She Was Born to Hunt- Guest Blog
Jan08

She Was Born to Hunt- Guest Blog

Down by the Riverlee… In the fall of 1998 the little township of Socastee, South Carolina welcomed a baby girl home. It was obvious from the start this little girl would be fiercely independent. She was always quiet as mouse and her big brown eyes were busy observing and learning.  Riverlee Grace Weaver was named for the place her parents met…on the river. Her Dad wanted to call her River but her Mama, being a southern girl, insisted they dress it up with “lee” on the end. Where Riverlee was most comfortable was in the woods. Her Dad was a passionate hunter and where her Daddy was, there was her Mama. At the time she was born they were members of Winyah Archery Club in Georgetown, South Carolina. At three weeks old Riverlee had already spent the weekend at the hunt club with her parents.   Nearly every weekend during hunting season for her entire formulative childhood, Riverlee spent in a hunt camp. Her Daddy took her with him when he sat nearly from the time she could walk, knowing he had no plans of shooting a deer, but taking the opportunity to share the joy of the quietness with her. Riverlee was an expert at stillness. She could sit for hours without making a peep, still as a statue with never ending patience, just waiting for something to show. A deer, a raccoon, a turkey, a rabbit, a hog…it didn’t matter in the beginning. At seven years old she shot her first deer.  As she got older, she began refining her skills. She moved into bow hunting with ease and embraced the challenge of luring the deer in close enough for a good shot. When she was thirteen she called out to her Mama that she was going hunting someplace close to home. This was not unusual. It was typical to see her backside leaving the yard with her bow in hand and backpack strapped on. This particular night she came home with quite a story! As she was walking to her stand she happened to walk up on a doe. The doe never saw her, which is a testament to her stealthiness, so Riverlee dropped immediately into the background as this doe nibbled on her acorn snacks. Over the next few minutes, thirteen year old Riverlee successfully stalked and harvested this doe with her own bow. Dad did have to help pull her out of the woods though! While she loved hunting in general, she preferred bow hunting. She and her family began traveling to expand her hunting portfolio. Gobbler Down! She took her first turkey with...

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Daddy & Daughter, a Hunting Team!
Oct19

Daddy & Daughter, a Hunting Team!

There is nothing more rewarding than handing down the tradition of hunting to our children.  My 6 year old grand daughter, Gibbes is quite the young huntress.  She is a seasoned dove hunter with 3 years of experience hunting with her Daddy.  Retrieving is her speciality.  On this particular hunt, she retrieved 7 birds. She has the eyes of an eagle and carefully marks the spot where the bird lands and walks right to it.  This week she boasted that she no longer needs the ear protection as she is not afraid of the noise.  Of course, we remind her that the ear protection is also to make sure that her young ears are not affected by the loud sound.    The memories of these hunts will be fondly remembered throughout her years These hunts provide a great base for understanding what nature provides.  It helps us teach our children how important conservation is and how hunters are the primary caregivers for the wildlife.  Without our contribution,  wildlife would be unbalanced and ultimately, more species would become extinct.  It seems like yesterday when her daddy was going on dove hunts with his daddy.  They still look forward to hunting together whenever they can.  For that matter, her Mommy and I look forward to hunting ducks with them every year!   I guess you can say that we are truly a hunting family!Trippett 3, Lindsay, Trippett Jr., Maggie &  our sweet retriever for the day, Penny! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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African Queen, My Beautiful Mother- in- Law! Circa: 1966- 1969
Sep22

African Queen, My Beautiful Mother- in- Law! Circa: 1966- 1969

You don’t have to be a  hunter to be a true outdoors- woman.  Take my Mother-in-Law,  Dotsy Boineau for example.  She was in her late 30’s and though she loved to travel, going to Africa was the last thing on her mind. Her husband, who loved to hunt, wanted to take an African safari and she was reluctant.  She agreed only after it was arranged for stops in Egypt and Austria immediately following Africa.  To her amazement, day one African Safari,  she was hooked and four safaris later, Dotsy was a lady who had experienced adventures most people only dream about.   She loved experiencing the thrill of the hunt with her husband and her son, Trippett, Jr.  (My future husband!) who was only  twelve years old when he went on the first safari.   With each safari, their experiences and hunts were those always to be remembered. Every day on Safari was packed with adventure, beauty, danger, and wonderment.  Her fondest memories included her interactions with the villagers.   She told me stories such as the one where a female villager walked for hours to get to the camp to retrieve film from a camera that had been used to take a photograph of her.  She was worried that her soul had been stolen. Being 500 miles from civilization didn’t mean they missed important creature comforts and some luxuries as well.   Every morning, at four AM sharp, they were awakened with hot tea served on a silver tray. “Harbari Harbari“, the servers called out as they brought them tea  and to signal it was time to rise.   They dressed, had breakfast and were out on the hunt by five AM.  Approximately 23 men made up the camp each with his own role from trackers, guides, skinners, and cooks.  The dinner table was always set with a perfectly pressed damask tablecloth and Dotsy brought an artificial magnolia centerpiece all the way from SC so that they had one to enjoy in Africa.  The meals were beautifully prepared from fresh meat from the day’s hunt and was served along with vegetables and fruits. Outdoor showers and outhouses were set up. Water warmed over the fire pits, poured into bags was hung from a tree and used for showering and was enhanced with a  circular cover for privacy.   When you pulled the string, the water was released offering a much needed shower.  Their soiled clothes from the day’s hunt were set outside their tent  that evening and in the morning, they were returned, washed and neatly ironed and folded.  You could not be tempted to pee outside your...

