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Hunting and fishing are important parts of adding meat to our diet. We hunt for turkey, ruffed grouse (partridge), black bear, deer, and hopefully a moose soon. We also hunt predators to help our small deer herd.

We fish mostly for bass but perch, salmon and trout are also favorites on our plates.

Bear Hunting 2017 – Putting Meat on the Table

Bear Hunting 2017 – Putting Meat on the Table

Bear Hunting 2017 Soooo…here we go. Don’t leave! I’ll handle this topic as honestly and sensitively as possible. Bear hunting. This is an old-time skill that was on the decline for many years. The number of women who hunt is increasing and we’re teaching this skill to children. For many of us, we know too much about factory farming, wildlife conservation (population management, for example) and eating a natural diet. We are, after all, animals. We’re animals. We’re part of…

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Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work Great weekend! Not that it was fun though we got a lot done. We’re sacrificing a lot of time this year for weekend work. The list of things that need to be done is long but we’re knocking items off at a steady rate. My favorite part of the work was harvesting garlic. So excited about the garlic! We set up two of the three bear baits on Saturday. Steve’s is the hardest. It’s a rough, uneven, bramble-filled,…

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Deer Hunting Season Ends – wins and losses

Deer Hunting Season Ends – wins and losses

Deer Hunting Season Deer hunting season is over for me. It’s my least favorite, least productive hunting season. I get cold easily, though this year it was unusually warm for the first four weeks and I wasn’t cold until the end. There aren’t a lot of deer around so we can shoot only bucks. I hunted almost every day and saw one buck right here on our land. I heard him crunch dry leaves and snap a branch on his…

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Harvesting a Black Bear

Harvesting a Black Bear

Harvesting a black bear It was a long bear season. I spent 60 hours at two sites, in a tree stand and two ground blinds. Steve spent at least that much time baiting; he did the majority of the work while I literally sat on my butt most of the time. It paid off in harvesting a black bear on September 16. (A plugin is acting up with photos.) There were days I had to dig deep to stay seated…

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Bear Bait Barrel

Bear Bait Barrel

How to Make a Bear Bait Barrel Making a bear bait barrel isn’t difficult. I’m using an old plastic barrel the girls had for barrel racing their horses and pony. Steve cut a hole in it with the chainsaw. The size of the hole isn’t particularly important to me. I’ve seen large holes bears can stick their heads into and small holes they have to reach into with a paw. One doesn’t seem to work any better than the other….

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On The Fire – The Big Wild Radio Show

On The Fire – The Big Wild Radio Show

On The Fire Exciting news! The first segment for my new gig as co-host of On The Fire, part of The Big Wild Radio Show airs this weekend. Gundy, my co-host, has been on the air for ten years. It’s exciting to be part of a well established show. It airs on 19 stations in eight mid-western states. We’ll be making my introduction, talking a little about what I do as an outdoorswoman, and about cooking bear meat. Want to…

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Bears! So Many Bears! – Bear Hunting 2016

Bears! So Many Bears! – Bear Hunting 2016

Bears! So many bears! There are so many bears on Bait 2 this year that it’s a little overwhelming. We have more bears at that site already this year than three sites combined in 2015. I name and study the bears for the same reason I name the livestock we eat – to keep them straight in my mind. I’m going to call them something. “The smallest bear” can change when a smaller bear shows up. The current smallest bear…

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Bear Hunting Season 2016 – work begins

Bear Hunting Season 2016 – work begins

Bear Hunting Season 2016 Bear hunting season, my favorite of all the seasons we use to put meat on the table, has started. This isn’t going to become a hunting blog anymore than it’s solely a gardening blog, fishing blog or foraging blog. Hunting is one of the first methods homesteaders used to put meat on the table way back when. It isn’t nearly as common for modern-day homesteaders to hunt but some of us still do. I promise, this…

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Clean Trout in 15 Seconds or Less

Clean Trout in 15 Seconds or Less

Clean Trout in 15 Seconds or Less Uncle Harold came knocking with four brook trout, commonly called brookies, for me Monday morning. He left with a dozen duck eggs and we’re both happy with our exchange. You can clean trout in 15 seconds or less once you get the hang of it. I think brookies are the easiest fish there are to clean. How to Clean a Brook Trout You might or might not need a cutting board. I use…

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First Fly Rod Catch – Confession Time

First Fly Rod Catch – Confession Time

My First Fly Rod Catch I started fly fishing three summers ago. For the most part I’ve had to figure it out on my own. I spent a couple of hours with a guide the first time I fished in Grand Lake Stream, and Steve gives me pointers from his limited knowledge. Steve has more fly fishing experience than I do thanks to fishing with guides on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada. I’ve been eager to make my…

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