Bob is back at Santee, SC doing some catfishing! Along for the trip are his special guests SC State Senator, Larry Grooms and Buddy Jennings. They talk about how this great fishing did not come by accident. Hosting the trip is Doug Allen of Doug’s Guide Service.
Bob heads to Santee, South Carolina for some striper fishing with longtime guide Stevie Pack with Pack’s Landing. Also on this week’s show, we feature a new line of Berkley Power Baits. Then on the Sportsman’s Table, it’s a South Carolina certified crab cake recipe that you don’t want to miss.
Bob heads to Lake Marion in South Carolina which is part of the Santee Cooper lake system. Joining Bob will be guide Ricky Drose, whose family has guided on Santee for over 40 years. Also on this week’s Sportsman’s Table we feature a South Carolina certified grouper taco recipe.
Ricky Drose at Drose Guide Service 803-460-7717
[Announcer] Coming up on this week’s Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine: Bob heads to Lake Marion in South Carolina which is part of the Santee Cooper lake system. Joining Bob will be guide Ricky Drose, whose family has guided on Santee for over 40 years. Also on this week’s Sportsman’s Table: We feature a South Carolina certified grouper taco recipe. All this and a whole lot more. And it all begins right now.
Yes, it’s been a great day.
Who shot this?
Look at that! Wow, let me hold that thing.
Get’ em Ricky.
Got’ em hooked.
All right. Yes, sir. Hmm-mm. Man. You know, you do well stylin’ and profilin’ on that thing.
You’re a good teacher.
Yeah, right. Now I don’t have a net in here so you get him over here and I’ll get him up, first.
How ’bout that? All right. Santee Stripe. Oh, yeah. Come here, now. I’m just gonna… We’re gonna take your picture. We’re just gonna take your picture. And yeah, uh huh. Don’t do that, ’cause I don’t want my hook in my hand. Hold still. Hold still. Hold still. Ah, there we go. We got it. Mmm-mm-mm. Okay, there. Nicely done, my friend. Man, that’s a good start right there.
They got a better fish…
Well, we’re gonna let this one go! Let me get’em. Whoo-hoo! Oh, that’s on the free line, Ricky.
[Ricky] Yes, sir.
[Bob] Well folks, welcome to our show this week. Here on Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine I have the distinct pleasure I have in probably if not the premier guide, the legacy guide on Santee, Mr. Ricky Drose with us, okay. And Ricky and his uncles, his dad, and I will tell you, they are just renowned guides here on Santee. And we are really very appreciative of having the opportunity to have him be on our show this week. He’s already pulled in one. Now, I tell you what, Ricky–
[Bob] I really don’t…uh oh…
[Ricky] That’s all right, just gotta unhook the line.
[Bob] You got it? Okay. Ah, there we go, awesome. And I don’t mind dating this thing, ’cause to be honest with you, it’s December in South Carolina and it’s nice.
It is hot.
Yeah, it is. I’m telling you.
It is hot.
So, you know, you fish 200 days a year.
I mean, of course you’ve got all kinds of things, okay. I know you got two kids in college, bro.
I do, I do.
You know, so, you ain’t got any choice…
That’s exactly right. We’ve gotta work.
Thank goodness, I already got mine out.
Tell everybody… Spend just a couple of minutes while I’m… I’m gonna let this fish dance a little bit. Everybody’s gonna say, “Redfern will you dial that thing in” But I really love striper fishing, okay. How exciting is it is for you to guide down here with these stripers that are coming back on Santee?
Striper fishing has gotten really good in the last couple years. We’ve had some good size limits as far as over the past few years, of getting the fish back to where they were years ago.
Catching some really nice fish now. Starting to, with those size limits. So they have helped tremendous amount. Caught some really pretty fish this week so hopefully it will continue… if the weather will cooperate.
Listen, I tell you, the weather’s awesome. It really is awesome, huh? Ah, there he comes. Okay. There he comes Ah, man. Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm. I tell ya, they’re difficult little hummers this morning. You know, we just passed over a bait ball and they just decided to hit.
The bait… That’s what we’re doing now is hunting the big schools of bait. And fishing around those schools of bait.
Yeah. And…tell everybody. I mean, we’re rigged up, it’s not rocket science. I mean, of course we’ve got Abu Garcia and striper rods here with the ugly stick.
But I tell you what, that is picture moment on that fish. I gotta…let me get him up there. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, mm. Now, that fish is a good what? Twenty…
Twenty-six maybe, yeah. Well it maybe with the tip fish tail.
Of course. That’s a good fat striper right there.
You done good, okay.
Well, thank you.
Man, here it is. It’s foggy.
The fish did good.
The fish did good. Well, you did too, okay, all right. Here we go. We let him go, we’ll catch more.
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Let’s see, my knee hit. Let’s do a switch here. Up, that one’s up. Oh, man. Listen, this one here is a lively hummer. Oh. Mm-mm-mm. Listen, you know what is so enjoyable? To see these stripers come back on Santee.
Folks, listen, you need to pay attention to this ’cause what was on Santee is no more. And this guy can show you the way, okay? Listen, 60 years of family history guiding on this lake. Talk to me while I’m reeling this fish in.
Right, my family moved here, my granddaddy moved to the lake in 1948. And opened up a bait and tackle store called “Joe’s Place”.
Joe’s Place, wow.
Joe’s Place. And so he started guiding, renting boats and running that and my father and two brothers grew up here guiding. So it’s been a family tradition.
Oh my goodness, Ricky.
So, I’m third generation from…
And you’re not that old, man!
I’m not that old.
I’ll tell you, it’s some good water down here on Santee. You hardly got no gray hair!
Oh my goodness!
I should have some gray hair.
Oh my goodness. Well, listen. I will tell you, years ago this was such a great fishery.
And then it kind of took a decline. Let’s just be honest about it.
And then, the DNR and all of the conservationists back here have done such great work to bring back the fishing in this lake.
Both the upper and the lower lake.
The size limits have done really well on the fish and we have a lot of fish, a lot of small fish in the past few years.
Man, that was caught on the free line back there too. Okay, ha ha! You know, he ain’t done yet. That is a good looking striper. Wow! Wow, Ricky, I’m so glad you talked me into coming this morning, okay?
[Ricky] Even though it’s 80 degrees in the wintertime.
Yeah, there you go, ha ha. Oh my gosh, ha ha. I tell you what, man, that one I tried to get out of there a while ago, he just wasn’t having it. There you are.
Just doesn’t want to open his mouth!
He just wasn’t having it! Aw, man! Mm-mm-mm. Wow, let me get over here and then I’ll get ’em from you. Show everybody this beautiful Santee striper. Wow, now that one… Gosh, that would almost go to, what 26, 28?
Maybe. Good fat fish. Listen, they are back, folks. Santee, it’s here, okay. Log onto to Bob’s Top 16, come on down, we’ll have Ricky on there, if you want to fish with him. Alright, tell ’em how to get a hold of you, now. Give ’em a number. My number is 803-460-7717.
Please, put that in your dial. ‘Cause I’ telling you, you want to come fishing on Santee, this is the guy to take you, right there. All right, let’s put this one back in here, we catch some more, bro.
I’m gonna go under this one right here.
[Bob] All right, here, let me get it out of the way. You got it? Okay. How ’bout the back one?
He gone under all of those.
Okay, all right, you set. That’s a nice hit right there now.
He’s taking some line.
Yeah. Well listen, while you’re doing all the work, let’s talk a little bit about… This is a unique fish now to Santee. Not in all the lakes that they stock and put and take, but this one, they reproduce here.
That’s correct. They go up, all the way to Columbia and reproduce. They spawn there. And their eggs float and come down the river. And so we do have natural reproduction.
For stripers here.
Now, does DNR still supplement?
They do occasionally stock a few fish, it’s not every year, but they do stock some from time to time. But a lot of ours are just natural reproduced fish.
Well, they just kind of help fine-tune. Look at…
He’s got around that.
[Bob] Do we got it wrapped?
[Bob] Let me see if I can get it out of there. Where am I? Over? Are we good?
Yep, got it now. One of ’em.
All right. Go ahead, bring him in. Let me see if I can get this thing off here.
I’m just taking my time. He’s just…
He looks like a nice striper. At least he’s giving you a head nod that he is.
That’s exactly right.
[Bob] Yeah. Get ’em up here. Well see if we can get ’em. Oh, yeah. Tell you what, let me move this one up here. And some strategery here. Yeah, there we go, come here. We’re just gonna take your picture, that’s all we’re gonna do. That’s all we’re gonna do. Wow, come on. Come on. Ahh, there we go. Now look, he wasn’t comin’ off there, either. He had that thing. Okay, there’s your fish.
Hey, I’ll let you hold it for everybody. Man, now that one’s the biggest of the day! Look it there! Whoo-hoo!
[Bob] Yes, they are. And I tell you, they’ve got some good weight to ’em. Look at that. Now one’s a good 26?
Twenty-eight inch maybe?
Man. Ricky Drose right there. Drose Guide Service, Santee. It’s back, brother!
It is back. Alright, ha!
Well folks, listen. I have a special guest today and I want him to talk about how we got where we are with the stripers coming back that you saw us catch today. And none other than Buddy Jennings, the former Director of the South Carolina Parks Rec and Tourism. We’re gonna talk about the legislation that got us where we are today and just how important it’s been. Buddy, I want to thank you for all you do for the resources of this state. But tell me, in 2014, a big change happened.
Yeah, you know we had lost the fisheries due to drought and a lot of other conditions but in 2014, with the work of DNR and the Santee Cooper Country, working with the stakeholder’s group across the state, we were able to come up with legislation that would help bring that fisheries back. What we ended up with was a 23 to 25 inch slot and the striped bass grow through that slot in a matter of a year. And there’s three different classes in that slot. So we were able to catch three fish in that slot limit. One can be over 26, so if you catch a truly memorial fish, it’s good to keep that one. But we closed the season from June the 16th through October the 1st. All of those, plus the fact that we’ve had more rain and we’ve had more stocking, have brought this fishery back to the world-class status that we once enjoyed.
Well, you know, one of the other key pieces too. I mean, Santee Cooper Country has done a wonderful job down there with the tourism, but this even helps their job even more to get more folks to come down there now and enjoy the lakes.
Absolutely. Their job is to promote and advertise the Santee Cooper area. Mary Shriner and her board do a great job working with the legislative delegation in that area. So, I’m real proud of all the work that they’ve done.
