Grilled Venison

Take a look at your dinner table right before you dig in. Look at those veggies in the bowl…where did they come from? That barbecued chicken, steak, or even the sausage  on that pizza in front of you…where did it come from?  Now, I don’t expect you to say “The ground”, “A pig”, “A cow”, or anything sarcastic like that. What I want you to think about, is WHERE did it come from?I remember last year being shocked to look on a bag of frozen vegetables and reading “Product of China” !! Anymore we are mostly used to our food being shipped from Central or even South America.

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This is my favorite time of the year. The air is cooler, potential for snow is in the air, wood stoves are burning, and hunting seasons are in mid-swing.

Thanksgiving seems to me to be tied to a wonderful heritage of self-sufficiency that has been all but lost in most Americans. The idea of growing your own food, hunting for your own food,  or raising your own food is mostly an interesting oddity to most Americans these days.  People are just so used to ordering food from a restaurant menu or seeing it all neatly packaged in plastic at the super grocery store down the road.

The personal interaction with agriculture is lost. The appreciation of a sacrificed life, or the toil of the earth is distant. I am thankful for being able to live where I do. It gives me plenty of opportunity to appreciate healthy homegrown and harvested foods. These foods not only cost less, but are much more healthy for your body as they do not contain all kinds of hormones, antibiotics, or chemical sprays.

I also love this time of year because my family is together under one roof. The conversation that fills the air is wonderful. Watching the kids play with each other, some excited about hunting in a few days, puts a smile on my face.

I will be traveling a few hours to my brothers house for the thanksgiving meal, and then returning with  another brother and his children and another one of my nephews. My home in North central PA turns into “Deer Camp” for the next few days after thanksgiving. Its a time of year that I favor most and just wanted to share my thoughts about it with you.

Hunting Success


Howa Axiom .243

Howa Axiom .243

Since I was 12 I had been hunting with a used Marlin 30-30 that my brother so graciously purchased for me one summer day as a surprise. It has served me VERY well. It is a great “deer gun”. It takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.

Through the years though, I have slowly desired more opportunities to hunt and sharpen my shooting skill. I guess I really developed a love of long range shooting in the Marine Corps. There we had the M-16 with iron sights and were made to qualify out to the 500 yd line. While most sweated qualifying, I looked forward to it with a smile. I honestly couldn’t wait to get the opportunity to be out on the range again.

Since then, I haven’t had as much opportunity, and that goes with getting rusty. About a year and a half ago, I got to talking with some co-workers about groundhog hunting, coyote hunting and long range shooting. I started to reminisce about the days on the Marine Corps rifle range. I decided it was time to buy myself a more all-purpose rifle… be continued