Saturday, October 2, 2010
My First Grouse
I am sure that this will come as a surprise to many people, but I am a hunter. I have both deer hunted and grouse hunted before. I will not say that I am a very successful hunter as today was the first time that I actually shot something.
I didn't grow up hunting despite my upbringing in Iowa. My Dad was not a hunter. Instead I picked it up as an adult. Our first November together, my ex-husband announced that he was going deer hunting. Me being interested in trying new things and new experiences announced that I was interested in knowing more about this deer hunting. I borrowed some gear and gun and froze my butt off in my stand and even helped clean a deer. Unfortunately I was never lucky enough to shoot a deer on my own.
After my divorce I dated someone who grouse hunts. I decided that I may like this more than deer hunting in that you get to move around a lot more. Also it is earlier in the year so the weather is nicer. I am not the quickest on the draw and my ex wasn't essentially patient enough to wait and let my try to take a shot, so our hunting trips never ended up in me shooting any birds.
Mark's family has some land up north - way up north. No, not a cabin, and no there is no lake. Just land. They have a large outbuilding with a bunk room and they park their RVs up there but no real running water and limited facilities.
Their land isn't that great for deer hunting but has a lot of grouse. He and his family have shot quite a number of them over the years on their own property. Luckily Mark is patient, and grouse aren't very smart. He helped get me lined up so that I could shoot my own grouse finally. I even got a second one later that day :)