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July 6, 2020
Bill Brewster, former Oklahoma Congressman and retired lobbyist, meets with Ramsey at SCI Convention. They discuss topics ranging from quail hunting back in the good old days to the future of hunting. Bill tells about the time he went to the White House before dawn with shotguns and hip boots to take a US President duck hunting.    Related Links: Safari Club International   Episode Sponsors: Boss Shotshells GetDucks USHuntList   Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks Facebook @GetDucks youtube @GetDucks
June 29, 2020
In its present incarnation, gumbo is a combination of past and present, a delicious mixture of foolproof goodness in a pot. What constitutes "real gumbo" varies widely among regions, zipcodes, camps - even family members. But it's all good. Benny Marascalco was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, a region that's as unique unto itself as roux. In today's episode of Duck Season Somewhere, he and Ramsey catch up in a conversation that winds like Old Man River through a host of regional topics including duck hunting, habitat, beaver trapping, finding ancient arrowheads, and finally, Benny's long-time passion for making really great gumbo. Whether you've made gumbo for generations or just getting started, you're sure to enjoy today's conversation.      Related Links: Benny's Gumbo Fanatic Facebook Page Benny's Gumbo Pages (20-plus years ago)     Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks
June 22, 2020
At age 30, Trent Dirks is a relative newcomer to duck hunting. Trent describes coping with PTSD after returning from active duty in Afghanistan.  How did service dog, Tracer, help him find life purpose and then lead him to waterfowl hunting 4 years ago? Scott Dewey professionally trained competitive retrievers for over a decade before co-founding Retrieving Freedom. What are these service dogs trained to do, and how are they trained?  Ramsey, Trent and Scott share a great conversation at SCI convention, it's an interesting episode you'll not want to miss.   Related Links: RetrievingFreedom.org Safari Club International Convention   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks
June 18, 2020
Lee Kjos is STOKED about the new website launch and this season's extensive, new BOSS Shotshells product line! Everyone is - and it's downright contagious! Like a red, white and blue cyclone sweeping through a deserted mining town, he and Ramsey plow full-steam-ahead through a range of duck hunting topics. Wondering whether the Canadian border will be open to hunters, the two plan a specklebelly hunt together just in case.   Related Links: *NEW* BossShotshells.com The Boys of Rio Salado: The Good Old Days of Waterfowling Still Exist Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks
June 13, 2020
A mallard? There are about 13 mallard-like subspecies worldwide to include mallards, mottled ducks, black ducks and Mexican ducks right here in the good ol' USA. How similar are North American mallard-like species and what are their common origins? Is the American Black Duck really becoming extinct due to hybridization with mallards, and are hybrids easily distinguished? What's the difference between "New World" and "Old World" mallards and, importantly, how might this distinction impact duck hunting as we know it? Phil Lavretsky is a wildlife geneticist from the University  of Texas at El Paso. A seasoned duck hunter, he answers these questions and more. Whether you're a die-hard mallard purist or next-duck-over-the decoys hunter, an ardent species collector or duck nerd, this is likely one of the most thought provoking duck topics you've heard in a long while. It absolutely blew my mind. See related links for more info.   Related Links: The Surprising Genetics of American Black Ducks and Mallards UTEP Professor, Smithsonian Researchers Make Genetic Discoveries Related to North American Ducks Domestic Mallards Gone Wild Safari Club International Convention Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks
June 7, 2020
Stalking small game while barefooted, the young boy supplemented his family's mealtime protein intake, but remembers dreaming way back then of one day hunting leopards. Mentored, in part, by the most iconic archer in history, that boy has since hunted far and wide, and loves duck hunting. Steve Comus has been Editor-in-Chief for Safari Club International's Safari Magazine for over 2 decades. "We are our truest selves while hunting," he explains. With experience - and humility - that can only be gleaned from 70-plus years hunting, Steve shares some surprisingly interesting perspectives in this episode of Duck Season Somewhere.   Related Links: Safari Club International   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com   Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks   
June 4, 2020
Quack Rack's Garrett Walker and Ramsey catch up before the world starts spinning full-swing again. Recalling a couple fun past hunts together in Idaho and Oklahoma, they remember the great folks and other things that made those hunts memorable. Garrett tells about his becoming a duck hunter and how a simple work-smarter-not-harder idea quickly became one of the most recognizable name-brands in waterfowl hunting. He describes how it feels to be American Made, especially during the recent China Flu pandemic - and why this has always been personally important.  They wonder what the future holds, how the pandemic might effect outdoor product supply and marketing, and then begin planning future hunts together.   Related Links: Quack Rack   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com   Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks 
May 31, 2020
