• Pop’s Rifle

    Many a hunter has grown up with the tradition of woodsmanship and hunting. A good number of those hunters are fortunate enough to keep an heirloom from their mentors. Some country songs include a passage about granddad’s gun. We can all relate to the attraction to the guns carried by our forefathers. I, however, am not one of those lucky hunters. I do not have any heirloom guns that my ancestors used to feed my family of a generation removed. I did not count the days until I would spend frosty mornings hunting with my father, uncles, or grandfather. While my father and I enjoy hunting together now, I took…

  • My Florida: Dan Daniels

    Welcome to “Sabal Palm Island”, an exquisite resort community in the heart of Central Florida! Can’t you just picture it, driving south down the Turnpike, around the greater Orlando area, a billboard somewhere near the Okahumpka rest station flagging to would be vacationers and potential residents? The billboard is backdropped by a cattle pasture with some heavy equipment off in the distance. This billboard doesn’t exist, at least to my knowledge it doesn’t exist, but we can all probably envision it in some form. This fictitious community is obviously gated, has all the amenities that any resort community would have. the residents give off a kind of “Del Boca Vista”…

  • My Florida: Josh Wynne

    In September of 1620, Christopher Martin and his young wife, Marie Prower, arrived on the shores of Plymouth, Massachusetts on a ship known as The Mayflower. The ship left port in Essex, England and had been at sea for 66 days on this, the third attempt at crossing the Atlantic to reach The New World. Of the 102 passengers that arrived, only 53 of them survived the first winter. Only five among them were women. These survivors had grit. Christopher Martin would sign the Mayflower Compact and move to Salem, where he started his family. Over the next 160 years, the Martin’s became the Bishop’s, and the Bishop’s became the…

  • My Florida: Elizabeth Bland

    When asked to finish the sentence, “My Florida is _____.” I initially struggled. Is it an actual location? Is it an area? Am I restricted from claiming a certain place as “My Florida” because I was not originally born there? Can I only claim the Jacksonville area because that is my birthplace? Clearly the ending to that statement did not come as easy to me as I thought it would. I have thought about an answer to this question for a several weeks now. My Florida is not white, sandy, freshly raked beaches with well-groomed palm trees. It is dirt roads, river swamps, old oak hammocks, and coastlines that have…

  • My Florida

    Good states are hard to find. That’s a phrase that’s been rattling around in my head for months. We love Florida . . . it’s who we are . . . It’s part of our makeup, our DNA. From summer thunderstorms to wintering waterfowl . . . tarpon off the beaches, dolphins chasing mullet, snook under the mangroves . . . so many shellcrackers bedding that you can smell them . . . Osceolas somehow gobbling in surround sound, coming from every direction at once . . . Panthers and manatees and snail kites . . . Snapper and specks . . . Palmettos and palm trees and wild blackberries…

  • 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…

  • #111: the Thanksgiving Draft

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year – we give a brief recap of our duck season so far, then, in a pre-recorded session, we draft our favorite things about Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to all of you! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! 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 . . . Connect with the gang on social media: Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook Nathan Henderson – @nhenderson77 – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook Emily Thompson – @lovedaloca – Instagram Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

  • Why Misses Matter

    Throughout duck season, we’ll attempt to keep you abreast of what we’re thinking, Monday Morning Quarterback-style, just with less football and more waterfowl There was a time when Will didn’t want to hunt. He was slight of build, which was tough to sort out with gun sizing, to say nothing of recoil in the way it related to the featherlight guns he could handle. The first duck he ever shot, a pin-feathered bluebill that graces our living room wall, was followed by tears, due in large part to his first experience with #4 steel shot against his shoulder.  I wasn’t sure he’d ever come around on it. It’s a tough…

  • #104: The Small Game Draft

    No Nate, No Emily – this week, Travis is in Mississippi and is joined by Chad Rischar and Josh Watts from Southeast Backcountry Hunters and Anglers as we discuss our recent event at Raggio’s Custom Calls, the challenges faced by living in Mississippi, and our favorite small game pursuits. For more on Raggio’s Custom Calls, click here For more information on Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, click here Become an official “Friend of the Show” by supporting us on Patreon! Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . . 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…

  • #100: The Live Show

    Click here to get to the GoFundMe for Chris Shultz On August 24th, well over a hundred of our closest friends converged on Grove Roots Brewing Co. in Winter Haven, Florida for a night of fellowship, food, Conservation conversations, and . . . Emily talking about rappers. Seriously, this is the recording of one of the best nights many of us have ever had, and we hope y’all enjoy “reliving” it with us! Stay Woke! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote!   Check out our new “Conservation Isn’t Convenient” T-shirt . . . Follow Cast and Blast Florida: Instagram – Twitter – Facebook – Website Want to experience a world class duck hunt…