“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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Quail and G.R.I.T.S. – A Recipe for Fun!
Mar06

Quail and G.R.I.T.S. – A Recipe for Fun!

What could be more fun than girls with guns and the camaraderie and antics that come about during a quail-hunting weekend at  George Hi Plantation, Garland, NC. When Penny Schmiedeberg, Guest Services Manager, read one of my articles I had written about “female friendly hunting destinations”, she knew I needed to see it first hand. She contacted me to let me know about a very special upcoming event. Being a hunting blogger focusing on girls who hunt, I decided to attend the G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Really Into Shooting) woman’s weekend event, which included shooting lessons with Elizabeth Lanier of Lanier Shooting Sports who happens to be a NSCA Level III Instructor. There were plans for two quail hunts – one by horse pulled wagon and one walking. Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) one of the most respected conservation groups in the United States, would treat us to a special presentation and trunk show featuring D. Wright Clothing. I was super excited with anticipation and could not wait to make the trip. Knowing that George Hi Plantation is an Orvis Endorsed Wing shooting Lodge made me feel even more fired up if that is possible! When I drove down the long winding road into George Hi Plantation, my eyes were drawn to the gorgeous landscape of lakes and fields plus some strategically placed antique horse drawn wagons (without the horse, of course). Immediately, I knew I was in a very special place. The DuBose family has owned the property since 1942 and, in order to preserve the history, they maintained the name George Hi after the George Highsmith family who owned the property for nearly 100 years throughout the Civil War, time period. They lovingly restored the circa 1855 plantation house which is now available for guests.  The Lake Lodge where we stayed was warm and inviting with huge leather sofas you could just sink into, two roaring fireplaces and a wide porch beckoning you to come sit awhile. The accommodations were wonderful with each spacious room featuring a private bath. I was off to my lesson with Elizabeth and she immediately read me like a book and broke down what I needed to do to become a better wing shooter. Truly, up until now I had been “winging” it. After an hour spent with Elizabeth, I was on track to hunt birds! I fully understand why she is at the top of her league! Back at the lodge, I loved the fact that we could ease through the day from shooting lessons to having a glass of wine on the porch and our hunting clothes and boots were always the perfect...

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My Huntingmoon
Dec29

My Huntingmoon

  Did I mean honeymoon? Well, maybe! Four years ago, we were all set to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary on December 9th at The Cloisters in Sea Island , Georgia where we first honeymooned that beautiful December day so long ago. We were to leave on Thursday for a relaxing long weekend. I had been thinking about the trip to the resort and early in the week, I blurted out to my husband that I would really love to go deer hunting instead. His mouth dropped and he said, “Are you kidding…you want to give up a five star resort with a non-refundable deposit to go deer hunting?” “YES!”, I said “I really do.” He was quick to start surfing the internet to see if we could find a last minute hunting destination that could accommodate us. Sure enough since it was not peak season, we were able to book into a world class hunting spot in St. George, SC at Deerfield Plantation. My husband made sure it was ‘female friendly” and they assured us that they had a very nice cabin would be available to us. So, I traded a luxury suite for a cabin, sighting in my gun instead of spa treatments, food plots instead of flowers, hunting boots instead of heels, southern home cooking instead of five star dining, sitting in a deer stand instead of sitting by the pool, getting up at 4 am instead of lounging until late, and wearing long johns instead of lingerie! You get the picture, but I could not be happier! Our cabin was perfect: rustic, inviting, and cozy! We were very happy sipping wine by the fireplace and catching up on how the past 30 years had flown by in a blink of an eye! We raised 3 wonderful children and now could spend time together that was just “us” time. Best of all, we were spending time doing something we both love. We especially were grateful that we could find enjoyment in simple pleasures such as the beauty that nature offers us and preparing beautiful meals from the bounty we have harvested. We sat together on every hunt (after all, it was our anniversary) and had the best time. No, we were not exactly quiet or still. We cuddled to stay warm, listened to the owls howling in the pitch black and watched the sun wake up the woods with its first light. The brisk morning air was invigorating as we waited patiently to see a deer. Since December is not peak rut, we didn’t have high expectations. We were thrilled to see lots of turkeys strolling...

