Monday, November 17, 2008

The Great White Hunter FINALLY gets his buck.

A Doe and Fawn that I had to take a picture of.
There is a story here. After 6 years, I FINALLY shot the second deer of my life. While I admit it wasn't as exciting as having a deer approach you while sitting in a stand but I was beside myself with excitement as we stalked across a clear cut trying to get in shooting range.
After Missing a doe a month ago, and another doe and buck this morning, we finally figured out that my rifle was not sighted in for 100yrds as I had thought. I used my partner's rifle and finally bagged my Buck. Not too big, a nice junior 8 pointer.
After we had him cleaned, I stood up and glanced behind me only to find my deer's twin, marching not even 30 yards away from us. My Partner grabbed the rifle and Bang! 2 deer cleaned and on the back of the truck in under an hour. A big thanks to the 3 guys from town that we met up with who helped us drag them the 3/4 of a mile to the truck.
I think that we have moved to the deer capitol of Canada. There is a group of Quebec hunters who found this place on google earth and decided to take a trip here. I guess they have to hunt out of province as the deer are Canadian and not Quebec'ers, so I guess there are no deer in Quebec.

19 comments:

Mongoose said...

You know, I really think it would be nice if you hunters would close the creatures' eyes before taking those glamour shots. And maybe pull the tongue out and have it hang out, so we can SEE it's good and dead. It's creepy when you look like BFFs with a dead deer with his eyes wide open.

And like I always say, you should have seen the one *I* killed last year! Knocked his antlers with the grille guard on my Freightliner at 100 km/h and 55,000 L of jet fuel behind me. I felt really bad about it, but seriously, I've never seen a rack that big in anyone's hunting photos.

Now I wish someone would shoot a moose already so I could get some of the meat off of them.

Rob said...

Here I was thinking I was saving people the gruesome picture of a dead deer with blood showing and it's tongue hanging out. Just a point of fact. Have YOU ever tried closing the eyes of a dead animal? Same as a human. They don't stay closed.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure this will probably get deleted, but I'm shocked you'd include this content on what seems to be a family friendly blog. Killing animals for sport is in-humane. I certainly hope you will eat every portion of that animal and wear it's fur to keep warm. And to tell of another animal, possibly a relative of the deceased, coming over makes me wonder what that second deer was thinking... maybe looking for the injured (murdered) deer. I'm not going to pretend that this is any worse than the way much of the meat is produced for market, but I'm still shocked to find this content on your blog.

Matt, Kara and Hunter said...

heheheh Awesome Rob!! Your posting brought out the save the animal freak.

Hunting is family friendly. I grew up hunting and shot my first deer at 14. Our kids will join us hunting next fall as well. And how can you beat real meat in your freezer instead of the crap you buy at the store. Better for kids to know where the meat comes from and hunt it respectfully.

Keeping posting hunting pictures Rob. I even showed your picture to our 17 month old kid. So don't worry about it not being family friendly content.

Matt, Kara and Hunter said...

Oh, and of course this was Kara posting. I have shot more game than my husband has!!

Anonymous said...

All I can do is shake my head at some of the comments above. Too many people are too far removed from rural lives now a days that we're lucky we can still get meat in the store and that it hasn't been outlawed! ;) City dwellers....

elmo said...

LOL.... I love animals.. they taste delicious ;)

Wild meat is far more environmentaly and ecologically friendly then any of the meat you can buy at a grocery store, incuding fish. On top of that it is healthier for us.

As for being family friendly, ask rob about Colby's reaction to the first dead deer he saw. He used to get mad at us if we went out without him and I'm sure he's mad at his dad as we speak ;)

PS..... If rob knew how to shoot this would have been his 4th deer :) (yes I'm jealous)

elmo said...

OH, and when ethically harvested it is also more humaine then farm raised. The deer lives a free life in mother nature and its natural destiny is to be eaten by prey (we qualify).

In a farm the animal is frequently kept in a box too small for it to turn around and then lined up for slaughter, panicing, smelling the blood and being forced towards it.

Aida said...

meat for almost an entire year! yum! Frank is going out hunting this weekend and i hope he gets a caribou..

jen said...

I got those kinds of comments from close friends, not even anonymous on my blog about the polar bear pics I posted awhile back. It's too bad they don't understand that eating meat is a part of life and is very natural and normal. It also has to die some way, I'm not eating anything that's still alive! What's wrong these days is eating at Macdonalds and having no idea where it comes from (oh and that's no slam against my beloved Mcdonalds, I just understand that every quarter pounder I munch back is a Mrs. or Mr. Moo lol). Ultimately, eating delicious meat...definately part of family life.

Way Way Up said...

Anti-hunting people always make me laugh. Their comments are soo incredibly naive. They seriously need to consign the Bambi movies to the bottom shelf of the closet and get out into nature aka "the real world" for a reality check.

Rob (Family Provider and PROUD father) said...

While it is quite obvious that I don't need to justify what I have done for my family. What I do want to put out there to all YOU anonymous commenters is that I live MY life the way I choose, I expose my children to every experience I can which is one reason we moved to the north. If you wish to continue reading the blog, fine, if not even better, but DO NOT include your OWN opinions as a comment, of what you think is Right or Wrong, as they are YOUR OPINIONS and they mean Squat to me.

Anonymous said...

Atta boy Bobby. Ronnie got a moose a few weeks back and was gracious enough to share some with me. I used the burger last night in Hamburger Helper, it was awesome.
CL

Anonymous said...

No one complains when indigenoius people choose to hunt and eat wild game. I believe it is a right of passage that everyone should be exposed to. Hunting facilitates a deep connection to nature - it can even be perceived as a spiritual experience. Not to mention the benefits of consuming the meat. No dyes, very lean. Hunting is good for the heart and the spirit. i don't eat wild game because I do not prefer the taste, but we buy our beef from a local butcher and the same benefits are provided - tastier lean meat, no presevatives. It's really great to not have to worry about what kind of chemicals are in the food you eat, and it even better when you don't have to drain the fat off hamburger meat because it's that lean.

Kellie

out of range said...

Rob, we hunters from Quebec go to Sask. to get a real size deer. Here in southern Quebec mature deer are bambino compare to Sask. deer! I will be in Sask. next week with my bow to get one too.

Hunting is a way of living, my son practice archery since 6 years old. And his 6 years old sister borrows his bow now.

Congratulation for your deer.

Rob said...

OOR, good luck next week. The group I was with was very confused why they would travel all that way to deer hunt. Also, we are baffled why they would leave a place like Nebraska or Montana and drive to Nothern Saskatchewan to hunt. I will be using my Bow next year, did not have enough time to set up a decent stand this year.

Kel P said...

Congrats on the deer Rob! Just wish i was there to share it with you!

out of range said...

Hey Rob, I did get my deer too on my Sask hunting trip last week, We went near Carrot River. We saw 70% less deers this year compare to last year.

Rob said...

Congrats! I know they say the herd is smaller this year compared to last. They cut back the amount of deer to be harvested by about 40-50% I believe. If the herd IS down, I have never seen so many deer in one place in my entire life. As a matter of fact, I saw more deer in one day, than I did my entire time hunting in Nova Scotia.