Our condolences to those members who were unable to attend our latest "More Often Than Annual Quail Release" due to family duties over the busy Thanksgiving weekend. Twenty plus members and esteemed guests had plenty of shooting (no less than 114 feathered missiles) plus great burgers and dove poppers on the grill prepared by our newly minted Grillmaster Lonnie Hales--who also pulled photo duty and organized and ran an air rifle and pistol side event.
We even had a surprise visit by three local dignitaries, representing our own NC Wildlife Enforcement Dep't, who, after checking only a handful of licenses, gave up the effort and hung around to chat for about 45 minutes and offered (three separate times) to come visit the next time we have a need for a guest speaker.
Shot of the day, in my humble opinion, was made by Jack Hurley's young grandson, Jake, who snapshot--at about 5 yds. a bird as it juked a hard left heading for the treeline. (I didn't see all the good shots in the thick pines some of Philipp Stahala's group was talking about.)
Anyway, the dog owners were bragging on their dogs' good work and the weather was just about perfect--sunny with some "Souther Wind" to speed up the birds and keep the dogs and shooters from getting overheated.
For those who left before the cocktail hour/confab--you should have hung around to hear Bill Curry again establish himself as Club Raconteur. He warned me that my pet story I had just told about the encounter with the hooker at the Davidson Car Wash was about to be slam dunked and he did it better than LeBron himself. Bill had us wide eyed with amazement and all but rolling on the ground with laughter.
Thanks to the Huntmasters, Mike Thomasson and Ed Braxton, who again orchestrated a great event and for those who planted bird after bird for the shooters and dog handlers.
Mike promised that we would have another similar event soon. He and Ed kept the costs super low at $3.25 a bird plus great food and our usual camraderie supplied by all those who attended. (Mike told me not to mention it but a couple of members forgot to pay their $20 so please get it to him ASAP.)
Also please take a minute to see the photos attached to this email. The last one, which I decided to include but couldn't label correctly, is the Boesels' newest addition to their family, another English Spaniel who will soon be carrying the ball for our entire team.
Submitted by Ken Conrad