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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Skin and Bones…As Appeared in Waccamaw Outdoors
Mar02

Skin and Bones…As Appeared in Waccamaw Outdoors

We had a nice quail hunt at Field & Fin Adventures in Loris, South Carolina last month. The weather was unseasonably warm for mid February, and the sunny skies made for a very pleasant afternoon. We welcomed the blustery wind to cool us down as the temperatures rose to around 75 degrees.  Luke, the owner of Field & Fin Adventures and our guide for the day explained that it was as close to a wild quail hunt as possible.  He, along with his amazing German Shorthair Pointer named Sam, got us on birds and we were delighted to be able to take home some beautiful quail for our upcoming Valentine’s Day dinner. Once we got our birds back to camp, I watched the cleaning process of skinning the birds, which is typical of how almost all outfitters clean their game with the volume they have to deal with. Seeing the cleaning process brought back memories of growing up in Pennsylvania. My Dad was a great wing shooter. I can still to this day see that grin on his face when he came back from a hunt with an array of wild birds. He harvested a lot of small game including, quail, pheasants, and grouse. My Mom was more like a pioneer woman as she proceeded to clean the birds and prep them for dinner. It was not long before cleaning game became a routine chore for the “girls” and I learned from my Mom as she expertly cleaned and butchered the game. The method used was a quick dip in scalding water. We had no thermometer, just common sense and experience. The quick dip of the bird in the scalding water allowed us to pull the feathers so that we did not tear the skin. We took our time and each bird was cleaned and ready to roast in the oven. Skinning birds was never an option when I was cleaning game. As a matter of fact, I had never heard of it until I harvested my first turkey in South Carolina a number of years back, and the guide proceeded to “breast” it. I thought to myself that it seemed a shame to not to use the entire bird. I know, it is time consuming to pluck feathers and who eats the skin and bones anyway, right? Actually wrong…Valuable collagen and minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium and are found in the very carcass we throw away. It not only makes our joints and bones stronger, it will help us keep our youth, energy and protects our immune system. Is that what we have been missing out of our...

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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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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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