Wild Wednesday … Hunting Season 2017 Revisited

This hunting season has been postponed for us. The Carr Fire has resulted in the area we hunt being closed due to the fire danger. So we wait. I prepared this post months ago and this seems like a good time to post it. There are a couple pictures of some of the game we harvested, but mostly it’s images from our season.

When we hunt big game we immerse ourselves into the experience, always. We don’t just experience nature we participate in it. We hunt to for food. Each meal we prepare we reminisce over our experience and appreciate where that food came from. We observe things that time of year we don’t always see the same way during the rest of the year. As a result we take a lot of pictures. This gallery is a small sample of the sights and sounds we enjoy each season.

Our bow hunting season started mid August and rifle season ended in late October. It was grueling and difficult hunting in rugged country. The weather was hot much of the time and we had to contend with constant smoke from the wildfires during bow season. We cover a lot of ground on foot and spent hours in ground blinds. One of the benefits is we never know what might show up near our blinds. The cameras are always handy.

 

Forestry Friday … California Colors

I’m showing off some of our Northern California fall colors. I know you folks back east are thinking “I don’t see the color!” We make do with what we have.

Wild Wednesday … Douglas and Maple

Douglas Squirrel, maple, bigleaf maple

Mary and I watched this Douglas squirrel on a recent outing. He was chowing down on maple seeds.

bigleaf maple, winged seeds, maple seeds

The maple seed crop was enormous in this bigleaf maple tree. There were many happy squirrels around.

Bigleaf maple leaf.

A bigleaf maple leaf just beginning to show a bit of fall in the tips.