The 2016 Deer Hunting Season
We have just completed the 2016 deer hunting season. This event is another love/hate affair for me, and Dan says it is becoming a love/hate for him also. As he is getting older, the time out in the woods is not so easy any more. It is good to have such big, strong, healthy sons to hunt with and to help.
Deer hunting is a big tradition in many families in Pennsylvania, a very cherished and anticipated and long talked about tradition. It has been so in our family for the 25 years that we have been living here. The hunting tradition has been fully embraced by our family.
There is much time invested in preparation for the big hunt. Scouting out the woods and fields, finding a place to hunt (which has become harder, with more land owners posting their land to no hunting-the men have gone to leasing hunting rights), setting up game cams and checking them, building tree stands, discussing who will stand and sit where, who will drive the woods, how they think the deer will travel, etc. and etc. The deer licenses and tags must be applied for way in advance. Finally, the big day arrives, the fellas rise early, dress warmly, and head out to hunt the white tail deer. (I am just thankful that the fellas no longer want the ‘big hunter’s breakfast’ on the first day of buck!)
This hunting business is not just limited to the males in the family-7 month pregnant Jocelyn, and mother of 3 Davonna both hunted this year… both got their deer! (I am willing to just be the baby sitter! I have never hunted, and never will)
(disclaimer-the following photos of dead deer may be offensive to some, stop scrolling now.)
The following deer are all Mike and Gabe’s deer. (Jingles does not like this gun hunting business!)
Deer hanging in the maple tree in front yard,
in the apple tree, and on the clothesline. Every where you looked, it seemed like there was a deer hanging!
But no deer for my husband! Two weeks of tramping through the woods and hunting and no deer for him yet. We were both beginning to wonder if we would have any venison this year, the first time that would have happened since we have lived here. The thought was almost unthinkable-we have always depended on the venison, as I use it in so much in my cooking.
On the last Saturday of hunting he did get a nice, fat doe. We are thankful for the meat. Thus the love affair with hunting.
But, as a housewife (translate-house cleaner), I hate hunting season….
dirt and wet snow left everywhere the hunters walk,
high powered rifles laid on beds and in corners, bulky hunting boots cluttering the floors, shed hunting clothing everywhere, piles of bloody laundry, bullets and hunting knives, cold, hungry fellas, beds everywhere filled making lots of sheets and towels to launder….just a mess all over the house. So I am always so glad when it is over, and I can clean the place up.
A big shout out to the 2 youngest hunters-
Caleb and his first deer,
and Daniel’s deer.
The hunting tradition continues.
One of our favorite ways to use venison is canned venison. It is so tasty and easy to fix for a quick, delicious dinner. You can read about canning venison HERE.
Boil some potatoes or rice, heat the canned venison in a cast iron skillet, thicken it with a roux, heat up a jar of summer canned green beans….serve the venison gravy over the potatoes or rice…. and that is about it for a quick, easy meal.
What is your favorite way to use deer meat?
Good-by hunting season till next year~
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