We discuss sea duck hunting and the tradition and culture of waterfowling the Chesapeake Bay with longtime sea duck guide Jeff ‘Pitboss’ Coats. Wooden decoy carving, punt guns, market hunting and much more originated in that region which is the biggest wintering ground in the Atlantic Flyway for many duck/geese species. (Jeff is always smiles on a typical sea duck hunt)
The Eastern Shore in the Chesapeake Bay region is the heart and soul of wooden decoy carving in North America. Jeff has been carving his own wooden blocks since the mid 90s. There are even museums solely dedicated to wooden decoys that you can take in after the morning hunt. An area this rich in waterfowling tradition needs to be at the top of every serious duck hunter’s bucketlist! (pair of wooden old squaw decoys valued at over $100,000)
We also are joined in studio by Sierra Mesa Ranch’s Rob Carringer. We take a look at everything from the science behind genetics and breeding to legislation and even CWD’S impact on the industry over the past 2 years. In addition to owning the Sierra Mesa Ranch, Rob also still hunts his property in Pennsylvania each fall. To hear him talk about the differences in the mindset of Pennsylvania hunters vs that of Texas deer hunters is eye opening to say the least.
We wrap things up by talking redfish and trout with our old friend Captain Len Girard. What baits are causing the most hook ups right now (both live and artificial) and where is he finding big schools of each? Also, what’s up with the legendary Baffin Bay, historically the mecca of 30 inch trout…it seems to have hit a dry spell this year. Captain Len gives us the nitty gritty details.