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New Hunters Learn the Basics in Unique Mentoring Program

January 25, 2011

The Cape Fear River Branch recently its annual Hunter Education Mentoring Program hunt on December 10-12, 2010 at Willow Oaks Plantation, the property owned and managed by Arthur Dick under strict QDM practices in Eden, North Carolina.  Eleven new hunters, both young and old alike, gathered with QDMA branch members for a hands-on learning experience on a three-day hunt.

Part of the year-long mentoring program headed by branch Vice-President Brian Padgett and past-president Guy Gardner, this hunt was a culmination of all the education the mentees received via the program’s shooting, hunting, and ethics lessons. Each new hunter was paired with an experienced mentor who provided knowledge and company in the stand, and helped each mentee evaluate the sex and age of deer seen in the field.  Willow Oaks has a proud record of safe and accurate hunting, and it was the responsibility of each hunter and mentor to make sure that each deer taken was a doe, as this harvest was planned to help keep the sex ratios on the property as close to 2:1 as possible.  Each pair of hunters had several encounters in the field with deer, giving the new hunters a chance to examine lots of individuals in the wild. 

Arthur Dick and Judge Holdford, each a QDMA Deer Steward III, joined with Branch leads in delivering a series of educational opportunities over the course of the weekend, teaching new hunters how to age deer on the hoof and quality deer management technique .  As the weekend came to an end, the hunters were given a chance to see deer being cleaned in Willow Oaks’ skinning shed, and an informal question-and-answer session allowed each person to talk and ask questions about how the process is done. 

For more information about how to be a part of a unique approach to educating the future’s deer hunters, or for more information about the Cape Fear River Branch of QDMA, please go to


Looking Ahead to the New Year

December 29, 2010

Our holiday season is winding down and it was a great one.  Although we didn’t awake to snow, flurries started mid day on Christmas and continued all throughout the night, covering the fields and trees with more than five inches!  Corny sounding but true, it was a winter wonderland the next morning!  However, after several days of cold and snow, let’s warm up by jumping forward to the Spring of 2011 with some rustic wedding ideas!

Propped in a chair, a blackboard makes the perfect menu board.

Hanging from twine, these place cards remind us of keys! 

These centerpieces won’t break the budget.  Combined them with the place settings and you create a sophisticated table.

Likewise, the serving table need not be fussy.  This burlap tablecloth is perfect!

These homemade pies makes a statement at the dessert table.

Simple, rustic, yet breath taking.  A beautiful wedding.

Photos courtesy of Abigail Seymour Photography

Register now for Labor Day Weekend Dove Hunts

August 20, 2010

If you are looking for a high quality dove hunt in the “Southern Tradition,” don’t miss these events!

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Labor Day Hunt Saturday – $125
Includes pig picking and all the trimmings
Age 15 and under free with paying adult
Unlimited trap rounds on 5 stand until close at 12 noon
Limited edition Willow Oaks Plantation Hat
Hunting dogs welcome
Non-hunters – $50
Includes free water delivery in field during hunt
Hunt from opening till close at 7pm or until limit out
*Limits strictly enforced by on site security

Labor Day Hunt Monday – $50
Hunt all day per season regulations or until limit out
Age 15 and under free with paying adult
No food or beverages provided
Hunting dogs welcome
Non-hunters – $35
*Limits strictly enforced by on site security

Subsequent hunts to be determined and announced as season progresses and bird population is deemed adequate for hunt! Visit our calendar for updates

Welcome To Willow Oaks Plantation!

August 12, 2010

Willow Oaks is primarily an outdoor event location, with plenty of tenting options should weather require it.

Willow Oaks Plantation is the site of a National Historic Landmark located just outside of Eden, NC on 1800 acres. We are a premier fair chase hunting plantation, and we also make the property available for private and corporate events.