Two New Studs on Cam

There are only two areas I’ve ever really hunted. One is public land I scouted and hunted from a blind in last year with no real success. Unfortunately it’s also the in place for the local homeless population to have encampments. I’ve been warned recently it may no longer be the safest place to be.

My second and primary location is behind where I work and in another zone. I’ve had a trail camera out there since last year and just last month erected a two man ladder stand. For the most part I’ve only ever seen three regular does and the occasional ghost of a young forked horn. It’s not a large patch but it’ll do, especially for my purposes. A few weeks ago a beautiful four pointer walked behind me and presented no shot. The experience was exhilarating for me. But since then the area has seemingly gone dead. No sign, super quiet. Every time I check the cam it’s been blank other than my coming in and out or the occasional squirrel.

Until this week. I pulled my card out this week and had TWO new bucks on cam that I’ve never seen before in these woods. The first one, a six pointer. Wow! A SIX! In my woods?!

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Then the next photo which stopped me in my tracks and took my breath away…

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A ten pointer. A TEN pointer! Under MY stand! Cloud nine. To see the full video of him click here. To see his daytime video click here. So you can clearly tell why I’m so excited. Even if I never see them when I’m out there the fact that they’ve relatively crossed my path is extremely validating and rewarding of the time and effort and work I’ve put into this. My time is coming soon, of that I have no doubt!

Happy Sunday, my friends! Comment below and let me know what you think!

280″ Ohio High Fence Giant Stolen

 

 

This week a monster was taken down in Ohio, where else? Ron Lidderdale stated he shot the 280 inch beast on public land. This fib was quickly discovered by several members of the online hunting community who did a little digging. Turns out this animal was shot on a high fence farm by the name of “Xtreme World Class Whitetails of Ohio”.

Now we can get into the issue of fair chase versus high fence and everything in between. I personally feel that I’m unwilling to pay an ungodly $4900 to go shoot a wall hanger. That being said, as with all legal hunting methods, keeping our rights to do so should trump all else. If many of these land owners didn’t make a profit by using it in this method, you’d be looking at the next strip mall. This land is being used to hunt and there is obviously a supply that is meeting a demand. Granted flip the coin one more time and I do have a problem with animals being given so much in mineral supplements they can barely lift their necks due to the unnatural racks they’ve acquired.

But in a twist of events, as it were, it seems our Mr. Lidderdale left his trophy sitting in the back of his truck while he had some breakfast at the Crossroad Restaurant in Sandyville, OH. Alas, the creature was stolen. And there ends our quite pitiful tail.

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Creamy Venison Sausage & Basil Penne

I was very excited this week to receive some lovely venison sausage from a local Boston Bowhunter member. When asked what I could do in exchange I was only asked to pay it forward. And I will most certainly do so. When the day comes and my freezer is full, I look forward to sharing my bounty with others. On that note, here is the incredible recipe I used with my venison today. Enjoy.
Sausage Pasta
Ingredients
For the Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (1.5oz, 42g)
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine or put through the garlic press
  • 1 lb sweet or hot Italian venison sausage (454g) **see note**
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or a mix of dried basil, thyme, marjoram, and oregano)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth (8.3oz, 235g)
  • 1½ cups heavy cream (12.6oz, 357g)
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (2.6oz, 74g)
  • handful of fresh basil, sliced thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Penne
  • 1 lb penne pasta (454g)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (.5oz, 14g)
Instructions
For the Penne:
  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until al dente. Drain and toss with butter.
For the Sauce:
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic until it is soft and translucent.
  2. Remove the sausage from casings and add to the pan. Cook until browned.
  3. Add Italian seasoning, bay leaf, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Let simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  4. Off the heat, stir in parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Toss with hot buttered penne and serve immediately.
Notes
**If your sausage doesn’t contain fennel seed, toast ½ teaspoon fennel seeds in a pan until they become aromatic, then pound in a mortar and pestle and add to sausage.

Welcome

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Happy Sunday morning, friends. As sip my coffee I made with eggnog as creamer (don’t worry, I’m starting my diet back up on Monday, I swear) I’m reflecting back on yesterday’s hunt. Well, sit, rather. Very little hunting involved. Good news was there wasn’t any wind so even though there was a nice chill in the air, I wasn’t going for a ride in my tree. No success but my day will come.

I’d like to take this time to just introduce you to myself and why I felt the need to create this blog, even if only read by my loving family and no one else. I’m a 38 year old self proclaimed newbie. I’ve been a Jane of all trades most of my life. A few years in childcare, fourteen years in the pharmacy business, several years with a home baking business with my husband and now back to childcare full time. My husband and I have a 10 year old recurve archer, a 12 year old compound archer/hunter and a 20 year old vegan. So there you have it.

I won’t get into too many details of my past hunting experience but suffice to say I’m only on my second season. My first season was a dud. I didn’t see anything out there and being self taught, I really had a whole lot to learn. My second season, while having not yet harvested anything has been much more successful. I’ve missed a beautiful piebald faced doe (she’ll always be the one that got away!), seen a Buck that never presented a shot (I call him Forky), been blown at twice and jumped three. I’d say this year I’ve certainly learned a thing or two!

My hopes for this blog are basically this; To grow my own knowledge and experience with hunting through my love of writing, to learn and research more about public land use rights and to get more involved with educating the public about ethical hunting and maintaining a positive image.

So that being said, I’ll leave you with a little half-assed poem I tossed together last night. Happy Hunting my friends.

Feeling at ease, Another day in the trees.

I’d like some venison please, Before I begin to freeze.

Alas it wasn’t meant to be. So It’s just my little bow and me.

But I suppose it’s just my luck that you win again Mr. Buck.

Until the day we meet again, and I know this to be true,

I’ll climb down this tree, and say a giant eff you. ❤