S: Rio Peidra Plantation W. L. A.
BC: Quail Hunting
FC: The Single Hunt by Wyatt L. A.
1: Dedicated to Rio and My Grandparents, Bill and Annie
4: At dusk on the second Saturday of spring break, I had a successful hunt. At Rio Piedra Plantation in Albany, Georgia, about five hours from Woodward North, my grandparents, my dog, Ellie, and I were going quail hunting. This would be the last day I would be there till next season.
6: We were just crossing the river heading to the other side to meet our guide, Brad and his dog, Cricket, who were taking us to the hunting site. Cricket had a big head and a short snout while Ellie had a small head and a long snout. Even though these two dogs are kin, they are nothing alike.
9: We made it across the river by boat to see Brad on the other side. We hopped into the jeep and Brad drove away. We passed a sod field, which is a type of grass that is cut up into squares to be put in a yard. This is right next to a highway, where we crossed to find ourselves on the north wing of the plantation.
10: I jumped out of the jeep with Ellie and grabbed my shotgun and shells.
11: As Brad took out the other dogs from the jeep, he saw a point. A point is when the dog sticks it's tail up to signal that it found a quail. I walked up slowly to get behind the dog to find a safe shot.
12: When I was ready to fire, Ellie was sent in to kick up the quail. She is supposed to make the quail fly, so we do not shoot them on the ground. The first quail was sent up and I shot it out of the sky with my single barrel 410.
13: Usually, it takes me about ten minutes before I shoot my first bird. The next bird was shot down by my grandmother. Two more came up and I shot them in the covey rise. Then I was on a roll. I had just used the rest of the shells so we walked back to the jeep.
14: We went further up the road to continue hunting. With extra shells in my pocket, I thought about the quail to come. For the rest of the day I settled down into the hunt. By sun set, I had shot ten quail and gave them to Brad. Then I found my way into the jeep to head back to our cabin.
15: So my grandparents could make sure the land was already to burn, we took a different path back. They burn the plants so they do not interfere with hunting. Finally, we took the boat back across the river to our cabin to prepare for the evening.
16: When we arrived back to the cabin, I took a shower, brushed my teeth, brushed my hair, and put on new clothes. Then I walked to the main lodge; it was packed.
17: I had decided to help out by chopping food and making a fire for the guests. Then our family ate dinner and when I was finished, I helped out in the kitchen. I did my part by washing 120 forks, knives, and spoons, and preparing the desserts.
18: I had a wonderful time the last day I was at Rio Piedra Plantation.