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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.

Tip for New Deer Hunters – Opening Day 2017

Tip for New Deer Hunters – Opening Day 2017

¬†Opening Day of Deer Season Saturday morning, opening day of deer season, and we were not up and out before dawn. We weren’t sitting in tree stands or ground blinds or in the bushes in hopes of shooting ten point, 250 pound bucks. When reality isn’t productive it’s best to stay in bed, comfy cozy, and go out later on.¬† I have a tip for new deer hunters to share, one that’s done well for me, and two more equally…

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Pressure on the Trigger – Bear Hunting

Pressure on the Trigger – Bear Hunting

A Bear in My Sights We’re at the end of the bear over bait hunting season. Until last night we hadn’t seen a bear with our own eyes. We have some interesting things going on but we see these things only by camera. Steve’s site has three sows with a total of six cubs, a first. They’re sometimes in the area at the same time but not at the barrel together. They keep themselves and their cubs separated. Site two,…

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Bear Hunting Update – Story Time

Bear Hunting Update – Story Time

Bear Hunting Update What a year. I hoped, as always, that the next bear hunting update would include a picture of me sitting with a dead bear, a photo taken moments after pulling the trigger. Moments before field dressing and heading off to the tagging station and the butcher. Sows & Cubs Sows and cubs – at all three sites. We have a small sow with twins behind the house, one with triplets¬† and another with twins at the first…

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Bear Hunting Up a Tree – Opening Week

Bear Hunting Up a Tree – Opening Week

Bear Hunting Up a Tree There isn’t time to write how-to’s and other helpful posts. I’m putting up veggies and herbs from the gardens, we’ve been on vacation, and now I’m hunting. We’ve been tending three bait sites for 33 days now. Monday was opening day and I’ve been bear hunting up a tree. I’m up the tree, not hunting bears that are up a tree. It didn’t take long for my butt and back to remind me of why…

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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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