Tribune-Courier features editor
Moore’s Hunting Preserve near Calvert City is a 400-acre spread operated by father and son team, Clint and Troy Moore. Each year hundreds of hunters make their way to Moore’s to take part in a hunting experience unlike anything else in this area. Bird hunters will find quail and pheasant in a diverse habitat at the preserve.
Moore’s is carefully managed to give bird hunters an opportunity to hunt in native grass fields, food plots or a wooded setting. Lush woodlands provide cover while fence rows and lakes provide a perfect setting for game birds.
Moore’s Hunting Preserve also provides a wildlife habitat by planting food plots to entice specific game animals and upland birds. This diversified setting is the perfect combination for quail and pheasant hunting.
”My great uncle used to take me hunting when I was little. After he passed away, I stopped. Once I got in high school I started getting back into it and then we decided to start this up.” Clint Moore, son of Troy Moore, said. “We all love to hunt. We had the land. So why not?”
The Moore’s have been operating the preserve for about ten years. The Moore family has been living on the spread of farmland for quite a while, however. “We’ve always had this farm,” Moore said. His great-great grandparents raised eleven children in a house on the land, which has since burned down and blends in amongst the grass.
The Moore’s buy their birds in two different flocks, once in late May and then again at the end of July. They raise them from being about six-week-old chicks and can go through about two tons of feed a week.
The unusually warm weather this year has slightly impacted the hunts. “The rain can wash down the scent, making it harder for the dogs to trace,” Moore said. During a field hunt, the dogs will roam around the land with you. Once they smell a bird’s scent they stop and point. The hunter will then approach the area and scare the pheasant out of hiding. Once the bird is in flight the hunter can shoot the bird down. “We’ve been on a hunt and have had a dog point for almost a half an hour before she or the bird moved,” Moore said.
Moore’s caters to both small and large corporate groups. “We’ve had large groups come in from as far away as New York,” Moore said.
Many corporate events now take part in the popular European Tower shoot. “We start with two hundred pheasants and it’s like a big skeet shoot.” Moore said. The groups usually range from ten to twenty people and each person or persons rotates around stations that surround the tower. A guide will then take the pheasants to the top of the forty-foot tower and release one at a time out of the top.
“It sounds awful, but it’s really not,” Moore explained, “The birds have a better chance of getting away this way over a regular field hunt. This is really where it’s going.”
The field hunt adventure begins with half-day hunts, either in the morning or afternoon. They have five trained dogs, including Llewellin Setters, German Shorthairs, English Pointers and Brittany Spaniels that are always more than ready and willing to hunt alongside you, but you can bring your own as well. “It’s great training for the dogs,” Moore said. For about $50.00 the hunters have a choice of three pheasants or six quails and the preserve will clean and package the meat for you.
The season starts in late October and runs through March. All tower shoots usually take place on weekends but other dates can be arranged. For more information about scheduling a hunt phone (270) 898-8176 or visit Moore’s website at www.mooreshuntingpreserve.com