It's late-May, the Dakota prairies are in great shape, and already there are bright yellow, little mallard and pintail fuzzballs on the scene, preparing for the flight south this fall. John Devney of Delta Waterfowl is an avid duck hunter, a natural born communicator. He and Ramsey talk about favorite North American duck species (it'll probably surprise you) and favorite places to duck hunt in the US. Low on the water and coming in hot like decoying ringnecks, their conversation dives into lots of interesting waterfowl hunting topics. What's going on with specklebellies in the Deep South as compared to the Pacific Flyway?  What's happening with pintails - they're probably shooting too many in Mexico, right?! And what about all of today's many modern hardcore hunters traveling to Canada - that's certainly impacting the fall flight, huh?  Federal stimulus dollars galore are being spent to mitigate coronavirus, but how will the 2020 Pandemic affect waterfowl conservation efforts, such as banding and censusing? All of that and more in today's episode of Duck Season Somewhere.    Related Links: Delta Waterfowl   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com   Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks  
May 28, 2020
The fabled North Platte River slithers through the American West, holding enviable numbers of Canada geese and mallards. WyoBraska Waterfowl's JJ Randolph has guided along Wyoming's North Platte River since forever. With the storytelling ability of someone that's guided for decades, he describes getting started, important influences, and why this region holds so many waterfowl - all where one of the Wild West's most historically significant events occurred.   Related Links: WyoBraska Waterfowl   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com   Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks    
May 25, 2020
The Tombigbee River flows into the rugged Mobile-Tensas Delta of southern Alabama, the backdrop for today's guest. Radcliff Menge describes how he became involved in the outdoors industry, and how family hunting traditions shaped Tom Beckbe's company vision. Roots run deep.     Related links: Tom Beckbe   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com   Follow Ramsey Russell's duck hunting adventures across 6 continents: Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks  Youtube @GetDucks Facebook @GetDucks    
May 21, 2020
Corey Mason meets with Ramsey during the "COVID Pause." Growing up hunting with family in west Texas, he chased his passion through college, eventually becoming a waterfowl biologist for Texas, Parks and Wildlife.  As Executive Director of Dallas Safari Club, Corey passionately describes to Ramsey the importance of hunting anything anywhere to wildlife conservation worldwide, how hunters from all walks of life can engage collectively to meaningfully move the needle, and why all of us hunters worldwide are in this together.   Related Links: Dallas Safari Club   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com   Follow Ramsey Russell's worldwide duck hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, Youtube @GetDucks, Facebook @GetDucks
May 18, 2020
Zach Meyer of WildEar meets with Ramsey during Dallas Safari Club, telling him about his earliest introductions into hunting, about how he became a lifelong waterfowler with the single pull of the trigger. They share a few humorous tell-tale stories about shotgun-related hearing impairments (spoiler alert, Ramsey can't read lips on TV screens), and the two part ways with an invite for Ramsey to experience something he'll never do in Mississippi.   Related Links: WildEar   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com   Follow Ramsey Russell's worldwide duck hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, Youtube @GetDucks, Facebook @GetDucks
May 14, 2020
It's late-April and Ontario's Ottawa Valley is quiet. But this fall it will fill with raucous, migrating honkers gorging themselves on local crops before beating their way further south. Ryan Reynolds, Apex Waterfowling, and ramsey touch base during the "Covid Pause." How does goose hunting in Ontario's Ottawa Valley differ from western provinces? What's unique about interior Canada geese as compared to other subspecies? Ryan offers his candid appraisal of shotshells and the two hatch plans for the upcoming season. Related Links: Canada Goose Hunting Ontario Apex Waterfowling Episode Sponsors: BOSS ShotShells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Follow Ramsey Russell's worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks
May 11, 2020
Kjos and Ramsey visit over hot coffee before Dallas Safari Club Convention, immediately stepping into a memory-filled swamp of wild ducks in wild places. Kjos shares his "Walter Mitty Moment." They then wade through a waist-high slough of ducky topics that hunting buddies usually do. Related Links: Dallas Safari Club Alaska King Eider Hunting Argentina Duck Hunting Rio Salado Episode Sponsors: BOSS ShotShells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Follow Ramsey Russell's worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks
May 7, 2020
Last week, the Canadian government by-passed parliamentary procedures by implementing a 25 years-old, never-before-used provision to ban “black guns.” This week, a real bombshell exploded when it was learned that this “ordering council” creates a real gray area regarding the legality of 12-gauge and 10-gauge shotguns. Fake News? Can American duck hunters take their 12-gauge shotguns to Canada this fall?! In this special episode of Duck Season Somewhere, Tony Bernardo, Executive Director, Canadian Shooting Sports Association explains to Ramsey the implications of this ruling for Canadian and American duck hunters. Related links: Canadian Shooting Sports Association Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks
May 6, 2020
It’s late-April and because COVID-19 protocols have prevented his guiding spring snow geese in Canada, Ben Webster of Big Kansas Outdoors is home in central Kansas. Ben tells Ramsey why and when he got into the guiding waterfowl hunts. What are some of the good and bad aspects of operating a professional guide service? What qualities does Ben really look for in prospective waterfowl guide-staff? What all goes into the Dream Job?     Related links: Big Kansas Outdoors      Episode Sponsors: USHuntList.com GetDucks.com BOSS Shotshells     Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks     Your feedback is appreciated.
