A South Carolina Hunting License is not provided by SCHC and will need to be purchased prior to your scheduled hunt. You may obtain your non-resident 10-day state license, annual permit and buck tag via the state website or by calling toll-free 1-866-714-3611. License must be ordered at least 3 weeks prior to your hunt in order to have it with you upon arrival to lodge!
NOTE: If you are born after June 30, 1979, you must successfully complete a SCDNR-approved hunter education course and present the certificate of completion before a hunting or combination license can be obtained. SCDNR does accept hunter education certifications issued by other states in the United States and Canadian provinces.
Hunting at the SCHC lodge
……. A wife’s perspective,
I recently accompanied my husband on his annual hunting trip to the SCHC lodge in South Carolina for a four day hunt. The stay at the lodge was very relaxing and enjoyable. David and Pat make sure that your stay is worth every penny you spend in “harvesting” your game.
Their hospitality is such that David goes out of his way to take you when he goes to pick up the hunters and their harvest which happens twice a day. While in the ride David gives you a tour of the hunting grounds and you get to experience how the wildlife lives in the woods. To me it was quite a learning experience which I enjoyed.
While at the lodge with Pat, who is the daily planner of how and what goes on inside the lodge and extremely knowledgeable on how to prepare the venison bagged in different “tasty and easy ways” which made me a (hate to cook) person excited to try to cook venison the same as what she cooked for us. Pat is also very organized in making sure that while you are there as a guest you have everything you need and that the lodge is very clean just like being at home.
Between both David and Pat everything was “perfect” and left me with the feeling of “I can’t wait for next year’s hunting season to return”
Thank You Pat and David”
Another memorable season for the record book!
Having been a guest for nine seasons at SCHC, I can, without hesitation, testify that SCHC is like the saying goes, “can’t get enough of a good thing”. ..It’s like “Old Faithful” at Yellowstone, it keeps on giving!...
SCHC is the sort of hunting lodge resort where upon arrival one can place the vehicle keys in ones pocket for the four day hunt interval. That is possible simply because all your other needs both at the field and in the lodge will be taken care of by David Baugh as he manages all aspects of the hunt and Pat Coon is the hunting lodge executive cook.
You will witness David, initially your outfitter will also become your hunt advisor and later your friend during your four day stay. Both Pat and David will gladly go out of their way to make your hunt experience as perfect as possible with emphasis on fairness and safety.
The SCHC hunt takes place in a large chunk of geography of several square miles of forest. The resource roads and logging trails provide a real tranquil glimpse of the property as only SCHC guests are the sole hunters in the game managed hunt area.
I have seen my share of game every year at SCHC. During the first two days of the 2023 season I was entertained by fourteen whitetails in four different hunting stands. This year’s hunt was special. I am now a grandfather with 75 years on my ribs. I can consider this year’s harvest the eight point of a lifetime. The 185 pound buck will be a shoulder mount that will join two other mounts from the same hunting fields. All of them proudly grace my trophy room.
Wishing You Good Luck, Good Health and a Happy New Year,
I still remember the first time we met Richard at a Gun show in Miami Fl sometime at the beginning of 2020. We had gone to the show to buy out first hunting rifle since it was our intention to start hunting and had no idea what we were looking for. Somehow Ivis and I got separated and by the time I found her she was listening to this old man with white hair (little did we know how impactful he would be later on in our lives). He was explaining to her that it was probably a good idea to go hunting before we bought our first rifle, that way we would know what it was all about before we made our move. He was willing to lend us a rifle for the duration of the hunt and just like that we booked out first hunt for later on that same year. November 1st, 2020, we arrived at the Southern Country Hunting Lodge and were greeted by Miss Pat incredible cooking skills and her kindness as a hostess. That hunting trip made us fall in love with hunting. We got our first 2 does and left with an experience that would change our lives forever. Richard is a great teacher. He was able to get to out hearts with every word that came out of his mouth. His honestly, his charisma and his knowledge of the subject made every word he said a treasure that we will keep close to our hearts and will be passing on to our daughters. Two years after that first time we have come 2 more times finding success each time. Southern Country Hunting has become a place like home for us and we can’t wait to be back next year. We love everything about this place (especially Miss Pat’s cooking skills!!!). Thank you, Richard, for everything you have done for us, thank you for your mentorship and your friendship. You have treated us like your kids, and we love you like a 2nd father. Next year we’ll get that 200 pounder!! With Love Ivis and Carlos
