First Deer Hunt — 30 Comments

  1. I’m glad you had a good time. Maybe Termite will take up deer hunting and y’all could go on a hunt before he leaves the nest.
    My daughter-in-law’s brothers make the best venison sausage! I’m hoping they have success this year at their deer camp. When they are, they are very generous to those of us that don’t hunt.

  2. That reads like all but one 25 of my deer hunting experiences. Sit in the stand for hours watching the wildlife and trying to make horns grow out of the heads of spikes and does.

    • : ) I guess the trick is you have to invest a lot in the hunting spots and then spend a lot of time sitting enjoying nature while you wait!!!! It was a great experience, and I’m really glad I did it. I’m going to hunt deer on the back of my property now!

  3. Sounds like a fun trip. I have put up all my guns for the most part. I have killed enough in my life time and I now find I enjoy sitting on the dock, watching the ducks while the sun rises more than shooting them. I don’t regret killing game, I just killed enough already, maybe the new guys deserve the time in the blind or stand. I used to help set out stands or re-reed.

    I enjoy getting up fixing breakfast and getting everyone out the door headed to the stands/blinds then kicking back and relaxing with that second cup of coffee. I used to get my tags and throw ’em in the beer stein at the camp for someone that needed ’em. Like you, I usually came home with some meat to enjoy.

    My Pop got this way too. I won’t call it maturity, maybe our priorities just change.

    Enjoy the outdoors, that is how you know where to hunt. Its hard to just show up on Thursday night and expect to kill something if you have not been there since last year. The camp had two chest freezers we always kept full of game for weekend clearing/cleaning and of course the occasional Bouree game or kegger. Maybe even show up an off LSU week and just enjoy the camp.

    We always set up all the stands, but some you knew were going to be more lucky than others by the cuttings and droppings.

    Oh well, again I ramble……. I am glad you got a trip out in the piney woods, hope it was peaceful and refreshing. Glad you are still overcoming your phobia. Heck I am glad ya had a good time!

    BTW anyone have anything you know of to do with fresh lemons? Lemonade, not sure yet about jelly, anything else? Got about 35 lbs today of huge lemons. Appreciate any suggestions. I squeezed a gallon of juice already.

    • Yes, I guess I am getting into the game kind of late, but better late than never. I might decide it’s not for me, and I have never really enjoyed the idea of killing things, even for food, but that’s just the maternal instincts in me. It’s more about survival now. If there are deer on my land, and I can harvest one a year to feed my family, then less money spent on food loaded with hormones and anti biotics. If I get a shotgun before duck season closes, I might put a couple birds on the table, too! But I do know where you’re coming from.

  4. huge lemons? Are they sweet? Used to get a few huge lime and lemon from girl in Arizona they were pretty sweet compared to store bought.

  5. Blu, I’d show you a picture but I would have to figure it out. They are smooth thin skinned, and as large as my fist equally green as yellow. Came off a tree and not a bush. She bumped her tree a few times and they all fell off. She said she got 4 bags this size. I have no idea with to do with lemons besides pies and maybe jelly. The skins are full of citrus bores so couldn’t make a marmalade. I know where all the ones on my Satsuma trees came from now though.

    I never had a sweet lemon so I couldn’t compare ’em, but they make ya pucker!

    • My guess is they are “Meyer” lemons? And I know you know how to do an online search, but there are quite a few bushes/trees down here and folks give them away, not knowing what to do with them other than freezing the juice. Here are a couple interesting sites I found:,0,5003872.story#axzz2lTfyyhX3
      Of course, we’re always interested to know what concoctions you come up with!!!

    • Is this them? Meyer lemons and closeup .

      These were on a tree between the old City Hotel in Breaux Bridge and the house next to it – I took the pic last Christmas. Good gosh – if people don’t pick those things, I should have asked. I’d have paid for some Myer lemons. Which reminds me – it ought to be getting toward Satsuma time, too!

      • Satsumas have been out for a couple weeks. Just ate some off the Landry’s tree the other day. Nothing like fresh off the tree! It’s just a shame how much citrus just falls to the ground here and never gets eaten. Real shame.

        • Wooo-hoo! I just called Froberg Farms over in Alvin. They have their own orchards, and the Satsumas are in – they have lots! Guess where I’m going this afternoon? Thanks for the tip!

        • My Satsuma’s are nearly gone now at the house and we had a bumper crop. I think experimenting with Satsuma jelly, I finally got 32 jars canned, lost 16 due to me being stupid and still have a quart of squeezed and filter juice. But they were all extremely small this year but over abundant. They are super sweet this year, but mine are extremely hard to peel. I blamed all the strangeness on the fact that I trimmed the tree two years ago and this is the first fruit.

