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March 6, 2011 - Tommy Hawkins has decided to continue membership at HD and will purchase Billy Coble's half of his Motel 12 room.  The February 1 post below has been changed to reflect only three memberships available.

February 1, 2011 -

  1. Webmaster finally got around to changing the Membership Page.....

  2. Memberships are available from Wilson Burton (Brentwood, TN), Bill Coble (Nashville, TN) and Billy Coble (Lewisburg, TN).  Asking prices start at $130,000 and are purchased directly from the selling shareholder.  However, a potential member may coordinate the process through any member he selects, or, through the President Robert Alexander or the Secretary Nate Greene.

  3. HD officially closed on an additional 110 acres on the north side of the property.  Our new totally owned acreage is 3,554...at an average cost of $442 per acre!!!

  4. The calculated Book Value from the most recent financials is $80,000, much below the appraised value.

Members - See Lodge Reservation Sheet for 2011...

Heart's Desire officially passed our 22nd year of operation on May 4, 2010.  See the story below.

Tidbits of News about Heart's Desire and this Website.

HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY!

HEART'S DESIRE HIT THE 20TH MILESTONE ON MAY 4, 2008.  I'm sure we could find other dates to mark the official genesis - but May 4, 1988 is the date on Wilson Burton's certificate.  Some of the other old timers are Greg Sheanshang, Robert Alexander and Nat Harris Jr. with 20 years each.  Bill Coble (Nashville) and Billy Coble (Lewisburg) are next with 19, Bill Minneman and Skip Neblett with 18, Ned Priest and  Con Knox with 17, Jim Love with 14, Nat Harris III with 13 and Steve Logan with 10.  That means over half of the members have double digit years experience with the Club.

October 15, 2008 - The place is looking good, if not great!  Much of the bushhogging has been done...the food plots are green...we've placed some chains to block off vehicular traffic into dead end areas and food plots...a new map with most of the changes incorporated has been placed in the Lodge...new fire extinguishers are evident throughout, placed on the outside of each building...good sightings of several 2 1/2 year old bucks which would probably meet the 18" criteria, but probably should not be harvested this year...Stand # 9 has been relocated...likewise for box # 31 on top of the hill behind the Lodge...new officers have been elected - Ned Priest , Chairman, Robert Alexander, President, Nat Harris III, V-P, Nate Greene, Secretary and Nat Harris Jr. as Treasurer.

Changes on the hunting rules - The Board has made decisions on several of the ideas introduced at the annual meeting:

  1. The harvest by the son or guest of a member (who was not able to attend the actual hunt and requested another member to become the "faux" host), is applied to the quota and guidelines of the absent member's quota, subject to all fines as well as credits.

  2. For exclusive use of a territory, when fewer than 5 members are present (or plan to be present), members may sign up for exclusive use of two (2) areas.

  3. Members and/or their family members may use the second area independently, but member's guests cannot. Guests will continue to be required to use the same area as their host member.

May 10, 2008 - The Season is finally over...very strange...we had a lot of action early...the best weekend of the year April 15 was attended only by Greg and Lynn Sheanshang...they heard them everywhere, but failed to connect...the last Friday night-Saturday morning, only Doug Hardcastle hunted...Hmmmmm.  WAIT'LL NEXT YEAR!

May 7, 2008 - Rusty Dunn snags # 15 - his first ever!

April 26, Uh...Oh!  ...long dry spell...but, Sam Murray finally gets # 14.

April 12, Fourteenth day - Nate Greene gets his 3rd.  Unlucky # 13 out of the way.

April 11, Thirteenth day - Ned Priest gets another!  #12 in the books.

April 8, 2008 - Tenth day - Ned Priest "windows" # 11 bird.

April 7, 2008 - Ninth day - Wilson Burton takes # 10.

April 5, 2008 - Seventh day - Robert Alexander scores for # 9.

April 2, 2008 - Fourth day - Nat Harris eked out his first of the season for # 8.

April 1, 2008 - Third day - Richard Speer took a nice bird for # 7.

March 30, 2008 - Second day - within the first hour, Nate Greene scored with his second bird of the season.  Later that morning, Skip Neblett got his first of the season.