Dave, hunting at your deer camp just keeps getting better every year. My hunting buddy and I really enjoyed hunting again this year (Nov 2023) at your facility. The two-man bedroom with private bath, 100 and 200-yard shooting range, on-site skinning and deboning of deer, your ability to properly cape a deer for mounting, and providing ice for the meat transportation home all contribute to our complete satisfaction. Please thank your cook Pat for the filling and delicious meals she provided. Dave, I have got to tell you it was so much fun watching your dog Chloe track a buck that ran after being shot. Your dog made what could have been a very difficult tracking job at night look so easy. What would have taken several people hours she accomplished in less than 15 minutes. I am a dog lover and to see Chloe work and be able to track and find a deer over 100 yards away with no blood trail was exciting. Dave, thank you for providing another fantastic deer hunting experience. I had been looking forward to hunting with you since last year’s hunt. As I crossed the months off the calendar I was counting down the days until I would be back in camp. This year’s hunt was well worth the wait. Your organized management style, gun range procedures, deer stand drawing process, established safety procedures, and keeping things on schedule ensures all hunters get plenty of quality hunting time in the woods. It’s obvious the amount of work you put into maintaining food plots, loading corn feeders, replenishing corn piles, and spreading peanuts at all 16 deer stands located throughout the 1,200 acres of hunting area. Your dedicated work ensures all hunters will see deer and many will have an opportunity to harvest a buck or doe. I am looking forward to hunting with you again in Nov 2024 and will see you at the Tampa gun show in Jan or Feb 2024. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Our hunt with Southern County Hunting Club was a great outing experience. We had reserved our dates several months in advance trying to time the rut for the 2023 deer season. All communication back and forth with David, the outfitter, was quick and timely. All questions answered and all necessary advice provided with emphasis.
The day before the hunt we were greeted with a session of "Is your gun ready?”. David patiently sits with every hunter at the lodge’s range to make sure that your gun is zeroed with your hunting round. You get placed in your rooms shortly after to get settled and ready for dinner and “orientation”. And then you are greeted by Riley, Zoey and Chloe, the lovely labs that own the lodge.
The rooms are very clean and every one has capacity for 4 to 6 people. Full bathroom in every room with all the commodities.
First meal made by Pat was delicious, just getting you ready for more deliciousness. Although David went the extra mile at every corner, you conquer men at the stomach, and Pat excelled at that.
David has coffee ready for you at 4:00 AM and around 5:00 all the hunters board the van to be taken to the stands. Before noon time hunters are back at the lodge for another delicious brunch by Pat.
Before every “hunting session” or seating, a draw was made for the different stands. David is very disciplined with this, to make sure that you feel that you have not been “wrongly” seated.
During the stay we always felt at home. The ambiance is that of a family vacation. Every night after dinner there is fire in the backyard to sit around for good conversation, libations and smoke.
Our experience with this hunt at SCHC was excellent and I am looking forward to next year.
Thanks David, please let Pat know that I am trying her roast beef recipe for thanksgiving.
Happy thanksgiving to you all!
I have been hunting for 50 years. In the past I have hunted at Hunting Clubs, Hunting Camps, and outfitters. Hunting is one of my most favorite things that I love to do. Last year I went to hunt at: Southern Country Hunting Club, Inc., which is in Furman, South Carolina. It's run by Mr. David Baugh, and I must say that my friend and I had an absolutely great time. The accommodations were excellent, and you get two cooked meals a day. The food is great! The safety rules are very good, and Mr. Baugh treats all the hunter’s fair. He uses the drawing system. At night you draw for the morning hunt, and after lunch you draw for the evening hunt. This will tell you which stand you will be sitting in. There are plenty of stands to use. David will keep you in the woods to hunt, as much as possible, to give you the best opportunity to shoot a deer. The people he has working for him at the camp work very nicely as a team. We recently rebooked another hunting trip this year because we had such a fantastic time last year. I would most definitely give this business a five-star rating, or above.
