Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gathering in...

We are hunters, and gatherers, we eat what we harvest, and share with those who aren't able. It has been a fairly good year for putting food on the table, as well as a couple of firsts!

Hunter and his papa D fishing on the Umpqua.


One of the young fellas got drawn for a tag he has put in for many times. He got his "once in a life time ram" in one, at 465 yds.


 Colt hasn't had time to waterfowl hunt this fall, too busy farm'n, though he has managed a few successful hog hunts.  He does have all six of his 6 man blinds rented out...


so he's not complaining.

And Hunter got his first chukar...


If ever I had doubts about the way we raised our kids, and the way our kids are raising theirs...

Brian's post about Hunter

That kid......
He's pretty awesome.
He's definitely got his head on right-
I really did have fun with him on our sheep hunt.
It's cool to see kids that ARE NOT so wrapped up in video
 games that they have no interest in the outdoors.
I'm sure, like most kids, he does like to play video games some.
But man, HE LOVES TO FISH! lol.
Great kid!
Great job mom, dad, grand parents!
He's pretty awesome.

25 comments:

  1. Well done Brig, for raising them right.

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    1. LL,
      Thanks, I expect to see the same type pics of you & the grands when the White Wolf is ready.

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  2. The best success in life isn't money or power or a red sports car from Italy, it's children worthy of their family's ideals and aspirations.

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    1. Curt, I am blessed with a good & honorable family and extended family. Can't ask for more.

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  3. Judging by Hunter's huge hands, he's going to be a big guy some day. What kind of fish is that? It's yuuuuge.

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    1. Adrienne,
      His papa D is a big guy, and it looks like Hunter is going to follow suit.
      The fish is a steelhead. "Steelhead and rainbow trout are the same species, but rainbow are freshwater only, and steelhead are anadromous, or go to sea. Unlike most salmon, steelhead can survive spawning, and can spawn in multiple years."

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  4. Such great pictures and awesome hunters & fishers. At first, I thought Hunter and Papa pulled in a monster brown trout, and I was extremely jealous, because I went after those on fly tackle for years in NorCal and never landed one. After looking at it, though, it doesn't look like a brown, really. I'm thinking it's one of those Lahontan Cutthroats. They get pretty big, but I've never seen one before. Do you know if that's what it is?

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    1. Grunt,
      It's a steelhead he caught on the N Umpqua.

      "The North Umpqua is known as one of the best fly fishing areas in the Northwest. It is also known for its salmon and steelhead fishing and has some wonderful white water rafting areas that range from a class I to class V in difficulty."

      I've white water rafted on the Umpqua and it was great fun, next time it's fishing.

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    2. Good to know! It didn't look like it had the shiny, silver scales of a steelhead in that view, but that makes sense for that river. You're pretty brave to raft those chutes!

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  5. Great pics, yes an outdoor family IS the way to go! :-)

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    1. Old NFO,
      Thanks, It's certainly not the life for everyone, but it fits us.

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  6. Nice looking steelhead. What did they do with it? Fillet it and then smoke it? Or broil it (my preference). Nice hat on Dad, there. My ol' alma mater. Liberal pus hole that it has become, but still...

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    1. Fredd,
      They cook them a lot of ways, not much smoking though.

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  7. And so many adventures yet to come:-)

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    1. Granny Annie,
      Yep, lots of adventures coming.

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  8. That ear to ear grin tells it all. Love seeing Dad and son bonding times and a passing on of knowledge and skills.

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    1. A Patti,
      Hunter is such a good kid, very humble and kind. The photo is of Hunter and his grandpa, lots of passing on of the good stuff.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Yep, and hopefully many more to come.

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  10. You are so lucky to have good fresh food. My husband gave up hunting years ago because it is hard to do here on the east coast. He does love fishing and spring, summer and fall we get fresh fish and crabs and of course, our oysters.

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    1. Tabor,
      Most of our families have large vegetable gardens, family orchards, chickens, beef, hogs, and some have bees, as well as the fishing and hunting. Not sure you can call it lucky, as a lot of time and energy goes into making it happen.
      We have access to crabs, and abalone at the coast, in season.

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  11. Awesome post! Nice looking blind and congrats on that fish and ram. Great result.

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  12. We are fishermen, here but not hunters. I still have a pang when I see a big animal dropped. No judgement...just my own thoughts. Wonderful family you have, Brig.

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    1. Cheri,
      There is always a prayer of thanks given when we get one, none are taken just because.
      Most of the fishing we do is catch and release, except for pan size trout, and salmon. I love to smoke salmon in the little smokey.

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