As most of you know I drew a deer tag this year. It’s been a long time since I have had the urge to hunt, around 6 years. After years and years of having the local dear population gorge themselves on my garden, I’ve had enough. I figured, it’s time they fed me for a change!
For the record hunting isn’t a huge passion of mine. It’s generally early, cold, I have to pee outside and there is no where to wash my hands, a little too much like camping. This year was different, I had a really, really good time. It was cold and stuff, but it was worth it!
I wanted to share some pictures from the few days I spent hunting. When I thought about it, many people in the general population never gets to see this. So, I’m sharing.
Opening day and it’s raining, I’m freezing because I did not dress for that, but I powered through and took some neat pictures.
My Dad (pictured), loves to hunt. It’s his happy place. I started to hunt because it was a way for me to bond with him.
Watching dawn break over the hills above Chico was stunning. And cold.
Clouds over a canyon. panoramic
My Uncle had to sit in between my cousin and I because apparently “we were talking too much”. Also: notice the RAIN?
The first day ended with no luck. Mainly just doe’s and a few fawns. Can you see them?
The second day I went was just my Dad and I. My Dad and I haven’t had a Daddy/Daughter hunt in years. I think I can only remember once, actually. So it was a lot of fun, to spend a day together on the ranch. Now this particular ranch I don’t know that well. I didn’t grow up on it, I didn’t spend much time on it because of my Dad’s
insane interesting family. Things have calmed down so I now feel safe to be there. The day quickly turned into sight seeing and story telling, as we realized the deer population was just not there. My Dad mentioned several times to “put that in the blog”, referring to some picture or story.
My Dad told me a story about how he missed a week of high school to build this fence (it’s in pure rock and very steep). His PE teacher was gonna flunk him – my Dad’s shop teacher saved his butt. My Dad pointed out to the PE teacher that he was being physical by building this fence. The PE teacher said it wasn’t just about being physical, it was about “getting along with your fellow man”. The shop teacher reminded the PE teacher about my Dad’s infamous older brothers. Dad passed.
It’s like a cairn, but natural! Isn’t it neat!?
One of my favorite places on the ranch is here. It’s Indian grinding bowls built into the creek bed.
My Dad and Uncle (the one that is featured in this blog) took all of my cousins and I here when we were little. It was a glorious day of my childhood I remember well.
Part of the ranch has these beautiful rock walls built on it. They are impressive. I cannot imagine how hard and heavy it would have been to build.
This was my favorite part of the rock walls, it’s a little tunnel for a creek!
Seriously, you guys, look at this!
A super neat tree. My Dad happened to mention it would be a great place for bridal pictures. Subtle, Dad, subtle.
Again, we saw no legal bucks. Just doe’s, see?
This is a spring where the Native American’s carved a drinking basin (sorry for the crappy picture).
The Sutter Butte from the ranch.
The other side of the fence is Upper Bidwell Park and directly ahead, the City of Chico.
Finally at 7:00 AM on Saturday morning (the THIRD morning), I spotted a little buck, and by 7:01, I had shot him through the chest. My Dad and Uncle said I almost missed. I say I planned it like that so I wouldn’t waste any meat because I never would have heard the end of it. I maintain that a childhood filled with duck hunter on Nintendo prepared me to be a very, very good shot. Plus part of hunting is stick poking. If you screw up, or miss you hear about it FOR YEARS. I make an effort to screw up as little as possible.
YAY! After years of supplying the local deer population with tomatoes and other fresh veggies, they are supplying me with meat! Plus it was a lot of fun to spend time with my family, learn about the ranch and take some neat pictures to share.
I’m going to up to cut and wrap by buck tomorrow. I plan on showing that and the field dressing of my buck in the next blog. Stayed tuned and leave me questions if there is anything you want to know. Thank you for looking!