March 29, 2008 - Opening Weekend Turkey Season - Immediately Nate Greene harvests 1/2 of a double - the other half being a clean miss by his hunting partner.  Within the hour, another attempt at a double was successful - Robert Alexander doing his famous call..."Are you ready? BANG!  Shoot!"  About a split second later, Owen Hardcastle got the second bird.  Later that day, Jimmy Love managed to take the fourth of the day.

January 4, 2008 - Philip Fontenot - See picture...

November-December, 2007 - Three Great Deer Killed - See Deer Section - Vital Statistics on all to follow...

  1. Will Coble - 10 point, 185 lbs, Main 19.5", Ins. Spread 16.75", Base 3.75"

  2. Steve Minneman - 8 Point, 185 lbs, Main 23.25", Ins. 15.625", Base 4.25"

  3. Jamie Osteen - 8 Point, 190 lbs, Main 22.00", Inside 15.75", Base 4.00"

November 24, 2007 - This was not a good weekend at HD - two button bucks, four missed "Shooters" - one 8 and three 10 or 12 pointers...

  1. Friday - Philip Fontenot - Perched in Area 1 W in a club ladder stand, Philip spotted an old very large 8-pointer, but the buck was not in a very good position relative to Philip's stand.  So, he waited.  Finally, the buck finally munched his way to a shooting lane... by this time, Philip's adrenaline had subsided enough to allow the crosshairs to settle down...he did his best BRASS technique - Breathe, Relax, Aim, Squeeze, Slowly, etc. and was greeted by a "click".  Undeterred, Philip calmly replaced that bullet with another and went through the same routine, during which time, the buck had moved a few feet out of the shooting lane.  The loud bang was followed by the deer bounding over the hill and out of sight...no blood, no nothing...just another educated buck.  I'm sure there's a nearby limb or a tree that caught the bullet.

  2. Saturday - Doug Hardcastle - Drove halfway up the road in Area 8 to the 100 stand and by 9 AM had seen about a dozen deer but it was cold and the hand warmers has lost their umph (therefore, it's all Owen's fault for not having provided new ones).  So, he walked down to the truck, realized he could not turn around and decided to drive into the field to do so.  On his arrival he spotted a very large bodied "doe" and decided he should take her.  However, on closer inspection, the doe had a very large rack.  Easing into position for a shot, Doug could not find a brace and managed to free hand a couple of shots in the general direction of the big boy.  He drew blood, but several hours later had nothing to show for his efforts...A full search committee of Doug, Owen, Mike and Jimmy Barnes failed to do anything other than screw up a good hunting area.

  3. Saturday afternoon - Jimmy Love - in Jimmy's own words "...missed a deer at 20 yards" in TVA.  He fired 3 rounds in his direction to no avail - another educated critter.

  4. Saturday afternoon - Thomas Hawkins (age 9) - hunting with his grandfather Billy Coble in the Football Field (stand # 28), saw a nice buck on the road at over 300 yards and lobbed a round in his direction.  The buck dropped down, but quickly jumped up and ran away - some, but very little blood and another educated buck.  Later, on Sunday, Thomas and Billy went to the rifle range and discovered that his bullet dropped about 10 inches at 300 yards...

September 3, 2007 - Hunting Season for 2007 - 2008 posted.

April 15, 2007 - Posted the opening day turkey pictures (sans Ned's).

April 6, 2007 - Posted the results of the opening few days. See Owen's, Nate's, Ned's First or Ned's Second Turkey Stories (a/k/a Turkey Tales, or Imaginative Impressions of what really happened).

February 27, 2007 - Posted another fishing picture of Will Morgan.

February 15, 2007 - Posted some pictures of Will Morgan in New Zealand.

January 28, 2007 - Brent Chance and his son Bo enjoy the last weekend of Duck Hunting Season.

January 17, 2007 - Deer Season is officially over.  Our grand total will be posted later.

December 18, 2006 - Posted the pictures of the deer Mike and Stephen found on the South Pittman Field Levee.

December, 2006 - Posted the pictures of Tommy and Thomas Hawkins on Opening Weekend as well as Jimmy Love and Nat Harris on December 10.

