Duck Season Somewhere Podcast

MOJO’S Duck Season Somewhere Podcast

Retired Green Scorpion Stories, South Africa

In retirement, perpetually smiling Werner Böing helps orchestrate driven guineafowl and rock pigeon hunts, flipping South Africa’s best hamburgers with catcher’s mitt-sized hands. Formerly, he was for decades among South Africa’s most elite environmental task force, the Green Scorpions. What drives someone like Böing, what lead him into this career path? What species kept them busiest, how were covert operation orchestrated, taking them at times into Southeastern Asia? What international agencies were involved? Why’d he quit Sunday investigations (I would have too)? What role does hunting play in the greater scheme of things, and what will become of South Africa’s most iconic species? A man of few words, Böing offers thought-provoking insights as deftly as a charging rhino.


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South Africa Duck Hunting Combo

The Real New Year’s Day: Delta Dove Hunting, Other Stories

To migratory bird hunters, Labor Day marks the real New Year. Summer temps are finally waning, cotton defoliant wafting on soon-to-be-autumn air. It’s finally dove season. Everything else soon follows. Mississippi Delta native Chuck Cage has been guiding since the late ’70s, only recently retiring. He and Ramsey discuss dove hunting, duck hunting and lots more in today’s Duck Season Somewhere episode. How’d he accidentally get into guiding duck hunters in the Mississippi Delta, how big is his traditional hunting area? What’s he mean saying “traders of tradables” was once his business card title, what was his motto, and what’s the most memorable thing ever delivered as promised? After all these years, how many leg bands hang from his lanyard, and what are his thoughts on the subject? What’s changed since the days he hunted first with his grandfather? How’s guiding sometimes mediating? Like a mourning dove streaking across a hot sunflower field, barrel-rolling at the shots unscathed, they cover a lot of interesting ground about one of the most iconic Mississippi Delta hunters and outfitters.

“Stinking the Pot” in Louisiana

“Stinking da’ pot.” That’s how Chris Meche describes making traditional South Louisiana gravy. His is best-of-the-best. World-class. After getting a duck and sausage gravy started, then prepping a mile-long countertop worth of sides, he describes growing up in South Louisiana, taking Ramsey on a cultural tour of good eats. How’d Meche get started hunting and what was his first “duck”? Where’d he learn to cook and why’s it still important to him?   What’re “shoe-pick patties”? What’s the proper way to make gravy, how many beers does it take? When does the duck camp experience start? Like a “30-weight gravy” over sticky white rice at duck camp dinner, just an easy going conversational episode among a couple hunting buddies that’ll really stick to your bones.

A Taste of South Africa

Following an exciting day shooting driven guineafowl and “rockies” in Free State, South Africa, Pierre Aucamp and Ramsey Russell talk about South Africa bird hunting. What is South African hunting like for locals? In a country predominated by game animals, what attracted Pierre to bird hunting?  How important is hunting tourism to South Africa and what’s Pierre’s business model? Any favorite  guineafowl and dove recipes? Besides GSPs, any other interesting critters around his home?  Stay tuned. This episode begins an 8-part South Africa series covering a wide variety of interesting and informative topics – like standing post on a driven guineafowl hunt, there’s no telling what’s fixing to bust from cover and cannonball overhead!


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South Africa Duck Hunting Combo Adventure

Free State of Tallahatchie Duck Hunting with Catfish Flautt

There’s X’s etched onto the earth to which waterfowl have always flocked. Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, is one of them. Born and raised there, Catfish Flautt remembers when duck hunting wasn’t the religion that it is today and describes the region to Ramsey Russell in colorful detail. Why has this part of Mississippi always attracted so many ducks, why are there 2 county seats, what are some of the famous Tallahatchie County landmarks? Who taught Catfish to duck hunt, what was the “firm” 3-day agricultural rule he learned? When’s the first time he hunted from a mummy boat and what became of that design? How long has Catfish been guiding duck hunts, how’d he start, and how does his hunting style mimic Tallahatchie County natural flooding patterns? Who was the region’s most famous federal agent, why was he sent to Tallahatchie County, Mississippi—and what Christmas song do some remember him singing one particular morning?!  Tallahatchie County has always been one of all-time duckiest places Mississippi. Y’all don’t want to miss this episode!