Dave, I want to thank you for providing me an exceptional deer hunting adventure. From the time I arrived in camp until I departed, your attention to every detail of the hunt and the operation of the camp was exceptional. Although this is only my fourth deer camp experience your operation is by far superior to my previous experiences. The following things I found made this hunt special. On site rifle range with ability to shoot 100 or 200 yds to check your gun. On site trained tracking dogs if required to locate a down deer. Stable comfortable stands to hunt from with good shooting lane visibility. On site ability to skin and debone the deer making it legal to transport across state lines. Your ability to properly cape the deer and remove the skull and antlers making it legal to transport and ready for the taxidermists. Providing ice for your cooler and preparing the meat for transport. Very comfortable private rooms with their own bathrooms. Miss Pat’s cooking was top notch and ever meal was delicious and filling. As I left your camp for the drive back to Florida, although I was tired I was wishing it was not over and think about hunting with you next season. I wish you continued success with you camp and deer management program in the future. Not that anybody is counting but I think it is less than 360 days until I will be back hunting at your camp.
We spent 4 days in South Carolina and I got to bring home a 200 pound 18" 8 point whitetail buck! A special thanks goes out to Southern Country Hunting Club and David, Scott and Pat for great service and food. Also, Riley, David's lab, for finding my deer in the thick under brush that he went into after the shot!
I had a wonderful time! I love the bed and breakfast and the turkey hunt was the cherry on top. I learned a lot and did more fun things than I've ever experienced before. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to come back during deer season. I give it a 5.5 out of 5 stars!
Thank you for the experience. Besides marrying the love of my life, this was the best experience of my life and one I will remember for the rest of my life. Your hospitality is second to none and we felt like family from the moment we arrived. Staying at the lodge was like the best bed and breakfast ever and the hunting was the cherry on top. Pat should have a cookbook because everything that comes from that kitchen is AWESOME! Mr. David was so patient with myself and my son as we are both brand new hunters. He took so much time to teach us his secrets of calling the turkeys and patience of hunting to be sure we were successful. As he says "come as a sponge". Thank you both for the experience of a lifetime. Before we left we were sure to book our next hunt and will be returning again for many more seasons and years to come. Thank you.
I am a returner to S.C.H.C. (Southern Country Hunting Club) for many reasons. Besides, David being both hospitable and knowledgeable, he takes pride in providing a successful experience.
His grounds are maintained as an excellent habitat for quality game. Both the turkey and deer species have been provided with food plots and good nutritional feed.
Additionally, his property harbors numerous numbers for either the deer or turkey hunts. Hunters are afforded with safety as they are accompanied to either the treestands or Blinds and contact is maintained with the hunter by text while hunting.
The accommodations at the Lodge are spacious and comfortable. The rustic décor is refreshing and relaxing. The cuisine is second-to-none in presentation and taste, thanks to Pat Coon.
The camaraderie with hosts and hunters is special. All makes for a wonderful hunt experience that makes for good memories.
David’s place is how a Hunter’s experience should be: satisfying and with many opportunities for the harvest. Also David’s Labradors are friendly and assist in the retrieval of any run-away game, should that happen. The whole hunt package exceeds expectations.
We have been hunting with David for the past four years, and each year just gets better. This past season, we bagged a 101-pound doe and a coyote, but saw a ton of 6-point bucks and many does. Can’t wait until the 2020 season opens — hoping there are going to be great bucks there! I have talked with people who would come hunt just for the chance to get a coyote. My sister made a great shot. One of the things we especially enjoy at SCHC is the time spent with family members. Our teen daughters go with us every year, and this year was special as our elder daughter had been away at college for the fall semester. In addition, this past season, my mom joined my family as well as my sister and brother-in-law, and we laughed around the dinner table every night. We always have a great time enjoying Miss Pat’s cooking and giving David a run for his money. Here’s to many more hunting adventures at Southern Country Hunting, Inc! It is an outstanding event for anyone who knows that responsible management is key. David has worked so hard and truly provides a great hunting experience for the whole family. See you there in 2020!