December 2, 2006 - Posted the pictures of the Ned Priest and Philip Fontenot Deer.

November 26, 2006 - Posted the picture of Nathaniel Minneman's First Doe. Also, Ned Priest took an old 4 1/2 + year old buck today... 205 lbs., details to follow...Also, Doug Hardcastle and Richard Speer harvested does # 22 and 23 today...

November 22, 2006 - Posted the first picture of Doug Hardcastle's 8-Pointer...

November 2, 2006 - Posted the Elk harvested by Doug Hardcastle.

November 2, 2006 - Posted the Pheasant Hunt by Nate Greene and Nat Harris.

October 29, 2006 - Posted the results of the Juvenile Deer Hunt weekend.

October 18, 2006 - Article from Mississippi State University - http://www.tndeer.com/faq-14.html

October 15, 2006 - Archery Season - Posted the first of three doe kills by Philip Fontenot.

October 4, 2006 - Three Items Posted...

  1. Bream Alert!!!!! - Someone's been harvesting bream from our Lake...  Double click for a close up.


    And, rumor has it that the 10" - 12" bream were caught on a new birthday present rod and reel......

  2. Stephen Scott - New Manager Assistant - click and wait for a few seconds to enlarge...



    Stephen joins us from a cabinet manufacturer in Parsons.  He's comfortable with masonry, welding, woodworking, knife making, operating farm equipment, etc.  The 29 year old is married and has a wife and five children to take care of.  One of the other interesting facets of Stephen is that he makes his own arrowheads using tools he likewise made.  Get him to show you one of his many collections of his arrowheads and custom made knives.  Please join us in welcoming him when you're on site.

  3. Picture of Barnes Fields North facing North and East and Barnes Field South facing South.

Here is the press release on Taylor Harris...:

San Antonio, TX – Taylor Harris of Nashville recently won both the Sporting Clays and FITASC National Championships in his class B.  He also tied for 1st in the 28 gauge and .410 bore competitions.

The National Championships are held annually in San Antonio with over 1200 participants this year.  Shooters compete via a class ranking system – Master, AA, A, B, etc. through E.  Sporting Clays is a clay target game featuring vastly dissimilar targets which are set up to resemble actual flights of wild birds and paths of bouncing rabbits.  FITASC is another event featuring much longer, faster and more difficult targets.

Taylor Harris enjoys practicing/shooting at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex (a/k/a Nashville Gun Club).  A graduate of MBA and UT-Knoxville, Taylor has been shooting competitively for less than a year.

Complete Results of all the National Championship events can be found at http://www.wyshotgun.com/schedule.html.


(Click on the picture to enlarge.)

August 16, 2006 - Posted the 2006 - '07 hunting dates and limits.  For a wallet size copy of all these dates, go to http://www.state.tn.us/twra/wallet_06.pdf and print it out.

For a copy of the entire season, go to http://www.state.tn.us/twra/06huntguide.pdf

August 12, 2006 - Posted some fishing pictures of Robert Alexander and Nat Harris...

July 31, 2006 - Posted some recent pictures from Heart's Desire...

May 13th - Turkey # 16 - Toby Magsig... last year on May 3rd, Toby scored with his first ever turkey - a 15 pound Jake.  Today, he ended the season with...see story...

May 12th - Turkey # 15 - Philip Fontenot... Later, added his picture....

May 6th - Doug Hardcastle catches a 6 pound bass.

April 27th - Turkey # 14 - Skip Neblett

April 26th -
1.  Added pictures for Bill Clark...
2.  Added Turkey # 12 - Mike Wright
3.  Added Turkey # 13 - Nat Harris

April 21st - Turkey # 11 - Bill Clark...

April 20th - Turkey # 10 - Con Knox...

April 13th - Turkey # 9 - Jim Love, Sr....

April 12th - Turkey # 8 - Quinton Robertson...

April 10th - Turkey # 7 - Jim Love, Jr....

April 7th - Turkey # 6 - Wilson Burton...

April 6th - Turkey # 5 - Wilson Burton......

April 1st - Opening Weekend - Four (4) mature Toms are taken by 7:35 am Saturday.  See Turkey section.

