I went hunting - and not in the grocery aisle

Sunday, August 26, 2012

First off - let me say this - I am NOT a hunter. I'm the gatherer. And I am, as much as I wish I wasn't, a carnivore. My husband, however, is a hunter and we eat a lot of venison, elk, antelope, and fowl. He is also the best fisherman I've ever encountered, so we have a lot of fish too. He makes sure we get through the year.

Because he works so hard at this, and because my doctors said I need animal protein for my specific health issues, I've decided I should go and see what goes into it.

Hmmm...I've now been 'hunting' four or five times since last season with him. I've learned that hunting, at least when I'm there, means hours of aimlessly wandering through the woods getting smacked in the face by tree branches. There's also the falling through rotted wood stumps (when you try to step over them), being pelted by pine cones from pissed off squirrels, and attacking vines at your feet. You know - it isn't that much fun.

It might be nice if we actually SAW something other than mosquitos. I seem to hear a lot of noises and my imagination is sure it is a bear just behind that bush. After 3 hours of this, I was kind of hoping it might be a bear just to liven things up a bit.

I did however go because it would be great exercise - and it was. I hiked for a solid 3 hours up and down the hills. There is also the bending to avoid the branches (hubs forgets I'm behind him when he plows through the brush and = THWACK - right to the face).

It wasn't all bad though. On the occasional break he told me stories of critters of huntings past. Like the time he heard all this racket down by the stream and so he goes up and there is a young bull elk playing and splashing in the water. It was jumping up and down like a kid. Then it looked up and went "blahhhhh - who are you?" and ran away. Or the time he came up on 2 sleeping foxes curled up on a rock. He took pictures of that. Or the time a turkey charged him sort of all "blahhhhh - who are you?" And we laughed when I made so much noise that I apologized for filling my shoes with corn flakes before we set out.

So - that was my adventures in hunting. Not sure I will go again because next month we get to add constant rain to the mix. But I will stay appreciative of all he does for me and keep on with my farming and gathering duties.
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    I love the cornflakes joke. Like I've said before I love what you and your husband are doing on your farm. It gives me inspiration as well as hope to know what we want to do is possible in the near future
    2118 days ago
    Great story. I love all the outdoor stuff I can get. Not much on the hunting. I've done my share of cleaning animals. I'm def a gatherer. It's all good. But I would love the tromp around the forest and hills. Your place looks great. Sounds like a good guy to do all that work:) emoticon
    2119 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    Loved your hunting adventure!

    I'm vegetarian and my husband actually took me fishing once. We were in Corpus Christie, I think. They were practically throwing themselves on his hook. As fast as he was catching them I was throwing them back into the water behind him. "Be free, little fishie, be free" emoticon Needless to say, he doesn't take me with him, anymore. But I don't know what he was thinking, anyway. I'm vegetarian emoticon
    2120 days ago
  • CNELSON5411
    I have no desire to hunt or clean the hunted item! I will stick with buying it. I am however a gatherer as you are and a preserver and that I like :) Your stories are great and I love them!

    Canning Spaghetti Sauce today and probably more salsa. Am heading out of my funk :) How are you doing?
    2121 days ago
    I loved your story!
    2121 days ago
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