Saturday I tagged along with Cory Routh, his dad Larry and neighbor Austin Capps for a few hours of upland bird hunting at Blue Horizon Quail Preserve near Randleman, North Carolina. Ricky Nixon along with guide Chad Robbins manages about 200 acres of land set up and maintained for good quail hunting. It brought back memories of my Grandpa King, who absolutely loved to hunt birds. While shooting is a big part of the equation, it is most fascinating to watch a really good dog work. Ricky's English pointer Banjo is a master hunter and is the star of the show. He finds the birds, he points, and he retrieves every time. Ricky's wife also fixed one of the best stews I've had lately for lunch. For info on Blue Horizon, go to www.BlueHorizonQuailPreserve.com.
Preserve owner Ricky Nixon.
Guide Chad Robbins.
(Photographs copyright 2012 by Dan Routh)