March 25 - 26 - Juvenile Weekend. 26 degrees each morning... plenty of gobblers opened each day... Nathaniel Greene, Aubry Greene and Mac Lessing were the hunters and each had several "encounters" and close opportunities... but no shots were fired.  Next weekend starts the regular Turkey Season.

March 21, 2006 - Will Morgan. Added his "little" 7 lb. 2 oz. bass.

The biggest recent news is THE BASS!  Check out "Fishing".

August 24, 2005 - Annual Meeting - The new slate of directors is as follows:

Ned Priest
Chairman
Re-elected and will Maintain his position as Chairman of the board. 2005-06 is 1st year of 2nd 2-yr. term.
Nat Harris, Jr.
President
End of Will Morgan’s 2nd 2-yr. term. Nat Harris Jr. was elected to replace. ‘05-’06 will be 1st year of 1st 2-yr. term.
Doug Hardcastle
Treasurer
in midterm, ‘05-’06 will be 2nd year in 2nd 2-yr  term
Philip Fontenot
Vice-President
in midterm, ‘05-’06 will be 2nd year in 2nd 2-yr  term
Nat Harris III
Secretary
in midterm, ‘05-’06 will be 2nd year in 2nd 2-yr  term

August 15, 2005 - Mike Wright was officially hired as our Club Manager, assuming the responsibilities after Jimmy Barnes retires on December 31st.  Mike has a BS and an MS in Agriculture from Murray State University and is retired from the UT Extension Service, having served Humphreys County in various capacities, the last 2 years being as the Director.  Mike is married, has his pilot's license and enjoys hunting, fishing and all the shooting sports.  He's been responsible for planning and conducting Youth 4-H Programs and is certified to teach the Hunter Safety Course.

July, 2005 - Order your licenses via phone or website.

License Ordering By Phone.  Now charge your license(s) to Visa, Discover, or MasterCard!  Call Toll Free: 1-888-814-8972.  Regular license fees plus a $3.45 processing fee will be charged to your credit card.

Licenses may also be purchased online by clicking here: Tennessee Online Hunting and Fishing License Sales, or http://www.wildlifelicense.com/tn/

July, 2005 - Robert Alexander and Nat Harris. See the HD fish!

Late June, 2005 - Billy Coble, Robert Alexander, Jimmy Weaver and Nat Harris explored the Crappie fishing at Lake Sardis.  First Day each boat kept 65 over 10" crappie.  The second, one boat had 56, the other 72, the biggest being about 2 pounds. See Pictures.

JMay 11 - The Old Homestead Ghost has been taken - Will Morgan - Turkey # 11.  See story...................

May 5 - Toby Magsig # 10.

April 29 - Wilson Burton # 9. Also added the stories and statistics for Jim Love's two birds.

April 25 - # 8 by Jim Love

April 24 - # 7 by Jim Love

April 8 - Turkey # 6 taken by Nate Greene.

April 4 - Turkey # 5 taken by a 10 year old "rookie" Clay Iaquinta.

April 3 - Turkey # 4 harvested by Skip Neblett.

April 2, 2005 - Opening Weekend - See April 2, 2005

January 14, 2005 - The regular deer season has ended.  Final harvest results - 60 deer, consisting of 13 bucks and 47 does! Our members and guests did an excellent job taking the does per good QDM management practices.  The largest buck, weight-wise, was Lynn Sheanshang's 195 pounder.  The largest buck, antler dimensions-wise, was Tommy Hawkins' 9 pointer weighing 170 lbs.

December 20 - Added a short story and a picture of Lynn Sheanshang's 7-pointer taken on November 6th.

December 20 - Benji - per your request, here are quick links to some of the better deer we have harvested.  Robert Alexander, Arnie Pittman, Owen Hardcastle, Will Morgan, Doug Hardcastle and Nat Harris.

December 5 - Will Morgan today bagged an 8 point 145 lb. 2 1/2 year old.  I do have a picture, but don't have a complete story.  Owen Hardcastle made the statement that this one was much better than his.