[Announcer] When we come back, we head to The Sportsman’s Table for another great recipe from Deck 383 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
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Folks, welcome to this week’s Sportsman Table. I tell you what, Carol Panagos, she’s a sous chef with Strand Catering here in Murrell’s Inlet in Myrtle Beach. She’s got a great fish recipe for you today. Carol, thank you for coming in, okay.
Thanks for having me.
Beautiful setting here at Wacca Wache Marina, Deck 383. And it’s all about fish.
Okay, well let’s get started ’cause I love fish.
Well, today we’re gonna be using grouper. We’re gonna do some beer battered fish tacos.
But it’s very simple recipe so everybody can use this. We got our grouper from a local place here in Seven Seas Fishmarket.
They usually get it in the day of.
Yeah, that’s right here in Murrell’s Inlet.
Certified South Carolina, right there.
Exactly. So all you’re gonna do, you’re gonna take your flour, and then you’re gonna take a little bit of baking soda with salt and pepper.
And then, you can’t have enough Old Bay. You can’t go wrong. I like to use the Old Bay with the garlic in it. And then we’re gonna use our Nut Brown Ale New South Beer which is local here as well. You just pour a whole can in there.
No kidding, huh. Well, I have to look at this beer. A New South Nut Brown Ale, right there folks. I’m telling ya.
A new use for beer. That’s local.
It’s local as well. The only brewery in South Carolina.
Okay, that’s certified.
And in Myrtle Beach I should say.
There you go.
There you go. Alright, so once you have this stirred up here, you want to have a nice pancake batter consistency.
You set that aside. You’re just gonna take your fish and you’re gonna just drudge them in there.
Oh, wow. So you don’t even have to kind of pre-do it with an egg wash or anything, huh?
No. Everything’s right in here for you.
Oh my goodness.
Then you just drudge it, and you’re gonna stick it right in your oil. And that’s gonna cook for 5 to 7 minutes, real simple.
That is easy.
Okay, Carol, what do we got now?
Now you want to make your cole slaw. While your dish is cooking, you can quickly make your cole slaw and let that rest. We’re gonna use thin sliced red cabbage and thin sliced red onions. Combine those together.
You’re gonna take some thin sliced green onions and then some lime zest, throw that in there.
You’re gonna take some olive oil, just enough, like two tablespoons, three tablespoons is fine. And then you want to take a lime and you want to squeeze over it. Remember we use the mesh screen over it.
So that way you don’t get your seeds inside there. And then, let that settle there. And then all you’re gonna do is just mix it around.
The lime just smells good.
It does. The lime with the lemon and then once you… You know, a little salt and pepper if you need to as well. Once you massage it with your hands, it’s gonna make the cabbage break down a little bit so it won’t be so crisp to it as well.
I gotcha. Well, I tell you what, let me move this plate over here and we’re ready to roll.
Okay Carol, now what’s next?
We’re gonna take our pre-heated taco shell.
We’re gonna take our cooked grouper, beer-battered nice big piece there. You take your slaw and put it right over top of this with the red onions, and see all the color in there? That’s really nice.
[Bob] Oh, yeah.
And then you take a little bit of your sour cream. A good way to spice up some sour cream or crema, is to take a lime and squeeze in there or put some lime zest in there as well. So that’s another option. And then you can also take some pineapple, a little sweetness to the spice, little pineapple salt, and then also some fresh cilantro.
[Bob] Oh my goodness.
[Carol] And there you go.
[Bob] Wow, that is fantastic.
Fresh beer taco.
Fish tacos, okay. Carol, listen, thank you so much for being a guest on the show today.
You’re so welcome.
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Got ’em Ricky, got ’em! Let me Oh, man! You know, we just came across that bait pod.
The sun’s come out, the fog’s lifted.
The fish were right behind that bait.
Look at him, look at him go. Bam! You know, we’ve caught some great fish today.
I’m serious. And I know you’ve caught some bigger ones. And I tell you what, that’s okay. But what you’re doing as a guide down here and what we want to show today is… Okay, okay.
Gotta chase the fish around the boat!
Well, you know, we try to play it real, here. I don’t want to give the false sensation that everybody’s gonna catch, you know, a 35 pound striper down here. Now, can you?
You bet you can.
But what we want them to do is to come down, stay active, catch lots of fish with you.
And you know, Santee is back.
From striper. I mean, it is back. Look at that. Oh-oh-oh! Yes, sir! Well folks, while I’m reeling this fish in we’ve had a great day on the water. Ricky, tell these folks… Let me come on back down here. Tell these folks, ’cause they want to come. Again, you can on to Bob’s Top 16 on our website at Bobredfern.com. Ricky’s gonna be on that top 16 list. Tell everybody your phone number again, how they can come down and fish with you.
It’s Ricky Drose at Drose Guide Service. And my number is 803-460-7717.
And folks, listen: Santee Cooper country, this is a beautiful place to come. Again, I know I keep saying, Santee, it never left. But it’s really back in a big way. And our DNR and all these great folks and these conservationists like the guides that are down here, have helped do this and bring these stripers back. And I will tell you all the great work that’s been done here is just awesome. And it is awesome. And that–whoa! You know, I may have got the big end today.
I believe you did.
Why man, look at that. Well folks, listen, as I always like to say each and every week, the outdoor’s my passion. I want it to be yours too. We’ll see you right back here again next week on another great episode of Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine. Come on in here, striper! Yeah, man, look at here! Whoo! You got ’em Ricky?
I’m gonna get ’em.
[Bob] All right, Bo, get ’em. He’s not giving up!
He’s not quite ready yet.
[Bob] You know, you gotta be careful too ’cause not only do the teeth hurt, that fin hurts too. Oh, yeah. Oh my goodness. Look at there! Wow! Folks, we’ll see ya next week, on another episode. Ricky, you did good, my friend. All right. Alright!
Bob takes you on two deer hunts on his property in South Carolina.
On this show, Bob takes you on a South Carolina deer hunt. Plus, he’ll show you some new products that may help in scouting and filming your next deer hunt.
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[Narrator] On this weeks “Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine”, Bob takes you on a South Carolina deer hunt. Plus, we’ll show you some new products that may help you in scouting and filming your next deer hunt. Also, on this weeks “Sportsman’s Table”, we head to Deck 383 in Murrells Inlet for a healthy South Carolina certified shrimp wrap recipe. All this, and a whole lot more! And it all begins right now!
Well folks, welcome to our show this week. Listen, we’re gonna do something a little bit different here on “Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine”. You know, you all have watched our Facebook page and you’ve taken a look at all of the preparation that we do here for deer season on my own property. Well, this is the proof that it works. Okay, now, is this the biggest deer that you’ve ever seen? No, but, we had an opportunity yesterday afternoon. It’s November, it’s cold, where probably the rut is about a month behind where it normally is here, due to drought and all kinds of other things, you know. We all have excuses. I’m not gonna give you excuses today. I’ve got a deer down, but, I wanna tell ya, we’re getting ready to take this thing to the processor, but on our show this week, I’m gonna kinda do this in reverse. I wanna show you some of the preparation that we’ve done this year, I wanna show you some of the deer that we’ve been watching, and I wanna show you a special, well, it’s really something kinda special here that a lot of folks may or may not know about, but, with my Browning BAR MK3 308 and it’s mounted with an ATN Video Scope. And that’s what we’re gonna show you today, because I didn’t have the opportunity to have my videographer, my partner, with me in the stand today. It was raining till about three o’clock, deer started coming in, well, I’m gonna save the rest of it because again, I hope you enjoy the show this week. We’re getting ready to take this deer to the processor. Well folks, listen. Let’s take a look at our afternoon hunt. Hey, by my lonesome on my ATN Video Scope and my Browning BAR MK3. Well folks, listen, I tell you what. As I said earlier, I got in the stand, it’s been raining here all day long. We probably got about three or four inches, so I decided to get in the stand. About three o’clock the rain had quit. I was by myself. It’s just one of those days where I didn’t have my partner and my producer with me with an extra camera, so I was gonna rely on this ATN Video Scope. And, as you can see, all of a sudden at about 3:54 these bucks came out into the field in the far end, and they’re to my left. Nice eight-point shooter buck. And as I had done earlier, been hunting for probably two weeks. The rut here is probably about a month behind. We had severe drought in the Southeast, as most of you all know. Not a lot of rain. Had to replant the food plot twice. So we’ve been supplement feeding. These deer, got lots of deer and turkey, a lot of bucks coming in the field, but, you know, today I just was killing some time. And you know, as it always happens, you can see that, you know, out pops this shooter eight-point. Now, is he the biggest one that I’ve seen? No. There are some other bucks, younger ones, that I’m really surprised that these bigger mature bucks, or what appear to be mature bucks, are allowing these little ones to kinda hang around. But they are. And I’m thinking, okay this guy is underneath my feeder, down the back side. Am I ever gonna be able to get this thing to come out on the front side. Well, I’m sitting here, waiting and watching. These other bucks, now one comes in front of me and there’s another down to the far right down there. There’s some does in the field, but they’re off-camera, to the left, and of course, again, this Video Scope is 1080i, and it’s really good. And you can see I’m kinda bouncing it around a little bit, but there’s also part of the nervousness to this. But it doesn’t look like this buck is gonna come out from behind and so I’m gonna have to place a shot underneath the legs, and try and get this deer down. He is content to be right there. I’m about 54 yards from him. I look to my left. There’s that itty-bitty, ugly looking buck, a young one, and now I’m coming back, and it’s time. And I’m gonna take the shot. Temperatures are dropping, it’s getting cold here in South Carolina, but I hope you enjoyed the hunt. But when we come back I’m gonna show you some of the techniques and some of the toys that I added to my hunting box this year, and I hope you enjoy them. Stay tuned! When we come back, it’s gonna be more great stuff on this weeks deer hunt!
