Goin' to the Dogs

by Capt. Kevin Faver, Capt. Kirk Waltz, and Jeff Lageman

The wind may have been rough all week, but the talk about fishing was easy in this week’s episode.  And once again, just when you think the talk is going one way, they guy’s take it down another path; this week, their dogs were leading the way!

Before the show went to the dogs, the guys took some time at the beginning of the show to share some warnings about boating in the area…especially St. Augustine.  The first segment of the show is definitely worth a second listen.

Now about those dogs…here’s how it went down: Kirk shared a story about an unfortunate guest on his boat who lost his balance and did a deep sea cannonball right off the boat.  Everyone shared their own “Man Overboard!” stories, which was a really nice transition into Jeff’s LV Hier’s Gear Tip (see below).  This gear tip brought up odor, and why our dogs love some really stinky things.  And THAT’s when it all broke loose.  We all had stories, including several callers, whose dogs enjoyed everything from turkey carcasses to cow patties, from dead herons to axle grease.  Yes, axle grease.  No, really, somebody’s mutt likes axle grease.  You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

But the show wasn’t entirely canine-related, though.  The guys got to talking about chainsaws, and Jeff happened to mention some of the crazy saws he’s seen on YouTube.  Well, for your viewing pleasure (and something to add to your “gotta have it” list), here they are!

One final note (and perhaps the most bone-chilling of them all): it seems the guys just can’t get away from SPAM.  Our final call of the day closed things out with the ultimate heart-killing event of all time…the SPAM JAM.  It must be heard to be believed.

To the dogs, indeed.

It was Jeff’s turn to step up with a gear recommendation, and he really put his best foot forward…with a new pair of shoes! (See what we did there…with all the references to the thing at the bottom of your leg?)  Jeff brought in his new pair of Sperry “7 Seas Boat Shoe”.  It’s designed for incredible traction on both dray and wet surfaces and secure fit, while delivering supreme comfort and water-shedding, quick-drying capability.  They come in a variety of styles for both men and women.  Learn more about Jeff’s new favorite shoe right HERE

Venison Shepherd’s Pie

  • 3 cups dice Russet Potato
  • 1 ½ cups cook Ground Venison
  • 10 ½ ounces Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 4 tablespoons Onion Soup Mix, Dried
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt #1
  • ⅛ teaspoons Black Pepper #1
  • 16 ounces Mixed Vegetables, Frozen
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cups Whole Milk
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt #2
  • ⅛ teaspoons Black Pepper #2
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

Place potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender.  Meanwhile, mix together cooked wild game, cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce and salt #1 and pepper #1.  Pour meat mixture into indicated number of baking dishes.  Layer frozen vegetables on top of meat mixture.  Drain potatoes and mash together with butter, whole milk, salt #2, and pepper #2 until they reach desired consistency.  Gently spoon over layers already in the baking pan. Spread potatoes smooth, then sprinkle cheese over top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned on top.

BONUS TIP from Jeff: “Substitute a portion of your potatoes with sweet potatoes for the ultimate twist on your shepherd’s pie or mashed potato side dish!”  (He was really excited to share this…)

If you want to see options for freezing this dish for later, click HERE


Sometimes the best tips are the ones that make you go, “Man, I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!” This is one of those tips; in fact, it didn’t come from any of the guys.  Outdoors Show fan and friend Tommy V wanted to offer a solution to the all-too-common problem of reels getting loose – and even falling out – of the reel seat.  The solution? Plumber’s tape!  Just wrap the seat threads with the tape, tighten it down, and that reel is locked and loaded!


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