December 3 - Here is the shooting position for our newest killer - Tommy Hawkins - From his position above the food plot, Tommy demonstrates his shooting technique.  Notice the shooting stick.  It was a last minute addition to the shooting program.  Tommy used his 300 Remington Mag Ultra to drop a very nice 125 class deer at 150 yards.  No problem.  Anticipate the experience for a few days.  Hunt for 20 minutes.  Seize the opportunity and blast him!  Per Tommy, there's really not too much to this game!  See the rest of the story in the deer hunting section.

November 23 - Owen Hardcastle - 10 point, 135 lb. gross, taken in the North Country.  Details later.

November 10 - Unlucky deer # 13 was taken by the equally unlucky Will Morgan, who once again forgot his glasses and was unable to distinguish a doe from a button buck.  Our President is going on the "Got Milk" trophy with a very personal recognition of his mal-accomplishment.

November 9 - Added the results of the opening weekend of the Muzzle Loading Season - 6 more does and one 14" buck.  That brings our total to 10 does and 2 bucks.

October 31 - Juvenile Hunt results (doe # 4 and buck # 1) through 10 AM Sunday.

October 19 - Added a picture of a member's new toy......

October 14 - The second doe was taken by Richard Speer.

October 10 - The first doe of the season was taken by Will Morgan.

August 23 - Look at the monster Philip Fontenot captured. Needless to say, Foster Butt has been given the responsibility to mount it for placement at the Lodge for a year, then on Philip's wall.

June 14 - Added a shortened version of the story associated with the unsuspecting 25th bird, who really had a hard day when a number of circumstances all came together with only Richard Speer having a weapon in his hands.

May 18 - Added the 25th and final bird taken this year - Richard Speer, with help from Nate Greene, Carl Johnson and Michael Zanolli.

May 3 - Added the 24th bird taken by David Neblett.

May 1 - Added Skip's actual story.  It's a "must read".  Take a few minutes and enjoy.

April 29 - Added a brief on turkey # 23 taken by Ned Priest.

April 28 - Added the picture of Con Knox and Don Alexander.

April 26 - And we continue to set new standards.  Eric Pederson nailed #20 with a 13.75 pound jake, his first ever.  Then, Sunday our Chairman Ned Priest seduced a 2 year old 19.625 pounder with a worn out 5" beard and 7/8" spurs.  Not to be outdone, Skip Neblett limited out with another worn out 3 year old with vital statistics of 15.5 lbs., 9" beard and 7/8" spurs.  Skip has now called in 2 for himself, 1 for son David and 1 for his intern guest.  I believe this is the first ever for someone using all his tags at Heart's Desire.  Kudos to Skip for a great season.  Stories to follow.

April 20 - Records are falling each day! On the 10th, David Neblett officially broke the two year standing record of 13.  Then on the 15th, Wilson Burton, Nat Harris and Nate Greene went 3 for 3 for birds # 15, 16 and 17 (3 birds for the only 3 hunters that day).  Sid Dassinger got # 18 on the 17th and Marcus Sheanshang harvested # 19 on the morning of the 18th.  See details.

April 10th - The Heart's Desire turkey record of 13 birds taken in one season was tied this morning by Doug Hardcastle - on the 8th day of the 2004 season!  See details.

April 7 - Added additional posts for Turkeys # 9 & 10 - Con Knox and Will Morgan.  Corrected an earlier double-error post for Con - this one is much more accurate.

April 6 -Opening weekend was great with 8 Toms being harvested.  For each of the last two seasons, we harvested 13 each year.  If we continue to be lucky, or skillful and Frank would say, 2004 will be our best year ever.

The festivities began Friday night with the presentation of the "Got Gas" reminder T-Shirt and early the next morning with the large "Got Gas" banner as a final reminder before venturing out into the woods.

By 8 AM, these three had returned with their harvests.  Frank Stephens, Robert Alexander and Wilson Burton.

 

See Turkey in the Hunting Section.

January 15 - Board of Directors Meeting. Philip Fontenot made sure the harvesting of a 10' spike by Robert Alexander did not go unnoticed by the Board or by the visitors to this website.  I think Philip is looking for some empathy from others.  However, it is a cool T-shirt I'm sure we'll see it regularly.