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Tallahatchie Hunts, Mississippi Duck Hunting 

South Africa Duck Hunting Safari with Jake Latendresse

As prelude to soon-to-be-released Life’s Short GetDucks South Africa duck hunting short-film, Jake Latendresse and Ramsey Russell reminisce about their epic South Africa wingshooting adventure together that included ducks, geese, upland game birds. They discuss the lasting impressions of people, food, landscape, hospitality, the works. From high-volume goose hunts and driven guineafowl to spot-and-stalk cherry-picking hard to find duck species, Jake’s through-the-lense perspective combined with Ramsey’s over-the-barrel view of the world paint a vivid portrait of what this customizable bucket-list destination is all about and what viewers can expect to see in the upcoming Life’s Short GetDucks South Africa episode.


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South Africa Duck Hunting Combo Adventure

Lusco’s Embodies Past Times and the American Dream

Back in his adopted heart-of-the-Mississippi-Delta hometown of Greenwood, Ramsey Russell meets with 4th-generation Lusco’s Restaurant owner Karen Pinkston. A true southern belle, her stories range from hilarious to heart-felt. How and why did the restaurant start? Who were the Banana Men, why are there private dining booths, who are the only people ever allowed in the kitchen, where’d the recipes originate? What are their famous sauces and signature dishes? What might be in the safe and why hasn’t it been opened since forever? What strange phenomena became a local “tradition” and why’d it cease? Why’d most customers have long-standing waitstaff favorites, and what are memorable stories about them?  Why is Lusco’s closing – and why haven’t they yet? For 90 years guests were greeted by smiling wait-staff that quipped, “Onion rings fried golden brown, best in town,” but the history of this iconic, small-town restaurant symbolizes the American Dream and past times in the Mississippi Delta.

*Update – Lusco’s Restaurant will officially close on September 25, 2021. News of its closing has garnered national attention, and long-time patrons (including Ramsey and family) are coming in from all over the US to enjoy custom steaks, spicy shrimp, broiled pompano and other favorites one last time.

Riceland Custom Calls Bill Daniels

From his Riceland Custom Calls studio in Hayes, Louisiana, Bill Daniels tells Ramsey Russell and growing up, his early introductions into waterfowling and how he got started in the call making business. He shares his thoughts on recent hunting seasons and how specklebelly behavior seems to be changing. Besides waterfowl, Bill Daniels and Ramsey Russell also share a mutual passion for certain unique gamebird. Bill tells about the time he got invited to Russia to hunt over live decoys. Soft-spoken and modest, what he never even mentions are the countless awards that Riceland Custom Calls has earned in calling contests.

“Just Add Water,” says Chef Richard Young at SWC Sportsmans Lodge

Whether fish bite or ducks fly is beside the point. As camp chef at Southern Way Charters’ Sportsmans Lodge in Venice, Louisiana, Richard Young says he gets to see folks at their best while he’s telling jokes we couldn’t air and serving man-sized portions of cajun-creole inspired goodness that stretches belts and induces food comas. Whether feeding 4 people or 40, Chef Richard’s self-taught style involves keeping it simple and measuring by personal taste. In todays episode, Chef Richard runs down a list of camp staples and favorite recipes to include blackened redfish with creole cream, ceviche, sashimi, coconut soup, gumbo, chicken skin boudin, duck poppers, shrimp and crawfish boil, and more. He also shares his top secret for cooking for larger groups.  Bon appetit!

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Art LeJeune Making Faulk’s Calls for 53 Years

Explaining that times were tough back then, Art LeJeune still remembers hunting south Louisiana rice fields with his grandfather, fetching ducks, filling seed sacks with them. He started working at Faulk’s Calls 53 years ago. At age 73 still arrives at 6:30 each morning, turning calls in the dusty, memory-infused shop that’s remained unchanged for a half-century except for recently installed air-conditioning. How’d LeJeune’s family store ducks in the absence of refrigeration and what was the limit? What’s he remember about the Faulks? Why’d Patin Faulk take him duck hunting the first time? How large is the cane patch used for raw materials and where’d it originate? Why’d Mr. LeJeune quit duck hunting—and why does he really still come to work? Faulk’s Game Call Company was founded in 1951, back when folks were practical, expecting stuff to last generations. In one of the most enjoyable conversations remembered in a long while, Art LeJeune’s stories vividly depict those almost forgotten times.

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