The crew of hunters on the property I was on for the week harvested six deer total (yes the new guy got two of them). On the Monday after the season several of us gathered to process the meat. This was great learning experience to see (and touch) the creation that God has made for us. The buck I got on Thanksgiving was huge and made up the majority of the meat for ground venison. We got chops, round steaks, and tenderloin for everyone as well as over 180 pounds of misc pieces we use for ground.
We also brought a tenderloin offering over to the neighbors that were really noisy on Thanksgiving day and probable the reason the big buck came wondering my way. The cool thing about this part of the season is that you learn so much the animal. For instance we learned that if I would have shot a couple inches lower the buck would probable still be alive (see picture with the arrow. We did a little CSI Rhinelander to show the trajectory of the bullet. When cutting out the tenderloin back strap we also learned that the buck was shot by an arrow the previous year and the tip stopped right at the back bone.
This is the update of my hunting adventures. I spent around 30 hours in my deer stand for this season and had a great time being quiet and looking out the window. I had a package of tea candles to keep me warm and learned the fine art of wax consolidation to keep the wicks burning longer. Overall I harvested my first two deer of my life. A nice size doe on Monday and fairly large buck on Thanksgiving afternoon. What a great experience!
Yes I love to hunt for animals but the greatest of all hunts is the one I have been doing for for the past 24 years. The hunt for the Christmas tree. This has also become our Friday after Thanksgiving tradition since we got marrieds. Over the past years I have only hunted on 3 different properties. This year we had to find a new hunting ground and we did that. With some great recommendation we went to Bergstrums Tree Farm out on G in Rhinelander. What a great place with the best prices and best groomed racks we have ever experienced.
We ended up tracking and harvesting a 10 footer. We like the extra bows on the bottom for decorations. As is tradition we all took a hack at dropping the greenery.
The hunting stand is a very important part of the hunting season and I got set up with a very nice one. Because of proprietary purposes I am not allowed to show you everything or the exact location. But here is a glimpse of where I was for a week. I was on a hill about five feet in the air, had window on all sides and roof over my head. The hardest part was keeping the window from fogging up and keeping the swivel chair from squeaking.
I got Christy tickets for the 25th Anniversary showing of Les Miserables that was showing this year in Appleton. We saw this show for a special date while we were in college in Minneapolis. At that point in my life I knew nothing about the story, book, music, or the themes it would touch on. I didn’t care for musicals but dutifully went that evening and it was an evening that would turn my life into a different direction.
I have since read the full book twice and parts of it a number of times. We bought the sound track from the tenth year and it would be one of the few Cd’s we would keep. The story is so powerful and gripping in its portrayal of forgiveness, redemption and the struggles of law vs grace. The priest at the beginning of the book (and a smaller role in the musical and movies) is mandatory reading for those that are going into church ministry… I could go on.
Needless the evening we had a wonderful. We shared it with Christy’s sister Julie and husband Gary. After dinner at the house and the mandatory prom photos we were off. It was everything and more. There were nice subtle changes, added songs, and the classic moments you expect. The sound and staging was really great. The lighting was a little off as it was the first night and I think there was someone with the shakes running one of the spotlights.
The coffee shop was closed that we planned on going to afterwards so we just went back home.