#92: ICAST, 2019

It’s time for our annual ICAST recap, including our favorite products, the craziest things we saw, Bill Dance, and the Trolling Motor Wars.

Plus, 2020 campaign slogans, FWC meetings, Alabama State Parks, and the nuance of drama in the Florida Waterfowling Community.

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#89: Deer Fangs, Zombie Mullet, and Python Hunters

The links:

Zombie Mullet in the St. Johns River

Aquifers under the sea

Deer with makeup and fangs

Python Hunters can use shotguns now

the Hired Guns of Instagram

Meateater buys FirstLite

Gov. Desantis Signs Largest Environmental Budget in Florida History

Travis’ Release – Fishing Brands Squabble – who owns rights to the upside down Florida Logo

Nate’s Keep – Crispi Summit GTX

Travis’ Keep Read – Chad Rischar’s 21st Century Conservationists approach

Travis’ Keep Watch – The new Yeti Commercial with 1000 Miles from Nowhere

Travis’ Keep Buy – Fundraiser for books – Drake’s Hunting Adventures

Get your live show tickets here!

E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote!

Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . .

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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

On Teachers and Legacy . . .

Mrs. McCarty had this contest.

It was 4th grade, and it was me or Carey Corbett, and the idea was to see how many of Florida’s counties we could name.  We tied.  Then we had to name the county seats.  Carey won.  But I gave her a heck of a fight.  We read a Land Remembered and studied the Seminole Wars and Flagler and Plant. It was that year that I realized that I loved Florida, that I understood her, that she came easy to me.

Mrs. Long accompanied us to the PEER center, a local wildlife rehab facility.

The first pine snake I’d ever seen, a scavenger hunt through the boardwalked swamp.  As a 6th grader I possessed only a handful of real skills: I could blush on demand within 50 feet of Jessica George; I could recite the batting averages of the ’84 Cubs; and I felt at home in the woods.  My teacher saw that, and encouraged it in me.

Mr. Partain complemented me on the in depth project I did on wood ducks, and another on bobwhite quail.  Mrs. Turner encouraged me to write the way I wanted; sure, I’d need to write to a standard to pass the tests in other classes, but she told me not to lose my own voice.  Mr. McGuire told us to chase what we loved, and to always have fun, to never stop being who we were supposed to be.

Mrs. Kurz placed the roots of math that I would never use, but that helped sprout logic and reason.  Mrs. Hough talked about her love for Florida’s barrier islands.  Mrs. Ordian taught discipline, my first “D” in an elective, for failing to practice the violin up to her standards.

Mrs. Brantley. Mrs. Carpenter.  Mrs. Buckley and Zotti and Parker.  Mrs. Farthing, who encouraged my writing more than anyone I’d ever met.

Looking back, I don’t know if any of my teachers hunted, or fished, or had any impetus to affect conservation in any way.  I don’t know if they cared about water quality and hunter recruitment and seatrout regulations, about nutrient loading and spray plans and migratory birds.

The butterfly effect is this bizarre idea predicated off the premise that a buttefly flaps its wings in Africa, and 2 months later a storm hits Florida . . . In simplest terms, it’s long term cause and effect.

I don’t know if my teachers knew the long term effects they’d have on a scrawny 11 year old, a clumsy 13 year old, an awkward 15 year old . . .

But they did.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of one of these teachers, some lesson they taught, now rote behavior.

As a dad, I recognize even more the importance of what goes on for 7 hours every day.  There’s never been a more important time to be a teacher . . .

To those who get up every morning at the crack of dawn, and plant themselves in a garden they’ll never see . . . day after day, year after year, student after student . . . to those who poured into that crazy kid all those years ago or pour themselves into his crazy kids today . . .

“Thank you” doesn’t quite seem enough . . . We can only hope you know how much it means . . .

#80: The Magazines

Florida Sportsman.  Field and Stream.  Garden and Gun.  Modern Huntsman.

We’ve taken on the herculean task of ranking our top 9 outdoor magazines – hear our list, and let us know what we missed!

Here’s the piece Travis discussed in his release, regarding the unmanaged growth our state is facing . . .

Here’s the article about the 10 year old squaring off with the shark!

Here’s the link to Brene Brown’s website . . .

Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . .

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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

#77: So You Wanna Come to Florida

This week, we spend a few minutes discussing some ways to sneak in an outdoors break on your Florida trip this summer, be it a vacation to the theme park or beach, or a quick morning session during that tech conference in Orlando!

Plus, we chat about the Keith Olbermann/Turkey fiasco in our “Release” . . . We draft our favorite Sports Movies of all time in honor of Opening Day . . . Tina from accounting calls in to the show . . . and we chat Rinella’s new Stars in the Sky documentary . . .

Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . .

Come hear Travis at Salt Pines in Tampa on April 9th (free – register here)

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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

#74: The New Green Deal

That’s what’s called a “Bait and Switch” – there is NO political discussion of the New Green Deal – Guaranteed!

Join us as we return to our roots and draft all of our favorite Green Things in the Outdoors!

Plus – Emily misunderstands the rules (again), we chat about the Ron Bergeron appointment in South Florida, and new content in the outdoors world . . .

Here’s a link to Nate’s Keep, the Hunting Public Youtube channel . . .

Here’s a link to the GoWild App and the Restless Native podcast

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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

#72: Saving Marriages and Hydrilla

This week, we’re recapping the many, many, many FWC meetings over the past month.

Plus, we basically save a listener’s marriage, discuss Botswana’s elephant situation, and review the basics of fire safety with Emily!

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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

#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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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

#34: Let’s Get Yeti to Rumble

Did you know:

Recently the NRA and Yeti had what might be described as a “spat” – this week, your Cast and Blast Florida crew takes a look at every angle . . . Including puns for episode titles . . .

Keep:

Nate: Ceramic Knives by Stone River

Emily: Aura Frames – BUY THIS FOR MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

Travis: Bearmageddon News  – Because you never know when a bear attack may occur!

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