It's Hunting Season! Oh, and There is This Campaign Or...Something, I Lose Track.
Something to be thankful for....
Since neither John McCain nor Barack Obama are hunters, conservatives were spared the superficial pandering to gun owners, that we witnessed from Kerry & Bush during the run up to the 2004 election. An even more grace-laden reprieve, I would say, is that we were thus spared the ill-conceived notion that the 2nd Amendment has something to do with a recreational activity or providing your family their dinner.
But all of that, as well as vice presidential shootings accidents and gun hating first ladies can be swept aside so room can be made for more pressing matters.
Fall has started to settle in, here in Colorado. Tonight Denver got its first real snow, and for the moment, the city is quiet and pristine. Only 36 hours ago, we scored a record high temp. of 80 if you'd believe it. For many of us, this is the season our mind turns to a slightly more predatory pursuit, and I don't mean politics. Most of the big game seasons for archery and black powder rifles have closed, and we are in the 2nd of 4 rifle seasons for elk and deer, but the day that's marked on my calendar is Nov. 12; opening day of pheasant season. I've got a new Remington 870 Express Super Mag. that needs breaking in. Nothing fancy. A 12 ga. pump with a walnut stock, but reliable as the day is long. So as I give this gun it's first good oiling, I thought I'd see how my fellow Richoteer Sportsman have fared so far this season.
Any tall tales, or young hunters first outings to report? Maybe this time of year just brings back a fond memory worth sharing? I love a good story, and would presume I'm not alone.
This year I will have the vicarious pleasure of accompanying a close friend and his father on opening day, for the former's stepson's first trip hunting. In my family at least, this is one of the few rights of passage we have left, and I am always delighted to celebrate it with others.
On another note, since we have such a wealth of life experience at the various ends of the interweb here, do any of you have good wild game recipes? I figure it's worth asking since we're on the topic. Fish as well, I never quite know what to do with brook trout.
I know a back strap makes a great barbeque, but I've been looking for a good way to mellow the gamy flavor and toughness of venison so I can spare the rest of a deer from becoming summer sausage. (not that I have ever seemed to get my fill of summer sausage.) Also, does someone have a good method for cooking duck that leaves it a little less greasy?
I hope October has been generous to you all, and Happy Hunting!