Bruce teaches a father and his son about several of the owl species commonly found on the Plantation. The Nature Center is a great place to engage kids!
Larry Murphy sports a true Thanksgiving hat!
Owners participated in a variety of activities held on Thanksgiving day, ranging from a turkey trot to a kids turkey calling contest. Happy Thanksgiving!
A peregrine prepares for flight.
Often referred to as “The Sport of Kings,” falconry consists of hunting wild game with trained birds of prey. When they engage the quarry, what unfolds is a chess match, a theatre in the woods where you can witness what has been a time honored tradition between predator and prey. And the outcome is never really certain.
Brays Island is pleased to announce a new falconry program has been instituted here on the Plantation. The program will be headed up by noted falconer Steve Hein, who founded and still oversees the Raptor Center at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga.
“More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done.”
~by Charles F. Orvis
Have you ever considered taking up the sport of fly fishing but decided against it because you didn’t have the time or it seemed a bit on the intimidating side? If so, you would neither be the first nor the last to miss out on a fantastic sport!
The evolution of the sport has made it more accessible than ever before as it no longer costs a king’s ransom to purchase equipment. It is also quite easy to find someone willing to show you the basics, from which point you can progress at your own pace but still find enjoyment in catching a few fish with the ol’ long rod.
As is the case with any number of activities available to owners on the Plantation, those who choose to take up the sport of fly fishing can do so in an environment that is both fun and relaxed. Bill Coleman, a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor and owner here at Brays, and Paul Burton, Broker in Charge of the real estate office and also an owner, periodically hold classes that strive to teach fellow owners the basics of the sport of fly fishing.
The classes start off with a brief demonstration to educate students on the basics – the equipment used, terminology, techniques, etc. After that students will grab a rod, most of which are provided by the instructors, and step out onto the field by the Boating Department for a little hands on experience. The instructors will spend as much time as possible with each student with the goal of helping them understand what it takes to get started.
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Hale Ferguson impressed the Captain with his skill in landing this catch! And for this reason, we’d like to give a special recognition to Hale for landing this month’s Bragging Rights. Hale, son of John Ferguson, caught this beautiful Bull Red while fishing on the Broad River with Captain Bryan Freeman. The fish was caught on a falling tide with a piece of fresh cut Blue Fish fillet. “He did EVERYTHING the way it should’ve been done” says Bryan, “Any adult could’ve easily lost that fish, so to see Hale work that rod on his own was extremely impressive.” The group went on to catch another Bull on a piece of cut Croaker fillet.
Late last year we experimented with our first ever Reel Ladies of Brays fishing event. Well the event was such a great hit that on Tuesday we brought it back and hosted the first of two events scheduled for this year. With 2 loaded boats, including two returning anglers, Captain Bryan Freeman and Captain Jess Haynes headed out of Haulover Creek and into redfish territory. Despite not too perfect conditions, the ladies prevailed and brought home just enough for dinner. No trout were caught but plenty of redfish and 5 large bonnet heads all found their way to the boats. We look forward to hosting this again for our ladies in November.
Today marks the opening day of quail season here at Brays Island Plantation. With a bit of moisture in the ground and several days of cooler temperatures, the conditions should be good for both man and beast. We are off to a great start!
The fishing has been on fire here at Brays Island, according to the guys at the Boating Department! We thought we would post photographs of a couple fish caught on the Plantation within the last several months. Know of any other catches of note? We would love for you to share your photos! Continue reading
The Coral Bean is a woody plant commonly found on Brays Island Plantation in open areas with well-drained soils. Hummingbirds feed on the tubular scarlet flowers in May and June and look for the striking red beans in the late summer and fall. Mildly toxic,