Chad has been hunting ducks for 17 years; upland game birds for 7 years. He has been guiding hunts for 15 years; 6 years at Toney Creek Plantation. Chad's dog is Boomer.
Chad began hunting at the age of 5 with his dad, Jimmy Myers. Chad shot his first deer at the age of 10. He continued to deer hunt and learn from his dad and his dad's friends as he grew up. He was also introduced to turkey, dove, and rabbit hunting.
About 17 years ago he decided to expand his hunting season and try out duck hunting. It only took one hunt for him to be hooked. He started buying decoys, researching duck calls, and getting hunting sponsors that are still helping him today. His dad passed away in 2007 and Chad inherited his jon boat. He fixed it up to make a custom duck hunting boat and still uses it today.
His friend's asked him to be a committee member for the SCWA Anderson Chapter in 2006. In 2007 he was honored to be Volunteer of the Year for SCWA. He continues to serve on the committee and in 2012 he took over as Chapter President. He also participates as a guide at SCWA and Toney Creek Plantation during duck season.
He loves to share his duck hunting passion with friends and family. He is responsible for more than one friend taking up the hobby.
He now has two little duck hunters at home. He has a son, Drake, who is 8, and a daughter, Lucy, who is 5. They both have their own Big Lakes duck call to start practicing; Lucy's is even pink! The Federal Youth Hunt 2013 was exciting for both father and son as Drake killed his first ducks. He looks forward to passing the hunting legacy on to his children just like his dad did for him.
You can contact Chad via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathan is an avid sportsman. When he's not providing his customers with an outstanding fishing trip on Lake Hartwell, he can be found chasing ducks across the country. Nathan has been an avid waterfowl hunter for sixteen years. While Nathen grew up hunting local South Carolina lakes and swamps for waterfowl, for the last 8 years he's spent most of his time in Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri, but his true love is hunting public timber in the Mississippi River Delta. Nathan's companion is a two year old black lab named Crockett, who is one of the prettiest dogs on the farm, and has much, or more, passion for chasing waterfowl as Nathan. After a day spent with Nathan, it's easy to see the passion he possesses for waterfowl, fishing and the great outdoors. Nathan is the epitome of a true guide. Whether guiding fisherman or hunters, Nathan strives to provide the best experience possible. He is extremely professional and personable. He's willing to go the distance and do what it takes to be successful at catching fish and killing ducks. Nathan is a pro-staff member with Elite Duck Calls. Nathan is one of the best guides I've ever seen at knowing when to call and how to call to passing waterfowl. Nathan knows the ins and outs of how to operate a duck call and loves teaching others. Sharing a blind with Nathan while he's working his calls can be music to any duck hunter ears. Nathan is also an accomplished chef who provides most of the fine dining experience here at Toney Creek. He's been a full-time guide here at Toney Creek since 2014. To find out more about Nathan or if you're interested in booking a fishing trip with him, visit www.shadslinger.com
Dean Ruske and Emma
Dean has been hunting ducks for 8 years and has experience in hunting deer, turkey, and waterfowl for a total of 22 years. He also has an 8 year old son.
Dean's passion for hunting came when he moved to South Carolina from Surrey England in 1992. It was a dream to start a new life with his mother and live in America. I learned to deer hunt from my Step Father and quail hunt from my best friend's grandpa, Mr. Clark. My desire to hunt with a shotgun grew and eight years ago I started duck hunting. The more I chased ducks the more I realized I needed a Retriever. That's when I purchased Emma and got involved in Cherokee Foothills Retriever Club. I have been the President of the Club for the past four years and have been a part of helping many duck hunters train their dogs. This is my second year at Toney Creek Plantation.
John Cafiero and Boudreaux
John has been hunting waterfowl for 20 years and upland game birds for 12. Originally from New Orleans he moved to the upstate in 1988. He is active in the HRC (Hunting Retriever Club) judging hunt test,running and training his dog Boudreaux to a hunting Retriever Champion title. John has been guiding at Toney Creek Plantation for 5 years.
Brian Smith and Avery
Travis McSwain and Teal
Jamie Daniels and Zoie
Jon Snipes and Sammy
Jon has been hunting ducks and upland game birds for 15 years. He has been guiding hunts at Toney Creek Plantation for a year now. Jon's dog is Sammy, a fox-red female lab.
He enjoys hunting ducks, deer, turkey, and doves. Sammy comes with him for all of these. She can't help with the turkey hunts, but she gets so excited when she sees camo or guns that he has to bring her with him anyway and just leaves her in the truck.
He enjoys being outdoors in general, and very much enjoys introducing new people to hunting.
Jon previously lived on James Island and hunted ducks quite a bit along the SC coast. He has been back in the upstate region now for a few years and enjoys his hunting opportunities here also.
Tripp Berry and Riggs
Tripp has been hunting ducks for 12 years; upland game birds for 2 years. He has been guiding hunts at Toney Creek Plantation for a year now. Tripp's dog is Riggs.