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Well folks, on this segment I wanna show you some of the toys, some of things that all of us spend a lot of money for in order to deer hunt. When I showed you the deer hunt up front, I thought it was important this week because, first of all, I wanna make sure that folks understand what it takes to hunt deer, especially here in the Southeastern United States. Again, we’re not in Illinois, we’re not in Michigan, we’re not in Kansas, we’re not in Iowa, we’re not in Nebraska, we’re not in shooting deer in a pen, okay. And that’s okay, if that’s what you do. But that’s not what we do here. So, I do it on my property, and for that matter, I know a lot of the other average hunters out there are doing exactly what we did, so. I wanna show you in reverse exactly from the start to the finish for this season this year exactly what we did in order to get at least a buck on camera. Again, when you’re by yourself, and that seems to be the fad, you’ve got some toys of the trade. At least, I do, and these things, beside my BAR MK3 308 that I normally use when I’m hunting. I’ve got two things here that I wanna show you again. The ATN Bino. These things are in HD Video. They’re a great tool to have, especially when you’re hunting by yourself. You can take that HD Video shot, and with the HD Scope, of course it’s mounted on there as you saw earlier today. Again, and this is the setup. Now, basically what we’ve got here is I’m right next to the food plot, I’m in the middle of about a five acre plot, I’ve got the feeder on my left, and as you see what I see this week, that’s when I’m looking down the scope and I’ve got on. I’m looking at the feeder at which that big buck came out in. Okay? I also have another feeder off to my right that’s on the other end of the food plot with actually another stand. Now, this stand that I’m sitting in, last year I kinda had it about a hundred yards over to my left rear, but it really wasn’t in a good spot. And so, before the season began this year, I moved it. And so, all of the techniques, when you, again, when you’re hunting by yourself, I took a chance. I came up here, the rain stopped about three o’clock in the afternoon and I decided, well, I’ve got some time to kill, I’m just gonna sit here. Well, low and behold, I had those four doe that came out. Then, all of a sudden, at about a quarter to four, here come these bucks. And I’m a tell you, you know, it always happens. When your producer and your videographer’s not with you, and that’s okay. Again, that’s why I have these other toys and trinkets. Well folks, listen, this is about a five acre food plot. Now, what I had to do this year is because here in the Southeastern part of the United States, I had to replant this thing twice. Now, I’ve showed you on Facebook, we’ve done segments in the past, last year I came across a great food plot planting machine called the Firminator G-3, made by Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment down in Milner, Georgia. You’ve seen me talk about that thing before, well, the problem is, I put the food plots in, taking a gamble and a guess, for the past 20 years I’ve guessed right. I’ve always put my food plots in that time of year about Labor Day weekend, okay. Now, all the prep that comes up to it, you spray it, you turn it, you keep down, and then you get it all prepped, you till it up, you get the fertilizer in it, and I did something different this year, I actually put the seed in first, and then I brought the fertilizer over top, as opposed to tilling it, then putting the fertilizer down, and then coming back and using the Firminator to put the seed in. So, it did help. I got it up, it came up about a week after Labor Day weekend, then all of a sudden the spigot went off. No rain. No rain for the month of September, and almost of October. No rain. So I had to come back and I had to replant this thing twice. And so, what you see out here now, is a growth, not normally what I get. Normally, the mix that I use, I use winter wheat, I use deer greens, which is a combination of radishes and turnips. I also put in there some brassica. Also in there is a kind of a blend mix of clover trio and that then ensures that I get a pretty much of a good coverage throughout the whole fall season and into the spring, because, again, I’m not just hunting deer. I’ve got turkeys to worry with as well out here. As you can see, turkeys are coming in and out of here. We had hunted about three or four times over the course of prior to the hunt. And, again, when you get a chance to sit down and you see a lot of good bucks that are coming in, that one day the buck came in, I don’t know what spooked him, we heard a deer blow across the side of the field from us, and boom, off he went. That’s why, in the hunt, I was kind of afraid because that was a tricky shot through there, okay. It’s not because I made it, it was just, I was hoping he was gonna come out from underneath the legs of that feeder. Now, the feeders that I use, and we’re gonna go talk about those here, but I’ve got Boss Buck up on top. I do exactly what I thought I was gonna do when first owned, or bought, this property, was to come out here and put feeders up on top in this main food plot because I’m surrounded by timber property here. And so, the good thing is, there’s not developments, there’s not a lot of whole folks that actually live around here, and so I have the best of both worlds. Well folks, listen. As you can see, from the angle of which that deer was standing, when you look at the video again, prior, he was standing right here, okay? So, I’ve got, still got blood here on the corn and the supplemental feed. This stand just happens to be high. Again, these are Boss Buck feeders. I’ve got the varmint cage around them. It’s automatically timed. One thing that I would advise you all to do, that worked for me, is I used to have these feeders go off first morning light, and the last evening light of an evening, okay. Well, what I found was the deer love to come out, but with the corn was on the ground, they would only come after dark. So what I did was, I started letting them go off about 12:05 in the middle of the day. And so I get corn on the ground, and then that kinda changes the patterns of when the does come. So when the does come to eat, the bucks are sure to follow. That ain’t rocket science, but it works very very well, so when I’m out here hunting in the afternoon, or coming in the morning, they’re now coming during the daylight hours, which makes hunting a lot easier, okay. Now, one of the other things that I wanna talk about is something that I added to my hunting kit this year, and it’s a game camera from Spypoint. The great thing that I like about this little LINK-S LTE, and it’s on the Verizon network, this one has the little solar panel on top. There’s one thing that I hate, is having to come out here and change out all these AA batteries all the time, because A, that gets expensive, but that little solar panel up there keeps that thing charged all the time. I can plug in on my Verizon cell phone. Every time that thing goes off I get a notification on my phone, and again, this is nothing new to the guys out there that deer hunt, but I just kinda wanted to take this time to show you that that kinda changed my scouting for deer this year. Because I was able to not have to sit there for hours and hours and hours, I can then track them via this game camera right on my phone, and then I can pick up the pattern so I know when to come up here and sit. Well folks, listen. Enough lessons from the field. Stay tuned. When we come back, we’re gonna have a great recipe on the Sportsman’s Table this week.
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Welcome to this weeks edition of the Sportsman’s Table, folks. We’re back here at Deck 383 on the beautiful Waccamaw River. Come on down. Eat with them. Enjoy this wonderful view. Come and even fish! But, joining me today is Jermaine Alston. He’s all about Deck 383, okay, the main guy down here. And I will tell you, Jermaine, I am really looking forward to this recipe. Tell the folks what you got for us today.
I do a little something special every now and then. This is a good special that we run. You know, people just love it in the summertime.
You can never go wrong with a good wrap.
We’re gonna do our Deck Shrimp Wrap.
Ah, there you go. Okay.
It’s not much to it, you know. We’re gonna, first we’re gonna just take our fresh prawns right here.
Okay. And those come out of Seven Seas over here at Murrells Inlet.
[Jermaine] Seven Seas. We use all of those guys over there.
[Bob] There you go.
[Jermaine] We try to show all of them a little bit of love.
[Bob] There you go.
[Jermaine] Just season that with a little salt and pepper.
[Bob] Now how long are you gonna sear these for?
[Jermaine] Less than a minute.
[Bob] Just when they start turning pink? I got you.
[Jermaine] Pink, just a little opaque.
[Jermaine] And you are good to go. Not gonna take long at all. This shrimp green. You really don’t wanna overcook shrimp. Have that pink color coming in there.
[Bob] There you go, it’s coming quick.
[Jermaine] Oh, yes sir buddy.
[Bob] And those are big ones, too.
[Jermaine] Yeah, these are 21/25 shrimp.
[Bob] Oh wow.
[Jermaine] And that’s 21 to 25 shrimp per pound.
[Bob] Well, and the great thing about here on the menu at Deck 383 it’s, you guys have got, you got just a slew, got a variety of food.
Yeah we do. Oh yeah.
And this is a, a light, whether a lunch or you can eat a light dinner.
We try to give everybody a little something on our menu, you know.
There you go! Okay, all right, what’s next?
All right, we gonna go to start plating.
That’s easy enough.
That’s easy. There they go, the shrimp are ready. Ready to go.
All right, Jermaine, our shrimp, man they look good.
Oh yes sir!
Are we ready to go?
Yes sir, we’re ready to go.
We’re gonna start rolling this wrap. We’re gonna take some fresh South Carolina southern-fried spinach.
[Jermaine] Put that in the middle right there.
[Bob] And you know, this is a quick recipe.
[Jermaine] Oh, it is. It’s simple.
[Bob] You know, you can come down here to the river, at Deck 383, you can get it served up, but you can also, something you can do quick at home.
[Jermaine] Quick at home. Quick at home. Just put your fresh diced tomatoes on there.
[Bob] But you know, most wives like to go out to eat.
[Jermaine] Oh yeah.
[Bob] Plus, look at the setting. Look at the river behind us.
[Jermaine] You can’t beat it.
[Bob] No sir.
[Jermaine] Throw your avocados on there.
[Bob] Avocado, yeah, there you go. Okay.
[Bob] And ‘maters. Good color.
[Jermaine] Good tomatoes. I’ll tell you what Lee’s Farm, man those guys have some real good produce over there.
Real good produce. We’re gonna take our shrimp,
[Jermaine] Put it on there.
[Bob] Hoo man. That’s almost like a po’boy but with wrap.
[Jermaine] Oh yeah, there you go.
[Bob] Hey, there you go.
[Jermaine] But with grilled shrimp and not fried.
[Bob] There you go, that’s true. I prefer these. Yeah.
[Jermaine] Gonna take our house Deck Sauce. Which is just a little spicy mayo.
[Jermaine] Drizzle that on there a little bit.
[Bob] Gotta have that. That puts your zing in your wrap, man.
[Jermaine] Zing in your zang.
[Bob] There you go.
[Jermaine] All right.
[Bob] All right. I’ll get this out of your way.
[Jermaine] Now you’re gonna go wrap this.
[Bob] Now the skill comes in.
[Jermaine] Now the skills. You gotta be real careful with this, so you don’t, what I try to do is go ahead and fold it underneath.
[Jermaine] And get a good tuck. And then you have to take your edges.
[Bob] Oh I got you.
[Jermaine] Fold your edges.
[Bob] And then roll it in.
[Jermaine] And then slowly roll.
[Bob] There you go. That’s almost like an art and a science all together.
Oh yes, you definitely don’t wanna rush this right here.
Okay. There you go.
You got your wrap right there, ready.
[Bob] And I got your toothpicks.
[Bob] All right Jermaine, you got him all tied up there now, what’s next?
[Jermaine] Got him all tied up. We gonna just cut this at a little angle right here.
[Bob] Okay. Oh yeah.
[Jermaine] Look at that just like this right here.
[Bob] Oh wow. Look at those shrimp.
[Jermaine] Look at that. Aww look at that. And put that like this right here.
[Bob] There you go.
[Jermaine] And we always serve this with fresh fruit, pasta salad, cole slaw, you can get french fries, whatever side you want with it.
[Bob] I got ya.
This is our Deck Shrimp Salad.
Deck 383. Well folks, listen, I will tell you what, come on down, Jermaine, thank you man
Thank you Bob. Thank you. Not a problem
We appreciate you being on the show today. And I will tell you folks again, check out certifiedscgrown.com, see what’s fresh on your menu, but also come on down to 383. I tell you what, here on the Waccamaw River, the folks at Deck 383 will put more great food in front of you, just like this. And, next week, we’ll be right back here again on another great recipe on the Sportsman’s Table.
