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Hunting Season


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What's your reaction when someone mentions the word hunting? Some say, "Oh, dear!" but many say, "Oh, DEER!" I have never gone hunting myself. My dad used to hunt when I was a little boy. I distinctly remember an evening when I was in first grade when Dad came home from hunting, chilled to the bone and nothing to show for it. He pronounced that he was done with hunting, and he never went again. There went my chances to learn to hunt! My brother-in-law Dan enjoys hunting, as do many friends here in Greenville. My wife and I enjoy it when wild game is shared with us and when we're served wild game in other people's homes. But at this stage of life, I don't think I'm destined to become a hunter. I'll just enjoy other aspects of the great outdoors, along with those occasional meals of wild game that hunters provide for us.

Today's "instant vacation" is several jokes and funny pictures about hunters and hunting. Hunters and non-hunters alike will find something here to laugh at in this one. Here goes....

Two hunters got lost in the woods. The first hunter said, "Don't worry. All we have to do is shoot into the air three times, stay where we are, and someone will find us."

So they shot in the air three times, but no one came. After a while, they tried it again; still no response. Finally the second hunter said, "I suppose we can try again, but it better work this time — we're down to our last three arrows.”

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Two goober hunters were dragging their dead deer back to their car. Another hunter approached pulling his along too.

"Hey, I don't want to tell you how to do things, but I can tell you that it's much easier if you drag the deer in the other direction. Then the antlers won't dig into the ground."

After the third hunter left, the two goobers decided to try it.

A little while later one said to the other, "You know, that guy was right. This is a lot easier!"

"Yeah," the other added, "but we're getting farther away from the truck!"

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A game warden witnessed a man shooting a seagull.

“I’ll have to write you up,” he told the man.

The man answered, “Can I at least keep the bird?

“No,” said the officer.

“Please? My family needs the meat or I wouldn’t have shot it.”

“Well, all right. Just this once” the officer gave in.

As the officer started to walk away, he turned and asked, “Say, what does seagull taste like?

The man answered, “Well, I guess it’s kind of a cross between spotted owl and golden eagle.”

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We have a restaurant named Saskatoon here in Greenville that specializes in wild game. I've never eaten there, but I've heard it's really good (and expensive). Here's a billboard that always made me smile and was just down the street from my university several years ago.

picture of Saskatoon billboard

Fox hunting has seen a resurgence in recent years, but it's not an easy sport. The foxes are becoming more and more ... well, ugh ... foxy. These pictures might help prove it.

They've become better at the use of camouflage.

picture of fox hiding

Here's a picture of a problem the folks in Utah are having with foxes. It puts a whole new twist on the expression "fox hunting."

picture of a fox hunting

Are you an avid hunter? Do you like to eat wild game? What wild game do you enjoy eating most and what's the "wildest" game you've ever eaten?

On the home front, Becka had lunch with me in Greenville today and dinner with our daughter Megan and her family in Detroit this evening. While Becka's up there for a week, I'll be quenching my students' thirst for knowledge at school, holding down the fort here at home, and serving as a heat source for the cats all night. I'll post some pictures when I get them.

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"God's blessings bring with them God's power." - Drew Conley

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Rob

Could it be that so many deer get hit on the interstates because they're simply obeying the posted deer crossing signs?


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18 Comments on “Hunting Season”

  1. #1 Sam Brenneman
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Another possible reason why so many deer are being hit by vehicles is from they’re having to flee their natural habitat in an attempt to escape all the stray shots of those lost hunters!….;-)

  2. #2 kathie
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 8:56 am

    This year we ate copperhead snake. We got about a tablespoon of meat off the whole thing…and it was a pretty good size snake. Tasted like chicken. We’ve decided to stick to the meatier rattlesnake.

  3. #3 Michael
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Hunting is not for me. I don’t have the patience for it, don’t enjoy being outside that long, and can’t bring myself to kill animals unless they’re threatening me or have invaded my home without permission.

