Winter 2016 Feature Story: Caps Up, Collars Charged!

By on October 6, 2016
Upland Almanac Feature Story: Caps Up, Collars Charged!

Story & Photos by Thomas Carney

An excerpt from Caps Up, Collars Charged!…Traffic from the busy U.S. Route 319 running from Tallahassee, Florida, to nearby Thomasville, Georgia, rolls by less than a quarter mile from the lodge at Sinkola Plantation. But if distance were determined by step stones to the past, the road would be nearly a hundred miles away.

Despite the modern conveniences the lodge offers, this 73-year-old, 3,900-square-foot structure feels like a portal to “the old days.” Perhaps it’s the fact that the lodge contains no drywall or sheetrock; perhaps it’s the homey feel delivered by the rough-sawn old growth heart pine paneling in the great room; perhaps it’s the five cozy bedrooms. Maybe it’s the huge brick fireplace you have to step into when feeding logs. Maybe it’s just the ghost.

Over dinner on our first night at Sinkola, our host Chris Morgan told us the chain bolt on the hallway door had been installed to keep the lodge’s ghost up in the attic where she belonged. Don’t loosen it.

Damn you, Morgan! Ghosts weren’t part of the promised itinerary for this visit to Sinkola.

Just to be on the safe side though, around three in the morning and heading to the bathroom for a glass of water, I hugged the wall opposite that hallway door.

As the Director of SportDOG Brand, manufacturer of training collars for hunting dogs, Morgan had invited a pair of journalists to join him and some SportDOG managers to witness in action the new, state-of-the-art TEK 2.0 GPS Tracking + E-collar. At the same time, we’d step back in time for a traditional Southern quail hunt with all the ingredients: pointing dogs, a guide with a flushing whip, an English cocker to do the retrieving, some hunters on horseback while others rode along in the mule-drawn cart.

Read the rest of the story in the Winter 2016 Issue of Upland Almanac.

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