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Well, folks, that’s our show this week. Just as a kind of a recap, kinda done it a little bit different. Probably haven’t seen the deer show where the bottom line was up front. We took down a nice eight point. It’s just beginning the season, I hope to have more. I tell you what, it has been a pleasure having you along this week, showing you my food plot, my property, and showing you some of the toys that I utilize to hunt alone, okay. That’s one of the key things, if you wanna capture your own hunt, and, again, I don’t have my videographer and my partner with me all the time, because sometimes I just go up into the stand, and it’s a great place to just to kinda think. But, you never know what’s gonna show up and as you saw this week, nice eight point, a lot of other deer came out. I’ve been tracking these bucks for, well, I guess for probably about two or three months, and finally one showed up. He’s not the biggest that I’ve got out there, but that’s okay, I’m proud of him just the same. As I always like to say, each and every week, the outdoors is our passion, I want it to be yours, too. Head on over to our website if you’d like to for products that you seen on this week’s show, they’ll be right there, as well as our Facebook page. We enjoy bringing it to you each and every week. We’ll see you again next week, right back here on another episode.
In this episode we travel to Allendale, South Carolina to visit our old friend Hayward Simmons at Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge and Lakeview Plantation. First we’ll try to plink a big hog in the evening, then in the morning, head out for some quail hunting.
Well folks, welcome to our show this week. We’re in, actually Allendale, South Carolina, not too far out of Fairfax. We’re at Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge and Lakeview Plantation, a good friend of mine and, we haven’t been back down here in probably 15 years. Hayward Simmons, the owner, has allowed us to come back, wants us to come back and do two things on this week’s show. We’re gonna try and kill a hog here this evening, he’s got some big ones down here. Hopefully we’re gonna get a chance to plink one of ’em. And then we’re also going to do a quail hunt. Hayward offers deer, quail, and also big massive hog hunts down here on his plantation. He’s been here at this location for over 34 years, and it is still going strong. Well with that, we’ve gotta get in the stand, the sun is settin. Well, I’ll tell you what, hogs are just around the corner. We got this and a whole lot more on this week’s Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine. Stay with us, when we come back, we hope to have one down. Beautiful right there. What I thought of this league he might’ve been a jay. Fish on. Doubled up doubled up, ain’t ya? We’ve got him illuminated here. Got a pretty nice sized hog just decided to come out. Folks, I’m using my ATN night vision scope, mounted on my Browning BAR 308 caliber. It’s a great… tool option here for hog hunting at night, here down at Cedar Knoll again. The guys have really got these stands in strategic places. He’s not sure if he’s ready to come out. All right, come on guys. Alright, he’s getting a little bit braver. Come on. Come on. Still something he’s not liking out there. Okay, maybe it’s the light. No, he’s looking right at it, okay, here we go. Now maybe we’re… gonna settle down here. Alright, this may be my shot. Alright here comes another one, he’s a little bigger. This one here is probably a little over 200. But again at about 195 yards it’s hard to tell. Alright, don’t leave. I’d almost rather like to take the other one behind him but that’s okay. Sometimes if you wait too long, they decide to scurry and not come back so. Alright, maybe this one’s gonna cooperate here. Hog down, hog down. Well folks, that was our hog hunt for this afternoon, we came down early, because we really were coming down to quail hunt with Hayward Simmons. It’s been probably, oh gosh, maybe 15 years since we were down here last. Came down did some hog hunting and Hayward invited us down to come, as you saw, and looked at thermal video, we had a group of hogs down there, probably 150, maybe 200 yards. Just an opportunity, just to plink something here. Really tomorrow morning though, we’re gonna be doing some quail hunting with Hayward, but right now, we’re headed on back to the lodge, and we’re going to have some fried chicken tonight, take off our shoes, relax. Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge, right down here in Fairfax, Allendale, South Carolina. Hayward Simmons and all the staff down here do such a great job, again, log on to bobredfern.com, go to Bob’s Top 16, you need to come down here. Quail hunt, hog hunt, deer hunt, if you got horses, hey, come on down, they’ve got tons of trails down here. Matter of fact, you can just camp out. He’s got RV hookups, he’s got everything down there you need. It is an outdoorsman’s playground. With that, I’m going on back to the lodge, and tomorrow morning, it’s gonna be quail hunting on the ground, 38 degrees, I can’t wait.
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Welcome back to the show folks. After a great night’s sleep, fried chicken dinner, I’ll tell ya what, a hog hunt last night over at Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge. I’ll tell ya what, I got two guys today that, well Hayward Simmons, you know Hayward from previous years, he’s over here on my far left. He’s gonna be one of my wing men today, and then we’re over here doing a little quail hunting with a good friend of his, Jimmy Polk at Legacy Hunting. So, we’ve got the best of both worlds. As promised, a quail hunt down in Hampton, South Carolina, Cedar Knoll Hunting. I tell you what, they’ve got it so going on over here guys, I’m telling ya. I just want to thank you guys for taking the time to have us here. Hayward again, it’s always good to have you.
My pleasure. My Pleasure.
Now the good thing about this guy is, okay, the last time I was down here, I didn’t get him behind a bird dog, okay, and now, we’ve got him hooked up with you. Tell me just a little bit about what we’re gonna see this morning over here at the quail operation.
Well we started this thing back in 2010, we gonna be huntin’ in about 30 year old pine trees with broom straw. It’s real nice, manicured so you can walk real good for these elderly people like some of us–
[Hayward] There ya go, yeah, yeah, yeah.
We do an early release program and put out and supplement all during the year, so we gonna see probably a lot of birds, and have a real good time. And I hope they gonna fly real good.
Guys, I’ll tell you what man–
Ready to go kill a bird?
I’m ready to go kill a bird, okay, and I don’t want you out here to embarrass me.
I promise I won’t.
Okay, alright man, let’s go to it guys, thank you. All right Hayward.
[Jimmy] As I was lookin’ here so I’d say the birds are in between. Y’all wanna come on up just a little more here. We gotta get you close he’s shootin his little small, Hayward, he’s already at a disadvantage with little gun now.
[Bob] Now I can see, this is gonna be a tough crowd this morning.
[Hayward] Yes sir.
[Bob] Don’t be too hard on me Hayward.
[Jimmy] Other people behind, everybody ready? Go buddy, find ’em Blue, find ’em.
[Bob] Now we got little Blue.
I don’t believe they have Blue.
[Bob] We fixin’ to find ’em.
[Jimmy] Where they at Blue? Oh, they here?
[Bob] Oh yeah.
[Bob] I got my two.
[Hayward] I didnt’ get mine. I winged ’em both.
[Bob] Alright. I got my two, Hayward.
[Hayward] Here I am, at a disadvantage already.
[Bob] I’m working on it.
[Bob] That is a beautiful covey rise right there now.
[Jimmy] He was bragging on you, look what happened
[Bob] Well, I know.
[Hayward] Yup. Outta practice
[Bob] Hayward, that’s some beautiful points right there.
[Hayward] Yes sir.
[Jimmy] Find ’em, find em’ Blue
[Bob] Here comes Blue.
[Jimmy] Find ’em Blue; they’re here.
[Bob] Look at Blue. I tell you what, he wears me out just looking at him. Look at him!
[Jimmy] He wears me out too.
[Hayward] I think that’s what’s distracting him, oh–
[Bob] Two down. I got my two!
[Hayward] Man over here is showing me off. I don’t know what this fellow over here is doing.
[Hayward] No, I just shot one.
[Bob] Now wait a minute–
[Hayward] I walked a little more Blue.
[Bob] Come here now guys. What uh– You know what Jimmy?
[Jimmy] I think you better load up.
Yeah man, come here now.
[Bob] Wait a minute, I know you–
[Bob] Come Come here Hayward
We, well we just need a–
You need a hug
You know, that’s what it is.
You know it.
That’s what it is. Look at ’em, they’re still getting up.
What have I gotta say?
You know though guys, I will tell ya I love quail hunting and, I love going to great places to hunt. And obviously, this is one of the best.
Hey yes to dog working and the hard time I give people is so much fun.
Well but you know, what folks don’t understand who really don’t quail hunt that much, it’s the, it’s this fellowship
This, I just tell ya, I can’t explain to people sometimes. They watch the show, and they see me laughing and having a good time, but they need to experience it.
And, you know from Cedar Knoll now here, to Legacy Hunting, you guys have a great relationship and partnership. That’s what’s so special.
It is. It’s great that we can have that. We started off, we were riding horses at Hayward’s place. We knew each other for a long time. My wife loves to ride horses, and riding horses, then it, we started this business. He called me and he said, “Yeah..” and so ever since then, it’s been a good relationship. I send him clients; he sends me clients. We’re working together
I’ll tell you what, Bo, and there’s birds still flying out there.
Don’t get discouraged.
All of mine are still flying
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Welcome this week folks, we’re in Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina at a beautiful, Wicked Tuna restaurant right here along the coast. And, joining me today, and I tell ya, It’s a pleasure to have him, is the executive chef here at Wicked Tuna, it is Patrick Fowler. And, I tell you what, Patrick man it’s great to meet ya. Great to have on the show, my friend.
Thank you, thank you.
Well listen, staple, this is what you guys do here at the Wicked Tuna.
Yes sir it is.
We uh, well right now we have our American Hog Snapper, caught right off the coast of South Carolina.
We’re just gonna cook it over some root veg, it’s all grown here around the coast, and we are just going to cook it up.
Alright man, well let’s get started. I can’t wait. I’ll tell you what, I love snapper. Okay so, two filets, gonna salt it up a little bit.
Put a little olive oil in there.
Okay, yeah there you go.
Little bit of butter,
Give it a nice,
Ahhh yeah. good crust in there.
Gotta let it slip and slide around there a little bit.
Now how long are you gonna let this sear for?
Ah, we’ll sear it both sides, about three to four minutes.
And, it will be ready to go.
[Bob] Oh wow, that’s awesome. And then so, you know when ya cook fish, and you know most of you executive chefs tell me, don’t overcook it.
Don’t overcook it.
So when you guys are preparing it for the restaurant, say I came in to order it, it’s the same?
Yes sir, every time. What we like to do is, we dust it a little bit in a flour, and what that does is, it keeps the moisture in it so it’s nice and fresh and juicy. So when you actually bite into it, it’s not dry.
