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Man Law Violation

Posted by todblog on October 25, 2011

October 21, 2011

Man Law is defined by Wikipedia as an unwritten code by which men live by. I believe several Man Laws were violated this past weekend.

My neighbor Glen asked me if I could set up a goose hunt so he could get some retriever work for Chinook, his Yellow Labrador retriever. I was fully in agreement as I thought it would be enjoyable to once again hunt over a well trained dog. Glen said Chinook didn’t have much experience with geese and that this would be a good opportunity for him. As it turns out, it was a great hunt and Chinook did really well. There was only one problem,… a serious Man Law violation occurred on this hunt. In the absence of a good game cart to haul our decoys to the field, we used my wife’s Toyota Sienna mini-van. I’m almost sure, this was a severe infraction of a Man Law. Men are not supposed to use or be in close proximity to a mini-van while hunting. Some would say, it’s best to not even own one. We also had girls hunting with us who were not dressed in camo but, outfitted in pink and white! I’m pretty sure there is a Man Law against that too. Fortunately, that was remedied by Glen’s pop-up camouflage blind and stools for the girls to sit on and watch the hunt. It was pretty cozy in the tent blind and the girls had fun. I gave Jessica the pull string that operates the wing-flappin’ motion decoy. That was fun for her to operate. As it turns out, the girls all had a fun morning in the blind watching the geese come into the decoys and Chinook go to work.

Man Law Violation- hunting with/in/around/from/using/or owning a mini-van

Root wads line the edge of the barley field

Hiding in the root wads and waiting for the honkers to arrive

Geese flying along the valley and eye-ballin' the barley below

Nature's lawn mowers

The conclusion to a successful morning goose hunt

Some girls don't mind getting goosed

Young tender barley shoots- it's what's for dinner, lunch & breakfast

The key to successful goose hunting is treating your decoys well... reading them a Mother Goose Story at the end of the day (probably another Man Law Violation)

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When Vine Maple Turns Crimson…

Posted by todblog on October 22, 2011

October 18, 2011

This is one of my favorite times of the year. The sun struggles to climb the sky with each passing day, skies are clear and temperatures are crisp and cool. The hardwoods wear their yellow leaves that eventually give way to a flaming crimson, a color that contrasts the sea of evergreens in the mountains. It’s harvest time and it’s fast and furious. Here are some of the harvest activities we did this fall.

Apple Cider Press

The cutting crew, worms are just protein right?

Loading the apple cider press

Operating the hydraulic ram that squeezes the apple chunks (man my arm was sore ;o )

Cider flowing out of the press into the container

Filtering and pouring cider into 1 gallon milk jugs

Jessica serving popcorn and cookies to be washed down with cider of course!

In an afternoon, we made about 30 gallons of cider. Good Team Work!!

Okay, which deer tree stand do we dump the apple mash under?

Goose hunting

September marks the opening of goose season and it’s one of the hardest hunts to pull off. First, I have to wake up early, rub the sleep from my eyes and get to the sweet hunting spot all the way across the street to my neighbor’s property. Then the waiting game… the fog dances in and out of the decoys and birds eventually rise off the river and make their way to the grain field. Within an hour the hunt is over. Hands down, one of the roughest hunting conditions yet…NOT!

Geese arriving for their morning breakfast

Flapper decoy adds great realism to the decoy spread (looks more like a bat!)

Only one sad is Chinook, hunt is over and no more birds to retrieve 😦

Cascade Elk Season

Each October, we hit the road and seek out elk hunters to talk to and find out how they’re doing, what they’re seeing and collecting samples from elk they might have taken. It’s a beautiful time to be out in the Cascades.

Vine maple “on fire” in the Cascades

Tracking down those wiley elk hunters is not an easy job

When you find them, they’re often eager to share hunting stories with you and speak of the good ole days. Many years of experience roaming in them hills yonder. “Hey Zeb, tell him about the time..and pull up a chair, stay and have some coffee with us?” Would love to guys, but I got a lot of country to cover. Good luck!

A beautiful Sharps rifle with lots of history proudly displayed in elk camp.

A happy elk hunter with his prize. It was his first elk and he was in a hurry to get off the mountain to catch a University of Oregon Ducks football game… huh? I think he felt uncomfortable in the woods as there were a lot of Beavers around (go OSU!)

Why does fall seem so short compared to the other seasons? Seems like it just gets here and bamm we’re facing the gray wet skies of winter.

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