• The Unwitting Conservationist

    As sportsmen, we like to thump our collective chests when we talk about how we “fund conservation efforts.” The fees we pay for tags and applications directly fund preservation of our state and federal lands. We support and gladly pay taxes related to Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson. For those who don’t know about Pittman-Robertson, it’s an excise tax of 11% levied on firearms and ammunition. In the 1970s, it was extended to include a 11% tax on archery equipment like bows and arrows. What makes this tax different than all the other taxes we pay is it goes directly to the Secretary of the Interior—not the treasury. This money stays with…

  • #170: All Keeps

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts Nate is back, which means it’s time for a Huck/Pupdate, Gabby Hoffman is coming to town, Turkeys are falling over left and right, Lake Management Plan meetings, Patreon shows, and a whole lot more! Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! Double the “L’s” and Double the “T’s” 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…

  • #169: March Madness

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts What makes us CRAZY this time of year? Plus, new reviews, toll road confusion, lake management plans, and the Man in the Arena Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! Double the “L’s” and Double the “T’s” 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:…

  • The Things We Carry

    Sportsmen are often a superstitious lot. We swear by a lure that will always catch one, or a stand that always draws in the deer. Many seasoned sportsmen carry a special item, something that conjures memories of hunts, mentors, or simpler times. I may be able to put a talisman I carry for every season. Partially emotional and partially effective, I always have a jitterbug in my tackle box. Half the time, I have one loose in my glove box or cup holder. The Arbogast Jitterbug doesn’t cast very well, it snags on everything, and the treble hooks are less than stellar, but that little top water connects me to…

  • #168: Draft Rules

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts We warned you last week – RHA’s were on the docket for last Thursday’s FWC Commissioner’s Meeting. And boy, did y’all show up in a major league way. If the opener for this episode doesn’t get your blood pumping, you should probably see a doctor. Seriously so proud of our team, our Community, and how it showed up . . . In this episode, we recap the meeting, explain a few things that occurred, and prep you for Lake Management Plans, dogs that hate water, Turkey season, Gender Reveal Catastrophes, and much, much more! Go to Patreon…

  • Creamy Spinach and Shiitake Casserole

    Ingredients: 4 cups of chopped frozen spinach 1 Cup of diced Shiitake mushrooms 5 cloves of roasted garlic, minced ½ stick of unsalted butter ½ cup of mayonnaise ¼ cup of half and half cream ¼ cup of light sour cream ¼ cup of diced Hearts of Palm ½ cup of white wine ½ cup of crumbled goat cheese (or Feta cheese) Sea Salt and cracked black pepper 1 tsp of smoked Paprika   Directions: Preheat oven to 350* Defrost spinach and squeeze out moisture Sautee spinach on medium temp in butter Add mushrooms, garlic, wine and render slightly on low heat for 5 minutes Remove from heat and allow…

  • #167: the Final Countdown

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts It’s go-time for the FWC Meeting regarding Restricted Hunting Areas – That’s right, the meeting Is this Thursday, 2/25. The RHA discussion is near the end of the day on Thursday – Likely in the 3-5 pm time range. We have provided all of our supporting docs, our sign on letter, our pros/cons doc, etc, at this google drive location. You can check out our previous episodes on RHA’s here (#153) and here (#156) Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! Double the…

  • An Open Letter to the FWC Commissioners

    Greetings Commissioners, As you prepare for the upcoming February Commission Meeting, I wanted to take a moment and again submit the attached sign-on for your consideration regarding the Draft Rule Proposal for Restricted Hunting Areas. This is an opportunity for us to take steps to ensure a stronger future for public water waterfowling. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the extraordinary contributions waterfowl stamps have made and continue to make to public lands across our country. Personally, I only hunt public, non-quota waterfowl areas. I run programs for recruiting new hunters, programs for non-hunters, programs for teachers – all aimed at understanding how hunting fits into conservation and why…

  • Dirt

    I think about Florida’s dirt more than I don’t. From the sandy soils of the Lake Wales Ridge, to the mucky pastures along the labrynth of rivers, beaches and backwoods, in the wildest of places you could imagine. I love this dirt. This ground. This place that gets between the straps of your Olukai’s and rubs your feet raw. Chad Crawford (the host of “How to Do Florida”) once mentioned to me that Florida leads the nation in the export of coffins. In other words, more people die here and are shipped someplace else than anywhere in the country. This is a fun and fascinating fact, but the broader point…

  • #166: Mistakes We’ve Made

    Listen on Spotify * Apple Podcasts * iHeartRadio * Pandora * Amazon Podcasts This is an unconventional episode – in that, near the end of the main segment, our dog escapes and the whole show falls apart. That’s okay though – before the unraveling, we talk about pythons, youth duck day, remembering the plug, kill switches, how to avoid wind knots, the RHA Zoom Call, and much much more! Here’s the link and phone numbers to our Thursday Zoom Call – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82238290859?pwd=R0U0VnB1QWQrbDJmN1RLV0NGdFBMZz09 Topic: Restricted Hunting Areas – A Discussion Time: Feb 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Meeting ID: 822 3829 0859 Passcode: ducks One tap mobile…