Counting Down the Days!
Jul29

Counting Down the Days!

Oh deer! I have been racking my brain trying to get my game plan together. Yes, the countdown has begun . . . while most people are enjoying summer boating, fishing, golfing, beach time, and other wonderful outdoor activities, some of us are counting down the days until deer season starts. If we are not thinking about it, we are probably sleeping and dreaming about it. I know I am. It is all about preparation, and this season, we are focused on hunting mature bucks. All hunters know that four- and five-year-old bucks don’t live that long making themselves easy targets. Our main focus will be keeping our human footprint as light as possible so as not to put pressure on the deer. How do I smell? Do tell!   Camouflaging our human scent is extremely important, and this year, we are adding dogfennel to our scent control plan to mask unnatural odors from our boots. It grows everywhere in the Southeast and it has a strong odor that will be perfect to hide our scent. We are not sure exactly what method we will use to get our boots covered with the scent, but I have visions of stomping our feet in the stuff as if we were squashing grapes for wine. The answer is blowing in the wind . . .  Next, we will focus on wind direction, which goes hand in hand with our scent control plan. Since a buck will use his nose to detect danger approaching, knowing the wind direction is one of the most important details to take into account. We have several stands to choose from and will select which stand to hunt based on the wind direction, always wanting to be downwind to best control our scent. Having options with the right stand for the direction of the wind can make the difference between seeing a buck and not. Otherwise your answer will be just blowing in the wind. A ScoutLook weather app is great to pinpoint your stand so you can check for wind direction. Stand by me  Besides the typical preparations such as pruning and clearing shooting lanes of fallen trees and debris, my stand will need to be cleared of any potential for wasps. Wasps are my phobia. I am OK with spiders and snakes, but not wasps. Letting out a scream because of a wasp will not help with hunting a trophy buck! I also need to check the swivel seat on my stand for squeaks and groans, as well as giving the stand a thorough checkup to make sure it is structurally in solid shape, as...

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Hunting For Precious Treasure!
Jul20

Hunting For Precious Treasure!

2017 marks a milestone year for Trippett and Lindsay Boineau, our son and daughter-in-law, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in May. Memories of their beautiful ceremony in Pawleys Island always make their visits back to the beach extra special. Spending time at Lindsay’s family beach house in South Litchfield Beach with their 3 beautiful little girls, ages 6, 3, and 1 year, is lively, as you can imagine! They carve out as much time as possible in July at the beach house so they can spend time with family and friends who gather to enjoy the 4th of July holiday. As their last day of vacation rolled around, they spent the day the way they had every other, playing on the beach with the girls and enjoying the waves, searching for seashells, and just relaxing. Without a second thought, Lindsay took off her rings to put sunscreen on baby Elinor, and Trippett placed them in her chair’s cup holder. Three-year-old Caroline had been busy collecting shells and putting them in the same cup holder alongside the rings. When you have three small children, your mind is always on them, and it was later that evening, after the girls had their baths and were put to bed, that Lindsay realized that her rings were missing. How did little Caroline’s collection of seashells make it to dinner that night just fine, but not a thought was given about the rings? What to do? In complete darkness, they went about retracing their steps, but it proved to be frustrating and they gave up for the night. After a restless night’s sleep, worried about the loss of her rings, Lindsay, who has a knack for figuring things out, went on a Google search and typed: “What to do when you lose your rings at the beach?” She soon realized that she was not the first person to make that same search. She found that there are actually professionals who search for lost jewelry, and there was such a person close by, namely Matt Fry. Trippett was a bit skeptical, but more than happy to do whatever was necessary to get the rings back. After all, the diamond in Lindsay’s engagement ring had belonged to Trippett’s late grandmother, Elinor, and it could never be replaced. This treasured ring, along with two beautiful bands, were somewhere in the sand, and he and Lindsay wanted desperately to find them. Enter Matt Fry, a member of The Ring Finders. Driven by the hunt and the satisfaction of a successful find, Matt goes about his business of finding lost treasures. Lindsay reached him early the following day...

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A Photographic Quest For The Perfect Shot!
Jul09

A Photographic Quest For The Perfect Shot!