There you go. Yeah, nothing’s worse than dry meat.
We’re gonna flip that over.
[Bob] Patrick, here at the Wicked Tuna man, I tell you what, you guys do fish right.
Yes sir. Alright, we’re gonna go ahead and start plating. Right here, I have a mixture of our root veg. We have fingerling potatoes, butternut squash, sweet potato, and a little bit of cauliflower. We’re roasting ’em off in some seasoning.
[Bob] Oh wow.
[Patrick] And then, we are just going to plate this right here.
[Patrick] Just like that. We’re gonna take this, this beautiful Hog Snapper, we’re gonna put it right here on the plate. We’re gonna garnish it with a little bit of lemon, garlic cream.
[Bob] Oh wow! Mmmm. Man, that looks wonderful.
[Patrick] And just because you always eat with your eyes first,
[Bob] There you go. We’ll add a little but of greenery to it.
There it is.
There you go. Wow, Hog Snapper, Wicked Tuna. My friend, thank you so much for being a guest this week. Right here
Thanks for having me. Beautiful restaurant. Folks listen, the next time you are in Murrell’s Inlet stop on by the Wicked Tuna right here. This guy, and all his staff, will cook you up a meal you will never forget. And, remember, buy and eat local. It’s simply a matter of taste. Log on to certifiedscgrown.com and see what’s fresh on the menu for yourself. We’ll see you right back here again next week, on another great recipe on the Sportsman’s Table. Mmmm!
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[Jimmy] You all ready?
[Hayward] I don’t know
[Bob] You all ready Hayward?
[Hayward] I don’t know, I’m not sure. I’m not going to make any promises.
[Bob] I can see right now. Hayward’s trying to get me behind trees. I don’t know what that’s all about. Uh, I had no shot on that one in the back. And, I will not turn around and do it from the rear. Cause there’s too many people in the rear with a gear.
[Jimmy] Yup. Find ’em Blue.
[Bob] There may be some more in there.
[Jimmy] Come on, Blue! Come on little buddy.
[Bob]Oh, there we go.
[Hayward] That’s cute right there.
[Bob] Wait a minute, that’s got Hayward written all over it.
[Jimmy] He’s going back in there.
[Bob] Nice shot.
[Jimmy] Better be ready!
[Jimmy] They knew it was coming already.
[Bob] Oh my goodness.
[Jimmy]Come on, Blue!
[Jimmy] I knew you was gonna get ’em Blue.
[Hayward] Still got that bird buddy.
[Bob] He got ’em.
[Hayward] He ain’t done yet. Is there more in there buddy?
[Jimmy] Blue, come here little buddy. Oh, drop. Drop!
[Bob] There we go.
[Jimmy] Is that it, anything else in there?
[Bob] Nope, that’s it.
[Jimmy] That all there is buddy?
[Jimmy] Ya killed a tree Hayward.
[Hayward] Swear to god.
[Jimmy] Do you see that Hayward?
[Hayward] Where’d they go? This ain’t Bob’s first rodeo.
[Jimmy] Look here little buddy. Bring that bird back!
[Bob] Oh man now that’s special bird right there. Let’s see that, would you? Oh man! Really special bird right there, through the trees.
[Jimmy] Through the trees!
[Bob] Yeah man!
[Jimmy] Make me look good Blue.
[Bob] Blue’ll do it.
[Jimmy] Bring it down a ways Blue. That’s right, come around. Come here by There you go, get him. Get him, where’s he at? Where’s he at Blue?
[Bob] Blue’ll find him.
[Jimmy] Tired of watching you, Blue.
[Bob] I’m telling you, he’s a looking. There he goes! Take ’em Hayward!
[Jimmy] Blue, I’m sorry baby. That’s all you can say when stuff like that happens.
[Hayward] That’s embarrassing.
[Bob] Come here boys. Come here boys. Now wait a minute, I wanna take just a pause for the cause here. You wanna hook up Blue.
[Jimmy] Come here little buddy. You know he’ll give up
Well you know, I’ll tell ya You know hunting behind pointing dogs is so special, but I tell ya, when you’re using a flusher, like this okay, and you don’t see that rarely up out of Georgia. And you guys have taken that technique, and I’ll tell you what Blue, I know buddy, tell you what, anytime they ain’t treating you well and you wanna come on up to Blythewood, we’ll take ya up there buddy. You know, that’s one of the special things, A lot of guys don’t understand. When you’re doing pre-released birds, then you’re doing supplementation. This is very key. Not only for safety, but it just makes the excitement much, much better.
You know I’ve hunted years ago, guys were kicking up the birds, and swatting ’em with this and that. But, you have really done a very very good job here Jimmy.
I uh, we started off like that with four flush dogs. When I find out how a flush dog works, I wouldn’t take nothing, nothing but a flush dog. I have a lab that actually worked until this year. A yellow lab, she’s eight years old. She’s probably picked up 2,000 quail
Oh my goodness.
And ducks, unbelievable
When little boy Blue come along, he gives her a break, but little boy Blue on an average day, he has to rest for about an hour or so.
[Bob] I’m telling you.
One of my friends calls him the dog with no legs, cause he really has to work hard.
Well now, Hayward listen, when guys come down and gals come, course, one of the great things about Cedar Knoll is you also offer the equestrian trails and all of that too. So folks can bring their Airstream, you’ve got an RV park.
I mean, what is the capacity of the lodge, and just how many folks can you hunt normally during a hog and a deer season.
We only take about ten hunters at a time.
Just, you know, to maintain a good experience for the group that’s there. And then, uh, we do trail rides when we’re not deer hunting or hog hunting. And we have a campground capacity of 150 trailers.
[Bob] Oh wow.
So we can take a pretty good size crowd.
Well and one of the other things that’s so good about Cedar Knoll too, matter fact it’s become a winter location for a lot of field trial and dog trainers as well, which is very very special. You’ve got about sixty dogs over there right now with guys out of New York and the upstate where it’s just too cold. And then of course, you got this guy over here doing the bird operation. That’s what’s so special here. So if folks wanna, and I know they are gonna go to Bob’s Top 16 and they’re gonna come to Cedar Knoll. But, if folks wanna get a hold of you and Anthony and all the guys over at your place, how can they do that?
They can go to cedarknoll.com And the phone number and email address are right on the website there.
Check out all the information or go to our Facebook page South Carolina Outfitters, Cedar Knoll.
There you go, well now, Legacy Hunting, tell everybody they wanna come over here and do a beautiful quail hunt.
Yes sir. Okay, and then stop off and do the hog hunt.
Do the hog hunt. We can make it happen for both ways. Ours is the same thing, www.legacyhunting.com Facebook page is Legacy Hunting.
[Jimmy] Well that was all Blue.
[Bob] There he is!
[Hayward] Birds! Birds! Birds! There he goes!
[Bob] Aw, got him– I got one! They all went your way over there Hayward.
[Hayward] I didn’t do any good with ’em.
[Bob] Well, I got one.
[Hayward] Too many of ’em
[Jimmy] Blue, you got to watch the man on the left son. The man on the right don’t give you no worries.
[Hayward] Good job Pete, bring it here. Pete, bring it here baby.
[Bob] Oh, here we go!
[Jimmy] Alright Hayward!
[Bob] Oh, there he goes Hayward.
[Hayward] Nah, nope, all Bob’s.
[Jimmy] There you go!
[Hayward] Bob’s giving lessons today. I’m just taking lessons.
[Jimmy] Y’all know that safety let us know, he went straight up with that gun.
[Hayward] I can even get over it.
[Hayward] I can’t hardly stand up this —
You know, you know Hayward you’re mind was thinking right, but the rest of it wasn’t working.
[Hayward] That’s right.
Well folks listen, we’ve had a great time down here in Hampton, South Carolina today and Allendale. Cedar Knoll Hunting Lodge again, and legacyhunting.com just on to Bob’s Top 16, and go down and just see exactly for yourself what great hog hunting, deer hunting, and a quail operation these two guys have put together. They’ve teamed up. And, if you like to ride horses, bring your horses on down to Hayward Simmons’ place. Him and Donna will be standing there waving at you when you come in the gate. Well folks, as I like to say each and every week, the outdoors is my passion and I want it to be yours too. We’ll see you right back here again next week, on another episode of Bob Redfern’s Outdoor magazine. Alright Hayward, go on and do it again Bo, we got no more birds out here.
Ah alright then.
They’re really flying well.
Ah they are man, I’m telling you.
I haven’t had a rough —
This week on Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine, Bob takes us on an awesome opening day turkey hunt in South Carolina. Plus, we take a look at South Carolina’s freshwater coast. And on this week’s Sportsman’s Table, we feature a South Carolina certified shrimp and grits recipe.
[Announcer] This week on Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine, Bob takes us on an awesome opening day turkey hunt in South Carolina. Plus, we take a look at South Carolina’s freshwater coast. And on this week’s Sportsman’s Table, we feature a South Carolina certified shrimp and grits recipe. All this and a whole lot more, and it begins all right now.
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Bob Redfern: Well, folks, on this week’s show, it’s the opening day of turkey season here in South Carolina. And you know, 12 months have gone by. You end up the season dejected if you don’t get a bird. Bird hunting has gotten a little bit more tricky. And, you know, for most of you hunters out there, you know what I’m talking about. You’ve got predators, coyotes, all kinds of things. And then we go through the heat of the summer. We see some turkeys out there. Then you get into the fall season. It’s deer season. And what do you see most of? Turkeys, okay?
Bob Redfern: And from that, then after deer season’s over in January, here, then we start putting the cameras up. Or, some of y’all keep cameras up all year long. And you see the birds migrate in and out of the fields late in the afternoon. Well, as always here in South Carolina, we’ve got ’em on camera. I’ve been tracking these birds since January. And as seasons come and seasons go, weather changes, all kinds of wives’ tale stories about, “Well, have they already laid their eggs in January? Now they’re in the second mating season.” I don’t know. All I want to know is, I’ve got gobblers and they’re talking to me. At least I can track ’em when I get up early in the morning. And, well, we had that on the first day here.
Bob Redfern: And I tell you what. Well, I guess all of that amping up, all of that excitement, and I’ve got a new shotgun, I’ve got everything out, I got all the decoys dusted off and I’m ready to go. I’ve got my trusted cameraman with me. And you know, I’ll tell you what. A lot of folks say, “Well, Bob, how many turkeys do you kill?” Well, to me, it’s not about taking a bird. It’s about filming a bird. Yeah. And I try to make it so it’s entertaining for you all. But, again, I get a lot of opportunities to hunt. But when you get one and you can down a bird on film, that’s really the key.