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Will Women Save Hunting?
Mar29

Will Women Save Hunting?

Great article from Outdoor Life Women hunters are on the increase while men hunters are on the decrease.  This is a great article that sites some statistics that is making  the industry take notice of this trend.   The uptick of women hunters is creating interest for more options for women’s hunting clothes and gear. When I first started hunting,  finding hunting clothes was a chore but now, there are so many options and it is getting better everyday. With the increase of women who want to learn how to handle handguns, it is an easy transition for them to take interest in other guns.  Just being exposed to the shooting community, is giving rise to women who want to learn to hunt.   I love this trend of more women hunters… but let’s get our guys to get back in the game!   Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Meet Katie! Huntress and Aspiring Surgeon!  Her Story…
Mar04

Meet Katie! Huntress and Aspiring Surgeon! Her Story…

Career Goals:  My dream is to be a Neurosurgeon or Cardiothoracic surgeon. I love learning about the anatomy of the body and how it works physiologically. I admire and respect doctors because they devote themselves and their lives to helping people. They spend years honing skills, gaining knowledge and developing a character worthy of trust and respect. This is what I desire to do with my life. School: Horry Georgetown Technical College Graduate this May with two degrees- Associates in Science and Associates in Art Extracurricular Activities: Involved in national honor society called Phi Theta Kappa. I am an officer in our school’s chapter. I’m very proud to be involved in Phi Theta Kappa because I have gotten so very much out of it. I’ve developed organizational and leadership skills I never would have otherwise. I’ve been on free trips to New Mexico and North Carolina, and I will be going to Columbia, SC and Washington D.C. soon! I’m also president of the new science club at HGTC. I love science, so I’m very excited about this club becoming active at school! Hobbies: In the summer I love to tan, read in the sun and you can usually find me near a large body of water! I love to swim! One of my biggest joys of the summer months would be going to Fork Retch and seeing the kids at  Wildlife Action. That has been my joy every summer for 6 years now! In the fall and winter months, my family heats our home with a wood stove. So we cut a lot of fallen trees and bust that wood up into pieces that will fit into the heater. I’ve become pretty good at chopping wood, if I do say so myself. I love spending that time with my family, and I also spend a great deal of time in front of that heater when it’s cold outside. I duck hunt when school permits me to. I love the swamp during the winter, especially at sunrise. I used to write poems about the swamp when I was younger because I thought it was so beautiful. Hunting: I’ve been hunting with my uncle, Buddy Piner, since I was 8 years old. I started duck hunting in the local swamps in Gresham with him, and soon after he took me to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Steve Goodwin, a good friend of Uncle Buddy’s, was our guide. I’ll never forget that first trip because he let me drive the boat (we were flying at a high speed of about 2 miles per hour, but that was fast to me). We’ve gone...

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MEET TEEN MISS SC:  HUNTER, ANGLER AND MUCH MORE!!!
Feb08

MEET TEEN MISS SC: HUNTER, ANGLER AND MUCH MORE!!!

  Meet Katilyn Marie White: Hunter, Angler, Adventure Camp Counselor, reigning TEEN MISS SC Katilyn is a young woman who is known for always giving back more than she ever receives. That includes her strong ethics in the outdoors, her work with children and special needs and her service to the community. Pageant Princess on some days and catching catfish with the kids at Wildlife Action Camp on another! Katilyn has a special talent to be at ease and excel in any type atmosphere while helping others feel the same. She may be speaking with the governor one day and down to earth and connected to her roots on the next. “Don’t count life by the breaths you take, but rather by the moments that takes your breath away”  This is the creed by which Katilyn lives her life. Full of enthusiasm, always smiling, always laughing and bringing so much joy. Well spoken, beautiful, talented, caring and compassionate. Her family, friends and community consider it a blessing to have her as part of their lives! None more so than her adopted dad, Frank Oliver, CEO of Wildlife Action, a national conservation and education organization based in the Southeastern United States. Katilyn came to camp at 5 years old and immediately took the heart of all the staff. Raised by her grandmother, Robbie White, Katilyn has overcome so much with the passing of her father at a young age.  Katilyn, Frank, and Frank’s daughter also named Katelyn, all became family and now 12 years later still spend most weekends together in one fashion another. Katilyn is a busy young lady either as varsity cheerleader, taking dance, volunteer at animal shelter and nursing home, instructor at Wildlife Action Environmental Education Programs or guide at youth hunts just to name a few of her activities!We look forward to seeing all that she will achieve. Best of luck accomplishing all your goals Katilyn! Katilyn is also a member of the Pee Dee Academy Shooting Sports Team and was recently named Wildlife Action’s National Pathfinder of the year, the organization’s highest youth honor!   Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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