HELLO 2018!!!
Jan03

HELLO 2018!!!

Ringing in the New Year was different than what I had planned.  In keeping with past years, we had planned on hunting the last day of the year and the first day of the new year.  Our New Year’s Eve hunt was bitter cold but that did not keep us from enjoying our sit in the woods watching nature.  From my stand, I was entertained by a beautiful Red Tail Hawk,  three huge gobblers, and a “herd” of does.  A spike and a 4 pointer also stopped by as I sat taking it all in. My hubby and I both had a great hunting season and between the two of us, we harvested enough venison for the year so we made the decision to pass on taking another deer this season.  With that in mind, we opted out of our New Year’s Day traditional hunt. Instead of waking up at 3 am, we slept in until 8 which is rare for us.  We used the day to celebrate the beginning of a new year with an amazing Eggs Benedict brunch and Champagne.   I prepared a venison roast for the crockpot which would be our dinner later in the day.  I loved sitting  by our fireplace,  spending most of the day in my PJ’s!! But with lots of football to enjoy, the couch was the place to be as I snuggled in with a book in hand and my best friend at my side.  This most restful day was what we both needed, and for that I was so grateful. Subscriber Winners of the Antler Oyster Knife! This antler oyster knife was handcrafted and offered by artist, Jenny Hanna of Midnight and Magnolias https://www.etsy.com/shop/MidnightandMagnolias I  want to take this time to thank each and everyone of my subscribers and followers for an amazing year.  Your support means so very much to me since I find a lot of pleasure writing about my passion for hunting.  Here are the winners of my most recent giveaways: Adda Mae Dillon, Summerville, SC, David Kramer, Greenville, SC and Pat Robertson, Columbia, SC.  All were recipients of an Antler Oyster Knife!  Congratulations!!  I have a lot of South Carolina subscribers but I have also had many other winners from other states in the past! Thank you all and wishing you a Happy 2018!!!     Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Me and My Beretta!
Jan01

Me and My Beretta!

If this sounds a bit familiar, you may recall that I wrote a blog post called “Me and My Benelli” a couple of years ago. There I go again . . . falling in love with another Italian shotgun. Embracing my Italian roots (I am of 100% Italian ancestry), I have long been drawn to these wonderful shotguns. My 12-gauge Ultra Light Benelli has been a wonderful gun and is serving me well with its versatility. I love it for hunting turkeys, ducks, doves, and clay shooting with its semiautomatic action. The fact that it weighs less than 6 pounds is a great advantage in every situation. However, there are many occasions where having a gun with a break-open action is preferred. I have attended events where you are required to have a gun with a break-open action for safety reasons on and off the field. If the action is open, there is no possibility of a shell being fired unintentionally. After much research, I started focusing on the Silver Pigeon V over-and-under 20-gauge shotgun. You might think I was gaga over the gorgeous walnut oil-finished stock and its hand-inlaid gold game scenes on the sides of the action. Or, maybe it was the oval on the stock where I can put my initials or family crest that turned my head. Yes, those Italian gunmakers know how to make you swoon! OK, the sheer beauty of Beretta may have had a thing or two to do with it, but I honestly think that I was drawn to this shotgun, as I believe it will be a gun that will satisfy my quest for quality and durability. This gun will surely be one that I pass down to the next generation of hunters in my family. I am thrilled that my daughter Caroline loves to shoot clays, and I also have three granddaughters who, although very small, share my love for anything relating to hunting, especially wearing camouflage clothes. Being a member of Back Woods Quail Club, I have had the pleasure of taking some clay shooting lessons from Ken Podraza of 2XL Shooting Sports. I was excited to learn that Ken now offers shotgun fittings and stock modifications, so I was quick to give him a call to help me get my gun fitted. Ken is certainly a perfectionist, and I learned so much from him about my new gun. “As a shooting instructor and shotgun fitter, I see many people interested in finding that perfect shotgun. A shotgun should feel balanced, swing smoothly to the target, and have the shooter’s eye aligned down the rib of the barrel...

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“Hunting” for Love in All the Right Places!
Dec14

“Hunting” for Love in All the Right Places!

