Thursday, August 31, 2006

Tuning up my soul.

Last night I poured a glass of Ardbeg and settled in to re-read A Rough Shooting Dog (ISBN: 0385479921), by Charles Fergus. It's a really nice story about the first year hunting with a springer spaniel.

I'm thinking about how the local WMA, McKee-Beshers, is going to look to me with a dog at my side. I'm reading some web posts about how to take full advantage the Potomac during the watefowl season.

It's a bit premature, but I'm getting excited about rediscovering my neighborhood.

Tune -up with Artemis

Took the Mis-tress out for a quail tune-up. Hot, but we had fun. Thanks to Elon for the fine camera work. I'll run her a few more times and then its off to Black Lake for the real deal.

Oh, and the quail, of which there were three...

Breasted, salt rub and slathered in olive oil and garlic. Cinnamon sprinkle on both sides. Grill, baste liberally with orange spice sauce (found in asian section of wegman's). Serve w/ mint garnish. Delicious.

Miss on "slam" point.

Found one in the hedgerow.

The Miss-creant and Pops.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

For the one or two loyal readers of Vassili's deer sniping blog, Vassili has updated the blog with an account of his latest kill. Day 50. Some of you might find it mildly amusing.

Josh, that's an interesting looking pooch. Is that one of those naked mole rat terriers?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Breed selected, now on to preparations ...

Just a few short months ago I unloaded all my dog training books to KGT. I had accumulated them over the years knowing one day I too would be with dog.

This past Spring, I had come to the sad conclusion my life would be dogless. I packed up the books (a number of Wolters titles, and a few assorted other authors) and dropped them off with KGT when I visited for Spring turkey season.

KGT is a wise man and insisted, despite my confident contrariness, he would hold the books on long-term loan and not take them as gifts.

I now stand before you requesting advice on books and your own insights concerning training dog as hunting buddy (of the retrieving and flushing kind) and family member.

Umm, KGT , could you send some of those "gifts" back my way?

Monday, August 21, 2006

goose pimples for early goose

Here's another oldie but goodie to get you all pumped up for early goose--or as we in the nuisance sniping trade like to call it, the September Nuisance Goose Season.

Frederic Remington, "Goose Shooting"

I'm wondering what goose sausage would taste like . . . .

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Empty out those freezers, boys

Superior Shooter's laundry list of killables reminded me that it's that time again--you should all be cleaning out the freezer of all the old game flesh in order to make room for the new.

Which means that the barbecue grills should be working overtime. Serious sportsmen, of course, will have a full time grill attendant on staff . . . just like they did back in the 1950s, when this picture was published. It was truly the heyday of sportsmanship.

Remember: girls love grills.

Friday, August 18, 2006

cattails yellowing
vacant seats at double black
ducklings hide beneath

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Counting down

Yes JT, we are gearing up! Panic time, as time is running out, and the geese are flying low! Frantically putting “stuff” together and trying to get a second mortgage to pay for the gas needed to get to the hallowed hunting grounds.


-still trapping woodchucks outa the garden
-2+ weeks to early goose, wabbit and squirrel
-6 weeks to grouse
-7 weeks to woodcock and setting deer stands
-8 weeks to bow season (my secret is out)
-11 weeks to un-holy holy week (days of obligation during the rut)
-12 weeks to the southern tier deer opener
- etc.

Too much going on, how does a boy get it all in??? Goose in the am, grouse at noon with tea and setters, bowhunt in the evenings - just not possible in this life. JT, how do YOU do it? I think I need a job like yours........

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Must be everyone's gearing up...

Wow, even Superior Shooter's call for grouse group gabbing has gone unheeded. I'm guessing everyone's just busy polishing their dekes in eager anticipation of another long hunting season.

Well, I've been busy at least. Made up a beautiful batch of venison summer sausage--turned out awesome! I went back to the store today to order another 2-3 pounds of pork fat for the next batch, which I figure will fill the smoke box with 20 pounds or so. Just in time for goose season, early grouse, and who knows, maybe even Safari Jim's Michigan grouse camp. Say Jim, is that still a possibility? haven't heard. I don't know with the price of gas whether I'll even be traveling this year, but we can still hope, can't we. Anyway....

Here are some vintage sporting road hunters to pump you up.

Monday, August 07, 2006

I got tired of Vassili's fan mail

Here is some sporting art to get us in the mood for the upcoming hunting season. I don't know about you all, but I can't wait to be surrounded by dead thangs.

The painting is a self-portrait by Alexandre François Desportes, circa 1699.

Friday, August 04, 2006

I'd say that's impact!

Moments after completing this evening's entry for Confessions of a Deer Sniper, Vassili received the following comment, which was then forwarded to me moments before Zaitsev deleted it from the blog.

From: Anonymous <>
Subject: [Confessions of a Deer Sniper] 8/04/2006 10:32:43 PM
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2006 19:32:45 -0700 (PDT)

u sound like a sick fucker...i hope someone gutts the daylights outta u one day
Posted by Anonymous to Confessions of a Deer Sniper at 8/04/2006 10:32:43 PM

I'd say that's impact!

The Site Meter data indicated our fan mail came from India, which gives us the international recognition we have long craved:

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ISP Bharti Broadband networks Limited
Continent : Asia
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So we got that going for us!

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