Heeeyyyyaaaa!!! It’s FRRIIIDDDAAYYY!
It’s been an exciting week at the ranch, beginning with this:
No, that’s not Ted Nugent, that there is my handsome, bearded husband with the bull elk he called in and shot with his bow in our favorite pasture.
Drawing an elk tag in North Dakota is a once in a lifetime experience, and being able to successfully harvest one in your own backyard with a bow and arrow is really a rare event.
To say I am proud is not quite enough. What I am is so completely thrilled for this guy, because in the past few months I have watched him immerse himself in a passion he has pushed aside for work and family and building us a house out here. And while all of those things are the responsible choices people like him make, to see him take a breath and just be the man he is is just, well, better and more important than that fencing-the-yard-in-so-we-can-have-grass project…
Because he’s been scouting the animals for months, watching bulls like this chase each other around the hills, vying for the attention of the cows, getting themselves all worked up and crazy and quite the sight to see.
He’s sat and watched patiently. He has gathered the right equipment and practiced shooting his bow every night.
He knows what it means to take the life of a majestic beast that we admire so much off of our place. He understands the responsibility of it and he takes it seriously. And he took his shot quietly and alone and then called in reinforcements to get this animal home to be properly butchered, removing the hide to be tanned for leather, the horns for mounting on our wall and the meat to fill our deep freeze and our bellies for many months to come.
So that’s what we’ve been doing this week, ending our days by cutting and wrapping meat and answering phone calls from our excited sportsman friends and relatives looking for Husband to re-hash the story from the big hunt…because that’s part of it, the sharing of stories…
Oh, but we did take a break to take a drive to meet the newest member of our family who was born a week or so ago.
Be still my heart, I cannot wait to get this smooshy little creature home! And apparently I couldn’t shut up about it so Husband loaded me up in the pickup and took me for a drive to have a snuggle with him.
Four more weeks and counting. Hondo, get ready…you’re gonna love him I’m sure.
With all these distractions it goes without saying that there is enough dirt on my floor to plant carrots and laundry piled up in places where underwear shouldn’t be. Right now I am procrastinating working on making a dent in the dust an dirty shirts and then I’ll sit down and work on new music, getting ready to record a new album, sorting through songs like sorting through socks, matching up melodies and stories and rhymes.
There’s so much to do and the weather is hot, tricking us all into thinking that summer might linger like this good week we’ve had out here in our little piece of paradise.
Here’s to a beautiful weekend, full freezers and full bellies!
Peace, puppies and elk steak,
I am so jealous!!! Way to go!
Photography and story telling are definitely 2 of your incredible gifts!! Our business this weekend is working calves…..also good fodder for story telling usually. Hate to complain, but wish it was a little cooler…easier on the critters and us!!!!!
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Jesse!!! Congratulations on the once in a life time score!!! How cool is that and the puppy too!!!
That is indeed a mighty fine looking animal… and the puppy:-)
Ive been hearing a cacophony of gunshots all morning and my dog was just abducted to go down to our little lake to see if there are any Wood Ducks silly enough to stick around:-)
So fun meeting you!!!
Amazing photos and great story! My husband is a hunter as well, and it’s so fun to share in his excitement!
Give your “household hunter” a huge hug for me! Amazing hunting. Elk steak—the best. The primary meat when I was growing up. Sometimes we had so much we would have elk steak for breakfast. It felt like a huge luxury.
Congratulations to your husband on his bull elk. Your puppy is so adorable! Love your horses’ yawn! So funny! “-D
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Sounds like the farm only we usually end up with road-kill moose. Haying is over, guest season has arrived and everyone is in a panic to get outside things done before it freezes in NH
As a city girl, I find the reality of hunting difficult but feel it is far more humane and natural than “factory farming”.