3 Deer in 45 minutes, Rifle Performance, Frying a Turkey, Winterizing.
It's been a busy week! I have to say my deer season passed quickly compared to the extended elk hunting trip. My 3 tags were filled by 7:15 the first morning. All of the deer taken were full size, young adults. My freezer runneth over! I did stay in the stand long enough to watch some younger bucks feeling their rutty oats. It was quite a show.
I was in the stand early, and watched as the hunters traveled down the gravel roads and pulled into their hunting spots. I watched deer in the full moon light running past their parked trucks and mingling in my bean field. I wouldn't have any regrets if I hadn't seen that one buck. At 300 yards, a large buck trotted along the timberline before the sun came up. Through my scope, I watched him for a couple of minutes. I could tell he had to be legal, but it was a little too far, a little to dark, and a lot too early. He hopped into the timber and across the ditch onto my neighbor's place. The neighbor has a renter, and that renter is quite excited about the 11 pointer he killed. (dangit!) Well... you win some, you lose some. Letting the distant buck go was the ethical decision.
After the hunt, I headed to town for a double shift. That has been about the way the rest of the week has gone. Leave the farm in the dark and come home at dark. The cows are getting accustomed to eating by romantic tractor light. Tomorrow is Sunday, and hopefully I will get the cows moved to their winter pasture in the morning.
My nights have been filled with studious web searching. Trying to get a PC to play with Mac programs is a trial, but Viola, the podcast is on Itunes. Just search for Salt Creek Life Podcast and you can listen in on your Droid or IPhone.