|Painting by Montague Dawson|
Belladonna dragged me out hunting this morning.
We shook two out walking to the blind.
Then she saw an 8 point buck walking through the tall grass five minutes later. More accurately, she saw an eight-point rack sailing over the tops of the tall grass, Giant Foxtail, Setaria faberi for those who care about such things.
Like a sailing ship in stormy seas, Bella could see the sails and rigging but could not discern where the vital parts of the body were. She did not shoot.
She saw 16 deer this morning and a Pileated Woodpecker. We heard mallards, a loon, squirrels, chickadees, more squirrels etc.
Michigan DNR forbids any kind of baiting or attractants in my part of Michigan because of Chronic Wasting Disease. It is my opinion that those rules are being followed because, suddenly, the orchard is irresistible to deer.
Her vision is much, much better than mine.
Reducing Thursday's deer
|No soybeans were harmed in the production of this image.|
The prime cuts were left in chunks so people who cared can cut them to the thickness they prefer. Belladonna will be taking some back to school.
The rest is cut to stew-meat and simmered until tender. Cooled slightly, poured into containers. The juice jells. The jellied stew-meat is put into freezer bags and frozen.
Goes great over potatoes, noodles, dumplings, toast, biscuits, cornbread. Can go into stew, soup, chili or gravy. Mixed with vegetables or beans or eaten plain.
I think of it as an upscale MRE.
I hope to finish up processing the deer tomorrow and hope I have enough freezer room.