Just another picture of the other side of the T-shirt.  Pretty good show for a practical joker dentist!

Double click on it for a larger version.

 

January 6 - Added a picture of Wilson Burton's 10 pointer.

January 5 - Added a picture of Nathaniel Greene and his doe and a picture and brief story on Will Morgan's recent success.

December 2 - Added a picture from Opening Day of Duck Season.

December 1 - Picture of Denny's deer....

November 29 - Denny Michaelis, a guest of Greg Sheanshang's, scores with a big buck.  See the brief story.  We'll have pictures soon.

November 25 - Published the pictures and stories of our excellent opening deer hunting week.  Owen Hardcastle, Will Morgan and Ned Priest were all successful in taking nice trophies. Nathaniel Minneman also got a trophy fox squirrel.

November 3rd & 4th - Does #'s 6, 7 and 8 were taken during the first day of Muzzle Loading Season.  Also, added a picture of Will Morgan and his nice 3 - 4 pound bass taken on the 3rd.

November 1st & 2nd - Does numbers 3, 4, and 5 were harvested this weekend on the special Juvenile Hunt weekend.  David Rohrer with two and Clay Adkisson with one were the lucky hunters.  See the story in the Deer Hunting Section.

September 9 - The annual meeting was held at Hillwood Country Club last night.  Will Morgan was re-elected for a second two-year term on the Board and Ned Priest was elected for his first two-year term.  The rest of the officers were serving their second year terms.  Philip Fontenot became the first recipient of the Wall of Shame Award having bagged a button buck on Jan 3, 2003.  Future winners will have their nameplates added to the trophy.

Philip is graciously accepting his award from Hillwood Hostess Jennifer and Robert Alexander.  Also enjoying the presentation are Will Morgan and Billy Coble.

May 12 - Recorded the fish catch by Robert Alexander and Nat Harris, with a slight assist by Doug Hardcastle.  Go to Fishing for more details.

April 29 - Added the actual story of Philip Fontenot's second turkey.

April 28 - Added a brief description of Richard Speer's third turkey, the club's thirteenth!

April 28 - Added the actual story of David Neblett's turkey.

April 21 - Recorded Toms #'s 9 and 10 both by Ned Priest...and, added a few pictures.

April 20 - Added turkeys 5 through 8 - Obituaries first, facts later.

April 14 - Richard Speer bags another - the "uneak" way.

April 10 - Picture of Doug's turkey posted.

April 5 - Doug Hardcastle scores with a 19 + lb. Tom - 10" beard.

April 2 - Richard Speer bags a 23 1/2 pound Tom.

Jan 22 - Added the final results for the deer season.

Jan 8 - Added a picture of "Huggy" Hardcastle with his 13 pointer from last year.

Jan 7 - Added a picture of Robert Alexander's big deer - 10 pointer, 206 lbs., scored and registered with Tennessee Deer Registry as 158 2/8.  Also added a recent picture of the lodge to the Home Page and the Highlights and Amenities Page.

Jan 6 - Added a Photo Gallery with some of this year's highlights.  More pictures are available and will be added in the next few days......

Dec 9 - Also, for the site, added a current picture of Will's 2001 deer mounted.

Dec 6 - A picture of Will Morgan's 2001 atypical was added.

Dec 4 - The Website was launched.

Dec 3 - Verlan Ming harvested a 9 point, 3 1/2 year old buck at 7 AM.

Nov 30 - Nat Harris harvested a 10 point, 3 1/2 year old buck scoring in the 135 class.

Nov 20th and 29th - Dr. Philip Fontenot harvested two 2 1/2 year old bucks - one with a bow.

Sept 10 - Will Morgan harvested the first deer of the season -via bow and arrow.  The doe was 3 1/2 years old and weighed 120 lbs.

Sept 1 - The newly elected directors of Heart's Desire met, elected the officers and assigned the individual responsibilities.  They are as follows:

Chairman -  Billy Coble
President - Will Morgan (Liaison with Jimmy Barnes)
Vice-President - Philip Fontenot
Secretary - Nat Harris, III (Farming and Forestry)
Treasurer - Doug Hardcastle