Airing My “Dirty Laundry”
Jan27

Airing My “Dirty Laundry”

As Written for Waccamaw Outdoors Magazine   Years back, I never thought much about my husband’s hunting clothes and gear. I was very involved with my real estate career and being a hands-on mom, so hunting was not at the top of my priority list. At the time, my husband was primarily a duck hunter and each season, he would grab his coat, waders, hats, gloves, and mask until there was not much left of him I could see. When he returned from each hunt, he would hang up his gear, throw his coat in his closet, and not require much help at all with cleaning his hunting clothes. Life was simple. But things have changed around our house! Since hunting has become a huge part of my life, I am very involved with everything to do with hunting and that includes taking care of our hunting clothes and gear. We just returned from our first duck hunt of 2017 and with freezing temperatures, there were lots of layers of wet and dirty hunting clothes. With the effort it takes to care for hunting gear, you would think those camouflage clothes were made of strands of green, brown, and black spun silk. It has become quite a ritual. After a hunt, our clothes are separated into piles sorted by degrees of dirt. “Why don’t you just throw them all in one load?” my husband asks. “They’re hunting clothes!” Nope, not me…base layers are separated from outer layers, socks and gloves never meet up with hats and face masks, and well, I think you see where this is going! I always use scent killer hunting detergent to wash everything, even items slightly associated with hunting including base layers, middle layers, and on it goes. Even if we are duck hunting and knowing the birds don’t care about how we smell, this is what I do. I do it because it assures me these hunting clothes are never subjected to regular laundry detergent. I have a great sense of smell, so I usually hang my husband’s heavy coats outside to air them out. He likes being outside by the fire at the hunting camp and the lingering smell of smoke is no longer allowed in his closet. Luckily we have a lot closets, so my hunting clothes have their own place. And since I am a Prois Apparel & Gear Staffer, I have a pretty sizable hunting wardrobe. I am very particular about what I wear and I am very careful to avoid camo clash…the dreaded mismatched outfit that you sometimes see hunters wear. It’s that look when you say –...

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Wading through dark, murky water and then…
Nov16

Wading through dark, murky water and then…

It was to be my third duck  hunt at DW Outdoors Mallard Preserve and it became very obvious the first two were very tame compared to this one!  This was the real deal… I was wading through dark, murky waters before daylight unaware of all the perils such as unexpected tree roots, and sudden drop-offs.  I held on to my new 12 gauge Benelli for dear life fearful I would fall into the water and ruin it.  I had no idea when my husband instructed me to go out and buy chest waders that I would really end up needing them.  I thought I was just dressing the part,  all camo cute in my matching  jacket and hat.  That is not at all what it was.  Instead of sitting in a comfy blind in a nice bench seat like last year, I was standing up trying to keep my balance while being tucked in behind branches and bushes.  I was a bit out of my element to say the least.  I was told to move to a different spot so that I could get a better angle and I was completely convinced I was stepping on an alligator.  It was terrifying!!!  Of, course, it was a tree stump, but it was very disconcerting.   I made the stupid comment that I thought the swamp smelled really nice and there must be cedar trees all around but then realized I completely forgot my husband clipped my Thermacell on me earlier.  Geez!!!  I ended up actually downing 4 ducks but I think my husband may have helped me with a second shot on one. All in all, I would not have changed a thing, While my husband and Tripp III have been going to DW Outdoors for years, Lindsay and I add a lot of fun to the excursion!   Our host, DW and his staff were amazing as usual-  Frank was as helpful as could be – While we were there, we took advantage of the rifle range and got some great tips from Frank.    Jeff… what can I say?? Besides his big fun personality,  his skills at calling in the ducks is unsurpassed. You must call DW and hunt this amazing facility.  He is the perfect host and cannot do enough to make your hunt more fun and rewarding.  The lodge and the grounds are superb- but be ready to eat incredible southern cooking that you will talk about for days to come!!!    Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Where the Boys Are…
Nov04

