Friday, September 4, 2015

Here goes a second season

With these trail camera photos becoming a common occurrence, I am excited and still a little nervous for bear season.  I have developed a very healthy respect for these animals and there is still some caution when I head into the woods to hunt one.

Even if I do not get one, these photos are a clear indication that the bear population in Maine is healthy and thriving.  These are not small bears and by the time we head into the woods, they will have had a few more weeks to put on weight.




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Honest Kitchen: Blackberry Muffins

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Fresh blackberries
When we were out refilling bear bait sites, we took a few minutes to pick blackberries. They were small and delicious.  I knew that whatever I picked, I wanted to make it into something yummy.

First up, blackberry muffins!


I tweaked a blueberry muffin recipe and added a few extra ingredients in order to make these awesome muffins.

Here is what you will need:
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
1 egg
2 c. flour (I used whole wheat)
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. fresh blackberries


Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups.
2. Beat milk, oil and egg in bowl.  Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  I also added some flax seed.
3. Fold berries into mixture.
4. Pour into muffin tin trying to make the muffins as even as possible.
5. I sprinkled them with some cinnamon and sugar


6. Bake for 20-25 min or until brown.  Remove and set on cooling rack.



Enjoy!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Now, I am getting excited

I know that today marks the start of bear season, but nothing get me more excited than seeing bucks on the trail cameras, especially when they are the deer that you have been after for multiple seasons!  I can not wait til opening day of rifle season.  Meat is meat and I will be grateful to fill the freezer, but those two big bucks... they would be a feat!
Littlest
Little
Little
Big
Biggest
From the look at this picture, this is the 'smaller' of the two large bucks that we have around.  Fingers crossed that this season, we can give you a close up picture!

Friday, August 28, 2015

The bait sites are getting slammed!

After Steve and I tweaked the bait sites and refilled the barrels and crates, we waited to see if and when the bears returned to the sites.  Three days after we were there, Steve went back to check: bam! bears at both sites and no food left.

Other hunters have been seeing the same thing; lots of bears (many of them good sized bears) are already hitting the bait sites hard this season.  When Steve and I were up the first time, we noticed that the blackberries and raspberries were not looking good.  Without a lot of fun and rain, the berries were small and still very green.  The temperature has dropped a few times down to the 40s at night which could kill some of the bear's food source.  There are plenty of apples, which we know the bears are eating but those will only be around for so long before they are gone.

This unstable natural food supply means that the bears will need to come to the bait to get those missing calories before they den up.

I hope that I am sitting in a stand when they come in!