Monday, December 1, 2008

Deer Hunting in PA


After being absent a week I need to say I am sorry to all the folks I did not answer last time. I was on vacation last week & it seems I had less time than when I work! Please accept my apologies, I'll try to do better this week. Hope all celebrating Thanksgiving had a wonderful one.

Hunters are in the PA forests & fields for the next 2 weeks trying to "get a deer". Of course, everyone wants the big buck that the PA Game Commission has promised will be around this year. Others, are happy to fell a doe. In my short history of hunting it was quite cold, so I wore lots of clothing & carried a pack with lots of hot tea, lunch (& snacks), a blanket, & a book. I did carry a rifle, but I'm not sure why - I never used it! My hunt was for a good spot to read & enjoy nature. I remember one year in particular my sons & I were at the edge of a field of round hay bales. Josh & I had the best time climbing the bales & sliding back down. Another early morning, son Joe and I went to the back field to wait for a buck that we knew was there. It was quite dark yet, so we settled along the edge in some trees to wait. Well, the buck was in the trees lying down nearby, he snorted & took off, giving us a BIG scare. Needless to say we headed for home empty handed. Most hunters are more serious than I (& more successful), but it was fun. Venison is quite good. I like it canned then made into a gravy with onions & mushrooms, and served over mashed potatoes. YUM! We ate that often when my kids were growing up. Andy enjoys the steaks, loin, & bologna that he makes each year. Hunting is a very big part of "My World". Andy hunts and helps capture the sportsmen who think they are above the law.
I am hoping to not offend anyone with this shot of Andy & the 10 point he stumbled across this morning. A 10 point is a trophy that earns bragging rights for years to come. Join us here to enjoy many worlds or to share yours.

10 comments:

ewok1993 said...

I really enjoyed reading your post. No I did not get offended by the photo.

Enjoy your week and see you next week.

Arija said...

I don't mind hunting if you take the deer for food, but mindless slaugter by hunters withou respect who shoot at anything that moves whether it is safe or not and as often as no bag a farmer's prize bull are not my cup of tea.
When we spent an autumn in Vermont I dared not let the children out to play as the gung ho guys shot from one hill to the other right across our yard!
I prefer your option, go out and enjoy nature.

Carver said...

I wasn't offended although I'd be more interested in photographing a deer than shooting one. I'm with you about enjoying nature. I don't like hunting if it's just for the kill but I think it's fine as long as hunters eat or share the food they get. Interesting glimpse into your world.

Guy D said...

Great shot, I still remember the days when my dad used to take me hunting.

Cheers
Regina In Pictures

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

I live in an area where this is a huge sport too and am surrounded by it right now. Nice post

The Good Life in Virginia said...

interesting read and thank you for sharing your world with all of us.
have a great week.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Well that should make some good eating. Nope no offense here, My boys hunt all the time, altho i do not like to see or eat the kill.

Mrs. Salty said...

Andy has earned bragging rights; what a buck!
I enjoyed your post and I just knew you would have a book among your belongings. :)

fishing guy said...

MS: Well posted and a big part of the PA life style. That was a healthy 10 point and it was well taken. I hunted the PA mountains many a year and was always cold in the woods. I now hunt with my camera.

Stacey Huston said...

Congrats on a beautiful animal. Glad to know that he was harvested for an honorable reason.. thanks for sharing