Back from the bush.
It was amazing. I can’t begin to express how lucky I feel to have had the advice and instruction of the people I did – my uncle (a former conservation officer), his friend (currently a conservation officer), a couple of super-hospitable outfitters and a collection of locals who drifted through the days all week. I truly don’t think I could have learned more anywhere else and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.
My bucks came close and my shots were good and fast and final. I used every scrap of each animal – to the point that not even the ravens wanted anything to do with what little was left over. As a result, I have a freezer full of venison, two whole hides to be tanned, and antlers to be carved and cut into buttons and necklaces.
I’m hesitant to get into the details of the hunt, or my reasons for doing it, partly because I know some people won’t want to read it and partly because I’m currently pitching a story about the adventure. I hope that, in the near future, I can link to an article that better outlines the experience and makes my position a little clearer, but in the meantime? It’s part of a desire to be more self-sufficient in life in general. To be connected to, and aware of, where my food comes from. To assume as much responsibility as possible for the food I choose to eat. To have an active role in every step of my leatherwork.
With these criteria in mind, the trip was wildly successful.
I hope to have the hides tanned locally in the coming days (I’d really like to do it myself but think I’ll let the pros do this first round) and then have some pieces made in time for Christmas. Most of them will drop into the Etsy shop a little late for holiday shipping, but I should have them at my studio and at White Elephant a couple weeks before the 25th.
PS – Sorry for the lack of photos but my camera chose this week to give up the ghost. We might a little low on imagery around here until Canon repairs it.
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Sorry for the lack of posts! I’ve spent the last three days learning all about firearms and hunting in preparation for my first-ever hunt this fall.
This patch means I’m certified – just have to take the paperwork in and add a hunting license to my outdoors card.
I’m pretty psyched about it. Nervous, but also excited – to be responsible for a little more of my own food, to use start-to-finish hides (I met a guy in the course who knows a local tanner so hopefully I can put together some moccasins and purses from them) in some of my leather work, and to spend a week up north this November.
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