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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“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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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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Hunting For Precious Treasure!
Aug01

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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There is No Glass Ceiling in the Woods
Jul20

There is No Glass Ceiling in the Woods

It is not hard to recognize that women hunters are on the rise and on the rise at a rapid pace.  Depending on where you are located,  finding  a woman hunter can be like finding a unicorn; they simply don’t exist and in other areas, it is so common, it is like “ so what”?  Woman are showing just what they are made of.  They are skilled, experienced, and passionate about hunting.  There are no barriers when it comes to women in the woods.   They are on equal footing with men and many times have advantages over their male counterparts.  Maybe it is patience.  Maybe it is determination.  Maybe it is just down right honed skills.  Truly, hunting transcends most barriers, even age and socioeconomic factors.  It is never too early to be exposed to hunting and rarely too old to actually hunt if the desire is there. I am a proud member of the Hunt Staff for Prois Hunting Apparel and Gear for women founded by Colorado native, Kirstie Pike,  In her neck of the woods, woman hunters are part of the landscape.  It is truly a way of life.  Since I became a member, I have networked with women hunters across the country and I can tell you they are the real deal, not just girls looking for a photo opt.  They are passionate, skilled, and experienced women doing the work of hunting.  They scout, they track,  they go into the backlands to hunt sometimes for a week at a time.  They field dress their kill and pack it on horseback for the long ride home.  I am so impressed with the knowledge and the contributions these woman make to conservation, education, and  the charitable contributions they make in their communities. They come from all walks of life… stock brokers, draftsman, hair stylists, stay at home moms, caregivers, chiropractors, paralegals, web consultants, waitresses, home schoolers,  nurse practitioners, Clerk of Court Officers, attorneys, ranchers, farmers, orchard owners, professional  shooting/archery instructors and professional hunt guides, and so many more hard working, amazing women! The most apparent common link with all these woman, besides their love to hunt, is their desire to protect our resources and their commitment to conservation so that their children and the generations to follow will have the same opportunity to love the outdoors and preserve the heritage of hunting. Here in the low country of SC, woman hunters have been here right along, but maybe not as noticeable as in other parts of the country.  With social media, more and more women are showing their passion for the outdoors.  There are a lot of...

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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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