This episode takes a look back at the best fishing and hunting highlights from 2021. Plus on this weeks Sportsman’s Table we feature a fried peanuts recipe.
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
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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 —
Bob is back in Florida and he’ll be showcasing one of the premiere hunting plantations in the Southeast, the Gilchrist Club. The club is 30,000 acres of the best hunting and fishing in the Southeast.
The Gilchrist Club reflects the uniqueness of north central Florida’s landscape and native wildlife. Not only do they have premier southern style quail hunting, they also offer seasonal hunts for game that include turkey, deer, alligator and year-round wild boar hunts.
Not in the mood to hunt? Gilchrist main and river sites offer incredible freshwater fishing and they can also arrange saltwater adventures as well.
Gilchrist has everything you could ever want and more, hunting, fishing, five-stand, wobble trap, rifle and pistol ranges, photo safaris, hiking, biking, archery, horse shoes and canoeing!
Join Bob as he enjoys just a small fraction of what Gilchrist has to offer. This week he’ll be going on a Florida hog hunt and then quail hunting with Leeza Fitzgerald, marketing director with the Gilchrist Club.
For more information on the Gilchrist Club visit: http://www.gilchristclub.com