#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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Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
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

To the Hunt

Here’s to 2 am alarm clocks and ice on the windshield.

To us not being sure why our hands are shaking – is it the bitter cold, or the monstrous 10 point that just stepped into the clearing.

The sound of a wood duck whistling his way unseen through the darkness seconds before shoot time.  The rattle of the dog boxes as the pointers bang their tails against the side, desperate to find their next quail.  The snap of a twig behind you in the tree stand – Unknown yet full of promise.  The whistles, of bobwhites and pintails and dog handlers . . . The clucks, of hen mallards and hen turkeys . . .

Here’s to the game we respect and pursue . . . The bucks and drakes and Toms and boars . . . The shots we take, the shots we miss, and, sometimes more importantly, the shots we pass on completely . . .

To the old-timers, here’s to one more fall in the field . . . To savoring the moments with friends and family . . . Hunting the same bend where a long gone retriever made an unbelievable fetch on what was thought to be a long gone mallard . . . Walking the same trails you walked with your grandfather so many years ago, now with a grandson of your own in tow, a legacy and heritage prayerfully safe for another generation . . .

Here’s to the kids . . . 5 year olds and 12 year olds and 20 year olds, bribed with powdered donuts and packs of Twizzlers and the promise of unlimited Mountain Dew . . . That sense of wonder in their normally iPad-glazed eyes as they see the indescribable colors in an Osceola as he steps into the sunshine . . . Their enlightenment to the “edges” of the hunt – the snakes, the palmettos, the birds of prey soaring overhead, memories that will grow and shrink through the years but placeholders nonetheless of a world unplugged . . . Their pride in their first harvest, be it a squirrel or a dove or a deer . . . And to a hope that they’ll think nothing and everything of being standard bearers for a new generation of sportsman, ethical and honest, future evangelists of conservation . . .

Here’s to those gone to soon, but never forgotten, in this chapel lined by pine trees and sun rays trying to burn off a fog, while a chorus of cardinals and chipmunks and cicadas raise their voices in song . . .

Here’s to the hunt . . . To pursuing our game, our way, be it with bow, or gun, or spear, with dogs or decoys or by ambush.  To gas station hot dogs and four wheel drives and campfires and more stars than you ever thought possible . . . To pheasants and puddlers, divers and deer . . . To the men and the women and the youngsters . . .

May your straps be heavy, your campfires surrounded by laughter, and your thermos never empty . . .

Here’s to the Hunt!

 

#50: A Game Is The Foot

IT’S.  OUR.  BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!

One year ago today, we were just a precocious, nascent podcast.

Today – we’re celebrating.  We talk our favorite episodes and moments – in the finest tradition of this train-wreck of a podcast . . . we hope y’all enjoy!

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

#49: Discharges, Big Sugar, and Red Tide

It’s been a miserable summer in Southwest Florida – a never ending red tide bloom. Discharges from Lake Okeechobee.  An election cycle.

Our state sits in the midst of an ecological disaster that’s being tossed around like a political volleyball.  Misinformation abounds.  Divisions are drawn in the sand.  Confusion reigns.

This week, we take one episode to give you our thoughts.  This is not our normal fare.  This is pure, unfiltered, and raw.

We’ll be back to jokes and punchlines and fishing tips and duck tricks next week.

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47: Anonymous Takes

How do you feel about Power-pole?  Airboats? Fly Fishing?

This week, we’re taking apart the hot takes that folks were too chicken to attach their names to . . .

Plus Brad Paisley vs. Garth, Nate catches a 7″ fish and brags about it, and we talk Florida water issues again.

And the First Annual Inaugural Codiment mini-Draft (spoiler: Nate wins)!

Keeps:

Travis – Captains for Clean Water – THE group on the right side of Florida’s Water Issues

Emily – Have y’all seen John Crist? The Ultimate comedian for any youth group kid from the ’90’s

Nate: Dawn Lea McKenna Books – The Forgotten Coast series – fictional procedural drama woven around the Appalachicola lifestyle

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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

#45: Random Thoughts

Nate’s second week as a fly-fisherman and we can’t tell if he’s gotten more pretentious or not.  Plus, tons of new reviews, we talk about FWC, tons of follow-ups to ICAST, and, what’s your favorite restaurant sweet tea?

The Links:

RidgeMonkey: We don’t WANT this light . . . We NEEEEEED this light . . . And this one too . . . And we still need this bucket

Beyond Coastal: It’s good to finally see some competition in the sunscreen market

Drake fishing: Click this link only if you’re bored with browsing Huk and Salt Life’s sites

Compass 360/Hardcore waders:  Check out everything in the Compass 360 line here, and the waders we talked about specifically here

The all Release lineup:

Would you wear this? The Finja, from Mojo . . . (Not Mojo)

Nate’s upset at the entry cost into the outdoors pursuits

And Travis calls out former co-host Hunter Jackson for an absurd music choice.

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Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter?
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Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram – @lovedalocafitness – Instagram

#44: iCast 2018

Did Nate really just join a cult?  Plus, we recap much of the new and noteworthy stuff we discovered at ICAST 2018 last week, including:

GoLock: mygolock.com

A mobile electronic locking system designed for Outdoorsmen.

Seigler Reels: seigler.fish

Wes Seigler taught himself how to work with metal and fashioned an ICAST 2018 Best in Show Fly Reel!

Tactacam: tactacam.com

We think this is BETTER than a GoPro – lighter, a better on/off system, AND zoom capabilities, plus lowlight features and a new fish cam!

RidgeMonkey: ridgemonkey.co.uk

What DO we want from RidgeMonkey?

How about: A Modular Bucket that Travis is going to turn into the ultimate blind bag? Or what about a PowerBank that would recharge your iPhone 35 times?  CookwareCamp Stoves?

Cauldryn: cauldryn.com

It’s a coffee cup.  It’s a blender.  It’s a percolator.  It’ll cook your soup.  It’ll zap bugs, light up your camp, and who knows what else.  Our pick for “Best in Show” at ICAST 2018 was the Cauldryn system . . .

Follow Cast and Blast Florida . . .
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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 – @lovedaloca – Instagram – @lovedalocafitness – Instagram