Archive for October, 2007

Why I dreaded hunting this year …

Posted in hunting on October 26th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

"Have you ever taken your other half hunting?"  The Hunter’s Wife question really struck home with me this year.  My hunter has been taking me pheasant hunting every year for the past five years and I’ve always enjoyed it.  But this year I wasn’t just not looking forward to it, I was actually kind of dreading it.  First I told myself it was because we had to find a babysitter and I hate finding a babysitter at home much less from 800 miles away.  Then I told myself it was because our parents weren’t going.  Then I told myself it was because last year I was two months post-partum and didn’t get the easy paths.  (Note to hunters: Frank always makes sure I get the easy walking and I love him for it, especially at the end of the day when I’d rather be drinking a beer.  Note to non-hunters: pheasant hunting is hard work.)  Then I just gave up reasoning and decided I’d go because Frank was looking forward to it.  But yesterday, when a rooster pheasant flew up in front of me and I shot at it once (and missed) and twice (and missed) and then grinned and shouted "my gun works!"  I had actually shot twice in a row!  I realized why I’d really been dreading hunting this year.  Last year my gun jammed every time I shot it.  It was disappointing – it was my grandfather’s gun and I really wanted to use it.  It was embarrassing –  I missed at least 20 birds.  It was frustrating – it worked fine for Frank.  I was disappointed, embarrassed and frustrated and I took it out on Frank – who took all my yelling like a trooper and even tried trading guns with me.  Unknown to me, he researched the problem, figured it out, "fixed" my gun and now I’m a happy hunter again!

Hunting in Wyoming from the non-hunter viewpoint

Posted in hunting, kids on October 24th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

We took the kids hunting in Wyoming and we had a good time.  It a was a much anticipated trip with our 7 year old repeatedly saying "I have to keep my grades up so I can go hunting!"  (He’s in first grade – I’m not sure they even get grades yet!)  We got off to a late start so we ended up feeding the kids Arby’s in the truck on the way up (instead of hamburgers and hotdogs around a campfire.)  Our 14 month old insists on eating when he’s hungry which is pretty much all the time.  In retrospect, I should have stayed home Friday night with the little one, gotten him a good night’s sleep in his own crib and then joined Frank and Jacob after their morning hunt … next time.

My main job seemed to be changing diapers and making sure the kids had enough clothes and food as well as being a general pack mule for our 25 pound "little" one!  But it was worth it.  We camped right along the Platte River with a gorgeous view of the river, trees and rolling hills.  Although it was a bit chilly the sun was shining and the antelope were out in mass.  (Just not the ones that Frank was supposed to shoot!) 

The main challenge with camping with the baby has been sleeping.  This trip was no exception.  We ended up with him sleeping between the two of us – an interesting experience as he thinks mom and dad make good pillows but they should not move.  (Our seven year old actually slept in the truck and I think he had the best bed of all!)  The second night it was so cold, windy and rainy that Frank actually drove our truck and camper into the quonset hut.  That was fun!  It was kind of like camping in a big warehouse.

I got in a couple of nice hikes along the river, sat and enjoyed the view and read a few pages of my book.  Frank and Jacob did a lot of scouting around and Caleb played with rocks.  A good time by all!  Probably to be repeated next year!

Wives blogging

Posted in hunting on October 24th, 2007 by stormy – 1 Comment

Frank pointed me at a good blog The Hunter’s Wife and then I ran across Confessions of a Pioneer Woman (about a city girl who marries a cattle rancher) and I realized that I could blog not only about Frank’s cooking (which is delicious) but also about what it’s like to live with an avid hunter.  So look for more insights into what it’s like to live the hunting life with someone who hunts when you don’t hunt (as much.)

Beef Burgandy, Even I can do it!

Posted in cooking, easy dinner, recipe on October 24th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

I’ve tried a few recipes lately (like shepard’s pie and creamed corn casserole) but they just don’t seem to turn out right the first time.  Frank tries his best to convince me they are delicious but I think he’s just trying to make sure I’m not discouraged so that I might try again … On the other hand, whatever Frank tries turns out delicious.  His new one, which I was able to replicate on my first try, is not only delicious but it’s really, really, really easy.  Honest!

Take out your crockpot and put in:

  • a can of mushroom soup
  • a half a cup of red wine
  • a pound of elk steak cut into small pieces
  • your imagination (I’m not sure what he meant by imagination so I just crossed my fingers, closed my eyes tight for a minute and hoped for the best!)

Set the crockpot on low for the day and serve over rice or egg noodles.   It’s my favorite easy and fast recipe for elk meat.