One good thing to come out of this past weekend was a new freezer. Sunday night, the weather began to turn as we struggled back to the boat landing. And it’s been raining since. Soaking rains Monday, more on Tuesday, and the last bits straggling away today. So no deer hunting like we hoped on Monday night- I was not about to sit in the pouring rain, no thank you.
We decided to do some major cleaning and organizing instead. In wandering around Menards looking for shelving to organize the room where we keep our hunting gear, we saw an awesome deal on a freezer. With one bear in the freezer, waterfowl stacking up, and deer season in full swing, we’d been combing Craigslist looking for a used one close by enough to be worth the trip to pick up. Lately, they’ve all been around an hour away. But this 10 cubic foot beauty was on sale for just under $300, about half the normal price. I snapped it up.
The geese and ducks Matt got on Friday finally had somewhere to go. The beat up old back room where the big freezer is now used to house our little freezer (alongside the water softener, water main, and assorted odds and ends). Some cleaning of the room and re-arranging made space for it. The little freezer (now defrosted and cleaned out completely) resides in a large closet where Matt keeps his old deployment gear.
After being cleaned out, the little freezer is now about half full- there were still fillets of Asian carp in there that were now 3 years old. I even found some venison sticks an old roommate had stashed in there (when we still had roommates almost 4 years ago) that were 4+ years old. I kept a lot of the small panfish we had in there, as well as the livers and hearts we held on to. Matt finished his trapper’s certification, and they’ll make fine trap bait. And now we hope to fill the space.