• An Open Letter to the FWC Commissioners

    Greetings Commissioners, As you prepare for the upcoming February Commission Meeting, I wanted to take a moment and again submit the attached sign-on for your consideration regarding the Draft Rule Proposal for Restricted Hunting Areas. This is an opportunity for us to take steps to ensure a stronger future for public water waterfowling. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the extraordinary contributions waterfowl stamps have made and continue to make to public lands across our country. Personally, I only hunt public, non-quota waterfowl areas. I run programs for recruiting new hunters, programs for non-hunters, programs for teachers – all aimed at understanding how hunting fits into conservation and why…

  • #166: Mistakes We’ve Made

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts This is an unconventional episode – in that, near the end of the main segment, our dog escapes and the whole show falls apart. That’s okay though – before the unraveling, we talk about pythons, youth duck day, remembering the plug, kill switches, how to avoid wind knots, the RHA Zoom Call, and much much more! Here’s the link and phone numbers to our Thursday Zoom Call – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82238290859?pwd=R0U0VnB1QWQrbDJmN1RLV0NGdFBMZz09 Topic: Restricted Hunting Areas – A Discussion Time: Feb 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Meeting ID: 822 3829 0859 Passcode: ducks One tap mobile…

  • Do Duck Quacks Echo? Calling Ducks in Florida

    C’mon, you know you thought that a duck quack didn’t echo.  Apparently this urban legend was studied and proved to be false.  Researchers at the University of Salford in Manchester England around 2003 actually studied this in their quest to improve acoustics in engineering.  Long story short, the duck quack did echo, but it was harder to hear compared to other types of recreated sounds.  How do I know, I googled it, but in case you don’t believe me Mythbusters covered it too. So what does this have to do with duck hunting in peninsular Florida?  Well, I’ll tell ya.  Picture this…huddled around a cranking hot Mr. Buddy propane heater…

  • #164: Kiley’s First Duck Hunt

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts In the same vein as Kaley’s First Duck Hunt, Will’s Gator, and Stacy’s First Moorhen, we bring you Kiley’s First Duck Hunt! Kiley Strickland joined us for a post Christmas morning in the blind to give hunting a whirl . . . hear her take on the hunt . . . Plus, we weigh in on the recent Field and Stream article about the Reelfoot Lake Tragedy . . . Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! Double the “L’s” and Double the…

  • the Reelfoot Tragedy

    It’s been over 36 hours since the waterfowling world was rocked by the news. Two duck hunters shot dead in their blind dead on Reelfoot Lake. Searching for a person of interest. Speculation has run rampant. No concrete information (at the time of this writing), but rumor after rumor . . . some probably close to the truth, but we don’t know yet. I live 900 miles away from Reelfoot. But I felt compelled in the aftermath of the tragedy to let my stream of consciousness flow. Here’s what’s on my heart: • We don’t know what happened. If we ever know, it’ll be weeks, or months. Adding to the…

  • Taking Pictures

    It’s the most endearing question I get on every trip. To put that in context, I get asked roughly 1 billion questions a day. I love them all, but that’s the closest number I can put on it . . . “how many ducks do you think we’ll shoot?”. . . “How can you tell which birds are which?” . . . “Is that a duck (744 times)?” There are some I love (“Have you ever had this much fun?”) and some I dread (“Do you think they’re done flying?”), but there’s one that’s just so special and unique and I’m gonna tell you why . . . “Would you…

  • #162: Suburban Dictionary, Waterfowl Edition

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts We now interrupt this duck season to bring you the definitive guide to waterfowling terms! Sorta. We fumble through a whole bunch of words we take for granted on the average duck hunt.  Plus, Nate talks snow, Travis talks motion decoys, and Emily is done with duck season! Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! Double the “L’s” and Double the “T’s” 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 .…

  • Sitka Waders: A Review

    Here we are. 5 and a half months after pulling the trigger, I’m ready to talk about my Sitka Waders. Next to my chairs (you’re welcome, Millenium Marine), my waders are the most asked about thing on a daily basis . . . “How do you like those Sitka waders?” This is, in some respects, a little bit of a crazy question. I equate it to how you feel after getting your oil changed – in your imagination, you think the car is running smoother and handling better. But it’s really exactly the same, which is awesome, but also it cost you some dollar amount to stay exactly the same…

  • #159: What I Want for Christmas, Vol. 4

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts This is as close as we’ll get to a Christmas Gift Guide, with a health dose of discussion of the Office, the Last Dance/Michael Jordan documentary on Netflix, Nate’s new dog, and all the best ideas for the hunters and fisherpeople in your life! Delta Wading Jacket GoSund Smart Outlets The Filson Upland Vest Wine Bottle Puzzle Holder DT Systems E-Collars A $6 Rubik’s Cube 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…

  • #157: Random Ducks about Thought Season

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts Find B&E Boatworks on Facebook and get your fiberglass job done right! This week, Travis and Emily bring you up to speed on the important topics: Duck Brain, the Smugness of Eagles, why the movie Elf comes up on every duck hunt, and how a podcast community rallied around a hair-brained duck guide with a hole in his boat! 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!…