Tripp grew up outdoors, hunting and fishing in the low country. His dad, and a few close family friends, taught him early on about deer and bird hunting but more importantly about firearm safety.
He started chasing ducks on the SC coast as a teenager and quickly became addicted. He has taken several out of state duck hunting trips and continues to do so every year with the same group of friends.
His addiction to waterfowl hunting has dramatically increased with the addition of a retriever whom he trained and handles. Starting off, he wanted to train his dog solely for duck hunting, but quickly realized how much he enjoyed watching a good dog work and has joined several retriever clubs.
Chuck and Zachary Cecil
Chuck has been hunting ducks for 41 years; upland game birds for 25 years. He has been guiding hunts at Toney Creek Plantation for 2 years. Chuck's dog is Darla, Zachary's dog is Dabble.
Chuck has been duck hunting the Atlantic flyway for over forty years. His father introduced him to duck hunting. Chuck and his father both shared a passion for duck hunting.
Chuck began training retrievers in the late 1970's. It has become a important part of his life. Chuck now shares that with his son Zachary. No doubt Zachary will be a master trainer some day.
We like to guide because we see the joy it brings to the hunters. Its a nice thing to share.
Zeke and Gauge
Seth Wilson and Avery
Seth has been hunting ducks for the past 15 years; upland game birds for 20 years. He has been taking folks hunting for 10 years; Seth is new to Toney Creek Plantation as a guide. Seth's dog is Avery.
Seth has been an avid hunter since he was 8 years old. He hunts for everything from big game to upland birds to migratory birds. He hunts year round and when it's not in season he spends his time scouting.
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Jacky Jackson and Roxie
Jacky grew up hunting all types of game and originally duck-hunted in swamps, without the aid of a
dog. Jacky has been guiding hunts at Toney Creek Plantation now for two years. Jacky's dog is Roxie.
Jacky has been hunting with a dog now for four years and has also competed in hunt test and has been successful. He enjoys watching his dog work and the groups of hunters coming in, having fun, and taking limits; especially the younger hunters.
Benjamin Baker and Cora
Ben and Cora have been guiding hunts as a team since 2010 at hunting preserves around the upstate. Ben joined the team at Toney Creek Plantation in 2014. Ben's dog is Cora.
Ben was introduced to firearms and hunting at a young age by his father Ray, who was a competitive shooter. The seed that was planted developed into a love of wildlife and the outdoors.
His pursuit of duck hunting began with the purchase of his first retriever, Cora in 2009. A commitment was made to see her through training and continue a strong line of hunting pedigrees. Under the apprenticeship of Jack Phillips, Ben was able to train Cora without the use of an e-collar. As a first time trainer/handler, Ben was able to earn several HRC titles with Cora.
Once a year the duo takes a needed retreat to Arkansas to enjoy hunting together with a group of close friends. Ben currently resides in Cowpens, SC with his wife Carrie and son Robert.
Jake Holm & Cash
Jake is a student at Clemson University where he lives with his German Shorthaired Pointer, Cash. Cash is a young dog that hunts with a ton of style and can hunt all day.
Originally growing up in Ohio, Jake didnít do much quail hunting. However, he did quite a lot of duck hunting starting in 2010. He really had no knowledge of upland hunting until he went pheasant and quail hunting at a local preserve. From that point on he was hooked.
Jake was able to purchase Cash while he took a year off from The University of Alabama in 2014. Jake spent the entire year out of school training Cash and was fortunate enough to know and work with a local upland dog trainer.
At Clemson, Jake is majoring in Construction Sciences and Management and helps out with the Clemson University Retriever Club. His main goal is to own a custom home building company. Besides that, he hopes that one day he will run his own kennel that breeds high performance pointers to run in field trials. Jake is trying to learn all that he can from other trainers and anyone with dog training backgrounds.
William and Remington
William has been hunting since he was a kid. His passion is waterfowl, from the preparation for duck season to the very last day. Flooded timber in the swamp is his favorite place to hunt. William is new to Toney Creek Plantation and enjoys spending every minute he can in the duck blind with his Labrador, Remington.
William also enjoys bow hunting and fishing on the coast when itís not duck season.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Link and Dick
Mark has been hunting ducks for over 25 years and upland game for over 12 years. He has been a guiding for over 12 years and at Toney Creek since the start of the operation.
Mark is married with two daughters, a US Army veteran, and an avid shooter and outdoorsman. Mark trains retrievers for hunt test, upland game and duck hunting. He's also a licensed HRC hunt test judge and enjoys judging retrievers when he's not running in the trials himself.
Craig is a 3rd generation dog handler. He was raised up riding on his dad's shoulders chasing quail in South Carolina. Chasing quail was always a family tradition in the Moss family. Craig is also an avid whitetail hunter as well as being passionate for chasing big game in the western states. He is also blessed to have a wife and two daughters that have been bitten by the outdoor bug as well.