Meet Jenny Hanna, a local artist and an up- and- coming photographer whose passion for getting a perfect shot is turning heads! You might say that Jenny has always been drawn to the outdoors and at an early age developed a great appreciation for the beauty that nature offers. Walking in the woods was part of everyday life growing up in the country in the small town of Johnsonville, SC and it instilled a deep desire to capture beautiful moments in unexpected places. Living on the South Carolina coast has been home for Jenny for the past 3 years,  so  instead of walking in the woods  she is stalking the local waters for that amazing photographic moment.  Her favorite subjects are  birds of the southeast Atlantic coast! Being a successful bird photographer is no easy task.  These amazing birds scare easily so being stealth and patient is key along with a great zoom lens!  Jenny never thought she would end up dressing in camo since she does not hunt, but when she is on the hunt for a great photo, that is exactly what she does.   Her fortitude and tirelessness come easy to her – anyone who can crochet, knit, or sew like Jenny must have the stick-to-itiveness and determination to capture a photo destined for canvas. There are so many wonderful places to photograph birds in the area, and Jenny canvasses the Inlet and the Garden City causeway for signs of birdlife.  Her most exciting shot was a Wood Stork in flight.  These “threatened” wading birds are always exciting to see and it is wonderful that they have been downgraded from endangered to threatened. A perfect day for Jenny includes a kayak trip through the channels of the inlet armed with her camera, and  always on alert for a bird in the marsh. ” I bring along my Rain Sleeves when I kayak just to make sure the splashing when I paddle doesn’t get my camera wet” she explains.  Great idea since she has an investment is her camera equipment.  She currently is using a Cannon XS 60 and she just ordered a Cannon EOS 80D which she is super excited about! When Jenny is not photographing birds, she is creating all kinds of art and crafts which she sells through her website,  midnightandmagnolias.com and her ETSY store page.  She is a skilled at  pyrography (wood burning) which she showcases on baking boards and wall art and creates other art such as paintings, crocheted purses, jewelry,  and so much more! So, if you see a lady dressed in camo stalking a coastal bird, it will probably be Jenny Hanna!...

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Getting Schooled on Surf Fishing!
Jun27

Getting Schooled on Surf Fishing!

Living on the beautiful South Carolina coast for many years has given me plenty of opportunity to enjoy just about all it has to offer. Recently I was on my morning walk on the beach, and it hit me like a rogue wave that I have never been surf fishing. I’m always looking for new outdoor experiences, and that is exactly what I set out to have. I knew I had a lot to learn. (The last thing I wanted to do was hook myself or some other unsuspecting beachgoer when I attempted to cast my line!) Instead of Googling surf fishing, I knew right where to go to get some expert advice. Captain Ron Bailey of Seven Seas Seafood , a true salt fisherman and a man I like to call my friend, was really animated when I told him I wanted to go surf fishing, and he immediately agreed to set me up with a rod and reel and some straight talk on what would be most important to know. I figured out pretty quickly that my “surf-casting outfit” had nothing to do with what I was planning on wearing, but everything to do with balancing my rod, reel, line, and the weight of the lure to make sure everything was in proper proportion for the species I was seeking. As I listened intently to his words of wisdom and his expertise on what items I would need, my mind held on to one bit of advice in particular: “Make sure you bring a comfortable chair.” He laughed! I could tell immediately that a lot of patience would be required. “Because our beaches are flat, with few natural troughs, most fish are attracted to the churning white waters and just outside of the suds. Don’t try to cast your bait to China—you will throw over the fish if you cast too far,” Captain Ron explained. Captain Ron told me that two hours before or after high tide, especially when these times coincide with dawn or dusk, is the best time to surf fish. Fish tend to come in closer to feed at these times. “It doesn’t hurt to look for runoffs or drain drifts coming from land to sea. This additional water flow creates a backwash as it hits the waves and can attract fish,” he further explained. I was getting very excited and I thought I would look through our home library to see what books we had about saltwater fishing. I found a few interesting titles, to say the least. One book in particular was a 1959 Fisherman’s Handbook, and I got a huge laugh...