Bob Redfern: And so, with this season that started, I, well, okay … I tell you what. As things come and go, we got out there early. First light, gobbles everywhere. And as you can hear, the whole area is lit up. Now, I’ve been tracking about 12 to 14 gobblers over the past six to eight months. And they’re out there and they’re talking to me. We got a perfect setup over the field. I got the decoys out there. And in comes a bird. Well, I just gotta tell you. Let me show you what happens.
Bob Redfern: Well, as you can see, I don’t get ’em all. Anxiety … I wanted the birds to separate a little bit. I didn’t want to take two birds with one shot. So, again, excuses? Nah. It’s about filming a bird and not downing a bird, okay? I really thought the hunt was over. I thought, “Okay. Yeah. You’re a little dejected. You missed the bird.” But on my defense, these birds are evasive, okay? And he got spooked a little bit. Little separation, again, as you can see.
Bob Redfern: But anyway, we took a break, started to reflect on what was and, again, what might be. With that, we come back, get back set up in the afternoon. I hear a few birds off in the distance. I thought, “Hmm. Maybe this afternoon’s going to be a little promising.” And again, had not had an opportunity to scout much in the afternoon. But we’re going to try it anyway. Again, it’s opening day. You’re out there. You’re all ready. And so you gotta start somewhere. And so we did. We sit down, give a little call. Got some answers. Waited a few more minutes, and about 45 minutes later, in comes a bird. Well, let’s take a look and let’s see what happened later that afternoon.
Bob Redfern: Got it. Oh, man. Well, folks, listen. I’ll tell you what. Turkey hunting opening day, it’s been an adventure. Birds talked a lot early this morning, been gobbling. This year, I’m on my own place, something I’ve developed here over the past year. Birds have been in this area quite a bit. I’ve been watching them, tracking them on game cameras. Again, opening day in South Carolina, it’s always exciting. Not much talking this afternoon. But with that bird right there, he just popped though the woods and I wasn’t going to let him go. Looked like he had probably, maybe a six, eight-inch beard. From what I could tell from here, just a little bit of a beard that’s been, looked like, pulled away.
Bob Redfern: Hey, listen. I have to give the folks at Browning a new push here. This is the new Browning Synergy Turkey over and under shotgun. What an awesome gun. It is just one of those shotguns that I’m very familiar with. Shooting an over and under, you’ve seen me do it with quail, sporting clays. But now, for turkey, all camo’d up, extended turkey choke tubes, three and a half inch. Again, the Browning Synergy, it is one of those guns that truly is the best there is.
Bob Redfern: All right. Let’s go take a look at this bird. I think he’s done flopping for a while. Oh. And I forgot to tell you about the new Browning turkey loads. Browning, the best there is in ammunition, three and a half inch, right there, number fours. And there be the wad. Okay. All right. Let’s lay this thing down here. Let’s see what we got here. Good spurs. Probably a good, oh, I’d say, at least inch and three quarters. Those might even go a little bit more than that. Nice, full beard here. But as you can see, what I thought initially he might have been a jake, but he wasn’t. He’s lost some of his beard here. And that’s a good probably six inches, maybe longer. But some of it’s broke off already.
Bob Redfern: Well, I know it was exciting for you guys. You’re probably going to ask the question, “Well, okay, Redfern. You shot twice.” Well, thank goodness that I had two shots. That bird, as you saw, came in, popped in, silent. Tried to think silent but deadly. He moved over to that decoy. He got spooked because, again, I was waiting long enough. Because, again, I wanted to see him strut a little bit more. Something spooked him. He turned and, as you always well know, when a bird turns his back to you, it’s going to be hard unless his head’s up. And that one, at about 72 yards, and I stepped it off, he turned his back. I popped the cap. It just bounced off. Lucky for me, I had that second shot in that new Browning Synergy over and under turkey.
Bob Redfern: And, again, we’ve talked about that. You’ve seen it on the show. It’s one of those things, that if I hadn’t had that second shot in that over and under, I would never, I don’t think, been able to have got that with either a pump or an automatic shotgun. I’ve tried that before. You all have known that you’ve missed a bird and you’ve tried to get that automatic up. I don’t care if you’ve got five rounds in there. But there was just something about having that over and under and that second. It was just more responsive. He turned to the left, up his head, and boom. And down he went.
Bob Redfern: With that, I tell you what, it was exciting opening day for me, one, well, I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. And trying to get a bird, well, it’s never easy. And even not even easy for us who do TV.
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Bob Redfern: Welcome in to this week’s Sportsman’s Table recipe. We’re here at Frank’s Restaurant in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. And my guest is chef/owner of Southern Comforts Restaurant, Greg [Metcalf 00:14:29]. And I have to tell you, Greg, thank you so much. I am just so amazed at what comes out of Pawley’s Island. And, again, you’ve got another great restaurant to come visit.
Greg: Well, I’ll tell you, Bob, I am impressed myself. Our family’s been vacationing down here for about 20 years. And my wife and I just moved down about a year ago and opened up Southern Comforts Restaurant and Bakery right down the street. We’d had a restaurant up in the mountains of North Carolina for several years, pretty much the same concept, but just wholesome food, freshly grown, as local as possibly can be. But I’ll tell you what. We’re the new kids on the block. And there are so many great restaurants in Pawley’s Island. That’s what drew us to open up a restaurant here.
Bob Redfern: Oh, wow.
Greg: To keep us on the cutting edge of what’s going on. And they certainly do it around here.
Bob Redfern: Well, what have we got today?
Greg: Today we’re going to do one of our specialties. It’s the shrimp and grits with our pimento cheese grits. We use an Ash County cheese out of North Carolina, and then our fresh, local shrimp that we just went down to the docks, Georgetown Independent Seafoods, I go to, or I go to the East Street Docks right down there to get our shrimp. It’s usually about twice a week or so.
Bob Redfern: Oh, great.
Greg: We’ve got some assorted peppers over here, some Andouille sausage, which, believe it or not, is a Lowe’s product here. But they make all their own sausages in-house.
Bob Redfern: I got you.
Greg: So we gave them a recipe and they make ours for us.
Bob Redfern: That’s wonderful.
Greg: It works out pretty good.
Bob Redfern: Yeah.
Greg: But we’re going to start off with this. And we don’t want to overcook our shrimp a little bit. So we’re really going to start off with our vegetables. We’re going to heat it up a little bit. We’ve got some butter in here, unsalted butter. We’re going to start off with the peppers a little bit, give it some color.
Bob Redfern: Well, you know, shrimp and grits, when people of shrimp and grits, they think of South Carolina.
Greg: Well, interesting enough, years ago, probably twenty-something odd years ago, I worked in Charleston. And it was my first experience of really southern cooking. And I had a lady out there that had been cooking all her life. And she was an older lady. And she taught me the shrimp and grits.
Bob Redfern: Oh, wow.
Greg: And, of course, people do it differently. In New Orleans, they’ve got the tomato broth. This is going to be more of a Cajun cream broth as far as that.
Bob Redfern: [crosstalk 00:16:10] I got you. How long you gonna cook the vegetables?
Greg: We’re gonna cook ’em. We’re gonna keep ’em al dente and keep ’em real colorful. But we want to get ’em going here a little bit for us. It’s probably going to take us just a minute or two to get those going. And then we’ll toss in our Andouille sausage. And we’ll do the shrimp last, actually, ’cause we don’t want them to be overcooked. A lot of folks will overcook the shrimp. And then it’s dried out and it just doesn’t give you that good flavor and texture that you need.
Bob Redfern: It’s like eating rubber. I know.
Greg: [crosstalk 00:16:29] Absolutely. Absolutely. We’ve seen that all over. That’s one of the nice things. You don’t want to ruin a good fresh product like that, either, as well.
Bob Redfern: That’s true. Exactly. If folks want to log on, tell ’em your website while you’re flipping, there.
Greg: I certainly can. W-W dot Southern Comforts Restaurant and Bakery dot com.
Bob Redfern: Oh, wow. There you go.
Greg: Like I said, we also run a bakery on part of the restaurant. My wife is the baker. She’s won awards for her carrot cake and her chocolate bourbon pecan pie.
Bob Redfern: Oh, my weaknesses.
Greg: Which is one of the biggest sellers. Absolutely.
Bob Redfern: Oh, my goodness.
Greg: Now we’re going to throw a couple big ones in there for some garnish.
Bob Redfern: You know, just the mixture of the sausage, just the vegetables, it has a great aroma.
Greg: Well, you know, interestingly enough, one of the first times I ever had shrimp and grits, coming from the Midwest, as you probably well know, grits only come with cheese.
Bob Redfern: Yes.
Greg: Or come with butter or ham. Nobody puts shrimp in their grits. When I was in Charleston 25 years ago, I said, “Shrimp and grits? What are you talking about?” We tried some and absolutely fell in love with it, to be honest with you.
Bob Redfern: But this is a different twist. It’s got a lot of color to it.
Greg: It is.
Bob Redfern: Yeah.
Greg: It’s got a lot of culture to it. And of course, you know, they’re using local products they have. And nice vegetables, and sausage and that all worked out well. And the grits, of course. You gotta have your yellow stone-ground grits, which we get out of Duluth Mills in Columbia, South Carolina.
Bob Redfern: There you go.
Greg: But I think, you know … And then we put our homemade pimento cheese in there, as well. So it has a little bit of a twist as far as the flavor is concerned. Now, we like lots of vegetables and lots of shrimp and lots of sausage in there, because it is a meal. That’s the one thing about shrimp and grits is that if you don’t put a lot of stuff in there, some people walk away a little hungry, more grits than they do the body of what’s going on.
Bob Redfern: Well, they’re not going to walk away hungry with this, boy.
Greg: Absolutely. Well, now we’re going to put a little bit of our chef’s salt in. We use a lot of the chef’s salt in the restaurant to season our steaks, burgers, seafood, the whole nine yards. It’s got ingredients of five different items, and we don’t tell anybody what it is. We’d have to kill you if we did. Just kidding.
Bob Redfern: I got you.
Greg: So it is secret. And then of course, our Cajun spice here a little bit. We also make that in-house, too. Everything we do is made in the restaurant. We don’t have a freezer. So we can’t buy anything in and just store it. Basically, what we buy in, we buy in by the day or a couple of days, and keep it as fresh as we possibly can. And then we make all our collard greens, the macaroni and cheese, the meatloaf and all those types of things every single day.
Bob Redfern: And that’s truly, uniquely, South Carolina.
