Sunday, October 4, 2009

Well it has been a while since I have written. The combination of so much to finish and the diminishing daylight both conspire to keep me from the blog. We have been involved in a few new adventures around here. First Jess has started a blog about food, life and song over at Lefse and Kimchee: A life in Meals and Song. My wife is a much better writer than I will ever be, so I urge you to give her blog a read if you have the time.
Also it is now hunting season here in Minnesota and I have spent a few days in the fields looking for some high quality protein. There is an ancient native american word for the type of hunter I am and it is "Vegetarian." Truth be told I have had to press upon my friends to teach me to hunt and they have graciously obliged. But I can't always prevail upon them to take me hunting and so I have had to learn much of it on my own. I think it will be a craft that I will continue to improve upon for years to come. I have had some successes over the years, there were a few white tailed deer, a coot and a goose or two. This week I have been to a game farm and came home with 10 pheasants for the freezer but duck opener success alluded me this year. I also spent an afternoon last week walking the woods and looking for squirrels, they must have had other plans that day.
In addition to all this we have had a near frost and had to spend an afternoon/evening trying to gather it all in. We gathered quite a bit of raspberries and beans as well as the last of the tomatoes.
Now just to finish getting ready for our harvest festival in the barn.



Mr. H. said...

Good luck with the hunting, I spent many years deer and elk hunting with my father but have no taste for it anymore.
Perhaps someday if we move farther out I will again take it up, until then I will happily be a vegetarian, and hunt for nuts and berries.:) Although I do love to stalk and hunt animals with my camera.

If you ever get a chance, you might enjoy reading Tom Brown's book "The Tracker" or any of his books for that matter.

I enjoyed your wifes blog, very nice.

Frustrated Farmer Rick said...

Thanks for the well wishes. I was pretty sure not all parties would agree with my take on hunting. As a person who does and will probably continue to eat animals I think it is incumbent upon me to be involved in the lives and necessary deaths of the animals involved. I strive to always make quick kills and minimize pain and suffering where possible while hunting.

Also thanks for the book recommendation. I will keep an eye out for it.

Jess says thanks.