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Cures for the “Off Season Blues”
Jun22

Cures for the “Off Season Blues”

It’s that time of year for many hunters; we get the case of the blues with hunting season months away from opening.   Many hunters find themselves in that funk of what to do to keep their favorite sport active and alive. To keep my passion for hunting alive, I love to surf the great hunting posts on Facebook and it amazes me how many hunters share this passion.  It is easy to join hunting forums where you can keep the conversation going with hunters everywhere. For me, I love rocking my camo clothes as much as possible. Being a staff member of Prois has given me an opportunity to get the word out about this amazing line of women’s outdoor clothing and gear. After a year of wearing something camo (365 days!), I still like to  wear something such as a scarf, hair tie, etc every chance I get.  Check out these cute sandals I found at Francesca’s  Here are some other ideas that can help: Even if you don’t have acreage, set up deer cameras in your backyard and watch and learn about animals in their habitat.   It is a great family activity. Play fun nature games with the kids –  I found a wonderful outdoor game at Bass Pro called CAMP that is great for ages 4- 68! Set up some “critter” hunting.  Here in SC, hog hunting is year round as well as coyote. This will help the conservation of turkey, quail, and deer. Help a friend repair and maintain deer stands. Practice your turkey calls –  There are really great U-Tube videos to help perfect your calling skills. Pull out some game meat from your freezer and explore wonderful recipes and give thanks for the harvest.  Share with friends. Be sure to wear your “camo apron”! Learn a new skill – how about learning to use a tree climber? That might be ambitious for many of us, but there are so many new skills you can learn. Take up a hobby… I have met several amazing hunters who carry on their outdoor passion throughout the year with beautiful handcrafted wood art, paintings, & writings. Go to the range and fire that gun. Shooting clays is always a great way to keep up your wing shooting skills. Shop for great off season sales at sporting stores. Prois is having amazing summer sales on items you will wish you had when it comes to hunting season.  I love my new Prois Edition Jacket I just got on sale! Organize your hunting clothes and gear. Time to clean your guns?  Now is the time to make...

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Clay Shooting Obsession!
May31

Clay Shooting Obsession!

The woods ring with the sounds of shotgun blasts all around, but you hardly notice. You are one with your shotgun, anticipating the clay to be released and the rush you get with the impact when your shot pattern meets the clay at its apex. The mini fireworks display as the clay disintegrates is the thrill that drives you. Before you have a second to think, another clay is in the air, and your gun follows your eyes’ lead and you keenly set on crushing the clay to complete the pair. Without a doubt, sporting clays has become my latest obsession, and it appears that this is contagious, as my daughter Caroline has caught the bug as well! Over the past month I have had the opportunity to participate in two fundraising tournaments, shooting clay targets with shotguns. Taking lessons prior to the shoots was a necessity. Most people assume that being a hunter means you are naturally at home with shooting clays. That is not the case with me. The few times I shot clays over the years, I found it frustrating and puzzling. That’s because I was truly “winging” it. It wasn’t until I had a couple of formal lessons from some of the best instructors in the business that I finally realized that there is a method to being successful at shooting clays. I was thrilled to meet Elizabeth Lanier of Lanier Shooting Sports this past February, and she got me on track with a lesson when I attended a G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Really Into Shooting) weekend at George Hi Plantation in Garland, North Carolina. Without a doubt, I felt that at last I had solid foundations to work from, and I had a sense of excitement about shooting clays, rather than the apprehension I had felt about it for many years. Two weeks prior to the fundraising events, I took a couple of lessons with Ken Podraza at Back Woods Quail Club in Georgetown, South Carolina and found his instruction to be invaluable as well. Since Caroline has recently joined me in my real estate business (we’ve become Boineau Team Real Estate), she expressed an interest in participating in the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors shooting fundraiser. Because she had no experience shooting clays, lessons were vital. She is a fast learner, quite competitive, and found herself to be a natural, shooting over 35% in her first tournament. I am so thrilled to have a partner who wants to practice as much as I do. We recently decided to obtain a membership at Back Woods so we can keep improving our shooting skills. Caroline is not a...

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