So I have been hunting at Southern Country Hunting club for four years now. I have had a great time every time I have gone there. I have had plenty of opportunities to shoot some really nice deer every year that I have been there. The staff at the lodge is always very friendly and very accommodating to every need I have ever had. They make every year that I have gone as nice and relaxing and as fun as they can make it so I always have a good time. They put in a ton of effort to make the food plots and the stands as nice as they can so their guests will have the best opportunity they can to see plenty of game. They are always looking to improve the lodge every year to make it as nice as they can for their guests. I have noticed that every year I have gone back that they have done something new to try to spruce up the lodge the best they can. So if you are looking for a hunting place to go and have a relaxing time and have some fantastic people to make it the best trip you can have I can't say enough about this place. I will surely be going back for my fifth year this year.
Thanks for all you guys have done for me on my trips there.
Getting anxious for the 2019 turkey season. I have hunted all over Africa, Canada, Argentina and most of the USA. I have never seen so much game as you have. The hospitality and home cooking is unsurpassed anywhere. Your attention to detail to make the hunt memorable is amazing. Looking forward to hunting with you again in 2019.
I wanted to write something about Southern Country Hunt Club, in Furman, S.C.,because I absolutely love to go there. It’s just fun! The people are great, the food and the hunting are also excellent. I have hunted with Dave (owner and guide) 5 times now. Two of the trips were for deer, and resulted in 3 deer, including two trophies for my wall. The other three hunts were for Eastern Spring Gobblers and resulted in a total of 3 gobblers. All of the gobblers were good sized birds, but one was especially large, and will join the deer in my living room as part of my turkey grand slam.
I just can’t say enough good things about Dave and Pat (the gourmet cook), but you might get bored. Suffice it to say, Dave will transport you to your stand, carry all your “stuff” up into the stand if you want him to, use his well trained deer dog, if necessary, to find the deer you shoot, he will retrieve your deer, and even clean and bone out your deer if you want him to. He’ll then deliver you to the lodge where Pat ( the cook) continues the pampering with a tasty hot meal. You will think it is Thanksgiving every day! It’s great! Just go and see for yourself!
We deer hunted with Southern Country Hunting Club for our first time in October 2017. My whole family was able to go and it was indeed “family-friendly hunting”. There were first timers like us and old hands who've been hunting with David (Outfitter/Guide) for years, but we were all comfortable almost immediately. The Lodge is spacious and the room was great for us. With a full belly from Miss Pat's excellent cooking, I slept very well – of course getting up that early made it easy to turn in each night.
David explains the guidelines carefully and is perhaps the biggest fan of his hunters. I enjoyed every stand I drew – always saw game and usually had a story when David came back with the van. There was always some funny comment or situation which had us laughing in the van till our sides hurt. I wasn't one of the lucky ones, but some of the other hunters took some very nice deer. However, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the camaraderie.
If you're looking for a relaxed hunting getaway by yourself or with your family, I'd highly recommend Southern Country Hunting Club in the beautiful South Carolina Low Country.
Nothing compares to watching a brand new day thaw out before your eyes, a hawk spending several hours with you, or an owl ratting you out to the whole world while you are waiting for the perfect buck or doe to appear. These experiences are what bring our family of four — dad, mom, and two teenage daughters — back to Southern Country Hunting Club each year for the past four years.
Animals of all kinds are plentiful, and the deer offer a fair hunt. I appreciate that this is not a walled-in, pick-your-animal-and-we’ll-tie-it-to-a-tree kind of hunting outfit. It’s real hunting. Every year we go, we enjoy teasing our fellow hunters and messing with David while looking for that perfect animal. :-)
And the food — Miss Pat is who gives Southern cooking its fine reputation! Whether it’s ham and scalloped potatoes, collard greens and cornbread, or her famous chicken pot pie that is steaming hot, creamy and hits the spot (finished off with peach cobbler or maybe even pineapple blueberry crunch cake) or fabulous pulled pork with her renowned Southern baked beans and coleslaw, you will look forward to every single meal.
All of the rooms at the hunting lodge have their own private bathrooms and heaters which makes it nice for individual preferences. The fire pit outside is the perfect gathering point for s’mores or tales of the deer that got away that would make a fisherman’s eyes bulge.
Tip: Be sure to pack some hand warmers and your Thermocel in addition to some extra cash — the experience that David and Miss Pat provide is worth a well-deserved tip!