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Backwoods Quail Club
Sep04

Backwoods Quail Club

Backwoods Quail Club – Georgetown, SC   Female Friendly Hunting Destination Backwoods!  It has it all- What a fantastic place to go to experience so many different hunting opportunities from quail, turkey, deer, as well as  a European pheasant tower shoot  ( I did not know what one was either until I asked- click on the Backwoods link to learn more).    Clay target shooting is a big favorite with user friendly automated courses.    Events and activities are always available to both members and non members.  My husband and I love going there for an afternoon and I  have taken lessons from George shooting clay targets.   He is a patient man!!   We also have been  quail hunting and totally enjoyed watching the short hair pointers work the quail.  We recently stopped  back in to check out the lodging facilities and they look great,  We are  looking forward to booking the “Little House”  for a deer hunt this year.  If you just want to get out and use the rifle and pistol range,  they are open year round.  This is a fantastic female friendly shooting and hunting destination with a professional staff eager to make you feel welcome. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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DW Outdoor Mallard Preserve
Sep04

DW Outdoor Mallard Preserve

DW Outdoor Mallard Preserve     Female Friendly Hunting Destination Marion, SC A great place to go for a weekend or a night… Couples are welcome and many girls go to hang out with their man and don’t plan on hunting but love the atmosphere and fun.  The food is insane.  Cooked on an outdoor massive grill, they will load you up with an amazing dinner.  The guides aim to please and they make it real fun and easy for all.  Before daylight, you gather up and you are ride in a cool little covered trailer wagon that feels like a hay ride without the hay.  You are taken to a blind where you wait until the ducks take off onto the field to feed on their morning meal.   Your guide expertly calls in the ducks and you take your shots.  Our guide, Jeff,  has been amazing … making every trip to DW Outdoors rewarding and fun! I did not do very well at all  with my duck shooting … I told my husband that I thought I was getting closer at actually hitting a duck  as I saw feathers flutter down whenever I missed my shot.  He laughed and told me that was the wad from the shell not feathers.  Dang, duck hunting is not easy!  I did manage to shoot one, may be two last time, and I won’t tell you how many shells I shot!  After your morning hunt, you will gather up and have a real southern breakfast sure to please anyone.  By the time you finish your breakfast,  they will have your ducks cleaned and packed and ready for travel!    This is great fun and you will be sure to return time and time again.   Southern hospitality on steroids is the best way to describe DW Outdoors. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Deerfield Plantation
Sep04

Deerfield Plantation

Deerfield Plantation,     Female Friendly Hunting Destination St. George, SC. Turkey, Quail, Whitetail Deer, Hog Hunting!   You are guaranteed  to be taken back in time when you arrive at this beautiful hunting lodge.  World class hunting best describes this historic plantation and the  original plantation home has been  beautifully restored and updated and is ready to accommodate  the serious game hunter.  The large dining room  seats about 18 people and is flanked by a roaring fireplace and  beautifully displayed  trophy mounts are sure to inspire you.  You will be served a true southern style meal for both lunch and dinner.   Women hunters are welcomed and the owners are excellent hosts as well as their guides and cooking staff.   Novice hunters are pleased with the instruction provided by the guides.  Our guide, Kevin keeps us entertained with his great stories and amazing hunting tips.   Many of the hunters who you will meet are return guests who come every year to enjoy the well managed hunt facility and the beauty of the property.  You will feel like part of the family.   What I love best is you have an option of staying in their charming hunting cabin equipped with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, living room  with a fireplace, and full kitchen.  It is cozy and perfect if you don’t desire to stay in the lodge with your fellow hunters.   My husband and I  look forward  to our stays in the cabin on our many hunts and we return every December to celebrate our wedding anniversary.   We became members and have had successful turkey, quail, and deer hunts.  Gotta get the hog next!! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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