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Welcome to Dismal Swamp “Bear” Hunters...

This story starts over 100 years ago in Pasquotank county North Carolina with a 12 year old boy named Cortez Temple.

Over the years he was known locally as “The Greatest Bear Hunter of the Early Twentieth Century.” He mentored future generations including Edward, Thelbert and Cecil Temple, all great hunters in their own right, but Edward stood out among all the other hunters.

Edward was well-known as “Bear Hunter, Fox Hunter, Farmer, Woodworker, and Sawmill Operator.” His other talents were singing and playing a guitar which he built from scratch.

The account from his friends is that he was so fast in the woods that he would catch the fox before the hounds could catch it, cool it off in a ditch and release it for a hunt another day. You will learn many other fascinating stories about the Temple family and the history of the Great Dismal Swamp on the television show airing the 3rd quarter of 2014 .

Fast forward to 2013. Edward Temple's son, John & Cecil Temple’s son, Doug , have been hunting for over 60 years. They were mentored by past Temple ancestors and have passed on their knowledge to their son's.  Jason & Wade Temple. Doug and Wade raise a kennel full of bear hounds that have been passed down through the generations. Wade referred to his dogs this way. “When you treat your dogs good, they return the favor by hunting hard for you.”

It takes a team of bear hunters to have a successful hunt. You will experience strong fellowship, well organized hunts, respect for the hounds and a well-oiled team during your pursuit of the black bear on the border's of The Great Dismal Swamp.

Todd Davis