Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The reason I have been away

        Well it was my intention to post every day this month and apart from a few slips I think I have been pretty good. But you will have noticed that I have not posted in some time. That was due to our annual deer hunting trip to north western Minnesota.
        I alway had an interest in hunting ever since I was a child. I remember my grandfather hunting a few times and I remember his guns and hunting clothes in the front hall. Hunting always seemed like some great and mysterious secret that men knew, or at least the kind of men my grandfather was and that was fine enough an example for me. I wanted to hunt. Sadly my father was not a big part of my life at that age and my step father had no interest in hunting at all. I satisfied my self with learning woodland skills like tracking animals, making camp fires and learning to identify and forage for plants. I also developed a keen interest in fishing as well, also to be more like my grandfather. But hunting had to wait.
       Many years after high school and my time in the Navy I spent some time in the Army National Guard as a medic and it was there that I met my hunting mentor and all around great friend James. You see he was also ex-navy and also had a love for fishing and food. I also learned that he had some experience hunting. I don't exactly remember how I first talked him into letting me go duck hunting with him but for me it was a door opening and I rushed through it. In the many years since we have hunted everything from squirrels to deer. I have introduced other friends of mine to the joys and challenges of hunting as well.  It is through him that I have met many great and wonderful people and had many fantastic days in the field. He helped me learn to butcher what I managed to harvest and even been a fine example of just what a person can do with wild game. You really should read his blog if you have not yet. Thanks James!

Scroll down for dead deer picture.


Michael Moore said...

Congrats on getting the deer!

Since I'm hunting in the metro area, I've still got a few days to try to get one. Here's hoping.

It was my my grandpa that turned me on to hunting too. My dad had hunted when he was younger, but lost interest by the time I was old enough to do it.

Frustrated Farmer Rick said...

Thanks Michael.

Good luck with your hunting as well. I think the recent turn to colder weather may help you.

JoyceP said...

Holy Cow, that's alot of venison sausage! Good for you!

Frustrated Farmer Rick said...

Thanks Joyce. I have been planning to get together with some friends and try and make some of Hank Shaw's recipes for ground venison sausage.

Robin said...

Wow, that was a big one.