#75: March Madness

We don’t actually discuss basketball this week – instead, we chat about Duck’s Unlimited’s new CEO, Adam Putnam; what white butterflies have in common with tarpon; hats; and, turkeys.

Plus, Em worries about hemispheres, Nate and Travis crush on Rinella, and we save a marriage before it even starts.

Here’s the link to the article Travis discusses in Keep and Release.

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#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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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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Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#71: Questions That Need Answers

Why do mullet jump?

Who wins a fight between a snook and a bass?

We’re coming at you with our questions that need to be answered, plus answers for those questions . . . AND we discuss the illegitimate love child of Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney, attendance at the FWC spray meetings, great feuds in history, Elk meat, the Beatles, and fake eyelashes . . .

Here’s the link to the trailer for Yesterday, the Beatles movie Travis talked about . . .

Here’s the link to the Rothy’s shoes Em talked about . . .

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Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#69: A Requiem for Duck Season

It’s over!

Emily’s long, national nightmare has come to an end!  This week, we discuss what we’re gonna be doing now that there’s only 7 months until duck season!

Want to get in shape with the Cast and (FAT) Blast Workout group? Fill out Em’s survey here!

Have an opinion on the spraying taking place on our lakes? FWC wants to hear from you. Here’s a collection of all meetings requesting public input.

The meetings will be held at the following times and locations (all meetings are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. local time):

• Feb. 6 – Kissimmee: County Commission Chambers, fourth-floor Osceola County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square – FB Event – https://bit.ly/2HOIAFK
• Feb. 7 – Okeechobee: Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N.; FB Event – https://bit.ly/2TxkyjZ
• Feb. 13 – Sebring: Bert J. Harris Jr. Agri-Civic Center, 4509 George Blvd.; FB Event – https://bit.ly/2WHh0h9
• Feb. 26 – Eustis: Eustis Community Center, 601 Northshore Drive FB Event – https://bit.ly/2Bgii9G

Here’s the Jeep ad from the Super Bowl that had us all misty eyed!

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Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#66: Carlos Beruff and Eleanor

This week, we discuss what are our Eleanors – you know, those things you keep trying to accomplish, and seem like they should be easy, but always stay just.  Out.  Of reach.

Plus we chat about the appointment and subsequent rescinding of Carlos Beruff, including your incredible support of our letter!

Keeps:

Travis – Landon Blankenship is giving away a duck mount to a youth hunter

Nate – The new Rinella cookbook

Emily – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon

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Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook
Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram

#63: What I Want for Christmas 2018

This week we talk about what I want, what I need, what I’ll wear, and what I’ll read . . . So, if you were wondering what to get the outdoorsman or woman in your life this Christmas, here’s what we want!

Plus, 100 reviews, Nate’s cold, and we almost draft Christmas songs, until we don’t!

4 Things I want for Christmas

Nate- Hunting/Hiking Boots (crispy boots summit GTX) $289
Travis – (Cast and Blast Florida T-shirt/Hat)
Emily – IT Cosmetics – CC Cream with SPF 50
Travis – new concealed carry firearm
Nate – cast iron skillet (medium 10-12 inches)
Travis- everyday carry knife (mini crooked river knife)
Nate –ridgemonkey bucket with a seat
Nate – Meateater fish & game cookbook
Travis – a hunter’s fireside companion

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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

#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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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!