(Captain John Kanavy and his dog Dory hunting)
For two Sea Tow Captains, the offseason translates into “in season.”
Captain Moran has a special sidekick when he ventures out into the woods to hunt. He and his 12-year-old daughter enjoy taking aim at squirrel, turkey and deer.
“Being in the woods and spending time together with my daughter is a wonderful thing,” Captain Moran said noting that she has her very own .22 rifle that has been passed down to her from three generations.
Mrs. Moran also gets involved to make hunting a family affair. However, she prefers a bow and arrow.
“For us, hunting is a special time together,” Moran added. “We have a cabin about four hours away and after a busy summer it’s good to get away as a family and have some quality time with one another.”
For Captain John Kanavey, the offseason is a time to trade in his distinctive yellow Sea Tow boat for a duck boat. The captain enjoys hosting duck hunting charters in Great South Bay located off Long Island, NY. His first mate becomes a black lab named Dory.
“We hunt out of duck boats that are thatched to be camouflaged,” Captain Kanavey said. “It’s a low profile boat made for two hunters and a dog. It’s a perfect boat for the type of hunting we do.”
The Captain runs half-day and full-day hunting trips and likes to help clients target mallards, black, brant, spoonbill, and broadbill ducks. He typically charters 25 to 30 trips during hunting season.
Both Captain Kanavy and Captain Moran practice hunting conservation and know the importance of only taking what is absolutely needed. They realize the importance of passing down the legacy of hunting to other generations and work hard to teach others to conserve and restore habitats.