    I’ve been to Saskatoon once and thought it was all right but haven’t been back. I think it’s for those who are really adventurous. I think the weirdest thing I ate there was alligator feet or something.

    Hope the cats keep you in line over the next week.

  4. #4 Richard
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I’ve had venison — it’s not the best; antelope can really be gamey — usually best as jerky; elk is pretty good; but the best is moose — very mild. I do not hunt, but several friends do and have shared their meat.

  5. #5 Rob
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    @Sam – LOL! You may be on to something there….

    @Kathie – Wow, you would think there would be more muscle to a copperhead than that. Your comment about its tasting like chicken reminded me of something our son Mark said to his friends in junior high. We had been eliminating squirrels from our back yard with a pellet gun (we lived outside the city limits) and decided to cook some of it up. When he told his friends we had eaten squirrel the night before, they asked, “What did it taste like?” Thinking he would probably say it tasted like chicken, they cracked up when he said, in all honesty, that it tasted like frog legs. (We have had frog legs in France, and he liked them.) 😀

    @Michael – What you’ve said sounds like why I would not be a good fisherman – I can’t sit quiet long enough. 🙂 Wow, alligator feet?! The cats have their work cut out for them.

    @Richard – What a line up of meats you’ve tried! I’ve had turkey jerky, deer jerky, and goat jerky (not wild goats, though), but not the antelope variety.

  6. #6 Shari
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Mmmm… the best thing at Saskatoon is there Kangaroo steak! I’ve also tried their Buffalo, but the Roo is definitely the BEST!!!

  7. #7 Brian
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve had some caribou and Canada goose. The goose was similar to chicken. The caribou was very good, almost as if it was spiced. This was on a mission team to the far northern Quebec town of Schefferville. Some Naskapi fixed it for us as only the First Nations are allowed to hunt Canadian Geese.

  8. #8 Kathy Sorensen
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    This Thanksgiving I’m driving from SE Wisconsin to NE Kansas to share dinner with my daughter and her family. Seventeen year old granddaughter Alyssa is providing the meat … road kill. Her weapon was a 1998 Ford F150 pick up. She was driving home from school one afternoon and struck the turkey. It was still on the bumper when she pulled into their driveway, so Dad came out, peeled it off the truck, cleaned it and put it into the freezer. I’m looking forward to it. I don’t have to worry about buck shot like when I had my first wild turkey. Dad had to drive all the way to Nebraska with expensive guns, ammo, dogs, clothing, etc., for that one! Alyssa’s cost a lot less!

  9. #9 Rob
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    @Shari – Kangaroo steak, huh? I’m game … so to speak.

    @Brian – I’ve had duck in France and in China, but I don’t think I’ve ever had goose. Maybe I’ve just forgotten? The duck was quite moist — I think it was from all the fat.

    @Kathy – I love the story about Alyssa’s contribution to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner! That’s one method you can’t always count on, though. I’d hate to plan a holiday dinner, not knowing whether you’d have the same good fortune. 😀

  10. #10 Diane Heeney
    on Oct 23rd, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I have to agree with Richard…moose is the best, and the younger the better. A few years back the Game and Fish men had to put down a young bull in our yard because it had badly broken its leg sparring with an older bull. Oh, how I wished they’d let us put that guy in our freezer! The tenderloin can’t be beat. I’ll pass on antelope. Have yet to eat it where I liked it. Deer and elk are good if you know how to marinate them well and they were not shot on the run. How you field dress them makes a difference too.

  11. #11 Sue
    on Oct 24th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    The best wild game I’ve ever had would be deer loins. Actually, that was probably the best meat I’ve ever had! My brother is into turkey hunting, and after a lot of experimenting, it was unanimously agreed that the best thing to do with a wild turkey is to make jerky.

    Alligator tail is probably the most exotic I’ve tried (since snail doesn’t count as wild game) and it’s very rubbery.