Greg: It truly is. It truly is. There’s a lot of places that … Especially this day and age, it’s easy to get hooked on the pre-boxed stuff and so on. But the one nice thing about a lot of the restaurants here in Pawley’s Island that I’ve visited is that you can tell they do everything fresh.
Bob Redfern: I get you.
Greg: And especially with the qualified chefs that they have down here-
Bob Redfern: I’ll tell you what, I’ll help.
Greg: We’re going to take a second here and just heat up these grits real quick.
Bob Redfern: Okay.
Bob Redfern: All right, Greg.
Greg: Well, we’re going to finish off with a little heavy cream.
Bob Redfern: Oh, wow.
Greg: That’s going to make it. Then reduce that down a little bit. Make it a little thicker for us, give us the good flavor.
Bob Redfern: [crosstalk 00:19:11] You know, it’s just amazing the compilation of all of those ingredients.
Greg: [crosstalk 00:19:17] Well, it’s a wonderful, colorful dish, too.
Bob Redfern: [crosstalk 00:19:17] that it comes down to that. Yeah, it is.
Greg: [crosstalk 00:19:19] is what I like about it. And it’s got everything you need in it. You got your meats and your vegetables and, of course, your fresh, local shrimp.
Bob Redfern: And, of course, our Adluh grits.
Bob Redfern: This is truly a certified SC-
Greg: Yeah, I’ve really.
Bob Redfern: Grown and bred-
Greg: Grits are a phenomenal product to work with. We do grit cakes and jalapeno grit cakes and all kinds of good stuff.
Bob Redfern: [crosstalk 00:19:40] Oh, that’s awesome.
Greg: We’re going to go ahead and just come on off here.
Bob Redfern: Folks, if you want a copy of Greg’s recipe, just log on to BobRedfern.com. Click on The Sportsman’s Table and right there it’ll be.
Greg: All righty. And there we have it. As we call this nice little cream sauce in the south, we’re going to put some gravy on there.
Bob Redfern: A little touch.
Greg: That’s right.
Bob Redfern: That’s great.
Greg: Make it the way that we’d like it. I’m gonna wipe the plate just a little bit.
Bob Redfern: Presentation, yeah.
Greg: Yeah. We’re going to take these big ones here and put ’em right on top so people know.
Bob Redfern: That there’s actually shrimp in them there grits.
Greg: [crosstalk 00:20:16] Got some great shrimp.
Bob Redfern: There you go.
Greg: Yeah. I think they’ll find out as soon as they bite into it.
Bob Redfern: Yeah.
Greg: Of course, a little fresh parsley always never hurts. There we go. And there you have it, our local, low country southern shrimp and grits from Southern Comforts Restaurant and Bakery.
Bob Redfern: [crosstalk 00:20:26] Great. Thank you so much. I love it, man. Thank you for being a guest.
Greg: [crosstalk 00:20:32] Thank you, Bob. I appreciate it. It’s been a pleasure.
Bob Redfern: I appreciate it. And folks, listen. If you’d like more great recipes, just like you saw today, log on to certifiedscgrown.com and it’s a matter of taste. We’ll be right back here again next week on another great recipe on The Sportsman’s Table.
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Bob Redfern: Well, folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s show. Opening day turkey, it’s always an adventure. And it’s always an adventure for me. Again, we’re going to be out hunting the whole season. We’re going to have some more great shows coming up. Stay tuned, won’t you? ‘Cause Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine’s going to show up at a destination … Well, it might even be near you. As I always like to say each and every week, the outdoors my passion. I want it to be yours, too. We’ll see you next week with another episode.
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On this week’s episode, Bob heads to Georgetown, South Carolina to Backwoods Quail Club to quail hunt with the 2017 and 2018 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Officers of the Year.
[Bob Redfern] Folks, welcome to Bob Redfern’s magazine, I am so blessed to have as our host today, on our show here, Rick Hemingway, Backwoods Quail Club, down in Georgetown, South Carolina. And, I’ve got two special guests, these guys are the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Officers of the year. I’ve got JB Smith from Columbia over here on my right over there, JB, bub, man, I’m looking forward to shooting with you today. And, then, I’ve got JP Jones down from Ehrhardt, South Carolina. And, he was the 28th selectee, just got selected. So, but, I’ll tell you what, it’s great to have you guys here. You know, Rick, how I wanna start off today is, you are a shotgun expert, okay, you work for Promatic, you’re their biggest rep, you sell all the, you set up shotgun facilities all over the country. But, you know, when guys don’t have a chance, and it’s the beginning of the season they come out to shoot. What advice would you give all three of us today, okay, as just as an owner and a plantation owner, and the facilities that you have here. What tips can you give us as we shoot here before we head to the Quail field?
Most importantly, we wanna have a safe day in anything we do and we wanna have fun. But, most importantly is, we wanna match the gun with the target, which is pretty simple. I mean, you’ve always watch the ball coming to your hands as you’re catching a football. You’ve always watched the ball come to the glove as you’re catching a baseball, for example. Well, with a target, the hands will carry the weapon to the target. So, you watch the target and the gun will automatically carry the gun to your hands will always carry the gun to the target. So, you match the gun to the target, and you’re guaranteed to have successful hits.
Well, I’ll tell you what, as guys as we move on here on the range, I wanna take just a little bit to warm up. ‘Cause, you know, when you start out the season and you wanna do upland bird hunting, and you haven’t done it for a while, you just kinda wanna get the flow of it. So, that’s what we’re gonna do. Folks, listen, stay tuned, ’cause we’re gonna have more great action here on Bob Redfern’s magazine, right from Hemingway, South Carolina, Georgetown and Backwoods Quail Club.
Well, folks, welcome back to the show. Rick is gonna take JP and JB on just a little bit kind of a Quail drill right here at the range. This is something that, you know, Rick, that I think is good as a tune-up for anybody. I mean, you know, these guys are not bird hunters, okay. These guys, they watch bird hunters, alright. And, so, I think, It’s just a special occasion to get these guys out here because I love bird hunting.
And, I know, you guys will, too, it’s been a while since you’ve done it. JB, you’ve never bird hunted, okay. Well, we’re gonna do it today, man. It’s just instinctively, bird hunting is great. So, Rick, tell us a little bit about this demonstration in this drill.
Well, this morning, we’re on a track field, and that’s a great practice area for a warm-up or a tune-up for a Quail hunt. Causes all going away shots which resembles the way a Quail is supposed to fly. However, we never know where they may go. But, it’s always a good place to start Quail hunters out before their morning hunt to give them a little practice to warm-up and teach ’em safety and so to speak and make sure they have a successful morning hunt.
Well, listen, I’m going to just kinda back here and let the coach take over.
Alright, JP, you, JB are in the best of hands here, alright. Let’s go do this, I’m kinda anxious to watch this go.
Alright, gentlemen, let’s walk up here a few steps. Okay, we’re resembling the dogs on point here, birds will start flying, as the birds start flying, we want to attempt to harvest those birds. So, you don’t know when they’re coming is what we’re doing. So, the birds are in there, we need to. Good shot, that’s the way. Nice.
Nicely done, guys. you can’t get ’em all JP.
You gotta let one of them Quail go.
They are conservative officers, they are leaving some for us to eat.
They are, that’s right.
For the next time. You know, Rick, I wanna take just a couple of seconds here. Let’s talk a little bit about your job outside of here as the Promatic Trap Regional Director here because, I mean, you set up ranges all over.
Sure, we set up commercial ranges as well as private venues for plantations, whether there’s a Quail hunting operation or whether it’s a private individual who just wants to have traps, clay pigeon throwers for their personal needs, to entertain friends and family for a weekend. We do it all and we travel all over the country doing so, and something I’m very proud of and I really enjoy. It’s unbelievable, the nice facilities and private venues I get to go behind closed gates and see. So, it’s very rewarding for me and it’s a lot of fun to see people using guns safely and having fun enjoying the outdoors and shooting.
Well, here at Backwoods, you guys have a lot of competitive events here, a lot of youth events here.
And, I know a lot of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources guys help participate in some of those youth sporting clay events and things.
These two guys here, again, are the Law Enforcement Officers of the year, my hats off to what you guys do, and the career you’ve had thus far, and I’ll tell you what, Rick, I just thank you so much for hosting us.
We’re headed to the Quail fields.
Absolutely. Thank y’all for coming by and thank y’all for the service y’all provide to the wildlife and outdoor recreational services.
There you go, well, guys, listen, when we come back, we’re gonna be out doing some Quail hunting here on Bob Redfern’s Magazine. You know I live it and these two guys are gonna love it, too.
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Well, folks, welcome back to the show. We are out in the field, getting ready to take these two guys from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Two Law Enforcement Officers of the year, man, what’s the chance of having that. We’re getting ready yo do a little bit of Quail hunting, but, I wanna introduce you to our guide, George Hutto. He is one of the premiere guides down here at Backwoods Quail Club, down in Georgetown, Hemingway. And, again, if you wanna find out about Backwoods Quail Club, just log on to Bob’s top 16 on Bobredfern.com and you’ll be able to log on, book a trip, come down shoot you some sporting clays. Just come down and take in everything that Rick has built over there at Backwoods Quail Club. Alright, George, I know you got, what, two dogs for us today?
We’re gonna start out with some puppies I’ve got. I’ve got Pebbles, Bam and Whiskey.
Oh, man, I’m telling you. George, now, you’ve been on this shore before. A little bit about what these guys can expect out here because the terrain that you guys have got to hunt over at Backwoods is absolutely awesome.
All our Quail hunts are done in Quail habitat, you know, long leaf pines, we’re not putting tape program, we don’t put birds by each tree. We just basically turn the birds loose and we find ’em, let the dogs do the hunting. I know there’s birds out here, but I do not know where. We’ll hunt ’em up, find ’em, shoot ’em, hopefully the guys will kill ’em. But, we’ll have a good time and I’m looking forward to having a good time.
Well, listen, George, if it’s any consolation, I know, you didn’t see the practice for these guys that Rick put ’em through. But, let me tell you something, you know, they did good, okay, they have now become one with the gun, in their new Browning shotguns that they just got.
So, there’s no excuses.
Now, I can’t talk about that, now, okay. And, I’m shooting till four ten today, so, okay. Now, I’ll tell you what, JB, I am looking forward to shooting you, but, I’m gonna take JP first, okay, ’cause he is our elder, you know that. No, I’m just kidding. Well, George, with that, you wanna release the dog? Release the beast and we’re ready to roll. Folks, to the Quail fields we go. Guys, I’m looking forward to this, let’s go man.