May 4, 2020
It’s about an hour preceding showtime - hectic opening morning of Dallas Safari Club Convention. While putting finishing touches on the GetDucks exhibit, Ramsey introduces long-time Argentina hostess and trusted friend, Martha Ciaffoni, an integral team member for over a decade. How’d they meet? What funny, stressful, and memorable events shaped their working relationship? What’s it like taking care of so many US duck hunters each season? The conversation ends, until next year, as people begin flooding through the doors.   Related Links: Argentina Duck Hunt La Paz Argentina Duck Hunt Rio Salado  Dallas Safari Club Convention   Episode Sponsors: BOSS Shotshells GetDucks.com USHuntList.com   Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks Your feedback is appreciated!
April 30, 2020
As easily as if they were visiting between volleys, HPOutdoors co-host Dan Hruska shares with Ramsey a few important life events before and during the ongoing “reset.”  How did HPOutdoors get started and how does Dan describe their relationship with the online community they’ve since cultivated? Why should Toronto International Airport Customs definitely be avoided if at all possible? What are some memorable places that duck hunting has taken Dan and what do future HPOutdoors plans entail? Related links: HPOutdoors Waterfowl Podcast Listeners Group Episode Sponsors: GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Boss Shotshells Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks Comments about today’s episodes or future topics? Let us know!
April 27, 2020
It’s a cold January morning preceding Dallas Safari Club. Blood Origins producer Robbie Kroger breaks for coffee with Ramsey before interviewing Weatherby Award winners. In a time that sport hunting is increasingly marginalized, Robbie’s Blood Origins project has given an authentic, selfless voice to hunting. Why it’s “in the blood” speaks importantly to the non-hunting majority and to hunters themselves. What’s your why? Related Links: Blood Origins Blood Origins IG Get Ducks Blood Origins  Dallas Safari Club Weatherby Award Episode Sponsors GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Boss Shotshells Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks Your feedback is appreciated
April 24, 2020
Brandon Cerecke, BOSS Shotshells, joins Ramsey for a candid duck blind type chat about COVID-19 and the American way of life. How have Brandon’s blue-collar roots shaped his work ethic, ingenuity, and innovation? What new BOSS Shotshells products are coming down the pipeline and what’s driving their product-line expansion? They wrap up discussing father-son hunting plans for this fall when things resume normalcy. Related Links: BOSS Shotshells (hyperlink https://bossshotshells.com/bismuth/) Ontario Canada Goose Hunt (hyperlink https://www.getducks.com/ushunts/ontario-canada-duck-goose-hunt/) Episode Sponsors GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Boss Shotshells Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks Comments about today’s episodes or future topics? Let us know!
April 22, 2020
Bigwater and Ramsey talk about different routines, recent discoveries and new habits since the world stopped spinning as usual, then end up sinking their teeth into food - at home and abroad.     Episode Sponsors (url links) GetDucks.com USHuntList.com Boss Shotshells   Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks   Thoughts or questions about today’s episodes or future suggested topics? Let us know!
April 20, 2020
Luke Naylor is Arkansas State Waterfowl Biologist.  Two years ago, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission began intensively managing State-owner greentree reservoirs to include dewatering and timber harvesting.   Why were these activities prescribed? How will duck hunting be affected near-term and in future seasons? Great discussion about a national treasure.   Related links Arkansas Greentree Reservoir Management (hypertext https://www.agfc.com/en/hunting/migratory-birds/waterfowl/gtr/)   Episode Sponsors GetDucks.com Boss Shotshells   Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks   Comments about today’s episodes or future topics? Contact us!
