Two Sweet Young Duck Hunters
Jan19

Two Sweet Young Duck Hunters

Meet Stephanie, 10 and Ida, 6 –   Along with their parents, Mandy and Will Davis of Murrells Inlet, the girls are all about hunting and the outdoors!  Weekends at Will’s family farm at Taw Caw Creek Hunt Club in Summerton, SC has offered amazing childhood experiences for the girls.  When Stephanie was 5, she got her first BB gun for  Christmas.  The stock was too long and her uncle, who happens to be a mechanical engineer,  took it to the farm shop that very morning and sawed it off so it would fit her.  She was hooked!  It was not long after that little sister, Ida was anxious to join in.  Being the only girl amongst a group of boys is never a problem for Ida.  She holds her own whether it is hunting, golf camp, or other sports.  She has no problem helping to “dress” the birds to get them ready for the dinner table.   Besides duck hunting, the girls go dove and quail hunting as well.   What’s next?  Both girls who have until now been sitting in the blinds  are looking for their own waders and “real” guns!  Mandy and Will are all about gun safety and the importance of respecting firearms.  Both girls wear ear protection anytime there is any shooting going on.  An avid hunter herself, Mandy is attending a women’s only shooting weekend at George Hi Plantation in North Carolina and enjoys all aspects of hunting along with her husband, Will.  This amazing family proves that life is better outdoors!! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Dawn & Dusk Hunting… If Only I Could See Better!!!
Jan17

Dawn & Dusk Hunting… If Only I Could See Better!!!

Dawn & Dusk – Making the most of those Peak Hunting Times.…Impaired “night vision” has been a nagging issue for me.  Determined to make the most of these peak hunting times, my sweet and thoughtful  husband bought me a new scope for my birthday…  a Trijicon AccuPoint 2.5.10×56 . The reason for the larger scope is to provide more light through the scope’s eye.   It features a MilDot crosshair reticle with an illuminated center dot;  illuminated through the use of fiber optics. Since deer hunting season has come and gone, my next hunt will be  a hog hunt.   Hogs tend to move around a lot more during the day in the cold months. However, the early dawn and near dusk are the peak hours for the hunt.   I am so excited to try out my new scope and I have put together a plan to make the most of it focused on what will increase my accuracy and ability to see at critical times. To further improve my field of vision, I swapped my ball cap for a hunting beanie so that I have not shaded my eyes unnecessarily. I have experimented with shooting glasses but have not found one in particular that has made a difference.  I discussed my issues with my optometrist and we decided we needed to adjust my contact lenses for hunting… that’s right, I have hunting contacts. Since I have mono vision contacts and my right eye (shooting eye) is my reading lense, I reduced the prescription from 3.25 to 2.25 so that I had a longer range with my shooting eye.   I have found that in extremely cold weather, my daily contacts are very thin and seem to  shrink making it very irritating and uncomfortable  I have not been able to figure out how to improve that so if anyone has any ideas, let me know. Do you have any ideas to improve peak hunting times?  I would love to hear from you.   Please share!   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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I Was About to be “Skunked” at the Coveted Pear Tree Stand when Finally…
Jan07

I Was About to be “Skunked” at the Coveted Pear Tree Stand when Finally…

Experienced dove hunters go into 3rd season with not a lot of anticipation for a great hunt. Typically there are not that many birds,  and if they come in, they are fast, smart, and heavily feathered for the winter making their acrobatic maneuvers even more impressive if you could imagine that. But this past Saturday was an amazing day. The weather was perfect and members started arriving at Honey Camp Dove Club at noon.  We stood around the barrel fire excited about the cold front… 45 degrees, nice sun and cloud cover. It was time to draw for stands and finally,  I drew the coveted pear tree stand – guaranteed to be the best stand in the field!  This stand is so good if only 4 birds showed up. it would be at the pear tree. The pear tree stand could never be bought,  though many have tried! Honey Camp rules would never allow that! Nervously I anticipated the pressure I was under to hold up the high success rate other members have had at this fantastic stand especially being the the only female   full member. I was loaded up with ammo – two new boxes of Fiocchi, awesome shells I had gotten for my birthday and another box at the bottom of my dove pail.  Immediately, the doves started flying. I swore those shells had to be duds as I did not drop a bird!   I tried everything…shooting glasses on, shooting glasses off. I tried sitting down and  standing up. I dragged my dove pail here,  then there,  hoping to get the best angle.   I was humiliated as I missed each bird. I had a lot more success my first hunt of the year; what has happened? Are my contacts in backwards? My husband texted me from across the field and I had to tell him I hadn’t shot a thing. He said, “It’s ok.. a lot of people are missing. They are flying high and hard to hit”.   I felt a bit better. He reminded me to lead the bird. So I settled down and I finally shot one. Eagerly, I started after the bird and as fast as it dropped to the ground, it got up and flew! The afternoon was flying by as fast as the lead was flying. I was about to be skunked at the coveted pear tree stand when finally, I dropped one!! The bird hit the ground!   Whew I got a bird!! What a humbling hunt. But, I did have a great time being outdoors and everyone was kind to me. I took a bit of...

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