Gators, Teal and Hogs – Oh My Mucks!


I’m back in Texas, but there are no doves, hills or cotton fields on this trip — just three Muck-Boot-wearing females with attitudes prepared to take on the vicious creatures that lurk on the land and in the water about the coastal town of Seadrift. Their beady eyes piercing at us from just above the water line, it is a stare-off: Who’s going to be whose dinner? My AAC MPW says it will not be me.

As opposed to on most of my hunting trips, prior to this hunt I’d never ever met either of my hunting companions. Hollis Lumpkin, a fellow contributor at The WON, and I had been hosting the winner from The WON’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, sponsored final year by Remington Outdoors. Our winner, Melissa, was a veterinarian student wrapping up her final year of college she met Hollis and me on our Dallas layover. 3 females, 3 walks of life, born years apart (I’m acquiring old) … about to start out an adventure of a lifetime.


The search.

Soon after we arrived at Castaway Lodge, our outfitter gave us the rundown on what to anticipate for the duration of our gator hunt the subsequent day. “Be prepared to go about eight:30 a.m.,” he stated. Although I appreciate hunting, I am not a morning individual, so that was music to my ears. Soon after a superior night’s sleep and a fabulous breakfast, we felt nicely rested and fueled up for our hunt. After we arrived at our hunting place (sporting our Muck Boots), we loaded our gear in to the johnboat and began our search for gators.  We had booked more days for the reason that there was some concern the gators would be challenging to find due to Hurricane Harvey, but our guide located them immediately.

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Melissa was initial up, and we followed immediately right after her. Our guide had the gators hooked immediately. Quickly, we had 3 gators on the boat and 3 happy hunters. As with any animal you harvest, the adrenalin keeps their bodies moving afterward this can make you a tiny uneasy when you are on a johnboat complete of gators and your only escape would be into alligator-infested water. Hunting with a quickly-to-be veterinarian tends to make for an exciting time Melissa investigated the gators from head to toe, even poking them in the eyes to make positive they had been dead. Although the gator hunt was thrilling, it was a great deal shorter than anticipated.

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Woody Blaze Cool Snake Muck Boots

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Hollis, Melissa, and Jessica

The Adventure Continues…

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Relaxing on the dock, reflecting on the day and considering about tomorrow.

We relaxed right after the hunt and wondered what we’d be performing for the subsequent 2 days, when our guide asked if we’d be interested in teal hunting, hog hunting and fishing. Just when you assume a trip couldn’t get any much better, an chance like this lands in your lap. We excitedly replied, “Of course!” and began laying out a program that consisted of all the choices he offered.

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Hollis Lumpkin sporting her Woody Blaze Cool Snake Muck Boots

I do not know who was extra impatient, Sadie the Lab or me …  Sadie, a three-year-old Lab, waited for the birds as patiently as she could, but every single time our guide moved she was prepared to run and retrieve. Although she couldn’t wait to get in the water, I was thankful I had my Cambridge Tall Muck Boots on to maintain my feet dry.


Sadie retrieving teal.

At final, it was time. A flock rolled in, and we blasted away with our 11-87s and Nitro Steel ammunition. Sadie could barely include her excitement. Then her handler — our guide — released her, and off into the water she went. Sadie was so proud to return with bird right after bird. I loved watching her in action.

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Hollis Lumpkin and a string complete of teal.


Our teal hunt was prosperous, and as a side bonus our guide managed to shoot a handful of frogs for his dinner.

Teal Dinner

Teal Bruschetta

We returned to the lodge for some a great deal-necessary downtime right after acquiring up at three a.m. Soon after a rest, we had Teal Bruschetta, a excellent appetizer produced from the birds we harvested that morning. From the morning field to the evening dinner table — cannot get fresher than that! Then we went onto the subsequent portion of our adventure — hog hunting from an airboat.


Armed and prepared, but the hogs escaped as well immediately.

I appreciate the water and I appreciate hunting. Combine the 2 and I’m like a kid in a candy shop. We headed up the inner coastal waterway, close to an island, in search of hogs. The island wasn’t occupied, and brush lay tall and thick. You couldn’t see the hogs unless they stood in the open. We spotted a handful of the initial evening, but the sound of the airboat spooked them as we drew closer. Even although we didn’t get an chance to shoot that evening, we nonetheless had a terrific time.


Melissa looking for her hog on the island.

Take two: Back on the water, as soon as once again in search of hogs. We spotted 3 near the edge of the island. Our guide approached them, but they quickly realized we had been headed toward them. Melissa shouldered her rifle, took aim, and started to unload, hitting one particular of them. We searched as a great deal of the region as we could, but however we couldn’t find the pig she hit. It had produced its way into the thick brush, which was not possible to get via. In addition to the brush getting as well thick to stroll via, the region held rattlesnakes, alligators, and who knows what else. We decided to contact off the search.

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This trip has come to an end…almost. Remain tuned for our fishing adventure!

Saltwater, freshwater, mud, brush, higher temps and 3 women place these Muck boots to the test. The boots protected our legs from the brush, kept our feet cool in 90-degree climate, held up to the waterproof test and left no blisters behind, proving themselves each versatile and comfy. They get an A+ in my book. I am so impressed with the Cambridge Tall Boots (SRP: $149.99) and the Woody Blaze Cool Snake boot (SRP: $189.95), that I ordered a pair of the Arctic Apres Lace Mid Boots (SRP: $199.99) for the winter.

This Retro WON initial appeared October 15, 2017.

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