Now that I’ve introduced your author and stuntman, I want to talk a little more about what I want this to all be about. Like my about page says, we live in a decent sized city. We don’t make a ton of money, and due to the demands of Matt’s job, and the fact that I work two part-time jobs, we don’t have as much time as we’d like to devote to our hobbies. However, I think that’s pretty standard. We do a lot of weekends, and depending on the time of year, weekday evenings. I feel like a lot of outdoors shows give people a skewed idea of what it’s all about. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome when Hank McBuckshot shoots that 12 pointer, or the guy with the 200 dollar rod and reel pulls in a huge bass or giant muskie, but that’s sort of the porn of the outdoors sports world. Which is fine, but those guys go to game farms, or private land where they feed the deer year round, or to lakes with ideal conditions. That can make the reality kind of frustrating. I’d like to think my blog is going to portray a more realistic aspect of the outdoors.
I’d also like to ease people into this. Part of the reality of outdoors sports is that you’re catching/taking animals. In fishing you can catch and release, which is more than fine. Many places require you to do that if the fish is under a certain size. But hunting requires you to clean the animal’s carcass. And if you keep fish, you’ll have to clean them, too. Not everyone’s cup of tea. You can send deer and other large animals away to be processed, but you still have to gut them. Ducks and geese and other birds, you kind of have to do yourself. I’d like to keep pictures of entrails and guts to a minimum. I don’t plan for this blog to be entirely instructional, step by step posts, but more of a look what I did sort of this. Any pictures that might include raw meat, I want to keep below a cut, and I’ll try to warn you.
That brings me to another point. We do our best to use as much of the animal as we can. When I plucked our birds this year, I washed the fine feathers and dried them- I plan to use them to make a feather blanket when I get enough. We’re attempting to tan the two deer hides from this year (after saying we would in previous years, and then for whatever reason letting them rot under the snow all winter). Matt kept the head of his six-pointer and made it into a European mount. I keep the birds’ necks and use them to make soup, and the dogs got the lower legs/hooves of the deer as chew toys (for outside only!).
From those points, I’m just going to see where it goes. Within the next few days, I plan to make a post about my first ice fishing excursion. Keep an eye out!