Well, it’s kinda wet this morning, you know. Now, JP, I didn’t plan that.
No, that’s fine.
And, you know, I wanna take just a second while the dogs are tripping and George gets Pebbles, Pebbles and Bam Bam. You know, I just want to take just a couple of seconds here. Let’s talks about your career and the history and the passion that you have, ’cause, I mean, this takes a big commitment to be a DNR Officer, not just in South Carolina, but to devote your life to wildlife resources is a big deal.
Yes, sir, I guess, I go back to whenever I was a teenager and we had some problems with some night hunters around my house and one of the local game wardens, Ben Graham, came out to the house and he actually called, I think it was 14 night hunters or 14 individuals one night I was shooting deer in front of my house. He used to come sit up behind our house, there was an old shed that we had and I’d go out there and talk with him and I said, you know, that’s my dream job to have his job one day. So, I’ll fast-forward some, I went to Newberry College. Once I graduated Newberry, I got my career started at College and County Sheriffs Department in ’03. DNR had a hiring class in ’07, I got hired in ’07 with DNR, been here ever since. Started out in Hampton County South Carolina, from Hampton, I transferred to Colleton. Colleton’s home to me, now, so, that’s where I reside, in a little town called Iseton, which is outside, not far from Ehrhardt.
Well, you know, I tell you, again, we’re gonna talk more about now your selection as DNR Officer of the year for twenty eighteen and then we’re also gonna get your partner here, okay, JB Smith, out of Columbia. We’re gonna get him behind his gun, okay, so. We got a point back here, Pebbles is got it goin’ on. This bird’s yours, I got the first one, okay, I broke the ice for you. JP, this Quails got, there he goes, it’s yours. Nicely done, there you go, alright, he broke the ice. Yeah, she is an awesome little dog. We got more in here? Alright, let me get back here.
Come on, Pebbles, Pebbles.
Get ready, JP, we may have more birds in here.
Is that not a good lookin’ little five month old, short hair, wow. There we go. That one, man, that was taken off from an air carrier, good Lord, wow.
Right here, good girl, okay.
Oh, goodness, okay, young lady, man, oh, man.
You’ll take some home with you.
That’s as good a eatin’ as any other.
It’s a little bit bigger than Quail, fresh meat, white meat, juicer, I’d rather eat the Chukar than any other.
You know, how I love the things are great down here at Backwoods, so, with that, come on over here, JB, we’re gonna get reset. I’m gonna change wing men, come here, JP, don’t go nowhere now. Now, do you have any tips and advice that you wanna share with JB, huh?
Just, it all goes back to your training.
Well, listen, folks, when we come back, I’m gonna switch wing men, we’re gonna put JB on my right or my left, which ever he chooses, and we’re gonna put him in the Quail field. So, stay tuned for more great action right here from Backwoods Quail Club down in Georgetown, South Carolina.
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Welcome, folks, to beautiful Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, here at the Wicked Tuna restaurant. Listen, you haven’t seen this young lady back on our show. It’s been about four and a half years, Kin Hardy from Loris, South Carolina, she’s the former Executive Chef and the owner of Deli Beans restaurant at Conway. She’s now kinda moved on, but she was gracious enough to come back and share some of the recipes that she’s formerly cooked, okay, at Deli Beans and the catering company. Kim, thank you so much.
Great to be back, thank you.
I am all about what you’re about to cook today.
Okay, are you ready?
I am ready.
This is a simple recipe that anybody can follow. What I’ve got here started off within the pot because actually, we have, you know, we’re TV cooking today. So, I’ve blanched some things off with Chicken Stock. I take Potatoes, I used Fingerling Potatoes in this and Carrots, you can use Peas, if you like. I’m not a big Pea fan, so I didn’t do that. So, what I’ve got in the pot is Butter, I’ve got Celery, Onions, Fingerling Potatoes and Carrots in there. So, what we’re gonna do is, we’re basically gonna take the Chicken Pot Pie to a whole nother level. Don’t be scared to put too much Butter in there, you can never have enough Butter, Butter’s always better.
Listen, Marie Calender ain’t got a thing on Kim Hardy.
That’s exactly right, that is exactly right. You know, I tell people, don’t worry about exact measurements, just when you’re cooking, have fun with it, just cook to taste. Next time, you wanna add a little more, add a little more add a little less.
There you go.
Okay, so, we’ve got this here, I’m gonna add some Salt and Pepper.
This is all cooked down. If you want to cheat, you can use canned vegetables, but I wouldn’t do that.
I got you, fresh is always the best.
What we’re gonna do is, to make it a little bit different here is, I’m going to add some Flour to this and then, we’re gonna add some Tarragon to it. It’s gonna give it a little sweet flavor.
So, this is basically just like making Gravy.
And, so, the Flour is going to thicken it up.
I got you.
So, we’ve got this goin’, add a little more and remember, if you add too much Flour, just add a little bit more Cream, Milk, Water, whatever you’re making. Alright, so, we’re gonna take that and, then, I’m gonna put some Tarragon in here.
That’s just gonna give it a little bit different flavor.
It smells great.
Alright, so, now, I’m gonna add a little bit of Chicken Stock to this.
And, then, Bob, we’re gonna add some more Calories.
Okay, I think, I know what that is.
This is Heavy Whipping Cream.
Heavy Cream, yeah, oh, wow, goodness.
To make it extra good, if you’re on a diet, this is probably not the dish for you.
Well, it’s okay, they can use other alternate sources for that.
You can use Skim Milk, you can get by with it, or you can just lose the weight and treat yourself to this.
That’s it, you eat it on a Monday, you can lose it by Tuesday.
That’s exactly right. It just depends on how you want the consistency of this. You can add a little more Broth or a little more Cream, to make it not quite so thick. I would add a little more if you plan on serving it later.
So, we’re just gonna go a little bit more on this, and this is a nice, generous portion here.
Everything is ready to go, nice and simple, we’ll put a little bit pretty on it, right there.
Garnish it up, yeah.
And, that’s it, and you can also do this in smaller portions for Appetizers, if you like. And, generally, pretty much everybody likes this.
Chicken Pot Pie, there you have it.
Well, Kim, thank you so much for being a guest again.
It’s great to see you again, and, folks, listen, I will tell you, buy and eat local. And, remember, it’s simply a matter of taste. Log on to certifiedscgrown.com, and see for yourself what’s fresh on the menu. We’ll see you right back here next week on another edition of the Sportsman’s Table.
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Alright JB, Pebbles and George have put us on some birds. George, take it. Nicely done, nice shot, man, you’ve become one with the gun, wow. Good girl, Pebbles, that is an awesome shot.
Thank you, sir.
You know, you know, listen, now, I have to tell you, one of the things that really is so remarkable about Wildlife Officers, you guys really have a passion for what you do, okay. And, obviously, you do when you won this distinction and the honor in twenty seventeen. But, to have both of you guys on my show today, I just can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it is, but. Tell me a little bit about your background and your history, real quick, ’cause, I, just, it’s so amazing. Because, what I want our viewers to see is, you guys are just like us, okay. Yes, you have to enforce the Law, but you want to see folks enjoy the outdoors, that’s why you do it.
Much like JP, I started out as a young guy and got to meet the game warden as a kid, you know, that’s the job I wanna have, I love being in the woods and I wanna protect it. I wound up, I got hired in two thousand eleven, actually, as a Wildlife Technician or Fisheries Technician and I worked there for a couple of years and transferred over in two thousand and thirteen, to the Law Enforcement side. I worked Richland and I’ve been there since two thousand thirteen, hopefully, I’ll be there for my career, that’s my plan. So, it really is a great job, you know, we get to spend our time doing what we love. Obviously, we don’t get to hunt and fish everyday, but we get to be there while its happening.
Well, know you, I tell you, folks, he’s not really telling you the rest of the story what he does. And. We’re gonna be linking up with some of these guys and him and his dive team on another show, but, this guy is part of the DNR dive team and, of course, boating safety is something you guys really, really want all of us and all the public, whoever is on the public waters of South Carolina, to be safe on the water. Because, when you have to deploy the dive team, that’s not a good thing. And, we always like positive outcomes, but, my hats off to you for going through that rigorous training.
Well, thank you.
And, you know, again, boating safety, yes. You guys are promoting that all the time, you bet. You don’t drink and don’t drive, don’t get on the water and drive and drink with that, too. So, with that, I think Pebbles got some more birds for us, plus, we gotta show up with JP.
That’s right, we got some catching up to do.
You got the Lowcountry, you gotta do the Midlands proud.
Alright, let’s go. Nice point.
I see it. Alright. I’ll tell you what, that makes your heart flutter. It’s a good thing, you guys had four shells in that big hummer. That was awesome, guys, now listen, I have to tell you, JB, does that not make your heart flutter?
Oh, it does.
First time Quail hunter and, how could you stay away, JP, for 10 years, huh?
Well, we need to change that, huh? Alright, guys. Nice, guys, nice, wow, man, oh, man, bring it in here, guys. Bring it in, nicely done, my friend.
Thank you, sir.
Guys, I’ll tell you what, I really appreciate you guys joining me on the show today. Again, congratulations to you, for the twenty seventeen honor of the Law Enforcement Officer of the year. And, your recent selection for twenty eighteen.
Thank you, sir.
I could not find any more deserving of two Officers, because, again, it is just a special thing. And, I know, you guys really appreciate that. You guys represent all of the employees of DNR and Law Enforcement and you guys do it very, very well. George, get in here, Brother, I wanna thank you, too, my friend, that is the beautiful, beautiful George. George Hutto, here down at Backwoods Quail Club. Folks, you wanna come down and enjoy sporting clays, you wanna bring the kids, you wanna bring the family, you wanna come on a day just like we did here behind some great dogs, how about that dog, Pebbles, five months old. George, I gotta tell you, man, that is awesome right there. I love short hairs, but, with that, I wanna thank you all for being guests in the show. It’s just been an honor and a privilege to have you guys out here, it’s so enjoyable. I know, you’re gonna Quail hunt again.
And, I know, you’re gonna get back in, alright. Pebbles, back there on a point. But, listen, folks, as I always like to say, each and every week, the outdoor is my passion, I know it’ll be yours, too. We’ll see you right back here again, next week, on another episode of Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine.
This week Bob heads to Latta, South Carolina to join a group of upland bird hunters that are keeping the tradition of training and showcasing their bird dogs to the next generation. if you are a upland bird hunter or enjoy watching champion dogs working in field trail conditions then you don’t want to miss this episode.
We’re in Hilton Head this week and the fishing is fantastic!
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