Chasing Spring: Swamp Gobblers

We battled four days of downpours during our Chasing Spring Florida expedition, but we still managed to have a great … Continued

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After my Kids Hunting for a Cure trip in Tennessee, I headed straight for Florida. The Sunshine State was without rain for months, until Chasing Spring arrived. It even rained all day on us at Disney World.
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We had rain, then more rain, then more rain for 4 straight days. The turkey hunting was tough, but we didn’t get totally skunked. Here’s Bobby Whitehead and I with a nice pig Bob took on camera during the hunt. Two of the hunters took great toms and you can see the footage from their hunts on the next slide …
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When it finally cleared up a little we set up in our video blind. Here’s my new “Gator” Thermos bottle, a gift from Jerry and gator Girl (we’ll get to her later).
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Bob Whitehead warning the gator to stay away. Bobby has a fear of gators and always hears the tic, toc, tic, toc, tic, toc, from Peter Pan.
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Our Florida guide, airboat captain and swamp turkey ninja in deep thought … “is it ever going to stop raining?”
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My good friend and airboat captain, Jerry Henson knows turkeys, pigs, gators and swamps.
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There’s more to do in Florida than just hunt turkeys. Here’s Bobby’s 70-pound tarpon he caught in the Keys.
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Early morning in the swamp with Bob Whitehead and Jerry Henson on one of the few mornings without rain.
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Mr Knight and Mr. Doyle set up in the video blind.
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Gator Girl with another one of her victims.
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Here’s the view from the “Gator Cam.” Jerry gave me an air boat gator tour to shoot footage of alligators and the swamps.
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I worked as the Gate Boy during our Florida hunt.
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It was time to regroup, and there is no better place to plan for the next day’s hunt than around a campfire with great food and good friends.
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Lunch at the Lone Cabbage is a tradition of our hunt.
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The Lone Cabbage on the St. John River.
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Bobby being eaten by a tourist gator.
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We didn’t see any feral clowns in the swamp this time, however the clown did show up on our fishing boat.
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We battled four days of downpours during our Chasing Spring Florida expedition, but we still managed to have a great hunt.