Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hunting Trip part 2

Ok, so here are the animals caught on the game camera that managed to evade us last weekend.

Three little piggies by day...

One little piggy comes back at night to investigate the hole full o'slop my brother left for them.

Later that night his family arrives...

Ok, now for a quick story. There used to be this ridiculous game called "Pass the Pigs"

You would roll little plastic pigs like dice and earned points based on how they landed. There was one particular formation the pigs could wind up in called "Makin Bacon". I think that's what's going on in this picture.

There had also been a bunch of does having a ladies night out. The camera captured a little bunny trying to crash the party. You can see the one deer is very concerned about the bunny's arrival.

I've saved the best for last, this one
diva cow was ready for her closeup..

Monday, January 19, 2009

Fun weekend

This past weekend my brother invited me to take a trip to his deer lease. As you can tell by my pair of New Balance "mowin-the-yard shoes" I'm not a huge outdoorsmen, although I do enjoy it when I get the chance. Since deer season had ended recently, we were going to hunt something else... wild boar!

I'm not
too eager to try venison, so I've never hunted deer, but I figure ham is good no matter the source and a feral pig would make a better adversary than a deer. My philosophy is, the better chance an animal has against me, the less I mind hunting it. That and the fact wild boar are invasive harbingers of destruction to land that would otherwise be grazed by more desirable animals.

Before arriving we made a stop at the local mercantile for the necessary life sustaining supplies that are vital to making it in the wilderness. Ok, so we
bought candy bars and lottery tickets at the Allsups. But, if we had not stopped I would not have had the chance to photograph this nugget of entertainment. It may not be clear, but it shows a woman in a business suit with text that says something about if you are pondering a career change, then think of Allsups! I had never considered Allsups for a potential career change, thank goodness I stumbled across this sign!

Soon we arrived at the luxurious hunting lodge.

Complete with turn-down service (that's my brother putting out the sleeping bags).

And lovely bathroom facilities (although there was not a bidet, we somehow managed).

Here I am doing my best Blair Witch Project impression "Im.... so... scared!!".

And here is my brother checking out his motion sensor activated, infrared (see in the dark), game camera. I bet the pioneers would have loved to have one of these.

So how did the hunt go? Well as my brother has been telling people, we shot everything we saw.

Indeed we did.

We shot this-

And this-

And a whole herd of these-
Sorry if you've enlarged the pictures and squinted to see the animals that weren't there, we came home empty handed. I did however mortally wound an Ozarka bottle with a .22, but didn't get pictures. It was too graphic anyway. Thanks to the game camera, we did have proof that the hogs had been visiting the deer feeder in the days prior... We'll get them next time!