    Being a hunting couple offers endless possibilities.  For us, it is a perfect way for us to celebrate our anniversary.   Each year, we return to one of our favorite hunting destinations, Deerfield Plantation.  Having a December anniversary could not be better.  I personally love cold weather and here in South Carolina,  you are never really sure what weather you will have in early December.  Well, it was just what I had hoped with morning temps in the 20’s and along with that, rain and wind.  For me, the elements bring a lot to the hunt and I come prepared with proper clothing thanks to Prois with their full line of women’s hunting apparel!  When we arrived, the cloudy overcast day offered a beautiful backdrop for  a quick photo shoot. Our awesome guide, Patrick was the designated photographer and the gorgeous grounds where the 19th century hunting lodge is located  could not be more beautiful.   I loved the colorful leaves glistening with rain and the mist in the air as we strolled the pretty tree stand next to the cabin,  It was a great way to get prepared for a long afternoon sit in our deer stands. Our little cabin was warm and cozy and as we left all our cares at home, we sunk into big leather chairs and sipped hot cocoa.  Our backpacks were double checked for everything we might need and the anticipation was high expecting the whitetails to be moving with the cold temps. When I am in my stand, I try so hard to be quiet and still while scanning constantly for any sign of movement.  Likewise, the deer are constantly on the lookout for movement and signs of trouble.  Does are always on guard putting their heads down to eat and jerking them up fast to see if anything changed or moved.  You know they are looking directly in your eyes as you lock a stare, afraid to blink as to give yourself away.  I feel like I am in a mannequin challenge as I struggle to maintain my perfectly still position.  The does eventually move on.  When I am not looking for deer,  I am looking at the beauty of the woods around me.  Here are some of the views from several stands I hunted while I was in camp. The leaves of the underbrush are still holding onto some of their beautiful leaves and look bright against the grey bark of the bare trees.  It was so cold that steam rose up from the trees when the sun came up in the early morning hours making it look like the...

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Camo 365 is Celebrating 25,000 views!!!- Giveaway!
Dec03

Camo 365 is Celebrating 25,000 views!!!- Giveaway!

  What a wonderful time to reflect on all the things for which we are thankful. For today, I would love to thank all of you who have subscribed to my blog and for those who have taken the time to read my posts.  Reaching 25,000 views feels very rewarding and I hope to continue to post positive articles about hunting and fishing and the great people I meet who have a passion for outdoor life! Thank you all so very much! My Trifecta Weekend… For those of you who are not on FaceBook, this past weekend was a whirlwind of hunting.  Friday was exhilarating as we got on the road at 4 am to hunt deer in some cold 39 degree temps.  The brisk morning sit was as good as it gets as I watched groups of does and managed to call in some bucks.  Thankfully, I had a nice 8 pt show up and he was a good size to harvest. The adventure continued as we loaded up and went to one of our favorite hunts each year at DW Outdoors to hunt ducks.  Hanging out at duck camp is so much fun but you have to get used to outdoor bathhouses and some rustic accommodations! We had a fantastic time sharing stories around the camp fire and enjoyed some grilled bone in pork chops and  amazing chicken perlo – the south’s best version of chicken and rice!   Off we went after a fun time hunting ducks to our last stop… Honey Camp Dove Club where we were hoping to see some migratory birds.  The afternoon was perfect for hunting doves, but they were no shows and most of us left the field without a quarry!   Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Wow!  A Hunting Retreat Right at Home!!
Dec01

Wow! A Hunting Retreat Right at Home!!

                                    Berkley White: Hunter, Builder, and Family Man!  His love for the outdoors and bird hunting is truly a family affair. Berkley White has created a true hunting retreat, masterfully disguised as a detached garage! About 20 feet from the main house that he and his wife, Kim built 3 years ago, this amazing space functions not only like a quaint hunting “cabin” with a full bar, roasting grill, and sleeping facilities, but as a place where the Whites can take their passion for hunting to a level that is truly impressive. A builder with big ideas, Berkley dreamed of a place where he could take care of their beloved dogs, and to perfect the sport of hunting that he and his family love so dearly. Raising two sons, Will, 17 and Wade 13, respectively, Kim designed the floor plan for their main house and the “hunting retreat” with care and precision.  “I didn’t realize we were building his and hers homes when this all started,” Kim affectionately kids. That is not a far-off description of this amazing space. A well-designed kennel for their four very special hunting dogs, Hunny, Lady, Bob, and Shot, was a key consideration in the planning. “For us, our dogs led the way to our design; they are so much a part of life and it is important for us to have them very well taken care of”. Berkley explained. The kennel provides both indoor and outdoor areas with plenty of space to run, and is flanked with a nice dog shower since the dogs live in the house and they love to run and get dirty. Curling up next to the fireplace on cool winter nights after a long day in the field is where you are likely to find them. You might call Berkley a wingman. His passion for hunting is clearly with birds, even though he and his sons also like to hunt deer. The hunting retreat features an inviting “trophy room” and includes a gun safe, office space, cozy sitting room, and welcoming bar and grill. Having a gun safe is high on Berkley’s list of priorities when it comes to hunting and gun safety is a big thing at their home. His gorgeous mounts capture successful hunts including Mule Deer from Montana, Hungarian Partridge from Montana, Teal Duck from Arkansas, Pintail from Georgetown Ruffed Grouse from Wisconsin, Wood Duck from the Waccamaw River, and of course a couple of great turkeys from South Carolina.  The retreat perfectly depicts his love for hunting,...

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