Maine Moose Hunt – Opening Day

Maine Moose Hunt – Opening Day

Maine Moose Hunt – Opening Day The number of moose we saw while scouting was discouragingly low. We were up at 4 am on Sunday and out the door 30 minutes later. We rode The Golden Road and a lot of the side roads on the Zone 9 side near Chesuncook Lake. Steve made breakfast sandwiches on the tailgate – English muffins with eggs, bacon, ham and cheese. Later, tailgate lunch was beef and barely soup with lots of veggies…

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Pumpkin Chowder – On The Fire

Pumpkin Chowder – On The Fire

Pumpkin Chowder It’s damp and cool this morning, 46°, and I’ve been working on firewood. I want comfort food today even though I don’t particularly need comforting (but my muscles might by the end of the day), something warm and satisfying. The New England Pie pumpkins we were given were irresistible. I baked two and let them cool overnight. Chicken stock came from the freezer, onions, potatoes and corn from a local farmstand, celery and garlic from my garden, and…

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Our Maine Moose Hunt – Scouting in the North Maine Woods

Our Maine Moose Hunt – Scouting in the North Maine Woods

Our Maine Moose Hunt A Maine moose hunt is something hunters from all over hope for, wait for, dream of, apply for, and one that few of us get. More than 50,000 people entered the lottery in 2018 and around 2,500 of us were drawn. It’s one thing to have your name drawn and something else to have an opening available in your zone and gender choices. I’d been applying for bull or cow, either, just please give me a…

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Late Summer Mornings

Late Summer Mornings

Late Summer Mornings There’s something about late summer mornings that revives my tired soul. You know that feeling. The one where you’ve worked your ass off all spring and summer and here it is late August and the to do list is longer than the done list. That feeling. The holy-shit-it-never-ends feeling. But getting up at 4:30 am, slipping into camo, walking into the woods, and sitting in a tree stand for a few hours does me good. Bear season…

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Osprey on a Crane

Osprey on a Crane

We’ve been watching osprey on a crane since they returned this past spring. The pair chose the P&H Crane at Woodland Pulp, LLC as their new home and set about the work of building a nest. One weekend we watched an osprey swoop down to pick up a four foot branch from the road in a wood yard at the mill. It grabbed the branch and flew away as though it were a toothpick. Impressive. The osprey add to the…

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Garlic – and then plans changed

Garlic – and then plans changed

Last fall I planted 700 cloves of four varieties of garlic. And then plans changed. I’m not at farmers market as planned this year because the market was dismal. This morning looked as good as it’s going to get for garlic harvesting. It hasn’t rained for a few days but it’s going to later today or maybe tomorrow. I got busy and pulled 700 heads of garlic. Garlic is like magic. Drop 20ish pounds into fertile soil, cover it, water…

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Bear Site 1 – Two Days Later

Bear Site 1 – Two Days Later

Bear Site 1 – Two Days Later It didn’t take long. I’ve had time to look up pictures from 2017 and make some comparisons. I believe this bear is the one I didn’t get a shot at last year. That makes him the bear that stole the Foriflex pan not long after I put it out as a watering dish for the wildlife. This is the third bear on the game camera this year. They wanted through one at a…

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Setting up Bear Bait Sites – Bear Hunting 2018

Setting up Bear Bait Sites – Bear Hunting 2018

Setting up Bear Bait Sites Look! This isn’t a recipe. It’s a minor miracle, right? 😉 I’ve been absent for a long time. Sometimes we need down time to figure out what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, why we’re doing, who we are and want to be, and simply be. I’ve been busy but not with writing here. We started setting up bear bait sites on Saturday. This is a good time to learn about why we hunt. What…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars – On The Fire

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars – On The Fire

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars Early summer, the magical time when strawberries and rhubarb are ready to be picked at the same time. It’s a short window here on the homestead. Rhubarb pops up as soon as the ground thaws but strawberries are much later in breaking dormancy. Rhubarb starts to go to seed when the strawberries are starting to show a faint blush of red. Garden tip: Cut the seed stem off to keep the rhubarb going a while longer….

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Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe This Ranch Dressing recipe is the other half of an episode of On The Fire. Rather than try to put two recipes with a long list of ingredients together on one entry I decided to separate them. Simple is good. Ranch dressing is great on salad and as a dip. I like a little on baked potatoes. Do you love a fresh tomato or cucumber sandwich? Try this dressing instead of mayo. You’re welcome. Really. It’s that…

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