My husband, female friend and I had a spectacular and memorable turkey hunt with an astounding 100% success rate on impressive gobblers. We had a good deal of good-natured fun too, sharing our hunt stories at the Lodge. We sincerely appreciated learning call techniques from David that served us well. Additionally, we enjoyed Southern cooking and hospitality in afforded private rooms with bath facilities. We have had two consecutive years of successful turkey hunts and have already booked again for next year.
“You will be highly satisfied to “book”either a deer or turkey hunt with David Baugh of Southern Country Hunting Club in Estill, South Carolina. His lodge accommodations are “homey” and comfortable with all the towels and linens provided and multiple rooms for guest privacy. It’s a nice country setting by a pond, and there’s a shooting range site to check your rifle or shotgun’s sighting.
David is a hospitable and experienced guide who can assist you in every way to assure a successful hunt and processing of your game. He escorts every hunter to and from their stand ensuring everyone’s safety. His stands are productive with the game species hunted as he has maintained the land with ample food plots and active feeders. With a turkey hunt, the Fish and Game mandates that there are no active feeders and thus, this regulation is respected and is the exception. One is provided with every opportunity to harvest “game.”
The cooking fare back at the lodge is a fine Southern style home-cooked meal with all the fixings and with provision for special diets re: health needs or for guest preferences. Ms. Pat fixes the meals with pride and is proud to share her recipe secrets.
We are husband and wife repeat hunters at his Lodge and plan to rebook again next season. We look forward to having another awesome hunt experience to remember.
I had the opportunity to visit Southern Country Hunting Club in September 2014 with my dad Jim Falkowski.
I was a little apprehensive as this was my first Whitetail Hunt. I really didn't know what to expect but was filled with optimism and excitement for the next few days to come.
We arrived at the lodge and the accommodations were more than adequate. Each group had their own room and private bathroom with plenty of space.
Each day Ms Pat provided some amazing Southern comfort food for breakfast lunch and dinner that I have been missing since I left the camp.
David went above and beyond to make sure that everybody was comfortable every step of the way. His commitment to managing his land really shines through. He works hard to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to accomplish what they came for.
I shot a very nice eight point buck on the first day of the hunt and could not be happier.
I feel that there are nothing but good things to come in the future for Southern Country Hunting Club. I'm looking forward to my next hunt with them soon.
2014 Hunt Season
I want to thank you for the exceptional hunt this past month. Over the past ten years I have hunted many times with SCHC and have harvested many bucks and does. This year was an exception for me having harvested the 159.3 pound, “Nine-point buck” (19 inch spread) on opening morning only to be blessed with a beautiful 113 pound “doe” the following morning in nearly the same area. Both these deer have proven to be of excellent quality. Filling my quota early allowed for me to rest and enjoy the fine hospitality offered by the SCHC hunt club. I have always enjoyed Pat's fine cooking and the detailed instruction you have provided to me in harvesting deer. Your instruction to me was particularly useful in gauging the antler spread on my buck and also the selection of which doe to shoot on the following morning. I have learned much from you tutorage. At 76 years of age, we hunters can always benefit from the instruction of a more seasoned professional like yourself.
2014 Hunt Season
Already looking forward to 2015 hunt.
With two friends from SCI - South Florida Chapter I hunted for 4 days at SCHC. I truly enjoyed my experience, starting with David, from his friendship and exceeding himself in making sure all of the hunters are having a good time. The accomodation is good, with private bathroom in all suites (each party stayed in their own room, which could accomodate up to 4 hunters). The food is good with a Southern Flavour.
David is an extremely organized person and his dedication to safety is well above average. His tree stands are outstanding with ample space for the hunter and quite comfortable to stay for many hours. The property is well managed with food plots and corn around the stands. The deer population is good, with does and bucks being seen pretty much every time. It is a family environment and I would highly recommend for a family experience. I shot a nice 8-point buck (we went too early in the season) but have no doubts that during the rut a 10-point could be shot.
I will go back again for sure!
2014 Hunt Season
If you are a genuine enthusiast of the outdoors and admire the illusive instincts of the American White Tail you need to read a summary of my experiences at Estill, South Carolina. If on the other hand, you are looking for a Hilton INN filled with wildlife in the lobby – move on.
