Fall in Central Ohio

October.  The BEST month of the year if you live in the Midwest.  At least that’s my opinion.  Growing up in Indiana I was a cheerleader, and football season meant fall.  I loved being out there on the sidelines cheering on the boys with my little Kelly green gloves and ear warmers every Friday night.  And then, when I cheered at Purdue (back when our football program was regularly putting “W”s on the board) there was nothing I loved more than waking up on a crisp October Saturday morning and heading over to the stadium to warm up for the game.  Yes, fall is THE BEST time of year in the Midwest.

Fast forward a few years (I’m not giving away my age here), and now I work daily on an amazing piece of property in Central Ohio where autumn is definitely the best time to be out here.  8 years ago we bought the club, and within the first 5 minutes of driving the property we both knew that it was something special.  It’s easy to get stuck in the normal daily tasks of the job, but I always try to find time to drive around on a 4-wheeler or golf cart, say hello to the members,  take some pictures, and honestly to stop and smell the roses.  Which is why I’m writing this post.

This week the color has been magnificent.  We’ve had some rain, but there’s still a number leaves on the trees.  Below is a photo I took of Pine Lake Lodge this week.  Chris asked me to row out on the lake and take some new photos, as we recently cleared the area along the shoreline to have a better view from the lodge.  Some of you may have seen my FB video of me actually on the water taking photos.  Below is my favorite shot, and the others are a few I took last week.

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I always ask members to send photos of their “catch”. I recently received a few emails from fishermen with pictures of their trout.  One was a beautiful Rainbow Trout, and the other was a Brook Trout.  Mother Nature has colors popping all over the place!

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And of course this time of year we have hunters in weekly from all over the globe.  This year we’ve had 2 Peruvians, a couple from Canada, as well as a number of fellow Americans from California, Texas, Michigan, North Carolina and Florida to name a few.  It’s always a great time getting to know hunters from different parts of the US.  I consistently hear, “I never knew Ohio was this pretty!” or “I thought Ohio was all flat farm ground?!” and my favorite, “Midwestern people are so nice!”…..and that’s why it’s called “Midwestern hospitality”!

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I hope you enjoy the photos of Fall in Central Ohio, and that you stop in and see us if you’re passing through Logan County!  In the meantime, take a child outdoors and introduce them to something new!

Keep cozy,

Kristy

 

 

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Winter!!

Mother Nature finally decided to show off and hit us with some of that beautiful white stuff.  I always look forward to seeing the club covered in snow.  Something about how the sun hits the flakes and the way it shimmers and glistens makes me happy.

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The deer are starting to shed their antlers.  Which is good, because I need an antler chandelier in our new office!  Which by the way was finished since I last blogged.  We finally built a building to adequately accommodate our office staff.  It is located just inside the main gate and has a look similar to the lodges on the property.  I personally LOVE it!

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We also built a Loafing Lodge for the fishing members.  It is located stream side, and is a great place to come in from inclement weather, or to just get off your feet and warm up by the fire.  We had our staff Christmas party in here, and it was really cozy!

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Hope you’re staying warm! Stop in and check out the new office next time you’re at the Club!

Kristy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer time = FISHING

Here we are into August and the kids head back to school next week!  Had to believe Summer is coming to an end, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that June was so rainy and wet.  It’s almost like we were robbed of a whole month of Summer!

That being said, there have been some beautiful fish caught over the past few months and I wanted to share.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  I love receiving photos that members and their guests take while enjoying the property.  Sometimes I think they’re having too much fun to stop and capture the moment!

Here’s a beautiful, colorful Perch

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A catfish we stocked in 2010

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Monster Rainbow Trout

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Here is a WHOPPER of a Brown Trout.  Weighed 12lbs 2oz!

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A recent Striper which we stocked in 2013

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Nice Largemouth Bass

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Hope you enjoy whats left of the Summer, and you have the opportunity to wet your own line!

Cheers-

Kristy

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10 things going on at Briarwood Sporting Club

Summer is in full swing and that means one thing….BUSY SEASON!  Here are a list of 10 things going on right now at the club.

10. Fawning season – So far we’ve had 53 fawns this year.  We’re excited for the new additions to our farm!

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9. Bucks are growing – It’s exciting to see them pushing antlers this time of year!

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8. Re-skinning Pine Barn – This barn has been re-skinned with the Briarwood colors….it looks like NEW!

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7. New Golf cart – Many members use the current cart and we felt like it was time to add a second one!

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6. Built permanent fire pits at Trout Haven and Briarwood lodges – Be sure to check them out next time you’re onsite.

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5. Breaking ground on new loafing lodge – This lodge will be next to members parking and a great place to relax while on the streams.

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4. Building new office – This will be located off to the left when you come through the main entrance. A MUCH needed new space!

3. Draining of Little Pine Lake – We are creating habitat for a trophy Smallmouth Bass lake.  There should be some whoppers caught in here in next few years!

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2. Fish are GROWING – We love getting pictures of the species we’ve stocked over the past few years.  Here’s a Walleye we stocked in 2011 as 7-8″ fingerlings.

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1. New website – We spent many months working on it, and are excited it is completed!  Check it out HERE!

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Thanks for checking in, and we hope to see you soon!  In the meantime…….take a kid outdoors!

Chris and Kristy

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Another trip to Safari Club International….. Las Vegas

We just returned from our annual trip to the Safari Club International show in Las Vegas, and again the show was amazing. I don’t know how they continually put on a show of that caliber!  From the booths, entertainment, taxidermy, live and silent auctions….it’s first class.  Check out the gentleman hand making a gun and the beautiful furniture and chandeliers.  I love “window shopping” there!

