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Hunting preserve has much to offer

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on November 7, 2008 1:46 PM

Two blasts ring out in the early morning hours over a muddy lake in Suttontown.

Two ducks crash to the Earth.

It's a simple formula for success at Mallard Cove Hunting Preserve.

"We do a lot of scouting, and we make sure we put people in the best place for them to have success," said manager Hunter Capps. "Our day starts at about 4:30 in the morning."

The preserve is owned by Moses King and operated by Capps, Ashley Grimes and Scott King. They're a trio of friends who share a love of the outdoors.

"First off, we have to thank (King) for all that he has done for us," said Capps. "He is a great man ... the kind of guy that would do anything for you. And without him this place wouldn't be possible."

The business operators preside over a full-service hunting haven that can accommodate any type of bird hunter. Mallard Cove boasts several blinds which overlook multiple aquatic terrains, as well as 30-plus acres of open fields.

Every hunter who takes to the Mallard Cove preserve is accompanied by a guide, as well as a trained retriever or upland dog.

Aside from the traditional duck hunting option, Mallard Cove also gives sportsmen the opportunity to chase upland birds or practice their shot on a 12-station sporting clays course.

"It's a challenging course, 12 stations, each with an automatic throwing machine," said Capps. "There are ground targets that roll and simulate rabbits, and there are airborne targets that we make rise and fall at different angles."

After a successful day on the grounds, hunters are accommodated by a full-service processing area where they can dress and package their game.

For sportsmen making an extended trip to Sampson County, Mallard Cove boasts a fully-furnished lodge that can sleep up to 12 people. A kitchen, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large deck allow for the comforts of home with the rustic scenery of the cove.

"A lot of groups come in and take advantage of the lodge," said Capps. "The house was actually built around 1910, but we have completely re-done all of the inside and added a bedroom so it has all the modern upgrades.

"We hunt all day, then cook a meal and have a good time when people come in."

All hunters are responsible for the necessary state licenses and permits. As well as ammunition, attire and firearm of preference. If a sportsman does not have proper ammunition or a shotgun of preference, those items can be purchased/rented at the lodge.

For more information, or to book a trip, telephone (866) 594-2775 or visit Mallard Cove on the Internet at www.huntmallardcove.com.