I wish to share the experience while it is fresh on my mind, not that I am ever going to forget it. I feel compelled to relay one of the most enjoyable and exciting hunting trips ever. I am 66 years old and I have been to a few during the last 48 years.
What I am about to describe is hard to believe. However, the experience did occur and exceeded all my expectations. The comfortable and clean accommodations, prompt transportation to and from the hunting area twice daily, the very safe and roomy stands, the home cooked and healthy meals and snacks and most important the friendship displayed by both Pat (the very best hunter support in the country) and David was special. That kind of personalized treatment resembles not that of a paying customer but rather that of a long- time friend.
Should you decide to make the correct choice your host’s name would be David Baugh. David is Fred’s son. Together they have many years of hunting in that part of the country and they have been managing not only the land but the herd. While I call it the herd, keep in mind that these are free roaming whitetail deer in a wide open range surrounded by thousands of acres with pines, cutovers and hardwoods. Some large plots of land within the property has been designated as sanctuaries where no tree stand or guests are allowed in order to preserve area of total tranquility.
On my first morning, first day at the property I spotted six white tails. That afternoon five came to view. During the next two days an additional eight were either feeding or chasing does. I saw a total of nineteen white tails, five of them bucks. All of which appeared agile, alert and healthy. The harvest did not prove me wrong.
Patience, concealment and lots of luck play a huge role on a successful harvest. The environment, food plots and natural food sources along with the stand lottery drawing (designates the assigned stand for that session of the day) provides the best scenario possible. All you need is to carefully study the game, accurate aim and the luck described earlier.
I will one more time attest to the personal attention, the emphasis on safety, maximum respect for the animals and the dedication to their guests. I, for one, witnessed the full value of what SCHC has to offer.
2014 Hunt Season
I will begin by assuring you, God willing, my intentions are to return to your place next year.
I am very much looking forward to duplicating my experiences in 2015. There are several great points that separate your services from others I have visited in the past. One of them is the personal attention to detail you offer and provide at the asking, closely followed by a safety first and foremost attitude displayed consistently throughout the day. There is nothing better than being treated with respect with a desire to please.
Your advice at the field was very valuable describing what had been spotted from the different stands, food source locations length of shots, etc. I am especially grateful for your help in identifying a defect in my semi-automatic 308 while in the range, repairing it and cleaning it.
Game was abundant considering we are talking about deer. The turkey are everywhere in the property. The accommodations were better than expected with private bathrooms and clean sheets on arrival. Meals were healthy, well prepared and the food was abundant including the desserts. I occupied six different stands and all were very well concealed, safe and comfortable.
This was my first time at your place. I am very glad I came, it was well worth it.
2013 Hunt Season
Thinking of a deer hunt? Consider the Southern Country Hunting Club in Estill - http://www.huntschc.com/ It is run by Mr. Richard Baugh. He is a well experienced and altogether pleasant and professional host, very safety minded who provided us with plain, clean, nice accommodations, and a wonderful southern cook that amply and deliciously fed us, and the other hunters at the lodge. Richard took charge of all phases of our hunt, on a personal level. Both my son and I were totally inexperienced, and Richard was extremely helpful in all phases of our experience. If you are considering a hunting trip, you simply could not improve on this outfit, they are top shelf in all respects.
2013 Hunt Season
I am still basking in the glow of my October hunt with my grandson Austin.
Austin and I arrived Wednesday afternoon to get my scope dialed in before the hunt began. This being my first rifle hunt, I had to get acclimated to my gun and scope. I figured I would shoot a few rounds, make some adjustments, and get ready for that trophy buck that I just knew had to be waiting for me out there. After 20 rounds of testing, I began to worry that I might not bring anything home. While dialing in my rifle, I was barely getting in the black and became more and more frustrated. Finally, one of the hunters helped me get dialed in and life was good. Later that night, we enjoyed a great dinner and drew our stand number before heading off to bed.
The first day of the hunt, my grandson and I made our way to the stand and began the wait. Soon, four doe wandered into view. The shot was tempting but I elected to wait it out for a buck. Late in the afternoon, a lone doe came into sight off in the distance. Again, I elected to wait it out for a buck. Before I knew it, it was the end of the hunt and time for another great dinner with Pat. We all gathered around and drew stand numbers a second time.
