It's a cool and crisp September morning. Birds still lay warm in their nests. The sun rises silently. It feels like it's greeting me personally, saying a quiet hello. "Hello" I whisper back. I wait patiently for the world to come alive. Silence
I wait what seems like forever, to have the coyotes’ vital area come into view. It does. I see the area behind the shoulder and pull the trigger. The shot rings out over the clearing. It’s done. It’s down. It lays still.
Dread. Fear. Excitement. Hope...I feel all these things as I lay in bed 5:00am this morning. One week. One more week until the trucks and trailers are loaded to head North for seven days. Yep. I can feel the pressure. I can feel the sweat along my hairline start to creep in. I shed a... Continue Reading →
If I got my hands on Chicken of the Woods, I would so do this!
This is such an amazing mushroom. It’s gorgeous, incredibly nutritious, and best yet…tastes just like chicken. I’ll get into the nutrition side in another post. Right now let’s talk about how freaking huge these things can be. Seriously, 8-15 lbs of mushrooms at one time is no laughing matter…well, maybe. Like hysterically laughing with glee or something like that is completely acceptable. Drawback…what do you do with that much mushroom?
Well, there’s the obvious first answer…share that chicken. If you’re a frugal family like us though or another broke joke like the rest of us then you may want to consider ‘putting it back’. You can dry it but it just doesn’t do it justice. You could freeze it temporarily but make sure you have room in the freezer for deer. My favorite is pickled. It’s fairly quick, incredibly tasty and will be a special treat when you are dreaming…
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Lost and Found If I felt alone before, I was really alone now. Curled up in a ball on the lake shore of Eulatzella Lake, I wept for myself. I wanted to get so close to that fire; see the flames and feel the heat. I wanted to feel alive as I felt so... Continue Reading →
Learn how to identify, harvest, prepare birch polypore mushrooms to extract their medicinal value. via Birch Polypore – Medicinal Wild Mushroom — The Village Plate I had to share this article as I use this mushroom a lot. It's always in my pantry and added to my teas and even soup broths. It's a great... Continue Reading →
The afternoon was wearing on and we were getting discouraged. We hadn't seen any animals, let alone the ones we were hunting. The afternoon sun was bright and getting warmer by the minute. The ungulates of the forest probably already had bedded down; we probably wouldn't see anything until the evening hunt which was 2... Continue Reading →
What could be more transient than a Burdock Burr? They sit there and wait until someone or something comes along and then they hook on, getting a ride until they are either picked off or rubbed off. I'm sure a good strong wind can disperse these velcro-like seed pods too. I've picked countless of burrs... Continue Reading →
So much to do, so little time. When I started writing blogs, I had this idea that I would write about everything I did on foraging, hunting, and fishing and all the little details that go along with those activities. Well, it turns out that there is not enough time to write about it all.... Continue Reading →