dutterer and KP Clements, both from FWC’s Freshwater…

  • Conversations 2.11: Dr. Richard Chandler

    Recently, FWC revealed the final product of the South Florida Deer Study, a multi year paper that provided a in depth examination of how deer in both Big Cypress and Panther NWR behave and are affected by hunters, predators, and hydrology. This study is remarkably timely, given the backdrop of the Western Everglades Restoration Project coupled with hunters observations of the Big Cypress deer herd. The study can be found on FWC’s website or you can find it on Dr. Chandler’s site here, where you can also follow Dr. Chandler’s other works. Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! Need an auctioneer for your next…

  • Conversations 2.9: Danielle Kirkland, FWC Invasive Plant Management

    Chances are, if you’re listening to an outdoors podcast, you’ve heard some mention of the topic of Spraying.  We toss around binary concepts – stop spraying, ban chemicals, poison . . . In this week’s conversation, we take a measured approach with an expert on the subject, FWC’s Danielle Kirkland, a leader in the state’s Invasive Plant Management Team. We go into detail on why spraying occurs, why natives matter, why managing invasives needs to continue, how herbicides are approved for usage, the creation of muck, lake levels, and pay to spray – plus why Danielle does what she does . . . You do not want to miss this…

  • Conversations #2.3: Ryan Hamm

    Ryan Hamm is with FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries – in this week’s episode, we chat about anything and everything, including R3 in fishing, Lake Management Plans, Triploid grass carp, basketball, and even a little hunting . . . Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! Need an auctioneer for your next event?  Mark “Dobe” Dobersch is your guy! Check him out here! Follow Cast and Blast Florida: Instagram – Twitter – Facebook – Website Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter? E-mail Travis to book today . . . Connect with the gang on social media: Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook Emily Thompson…