Duck Season Somewhere Podcast

MOJO’S Duck Season Somewhere Podcast

EP 428. Family Duck Hunting Traditions Down Under

Three generations of Australian duck hunters–grandfather Ray, son Glenn, and granddaughter Kareena–describe their family’s duck hunting traditions Down Under, emphasizing why it’s important to each of them, how it has connected them to the waterfowl resource and to each other, and how they feel about its possible closure. They each share personal anti-duck hunting experiences, too! You’ll likely be surprised at how familiar Australia duck hunting is to hunting in your own back yard despite their different accents from halfway across the globe. As entertaining as it is thoughtful, this episode is a reminder of what duck hunting really means to us all.


Recorded during a recent hunter-scientist-conservation effort in Australia. Special thanks to Safari Club International for supporting this project to conserve waterfowl and to ensure hunting in Australia and worldwide.


EP 427. Washington Sea Duck Hunting Pioneers

Way back before trophy sea duck hunting went mainstream due to the internet and North American species contests–and in a region where the almighty mallard reigned supreme among local duck hunters–the Otto brothers began plying Washington State’s Puget Sound for the beautiful waterfowl species that most duck hunters had only seen in bird books and largely ignored. Their youthful obsession spawned lifelong passion where continuously upping their own game, sharing their world with new friends, traveling throughout the United States, carving their own decoys, mounting their own birds, better learning their own backyards and refining their techniques became a lifestyle. Today, they recall many adventures then and now, and their sea duck hunting approach to life.

EP 426. SPECIAL Into the Vault 2023

DU’s Logan Nevins and I talk about Michigan waterfowl hunting, public land duck hunting here versus there, Memphis barbecue and more before jumping Into the Vault. Wow! From hard to find collectible shotguns and once-in-a-lifetime Terry Redlin original artwork to ready-to-hunt duck boats and antique decoys, Logan takes us on an amazing tour. My advice? Just buy it for your wife’s Christmas gift–it’s the thought that counts!

EP 425. A Pacific Paradise Duck Hunting Lifestyle

Retreating from fast-paced, frenetic Seattle to tranquil Olympic Peninsula settings seemed the perfect escape even though their friends thought they were crazy. And there was just one question–how in the heck would they make a living? Now decades later, Captain Dave and Tiffany Drewry recount building a life and the hugely successful Peninsula Sportsman guide service in their Washington State Pacific paradise, describing unique island culture, nearby Port Townsend, sea duck species, hunting techniques, food, hospitality, inevitable changes.

EP 424. Hama Hama Oysters a 6th-Generation Family Tradition

Learned during a recent visit the Washington State leads the nation in oyster production–and I love oysters, ate them the entire week! Hama Hama Oysters has been operating for 6 generations. Over a huge sampler of oysters, clams and mussels, Adam James describes his family’s history in oyster and timber production, telling how the two go hand in hand. He explains what it takes to produce great crops, the surprising origins of his bivalved crops, why there’s an oyster renaissance underway throughout the United States and–few surprises here–why he especially loves seaduck hunters.

EP 423. Harlequin Ducks in the Balance in Washington State

Washington State’s waterfowl resources are extremely diverse, and managing a full suite of dabblers, divers, seaducks and geese is a daunting task to say the least. The recent closure of the Harlequin duck season in Washington was extremely controversial. Washington State was for many years the only place in the continental United States that harlequin ducks could still be harvested. Prized by collectors as special trophies, it was a pretty big deal. Kyle Spragens is Washington State’s waterfowl manager. We discuss why Harlequin duck season was closed, doing a deep dive into this subject, other extremely interesting species and need-to-know topics. Are Harlequins an indicator of more changes to come? Tune in to find out.

EP 422. “Taming the Wild West” of Guide and Outfitting Industry

Should waterfowl hunting guides and outfitters have licensing requirements? Is the waterfowl guiding industry really the Wild West?Should there be some form of professional oversight to weed out the worse from the best? What might those minimal requirements be? And how might a professional outfitter society benefit hunting, local and client hunters, habitat and waterfowl resources? Alberta Professional Outfitter Society’s Corey Jarvis, Jeana Schuurman and Rob Reynolds answer these questions and much more in today’s informative episode.

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Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS)

EP 421. Shifting Baselines in Texas

A 7th-generation Baytown Texan, Shannon Tompkins was an outdoor journalist that highlighted Texas hunting and fishing for over 40 years. He recalls growing up duck hunting, describing his mentors and LeFour’s Model 12; places like the sprawling Barrow’s Ranch during its heyday, the infamous cardiac pond, Los Patos; bygone times like when Texas was the foremost US  snow goose hunting destination. A self-described dinosaur in today’s duck hunting world, Tompkins cites several instances of “shifting baselines” regards Texas duck hunting then versus now.

EP 420. Feed the Beast–Inukshuk Professional Dog Food

What won’t our beloved retrievers do for us? To-the-horizon, full-blast retrieves across wide open fields or across frigid waters to recover downed waterfowl seem their singular life missive. Our ride-or-die duck hunting partners will do absolutely anything to live up to our expectations, requiring they be high-performance athletes instead of just pets. When Char Dawg’s professional trainer, Alan Sandifer, made the switch to Inukshuk Professional Dog Food, we did, too. Rocket-fuel results were immediate–improved performance outputs, shorter recovery times, glossier coat, ceaseless energy reserves. Inukshuk’s Brian Conoley explains the origins of this Canadian-made, if-you-know-you-know professional dog food that’s dominating serious retriever owner-trainer circles throughout the United States, how it differs from popular hype-marketed name brand dog foods, why it’s producing such spectacular results, and where you can get some to try. Whether you want to feed your retrieving machine the absolute best available or actually save money while doing so, do not miss listening to this important episode about retrieving dog nutrition!


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EP 419. Best-of-Best Alberta Canada Waterfowl Outfitter

For 20 years, Rob Reynolds and his wife Lori have operated Ranchland Outfitters. Their reputation for delivering best-of-best Alberta waterfowl hunting experiences is unrivaled. But why? Rob describes the random events leading him into this business, his family’s deep-seated roots in Alberta, how and why he’s amassed hunting from Alberta’s boreal forest clear down to the US border, what the waterfowl hunting’s like in September-October and—get this–what its like in mid-December when hunting many thousands greenheads and honkers that never, ever fly south! He also tells about why he’s not allowed in the kitchen when his Louisiana clients cook gumbo!


Related Link:

Alberta Canada Duck and Goose Hunting at Ranchland Outfitters

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As strong advocates of conservation, supports the following organizations:

Ducks Unlimited Dallas Safari Club National Rifle Association Delta Waterfowl SCI