Where the Boys Are…

Yes,  let’s face it, there is nothing quite as appealing as a man in hunting clothes.  That was one of the first things that attracted me to my husband.  A true transition occurs when a guy goes from his office or work clothes to donning some cool camo.   It is like they’re boys again … dressed up to play cowboys and Indians, but now it is more than that. … It is grown up raw manly grit.   It is a true passion for these men and it is a stress buster as well as a way to put the weeks grind behind them. For some,  it is an excuse to eat beef jerky, chew a little tobacco, smoke a good cigar or drink bourbon from a flask, and  get ready for a 3 day beard to make the most of this incredible  freedom they so look forward to.  I love to hear the stories they tell about past hunting adventures.    I have heard most of them before, but it never gets old.  Best of all, I have a few stories myself.  I love hanging with these guys!!! I also love it that these guys seem to be incredible cooks.  After that successful hunt whether it be  venison, duck, quail, doves, or hog meat – watch the magic begin.  They have no pre conceived notion of how things go in a kitchen.  They fire up the grill and their imagination goes wild and you can be there to enjoy  all that talent. Not all men are hunters, but men who know how to handle a gun are down right sexy.   Your man may not be a hunter, but being involved with some shooting sport and enjoying the outdoors  is also pretty cool.   Who knows, he may decide to take up hunting sometime and you can learn together. For you girls who are looking for a great guy… Go where the boys are!   Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Two Sweet Young Duck Hunters
Jan19

Two Sweet Young Duck Hunters

Meet Stephanie, 10 and Ida, 6 –   Along with their parents, Mandy and Will Davis of Murrells Inlet, the girls are all about hunting and the outdoors!  Weekends at Will’s family farm at Taw Caw Creek Hunt Club in Summerton, SC has offered amazing childhood experiences for the girls.  When Stephanie was 5, she got her first BB gun for  Christmas.  The stock was too long and her uncle, who happens to be a mechanical engineer,  took it to the farm shop that very morning and sawed it off so it would fit her.  She was hooked!  It was not long after that little sister, Ida was anxious to join in.  Being the only girl amongst a group of boys is never a problem for Ida.  She holds her own whether it is hunting, golf camp, or other sports.  She has no problem helping to “dress” the birds to get them ready for the dinner table.   Besides duck hunting, the girls go dove and quail hunting as well.   What’s next?  Both girls who have until now been sitting in the blinds  are looking for their own waders and “real” guns!  Mandy and Will are all about gun safety and the importance of respecting firearms.  Both girls wear ear protection anytime there is any shooting going on.  An avid hunter herself, Mandy is attending a women’s only shooting weekend at George Hi Plantation in North Carolina and enjoys all aspects of hunting along with her husband, Will.  This amazing family proves that life is better outdoors!! 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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The Harvest- Seared  Duck Breast
Sep04

The Harvest- Seared Duck Breast

It is always best to be able to harvest the entire bird and I hate to waste any game meat.  But if you go to a hunt club, they will clean the game for you and  will send you home with only the breast of the duck ready to cook. Last hunt, we bought a food preserver and put up about 20 duck breasts in our freezer!  The breast meat is delicious. I use Emerill’s Essence Spice Recipe.  Rinse and pat dry the meat. This is very important so that you can get that good sear. Preheat the oven to 350.    Add olive oil to your skillet and let it get to medium heat.   Dredge the meat through the Essence spices on both sides and place it in the skillet. .   Brown 2 minutes and turn and brown the other side. Add a tab of butter per breast to the skillet just before putting it in the oven.  I put the entire skillet in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes.  Many people like their duck meat rare.  I like mine medium well, but cook to your liking.  Serve with Wild Rice and salad. Beautiful!   Ingredients: 2 half duck breasts per person 4 tablespoons olive oil, tab of butter Essence Spices.   Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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