Opening day 2005 will, in many ways, be the same as it has
for the past two decades for the dove hunters guided by
the Wise family. They will have every opportunity to bag
daily limits of Coleman County’s great dove crop at
the best sites throughout the county. They will meet old
friends who have hunted together for many years and catch
up on news and events for the past year. There’s a
good chance a few new “tall tales” will be met
with disbelief as the folks sit down to dinners of rib eye
steaks or fried catfish with all the trimmings. All those
fortunate enough to hunt with the Wises will enjoy the hospitality
provided by Hank, Darla and all the crew. This will be the
second year Centennial Lodge will be enjoyed by the hunters
arriving from all over Texas and other states. The lodging
facilities are new, spacious, down-home comfortable, and
darn near big city plush.
We now have wireless internet service, a projector available, 2 pool
tables, ping pong, basketball, poker tables, a stage, volleyball, 5 stand sporting clay course, and
Coleman County residents are familiar
with the site, as it has served as a school since 1940.
The thirteen-acre campus has five separate structures built
over the years. The main building and gymnasium was a WPA
project completed in 1940. Prior to the purchase by the
Wises, the campus housed the CAP program for the surrounding
independent school districts.
Now Centennial Lodge is a state of the
art hunting lodge with facilities capable of housing many
lucky hunters and dining facilities seating hunters and
other guest either inside or outside on the new covered
veranda nestled in the courtyard under towering post oaks.
Big screen televisions are located in the main gathering
area in the main building and in the annex.
The main building has a huge gathering
area tastefully decorated with lovers of wildlife in mind.
Trophy deer, turkey, fox and pheasant mounts adorn the pine
interior walls. The annex also has a gathering area equally
tastefully finished. Both areas have wet bars and the central
area of the annex also has room for recreational activities
such as billiards and card games. Every effort was made
to make the hunting experience as comfortable and “homey”
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