#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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#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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#56: Southernisms

Remember last week how we sounded all smart and stuff?  Additive harvest and predator swamping and protandric hermaphoditism and whatnot?

Y’all.

We asked “what are your favorite southern sayings” and boy, did y’all come through in a MAJOR way.

Constipated turkeys, fence sitting turtles, sock wearing roosters, and perhaps the world’s most awkward anatomy lesson are just the beginning!

Warning – may not be safe for little ears.  But we tried.

Other warning – forgive us.

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#55: The More You Know

Remember “The More You Know” from NBC Saturday Morning?

This is the podcast equivalent of Blossom talking about reading or Matthew Perry talking about exercise or Al Roker talking about being a good dad, only it’s us talking about outdoors things.

Predator Swamping.  Protandric Hermaphroditism. Additive vs. Compensatory harvest.

Plus, French Fries, April Vokey, Hurricanes, Hot  Weather hatred, and Beef Jerky!

Here’s the link to the article Travis mentioned about Waterfowl Surveys

Keeps:

Nate – the BHA Patagonia GOSA Event – if you’re in the Greater ATL area, make sure you don’t miss this event!

Emily – Florida’s Finest Beef Jerky – We discovered this at the Florida Sportsman show – and, well, we agree – it is the finest . . .

Travis – April Vokey’s Podcast, Anchored – This is the best outdoors podcast on the planet.  We’ll settle for second place*

*second place subjective

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Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram – @lovedalocafitness – Instagram

#54: Long Division

We’re back – and better than ever!

This week, we discuss the things that divide outdoorsmen, and we talk about ways to bring ourselves together.

Duck hunters vs. duck hunters, fishermen vs. fishermen, hunters vs. fishermen – one day, we’ll wake up and realize we should’ve paid more attention to the things that unite us!

A new season of MeateaterDarkwater calls save early wood duck season – Emily’s stoked about Season 3 of Serial . . . plus – ice cream!

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#53: Jumping Sharks

We live in amazing times – Youtube, Cable, Satellite – so many choices for outdoor programming.

But what if we could re-invent the genre?

This week, we put ourselves in the director’s chair(s) and pitch our best ideas for new outdoor entertainment.

Here’s the link to Travis’ column on the loss of our beloved French Brittany, Coleman.

Here’s the link to the Peterson’s Hunting article Nate discussed about Hunters and Non-Hunters co-existing . . .

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Coleman

It’s the hardest thing, losing a dog.

I was just reminded of that truth.

We’d had a good day.  A good walk that morning.  A leisurely nap together on the couch.  He’d eaten the last of my roast beef sandwich for lunch, just the way it should be.

For 16 years, he was my constant.  I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my wife or my son.  When I was single, I had a twin bed that he was always in – me, 6’3″ and full-figured, and a 45 lb puppy.  He never left my side, day or night, never out of ear-scratching distance.  Any knock on the door was met with barks that belied his stature.  My wife.  My kids.  He was our dog, and we were his people.  That was indisputable.

I carried him home from his last walk.  It was time.  His fight was over.

What you’re never ready for is the little things.  I don’t want to vacuum, little tufts of his hair in the corners.  I don’t want to change the sheets.  I absentmindedly saved a piece of cheese when making Will’s lunch this morning – I always gave him a piece of cheese.  I came home last night and went to check on him, only to catch myself halfway down the hall . . .

There’s never been a dog who had such infectious joy.  He was truly happy, all the time, unless you were scolding him for his latest counter surfing shenanigans.  He once broke into my office and “retrieved” my mounted ducks, the room looking like a malfunction at the world’s prettiest pillow factory.  His grin melted my anger in a moment, a look of “Dad, you’ll never believe what I found in here!”

Sedatives settled his angst, and he looked up at me with his faded, whiskey colored eyes, still smiling.  I tried telling him it would be okay, even though it most certainly would not, ever, be okay.  I laid on the floor holding his head and talking in his ear.  I made sure he knew he’d done his best.  I made sure he knew I was there.  I made sure he knew he was a good dog.

It was over in a minute.  The vet looked at me, misty-eyed herself.

I scratched those amazing, floppy ears one last time.  I smelled his wonderful head, and closed his eyes, rubbing them the way he loved.

I stood up from the floor, and for a moment, so many memories flashed – playing in the snow and chasing deer and fetching doves and swimming pools and ice cream cones and stealing muffins from the kids and snuggling my wife, a furry wedge in our bed every night for 7 years.

And I came back to a simple memory, of he and I sitting on a borrowed couch in our empty house, right after my divorce.  We were watching TV, in as much as any dog watches TV.  We had no food. We had no money.  We were sharing a jar of peanut butter – I’d take a bite, then let him finish the spoon.  At that second, I wasn’t sure which way life would go; I mean, it pretty much sucked right then.  And clear as day I can remember looking at his head as he smiled, almost as if to say “hang in there Dad – this is the best day ever . . . “

That’s the thing I remembered as the vet handed me his effects.

16 years is a lot to lose in a moment.

I stuck his empty collar in my pocket, and stood there alone in a vacant room, and sobbed, a 41 year-old man heartbroken over his dog.

Just the way it should be.

#52: The Voices in Our Heads

When you’re spending time in the Great Outdoors, what voices are in your head?

From our parents to our kids to Steve Rinella and Randy Newberg and Rocky Leflore, technology coupled with memories has given us a fantastic perspective on why we do, what we do . . . This is our discussion about that!

Bonus: Here’s a link to Emily’s Wasabi Oreos . . .

Keeps:

Emily – Hipcamp – need a campsite?  This site is like airbnb, only for campers!

Nate – Binge Mode Podcast – Do you love Harry Potter?  Like, really, really love Harry Potter?  Then check out the Binge Mode Podcast from the Ringer!

Travis – Tomorrow night – Sept, 12, 2018 – Kissimmee River Invasive Plant Management Meeting – be at this meeting!

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Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram – @lovedalocafitness – Instagram

#51: Ducks as College Football Teams

Duck season is fast approaching.  College Football Season has already started.

How does a wayward outdoors podcast combine the two?

Simple – we take the AP Top 10 and assign them duck species that correlate to their various program identities.

Oh.  And Emily drafts country music singers.  And maybe rappers.

If that sounds like the most ridiculous 40 minutes you’ve ever spent, wait until you click play!

PS – if you’re in Florida, and hunt the Kissimmee River Basin, make plans to be at this meeting!

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
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Connect with the gang on social media:

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