Now over 7,000 upland game birds challenge the skills of guests from all over the world. The Dixson family
also added acreage and improved the terrain since then.
The preserve, which borders a Ducks Unlimited marshland and is
nearby the Mary's Point Bird Sanctuary, now encompasses five distinct
zones, each with diverse cover and landscape.
Zones are divided by nature's own boundaries and Claude's own signage
to ensure hunter safety. Comprising 400 acres, they are spacious as
well, allowing each group solitude and room to roam. Wetlands, marsh,
meadow, forest, scrub growth - all spread over gently rolling hills -
will challenge the hardiest of hunters and the most skilled of flushers
Designing and grooming the area is an ongoing project and each year
a new section of land is further developed. Claude uses his broad
background in farming to create an environment that supplies plenty of
natural cover, promoting a sense of security for the birds after their
release. Planting hedge rows of grain for vegetative cover and overhead
protection also permits freedom of movement at ground level, allowing an
easy move in on the bird.
The quality of cover makes the hunt, so miles of groomed trails
brush growth combines easy walking with challenging shooting. Zone 1
incorporates level trails through bush and field, with trees bordering,
and a gentle
grade perfect for those unable to negotiate long distances or rough
Acres of agricultural fields are also perfect for dog work or
training. Guests desiring a real skill workout for themselves and their
dogs, will find this landscape ideally suited for the task.