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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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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? šŸ˜‰ 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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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 tripletsĀ  and another with twins at the first…

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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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Snow Cover – last day of November

Snow Cover – last day of November

Snow Cover Enough snow fell last night to bring out the plow and sand truck. We were going to get up at 3 am to drive to Molunkus Stream Camps, hunt our way to the blind at Big Field, and wait for deer. I’ve had a feeling of gloom and doom for five days and willed the alarm to remain silent. And it did, through no fault of mine. Steve woke at 6 am, unusually late for us. We got…

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November First on the Homestead

November First on the Homestead

November First on the Homestead The kitchen is cool, almost cold in the morning now. November first dawned in the 20Ā°s, feeling more like December. Sourdough bread spent the night in its first rise in the coldest corner of the kitchen. Poke poke poke. I dumped the flattening dough from the bowl into a bread pan and pushed it aside to rise for the day. After coffee, chores, and then a breakfast of homemade bread toasted on cast iron, an…

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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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