  12. #12 Carrie
    on Oct 24th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Moose stew is probably the wildest thing I’ve had. But up here in Alaska, nobody thinks anything of it. They do have an interesting way of taking care of road kill. When someone hits and kills a moose, they must call the police. The police have a list of people interested in moose meat. As the winter progresses, they just move on down the list, and people come with their road kill-dressing equipment and pack it in! (It’s illegal to keep road kill yourself.)

    .-= Carrie’s most recent blog post … How Embarrassing =-.

  13. #13 Vikki
    on Oct 24th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I grew up in WI with a hunting father and my husband also comes from a hunting family, so deer, antelope, squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, partridge and goose are not unknown to our family. My husband and I used to go small game hunting each Labor Day weekend with another couple when we lived up north.

    Illinois has 2 deer seasons for gun and the first one is usually the weekend before Thanksgiving. When we lived in IL, my husband would go hunting that weekend and the deer would hang in our garage for a few days. (In the garage (1) because it was usually freezing outside and it hangs best in cold but not frozen temp and (2) I think it might have upset the neighbors to see a deer hanging from a tree in our yard since we lived in the city.) Anyway, come Thanksgiving Day I would make the dressing, stuff the turkey and get it into the oven. Drag out the deer and start butchering and packaging it. Toward meal time we would clean up from the butchering and eat our Thanksgiving dinner. The next morning we were back at the butchering and grinding the meat again. We did this for a number of years until we found a place near where he hunted that would do all the butchering for only $34 per deer. Man, was I ever glad when they found this guy!!

    My father-in-law, who is no longer a hunter, lives up in northern WI and still usually gets a deer each year . . .with his car. In WI, if you hit a deer, any patrolman can sign it over to you. What happens is hunters scare the deer out of the woods and along comes Dad in his car and BANG, another deer for the freezer (or half a deer because the side you hit is quite often useless). However, if it does too much damage to the car, it can get expensive. But, you can’t live in northern WI and not expect to hit your share of deer.

    I guess the strangest thing I’ve ever eaten game wise would have to be either raccoon or bear. Ground squirrel is also on that list, I believe. I have, however, also had alligator at a restaurant once.

  14. #14 Rob
    on Oct 25th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    @Diane – I sounds as if you have quite a bit of experience with wild game. I would love to try moose, if it’s as good as you make it sound.

    @Sue – What is it about wild turkey that is so different from what we’re used to eating? Is it tougher, drier, or what?

    @Carrie – You are definitely getting quite an education up there in Alaska!

    @Vikki – I enjoyed your story of your former, typical Thanksgiving day. Wow! That $34 is quite a bargain, especially for all the work it saved you! The Wisconsin police need to talk to the police in Alaska so that the people up there can at least have some meat to show for the damage to their vehicles.

  15. #15 LeAnne Solt
    on Oct 27th, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I’ve never hunted, but my dad loves to. One of my favorites is corned venison. I’ve also eaten ostrich — the roast was extremely good. I don’t know whether you could exactly call it hunting, though — my aunt and uncle used to raise ostrich.

  16. #16 Rob
    on Oct 27th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    @LeAnne – Hmm … corned venison sounds intriguing. I’d like to try ostrich sometime. I’ve heard it’s quite good.

  17. #17 Kathleen
    on Oct 28th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve had a bunch of weird meats. Moose is one I haven’t tried yet, though.

    Ostrich, crocodile tail, elk, kangaroo, buffalo, venison…

    Ostrich was pretty good. Crocodile tail has a lot of fat and not much meat. What meat there is is thoroughly mixed with the fat, so you are going to end up eating a lot of fat. Kangaroo is even better than ostrich. Buffalo tastes a lot like beef, but really good beef. The elk we were served in Wyoming this year was wonderful, one of the best meats I’ve ever had. Venison is good too.

  18. #18 Sue
    on Oct 28th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    All the wild turkey I’ve tried has been tough, and lacked the tasty flavor of domestic turkey. I have no idea why this is, we even tried frying the breast to make “turkey nuggets”, thinking the breading and oil might disguise it, but there were *plenty* of leftovers!