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Chris and I like to meet with former clients as well as clients who will be hunting with us this Fall.  It’s a great way to reconnect with hunters we haven’t seen in a few years.  We have lunch, dinner, or just grab a seat on the show floor and catch up on what’s going on in their lives and where their next hunting adventure is taking them.

As always, the taxidermy is out of this world, and I want to preface the pictures by saying my photography doesn’t do it justice!  These taxidermists are truly artists and it amazes me every time I see these animals up close how they are able to bring them to life.

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I am not a huge hunter but if you recall I did hunt for Red Stag in New Zealand.  That being said, I found the next animal on my bucket list……an Ibex from Kazakhstan (see map below).  Isn’t it magnificent?  Not sure when (if ever that will happen), but I sure love it!

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photo 5-1We had dinner Wednesday night with the Italian chapter of SCI.  We’ve had a hunter from their chapter come to Briarwood for the past 2 years, and we have more Italian hunters coming this year.  It was a great dinner, spent with fantastic company (slight language barrier, but we overcame that!) and the entertainment for the evening was country singer Justin Moore.  Good times!

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Chris and our hunter/ amico Tiziano

We are home, back in the office, and getting down to business.

Until next time!

Kristy

PS…..If you have a hunting trip on your bucket list please share it with me!

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Another Cold Winter Day

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It’s another cold, Winter day in Logan County, Ohio.  In fact, my son’s school was cancelled today due to icy roads and my daughter had a 2 hour delay….which always throws a monkey wrench into your work day!

We started removing the exterior siding on our main office/ maintenance barn this week.  We are giving it a facelift, with new metal siding and a nice covered area at the end to park all of our equipment.  When you come through the main gate next time, it will look like a new building.

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I wanted to share some awesome photos of the club I received from Lance Krueger.  Lance is a Texas guy, who is a phenomenal nature photographer.  He comes to Briarwood once or twice a year and photographs the Whitetail, geese, fishermen, lodges and just about anything that looks good through his lens.  He is a magician; his subjects come to life through his camera.  He sent me a few DVDs to look through, and I loved them so much I just had to share some of my favorite Winter shots.

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So with that I am going to cuddle up next to my space heater here in the office, make a cup of coffee and get back to work.  Hope you enjoyed the photos!

Brrrrrr-

Kristy

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Back in action

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It’s been some time since I’ve blogged.  Make that almost 4 years!  Crazy how fast time flies.  I need to get back in the blogging saddle and I thought this was a good way to start. A LOT has gone on over the last few years, and I’m here to share a few highlights with you.

I read one of my old posts and it mentioned how I was “not” a hunter.  Well, that changed two years ago.  In May of 2013, Chris and I travelled to New Zealand’s South island, and hunted the big 3: Tahr, Red Stag, and Chamois.  We were there for 2 weeks, and I told him there was no guarantee that I was going to hunt. Anything. Heck, I might even stay in the lodge and read!  That. Didn’t. Happen.

The first day we hiked all day (I’m talking 9am to 9pm, here) up a mountain, and Chris got a Tahr at the tail end of shooting light.  For the next 4.5 days I hunted for a Stag. Although we saw some I was never given a shot opportunity.  We then took to the mountains of Haast for 2 days of Chamois hunting (Chris shot 2 of them).  On the day of our flight back to the US, we stopped back in Fairlie for a morning hunt….and it was meant to be.  I got a stag!  For the first time ever, I had BUCK FEVER!  It made sense.  I “understood” it.  And now I’m hooked!  Not hooked on any kind of hunting, but BIG game hunting!  I shot it on May 19, 2013.  That date’s significant, so keep reading….and check out the awesome pictures of NZ.

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Chris’ Tahr

Putting in the time on the mountain Chamois hunting

Putting in the time on the mountain Chamois hunting

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Chris’ Chamois

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My first Red Stag (first anything for that matter!)

My first Red Stag (first anything for that matter!)

Last year, we welcomed twins to our family.  Chase Christopher and Chandler Louise were born via a surrogate (that’s a whole different story for a different day, but I just have to mention that she’s the most AMAZING woman I’ve ever known!) on May 19th, 2014.  Exactly one year after I shot my Stag! The first few months were rough…OK downright HARD.  Mainly because we started our hunting season in September and Chris was rarely home.  Which meant I was up all night with them and still took care of the 2 older kids, tried to work (hence no blog the last 7 months) and manage a household.  Just thinking about those early months makes me tired!  They will be 8 months old and I can’t imagine our lives without them!  Blessed is an understatement!

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Enjoying the outdoors in hats Auntie Colleen made for them

On another note, we are just wrapping up our 6th hunting season.  It’s hard to believe another season has come and gone.  We had a fantastic year, and again had clients from all over….California, New Mexico, Texas and even Italy.  This is truly my favorite part of this business.  On Sunday hunters arrive as clients, but by the time they leave on Thursday they are friends.  We’re heading to Vegas next month for an International hunting show, and I’m hoping to catch up with some of them when we’re there!  Below are just a few hunter harvest photos from the season.

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One more thing….we are starting the process of updating our website.  So check in every so often to see the new look, photos, and video.  I’m excited for 2015 and hope you all have a blessed and full year ahead!

Stay warm and I hope you get a big one! (deer that is)

Kristy

PS….I had to share one last photo of me and my gals!

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014

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