April 17, 2020
Terry Denmon, Mojo Outdoors, and Ramsey remember their good friend, the late Mike Morgan. They recall memorable times together and make plans for the future.   Episode Sponsors GetDucks.com Boss Shotshells   Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks   Thoughts or questions about today’s episodes or future topics? Let us know!
April 13, 2020
It’s early-November in northwestern Missouri and a cold front is blowing in. Temps are plummeting, snow is likely.  From Locust Grove duck camp, Ira McCauley and Ramsey visit over a final nightcap. Episode Sponsors GetDucks.com Boss Shotshells Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks Thoughts or questions about today’s episodes or future topics? Let us know!
April 8, 2020
Aussie Glenn Falla and Ramsey connect from half-way across the world, reminiscing about past hunts together in the US and Down Under, recounting striking similarities and differences and comparing memorable species.  The pandemic presently has their feet nailed to the floor, but they plan future hunts together - Australia is a big continent, after all. Glenn’s closing thought hits home.     Related Links https://www.fieldandgame.com.au   Episode Sponsors (url links) GetDucks.com Boss Shotshells   Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks   Thoughts or questions about today’s episodes of future topics? Let us know!
April 6, 2020
Jack Ray, is President of Utah Waterfowl Association, an avid hunter, conservationist and local historian. He colorfully describes a mostly unknown facet of American waterfowling history - Utah’s Great Basin. At the height of US market hunting, when passenger pigeons eclipsed the sun and divers carpeted Chesapeake Bay, why was Utah revered as the world’s best duck hunting? What historical events literally transformed duck hunting as we know it today? How important is this crown jewel to North America and what measures have been taken to preserve historical and biological values? Riveting episode. Related Links Utahwaterfowl.org Episode Sponsors (url links) GetDucks.com Boss Shotshells Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks Thoughts or questions about today’s episodes of future topics? Let us know!
April 3, 2020
Grounded from their normally hectic travel schedules due to COVID-19, Ramsey and photographer Lee Kjos recount meeting while duck hunting the epic, 1870s-like Rio Salado Argentina destination, but having formed a brothers-from-different-mothers bond over shared appreciation for classic rock. Like duck blind conversations are apt to do, they fall off into a time warp conversation. Sponsors Get Ducks.Com Boss Shotshells Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks Thoughts or questions about today’s episodes of future topics? Let us know!
April 1, 2020
Ramsey and long-time hunting buddy Dr. Sam Pierce catch up post-season.  Remembering many memorable moments, they recall a first hunt together when “bombs were dropping,” and conclude that great friendships are truly formed in foxhole situations! As a physician, Sam is on the frontlines dealing with COVID-19 and offers first-hand insights. Episode Sponsors (url links) GetDucks.com Boss Shotshells   Follow Ramsey Russell’s worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures across 6 continents Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks, YouTube @getducks, Facebook @GetDucks Thoughts or questions about today’s episodes of future topics? Let us know!
March 30, 2020
Tony Smith is a full-on Utah diver freak and co-host of Hunt41 film series.  He describes becoming a diver specialist in Utah, his home-made diver decoy spread, and why one is decoy particularly special. Related Hunt41.com Episode Sponsors GetDucks.com Boss Shotshells Follow Ramsey Russell's worldwide waterfowl hunting adventures on Instagram @ramseyrussellgetducks.
March 26, 2020
Co-host Mark Wilson aka Bigwater and Ramsey catch up over the phone during COVID-19 quarantine.  Back in the dark ages, before social media platforms, there were chat rooms. MSDucks was like a virtual coffee shop. Hundreds of local hunters connected off-site, lifelong friendships were formed. Remembering Ohio anti-hunters, swap wood ducks, and discuss how the ongoing pandemic affects them personally. Episode Sponsors www.GetDucks.com www.Boss Shotshells.com
March 17, 2020
Rich Hansen is a Utah Division of Wildlife Wetland Manager and Waterfowl Banding Coordinator.  In this week's episode, we continue exploring Utah's Great Basin by discussing public land hunting opportunities, habitat management, waterfowl banding projects and Utah's waterfowl slam. Episode Sponsors GetDucks.com Boss Shotshells Tell us your thoughts or questions about today's episode, or for future episode topics.
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