With the holidays in full swing, we’ve been doing a lot of driving. Saturday was one half of Matt’s family’s Christmas get together, so we drove up north Friday night. Matt wanted to do some ice fishing on the lake that pair of grandparent’s house is on. We fished here back in August, and caught that big 9.5 inch pumpkinseed.
Two flags on the tip ups all day, and this one little northern. After that we had dinner and did Christmas stuff. Matt’s aunt and uncle were there, and we talked about sturgeon spearing with them in February on Lake Winnebago. There was a nasty winter storm bearing down on the area around Madison, though, so we left around 9 to try to beat it home.
We succeeded, barely. It began snowing on us just before we got to Madison, and when we got up Sunday morning, there was over a foot of snow on the ground. After clearing the snow, we got around to grinding up the venison we planned to use for sausage, freezing it, and making jerky. I also sealed up the deer bones I plan to make broth with.
We also tried rendering the tallow for the first time. It came out pretty well even though it was a smelly process.
With the rest of the holidays on the way, we’ll be doing quite a bit of driving. Tuesday, we’re headed to see my family in Illinois. We’ll drive back that night, and up to the Fox Cities Wednesday to see the other half of Matt’s family. After the 25th, the holiday hunt is back up, so we’ll be out again after deer.