Hunting Trip

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While we were getting ready for a trip, Robin Hood was “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor”.

Ten minutes from home we stopped (actually, a kind Dad turned around and drove back at the urgent pleas of one passenger) to observe this hawk owl sitting on a power line. He dove into the field, flew back up, and ate his lunch.

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Balto met the horses.

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There was a little bit of snow and ice…. just enough to make snow ‘n dirt angels.

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The hunters heading out for a look.

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A load-your-own ammo lesson.

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Balto and Roxie had a lot of fun.

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Hello!

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Much to the annoyance of Noah, Balto likes breaking down snow towers.

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Totally posed. Neither Gabe or I were present when Dad shot the deer.

There are no photos from the hands-on tutorials on field dressing, skinning, and cutting up a deer. Grae gutted the first while I video taped.  I did the second.  We both got to skin and quarter.   And now we feel confident that if a deer walks by our door again we could take care of it from the shot to the freezer on our own.

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Helping Grandpa move a tractor.

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Time for the skinning and butchering lesson to commence.

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Back at home everyone took a turn weighing out meat to be packaged.

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And Mommy finally got her hides for brain tanning (except I’m not going to use brains this time…. special request). Here I am salting them to preserve them until I can get to the next steps.

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2 Responses to Hunting Trip

  1. schantz6 says:

    Hmmm…”industrious” would be an understatement 😉 Looks like fun! What is your plan for the deer hide?

    • Angela says:

      Sorry I never answered your deer hide question! I’m thinking some more leather bound books (the kids requested them after I made one as a gift for Grae). And what about a buckskin skirt? Who knows. The hides are still sitting – salted, frozen – on my deck. Hoping to get to them soon-ish.

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