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When “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” comes on, I’m riding shotgun with Guy for at least a couple of hours. Beyond virtually sampling Americana via unique eateries, I watch for wild game recipe ideas. There’s one trouble with this when I steal an idea – never sure how my concoction stacks up with the ones As Seen On TV. Certainly, my dishes aren’t to the quality of professional chefs, but I’m always curious. A quick trip to a South California taco… Read More »
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My first waterfowl experience occurred the morning of Thanksgiving 1998. My college roommate invited me to his uncle’s duck hole, a small hydrilla-covered pond in the middle of orange groves. Knowing little about duck hunting then, I bounced from gun store to gun store searching for steel, landing on a couple boxes of No. 2’s. No waders were required, thankfully, as those were beyond my 18-year-old budget. The shells cost enough as it was. I figured I was skilled enough… Read More »
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As I referenced back in March, changes have come to Florida’s WMA Dove Field opportunities. Gone is the dove club and daily permits for a fee. In fact, all WMA dove fields are free, save for a $3 charge for Tenoroc. They are, however, broken into three categories based on requirements for entry which are listed below. Here are the changes from FWC: The FWC is replacing the fee-based special opportunity dove program permits with no-cost alternatives while maintaining the… Read More »
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Hey, hey! An article that doesn’t directly blurt out that Florida isn’t known as a deer state! In fact, this article in Field & Stream does an admirable job describing the adverse conditions South Florida deer hunters face during bow season. Pretty cool to see this hunt featured. Summer deer hunting South Florida is a challenge, to say the least. All stories from down there usually start with the heat and water, for great reason. From there the narrative wanders… Read More »
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Remember this scene in Christmas Vacation? Ol’ Clark Griswold is struggling in the snow with his overkill of festive lights as his in-laws feed him a ration of crap. His daughter steps up to defend him, proclaiming he’d worked really hard. Clark’s father-in-law belches out, “So do washing machines!” That’s a soul-crushing line. I thought of that quote, however, after trying to smoke wild turkey legs a couple weeks ago. They’d spent a night in brine, were wrapped in bacon,… Read More »
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While I am putting myself in danger of receiving angry e-mails and threats from the Economic Powers of Citrus County by publishing this, word from the Homosassa/Crystal River area is the scalloping sucks. I wouldn’t know personally since I’ve long-since abandoned the perpetual boat wreck that is Fourth of July weekend. But, commenters on Facebook have supplemented reports from trusted sources. Aside from charter captains, the news sounds lousy overall. Normally, I’d remain dubious and prepare to hard-charge into the… Read More »
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The muggy morning reverberated with the moos of distant cows, the yelps of hens, and the hissing of my venerated Thermacell. Toting a new Bushmaster AR-10 on its maiden hog hunting voyage, the laser equipped on the rinky-dink, gizmo-intense scope the rifle came with fought to cut through the mist. But, I still hovered it around making lightsaber and SEAL Team Six noises. Shortly into dawn, the light fog cleared enough to catch a black shape shuffling near the wooden… Read More »
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A couple weeks ago, close friend and turkey hunter extraordinaire Trace Linder sent me the picture above. He spotted this lizard on an overpass of the turnpike in Okahumpka. Made me think of this thing from The Simpsons. Apparently Trace’s critter was a Red Headed Agama from Africa. I had no idea – never heard of a Red Headed Agama. A quick Google search revealed they have been found in various places across peninsular Florida. Which is, of course, little… Read More »
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The wood duck is my favorite waterfowl, I think. Their coloring is mesmerizing, and the bird has personality, vocal and curious. They are resilient animals found throughout the country in a variety of freshwater habitats. And, they’re a lot of fun to hunt. I can’t imagine it’s that much fun painting one, however. Just an intimidating level of detail and particular coloring. God did his work well with this bird. But, kudos to Scot Storm of Freeport, Minnesota for rising… Read More »
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If you think shark fishing on a crowded, popular beach is a good idea, you’re gonna struggle with FWC’s new shark fishing test. I’ll confess – I scored a 90% on my first examination. You need a 100% score to receive your free certificate and permit. Accomplished that on the second try. For a small fee, I’ll be happy to tutor. For a bit more, I’ll get you that permit the same way Aunt Becky enrolled her kids into USC.… Read More »

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