The evening hunt on the second day, I made my way to a new stand location. One hour after getting into my stand, I heard some heavy snorting back to my left. I waited and watched. Later in the evening, I heard it again but this time to my right. Then, silence. There was about a 10 minute window before it would be too dark to see anything. I thought I would do one more scan of the area before calling it a night. As my eyes swept across the landscape, I saw a dark silhouette about 100 yards in front of me. I took quick look through the scope, and there he is. It is my trophy buck I was envisioning all along. With my heart pounding and David’s advice about not waiting for a better shot ringing in my ears, I got into position. As I took the shot, the buck leapt into the air and then ran for the tree line. It was dark but I was sure I hit him. There was no blood trail, so we returned to the camp to get Reese the dog. After the dog took a few passes through the dark woods, I was beginning to doubt that I had indeed hit the buck. Then, Reese alerted us to a few drops of blood on a single leaf about 50 yards into the woods. AMAZING! With my confidence renewed, we searched the area and about 40 yards away, the dog found my 10-pointer. He was a beauty.
This moment was exhilarating and what made it even more special was that I was able to share it with my grandson. I will cherish my memories of this hunt forever. This was not only an excellent hunting experience; it was also a great learning opportunity. I will definitely be back next year. Thanks for the memories.
This was my first deer hunt and I shot a buck on my second day. Richard Baugh’s advice was very helpful and I really enjoyed the companionship of the other hunters. Pat’s cooking was terrific.
And it was treat to see the dog find another hunter’s wounded buck in the woods at night. A great experience.
2013 Velvet Hunt
I met David Baugh at the Tampa Suncoast Gun Show. It was clear from our first meeting, which lasted nearly an hour, that David is passionate about the hunters who place their trust in him and the quality of the deer on his property. He’s one of those guys who just keeps on going. His perpetual energy shows in the work he has accomplished, the vision he shared with me for future improvement of the lodge, and his desire to expand hunting opportunities for Veteran hunters and hunters with disabilities. There were three hunters at the lodge during our Velvet hunt. We hunted from a number of different stands and saw 12-14 different bucks. So, as David would say, when you’re on stand “stay ready.” A testimonial for SCHC would not be complete without recognizing the hospitality and great food Ms. Pat serves up daily. Be sure to ask her to make one of her cobblers and be ready for one of the best desserts you’ve ever tasted. A hunting program needs good people willing to go the extra mile, quality deer, and a good facility. SCHC has all three. Book a hunt and see it for yourself.
2011 Hunt Season
From the great cooking (I think I gained a few pounds even while training to stay warm on mornings below freezing) to the hospitality SCHC was great. I was only able to get a doe but it wasn't for a lack of effort from David. I wasn't able to schedule a hunt until December because of work and after three months of hunting pressure a lack of day light activity was to be expected. If the weather cooperates the food plots should be in good shape by next fall. Also, if anyone is looking for a place with a healthy turkey population contact David and schedule a spring hunt... I saw over a dozen turkeys each day
2011 Hunt Season
Simply put, Grant and I had a great time.
As you know, this was Grant’s first deer hunt. We hunted together morning and evening for three days and saw deer on five of the six hunts. Further we saw turkey on three of the hunts. Grant is looking forward to a spring gobbler hunt. While the only trophy buck Grant saw did not present itself long enough for Grant to get a shot off, he did learned he had to be at the ready at all times while in the stand. Speaking of which your stands are great for a Dad (or Mom) to hunt with his son (or daughter.) I was especially pleased at how sturdy your sixteen foot stand felt even with my extra weight.Hunting is why we came to SCHC, but its not the only reason we will return. The rooms you provided were clean and spacious offering private bath and toilet with each room. The home cooked meals by Pat were excellent. I truly have never seen Grant eat seconds at every meal. But the topping on the cake was the jovial atmosphere at camp in between hunting where everybody, hunters and hosts, alike, had a great time relaying stories of previous hunting and other life experiences to the delight of all.
2011 Hunt Season
I won a hunting trip to SCHC on isportsmen.com (http://www.isportsmen.com). It was a chance I don't get very often so I was excited to get there. I met David and Pat when I arrived. We went hunting the next day, I seen a lot of deer in the three days I hunted and I got a 165 pound 8 pointer. The only problem I had was I couldn't figure out if I liked sitting in my stand or getting back to the camp to eat Pat's cooking, thanks for the memories and the good food.
