The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Sunday, December 9, 2012

If it's brown, it's down . . .

We heard this phrase often when hunting season started. Usually from a grizzled looking, obviously a hunter, when at the sporting goods section. I was usually there buying a tag or license for my two older boys. I don't really look the type, but there ya' go -- I was available to make the trip. This year -- Braydon got his first deer.

A button buck.
We are grateful to so many people. There was the 4H shooting club we joined that has awesome leaders who really taught the kids how to shoot and be safe. The friend who bought the boys their first gun and then took some of the kids to their hunter safety class. After that, he took Braydon and Ricky on their first youth hunt. Youth hunt is a sacrifice for the men who helped us. They have to be with a youth, but cannot hold a gun or participate in the hunt. So, they sit, sometimes all day and ... like the first two years of youth hunt days .. with no reward!
This deer was shot on a man's private land which he allowed Jerome and the boys to use. After he sat through this years youth hunt with them to no avail. However, the next open hunt weekend they tried again. The first day with no success and the second day -- finally the button buck.
It wasn't Ricky's day, but he was a faithful brother. He will get to hunt again on December 15th. Hopefully it will be his turn.
To add to the excitement, it was decided that we would do the processing ourselves. I say "we" but the guys did almost all of it. I just helped get the grinder going at the end. We all learned a lot.
The littles learned not to be afraid and that we wouldn't waste any of this precious provision.
You-Tube videos were very helpful for first-timers.
Braydon said that he really liked hunting, but he was surprised at how much he enjoyed the butchering process.
Learning the grinder was the last of the process.
Matthew 24:45  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?


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