          Everything I wanted to try with the lemons involved the skin and it was totally eaten up by the borers. I have some “limoncello” I tried to make 6/8 months ago. It was so bad I have started to throw it away a half dozen times. I was cleaning this last week and tried another taste and its actually getting better…LOL I guess like everything else in life, ya just get smoother with age….

          Thanks my friends for the info.

          • I’ve never tried lemoncello, so if it ages well, save me a bottle and we’ll trade! I want to try some. Saw it in a chick flick–Under the Tuscan Sun or something like that. Another fresh lemon story . . . . wait, maybe I’ll make it a blog post. I’ll hold that thought and go take some local lemon tree photos for that purpose . . . .

  6. Now that I’ve got the lemons out of my system – what a great post! And that’s the way to do it – get a long visit, experience all of the aspects of a hunt. It’s as interesting to learn about setting the traps, clearing the paths, putting out the feed and so on as the actual bagging of game.

    I just don’t know if I could shoot a deer. Hogs? No problem. Birds? I’m fine. I guess it’s the expression in their eyes. On the other hand, if I made “sausage jerky backstrap” my mantra and repeated it over and over, that might help. I’ll eat it all, without any qualms. In fact, if I can get ahold of venision chili or summer sausage, I’ll take that first.

    I’ll say this – your post certainly helps to clear up what all that “stuff” is that gets hauled up and down I-l0 toward West Texas in late October. Clearly, it’s not enough to just throw the gun in the car and go, at least if you have your own lease.

    Interesting about you hitting the bullseye three times in a row. I don’t know a thing about guns, but I do know of other circumstances where trying to go slow makes a task harder than doing it quickly. Is it possible that increased power does increase accuracy? Anyway – congrats! If only those deer had separated – no question you’ve have bagged your first deer!

    • All the needed equipment and preparations were overwhelming to me, but they’ve been doing it so long, they work together like a well-rehearsed dance, and it all gets done in a timely fashion. I’m sure I’d always forget some necessary item back at the camp . . . . and then disturb everyone on my ride out of and back into the woods. It’s too late in the year to make any preparations on the back of my land, but I can dress up in camouflage and sit in front of a tree and wait. I can also spread some corn around, but as far as shooting lanes, corn feeders, etc. I’m just going to remain a minimalist, I think. It’s cheaper that way, too! We don’t have a 4-wheeler, but if I can’t walk 200 yards to go hunt a deer, then I don’t need to go. And if I bag one, I’ll just use the old John Deer riding lawn mower to haul it to the front, LOL!!! Now, go get those Satsumas, cher!

  7. Wow…. Even if you weren’t able to get a clear shot at a deer, it sounds to me like you still had a great time. You were with good people and made some new friends. Ate some great food. You learned a few things to carry with you on your next hunt. You saw your first bobcat! Add in that fabulous fall view from the blind and you have the makings of a wonderful visit, deer or no deer.

    No lemon receipts here, Foamheart, other than lemonade. I love candied peel but, like marmalade, you can’t do that if they are all mined up by borers.

    • Gue`, you summed up my trip superbly. That’s exactly how it was. I’m so glad I went, but can you believe I had to be talked into it by a good friend? We were having lunch last Saturday and I mentioned the invite to her, and she asked me point blank, “Tell me exactly what’s keeping your from going?” I hemmed and hawed and said, “guilt, responsibility . . .” to which she basically said, “Get over it and go. When will you EVER have an opportunity like this again?” She’s a red head, so when she gives an order, I try to obey, LOL! It was worth every gallon of gas, getting lost in the woods on the way, and every hour of the six hour drive to get there!

      • I understand perfectly. I frequently need someone to give me a swift kick in the butt to do things. I can hem and haw and come up with all kinds of excuses.

        I’m glad you had Drill Sergeant Red Head to kick you into going. hehehehehe

  8. KIds turn out the way kids turn out. I survived all manner of undescribeable influences and come ons. Which reminds me it is time for a Miah update.

    • Blu – what brought on this comment? Termite is in deep doo doo again!!! Yes, it is time for Miah update. Maybe he can fry the oysters for Thanksgiving, and I’ll take and post photos!!! He’s a great kid and doesn’t give me any trouble at all!

  9. With the whole world worried about lil old me I spend time worrying about others including my bayou buddies is all. blu be making oyster dressing Wednesday eve. I may or may not share.

  10. I went with Bryce one evening and I have to say I could really get into the deer hunting thing. I didn’t even carry a gun with me the first time since it was still bow season but the view, the sounds, and the fact nobody can talk much in the stand was exactly what my soul needed. I see why now he enjoys it. If y’all need me I will be hiding…I mean hunting from the tree stand! 🙂

  11. Wendy, everyone is still talking about your visit. We enjoyed having you at the camp and around the fire. I’m glad you enjoyed the trip, even if you didn’t get a deer. Lol, I’ll try to have one tied up for you when you come back!

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