Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

I recently went up to Trenton, FL where the Gilchrist Club is located and participated in their Media Symposium which my good friend Leiza Fitzgerald produced. I arrived in the early evening and was shuttled to a lodge where I stashed my things. All photos by Drew Townes
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Chris Peterson with Hell's Bay Boatworks brought over one of his beautiful skiffs for display and use during the symposium which we promptly set up just outside their main building.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Leiza called for an orientation prior to dinner to introduce everyone and get them up to speed on all the activities planned throughout the next couple of days.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Rick Murphy was talking it up with some of the members of the Gilchrist Club during a superb dinner.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Chris Peterson with Hell's Bay and Leiza Fitzgerald with the Gilchrist Club
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

A good time was had by all at the dinner table.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Nothing was left untouched by the guests, the best compliment for a chef!
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

We were in good hands through out the Symposium, these gals were great.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

The next morning was beautiful! It was a perfect 38 degrees and we all gathered prior to the hunt for a group photo.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

My morning shoot was excellent, with at least 20 quail and 3 pheasants credited.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

We went back to the our lodge to refresh after the shoot and I got a much clearer view of the grounds and lodging. Incredibly comfortable.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Each lodge where we stayed had a great room and was well appointed.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

The GC had a very nice Outfitters retail store
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Anything you want or needed was on the racks, from clothing...
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

To all the fine accessories you may need or want while visiting the GC.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

From knives...
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

To Costa Del Mar sunglasses...
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

After our hunt we gathered at the dinner table again for another fine meal at lunch time.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

When lunch was over we were able to meet and greet with the attendees and discuss the various educational displays provided by representatives of Tall Timbers...
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Winchester and many other fine companies.
Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

Gilchrist Club Editorial Retreat and Hunt

I had to take off afterwards due to a previous commitment, but the rest of the folks enjoyed shooting sporting clays, fishing and another hunt. It was a first class Media gathering as well as an incredible experience for me! One which I hope to enjoy again. My thanks to all the fine folks at the Gilchrist Club for arranging this first class experience, especially Leiza Fitzgerald, as she was a great host and organizer.