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1/20/16 – TrueSouth welcomes Meaghan English, wildlife specialist…

“As President of TrueSouth Properties, I want to welcome Meaghan English (a new resident of Central Alabama, along with her new husband Jake!) to our team.  Meaghan will be providing us with insightful blog posts about all things wild in our operating area.  She will also be providing her thoughts on selected listings, where we believe expanded commentary about the wild game on those tracts will be useful to the prospective buyer.  Then, as is the case with the foresters who work with us, she will be available to assist buyers and other landowners with their game management needs.  So, welcome to TrueSouth, Meaghan!”  –  Bucky Henson, President, TrueSouth Properties

My name is Meaghan English and I am joining the TrueSouth team as a wildlife specialist. I graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management and I have grown up with a passion for hunting. I knew from an early age that I was not only interested in the harvesting of wildlife, but I was also very interested in their biology and management. I decided that I not only wanted to be a wildlife enthusiast, I want to be an educated wildlife specialist. I will be using that grand education as the newest member of the TrueSouth team! I will be walking tracts of land with a fine tooth comb and providing clients with information regarding wildlife habitat and wildlife abundance collected from those tracts. My job is to inform the buyer of all the wildlife species he/she is inheriting! But first, let me tell you how my “buck fever” began.

My first hunting memory flashes back to when I was six or seven years old. Like any other Saturday during deer season, my dad had told my mom to get me ready because we were going hunting. Of course I was ecstatic! I was not ecstatic about the hair bow my mom made me wear with my camouflage (she wanted everyone to know I was in fact a fashionable girl). The entire way to Perdue Hill, Alabama, my dad told me that today would be the first day I would actually shoot my first deer and I knew I was ready. We pulled up to the camp, unloaded, and fed all the “camp cats”. Before we headed to our stand, I had spotted three kittens that I simply could not leave behind so I stuffed them in my jacket. After walking what seemed like five miles, we finally made it to the “Pressbox stand” (with my smuggled kittens) and sat down. Dad continuously pestered me to be quiet, but I wasn’t that worried about shooting a deer, I had kittens! Eventually, the sun began to sink behind the trees and a spike (without olfactory senses) entered the field. When it was safe to quietly move, dad handed me the gun and I handed him my three kittens. I slowly pulled the gun up and placed my cheek against the stock. Dad told me to breathe slowly and pull the trigger when I was ready. Sure enough, I pulled the trigger and the spike hit the ground. We high-fived, exchanged kittens again, and climbed down to see the kill. It certainly was not a wall hanger, but a huge chapter in my life was started that night. My dad and I still hunt together to this day and we practice quality deer management at all times.

My ultimate goal is to provide clients with a survey of flora and fauna that currently inhabit a specific tract of land and, if desired, how to properly manage that land for the species that are found there. All feedback is greatly appreciated and I look forward to working with you soon!

By: Red Clay

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