2011 Hunt Season
I am once again looking forward to spending time in the woods at South Country Hunt Club. I often tell people about meeting you at the gun show in Atlanta back in 2005 and how that chance meeting led to 5 years of quality hunts with you in SCHC. Having hunted with you for five trips and taking game on 4 of the 5 trips is amazing to say the least. Of course, my most memorable would have to be the 16" spread 8 point. Seeing deer on each of the five sittings on that hunt is outstanding to say the least, but when three of sittings include seeing bucks , I think that is extraordinary. Of course, when I took that great 8 point buck on the first morning of the hunt, well how do you top that? I have hunted with other outfits and can honestly say no one works harder to make sure their hunters are taken care of and have a safe, quality hunt than you do Dave. I greatly appreciate the fact that you and I see eye to eye on quality deer management. My support of your efforts has, as you know, included passing up killing deer that didn't meet your reasonable antler restrictions and even included passing up another great 8 point last year because he just wasn't bigger than the one I took the previous year. Having seen numerous deer on every trip and being able to assess and choose which deer to harvest is testimony to your hard work and philosophy of quality deer management on your property. I can not thank you enough for the consistent quality of stands, game, lodging, food and atmosphere. There are many places I can hunt, but I can truthfully say you are always my first choice. Thanks again Dave and I am counting the days till November.
2005/2006 Hunt Season
Howdy. Just taking a moment to complement you on a fantastic hunt. I have seen more deer, and had more opportunities to harvest a spectacular deer at SCHC than I have in all the other leases I have spent big money on! David you are a first class Southern gentleman and I appreciate you working with me when I fell and broke my collar bone - I am a client for life, I hope to see you soon, God bless and keep you all safe and prosperous!
2005 Hunt Season
Just wanted to take the time to send you some of the pictures from this past weekends successful hunting trip. Thank you very much for the fine food and hospitality. The accommodations were great! Everyone had a wonderful time and to top off the weekend, our coolers were filled, and the taxidermist are happy! We were able to experience something that many people who hunt their entire lives may never see... THE RUT! Not everyone went home with meat in the cooler, but everyone went home with the experiences and stories that will be told for a long time. Thank You for the memories!
2005 Hunt Season
This is to inform any future or potential members that I have been hunting with David Baugh at the SCHC for over four years. As an experienced hunter, I find Mr. Baugh's hunting operation to be one of the best I've seen. The vast hunting area he covers is over 1,500 Acres, beaming with deer, with numerous quality stands. The hunter also enjoys a lodge with private rooms and baths. I have hunted many times with Mr. Baugh and have recommended his hunting facility to my friends, that have also hunted there. If you want to hunt at a hunting club that is a class A-1 operation, this is where you want to go. I met Mr. David Baugh at a Gun Show close to five years ago. Based on my experience, I have found Mr. David Baugh to be a no nonsense individual, with great talent, and one of high and unquestionable integrity. You can always rely on him to provide an enjoyable hunt. If you want a hunt where you experience organization, camaraderie, professionalism, in a family atmosphere, "SCHC" is the place.
2004 Hunt Season
My first deer hunting experience proved to be every bit as memorable as I would have imagined. My dad, my friend Wayne, and I took off from Atlanta, only to arrive at the lodge around 4 am in the middle of a rainstorm. In the midst of our deliriousness, we managed to unpack in the wrong room. The following morning the rain continued, but David said not to worry, the deer would show - and show they did. Later that evening, my dad harvested the first deer of the weekend and we all were filled with a renewed motivation. The second day was mine, as I harvested my first buck, a six-point beauty. The following day our party harvested two doe's as well, for a grand total of 4 deer in three days. The hunting was second to none and was a clear indication of the hard work and dedication that David and the other members had put forth in the off-season. Perhaps, the highlight of the hunts for me was watching a group of 8 deer (mostly young fawns) play in the grass for about an hour one evening. The great stand placement provided an excellent view while still keeping the hunter hidden and camouflaged. Our group was extremely impressed with every aspect of the lodge, all of the members, the hunting, and the wonderful, home- cooked meals. We are already planning our next adventure with SCHC!