“An encumbered encounter between waterfowl and the waterfowler – pristine habitat, cupped wings, full straps, campfire yarn, and endless memories for over three decades…waterfowl hunting the way it is supposed to be.”
My father always treated hunting and fishing as not just pass times, but as important skills that one should have for life. As a result, most of my time with my father has been in the field or on the water. Since 1986, that time has been spent with the guys at Thunderbird. That has now turned into me spending time with my son in the field at Thunderbird. What I like most about Thunderbird is the singular focus on waterfowling so that one's time is organized around an activity rather than drinking scotch on the porch, etc.
The Thunderbird Hunting Club has been a very important part of our family. Being the third generation Hayes to be a member at THC, I feel like I can call it home. I enjoy being a member for so many reasons, it is hard to combine it into a few short thoughts. The sport of hunting itself is of course one reason I return. Thunderbird had many great properties and blinds pre-set on each of the ponds for a convenient hunt. For me, though, I love all the members at our club. There is nothing better in life than to sit with a crew of other hunters on a Friday night and share old stories and memories, and to create new ones. I might only be eighteen, but I know that I have created relationships though Thunderbird that I will have for a life time. It has also given me the chance to grow so close with my dad, Glenn Hayes, and spend as much time as I could with my Paw Paw, Mashall Hayes. They are memories I will cherish forever. Thank you so much for giving everyone a place that we can do what we love and have such a great time doing it. We will be back for many seasons to come.
I have been a member at THC for many years. I return each year because the THC management continuously strive to improve on what has already proved to be a quality waterfowl hunting operation. The members are great, the lodge provides a place to meet and spend the night before a hunt and after the hunt is over to compare results with others, which is a very important requirement to me. The properties are high quality habitat to hunt and the management is always on the look out for more properties and working on how to improve the ones we have. I have hunted many good quality waterfowl operations in my day, and THC ranks with the best.