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Stay away from my bird!

Here is how we got to this point. The two men did not seem to see is and Tim and I tried not to give ourselves away but we were on the edge of the field.  Tim tried calling the land owner because the property was posted and he was supposed to be the only one hunting.  No answer.  We stood there and listened as the two men began calling and waiting for a response.  They were much closer to those two birds who had just been calling back with us.  One gobble and those guys would be headed into the woods. Luckily, those stubborn birds kept quiet.  But the idea of hunters in the area made us question our decision to move on from a spot that we knew had active birds. Tim placing decoys in the field So we carefully crossed the field and got into position along the edge.  Tim called and we could hear the birds within 50 yards of us.  No matter what Tim did, they still did not want to move.  We changed tactics and I sat in the woods while Tim moved away from me in an attempt to pull th

Honest Kitchen: Chickpeas and chicken

Honest Kitchen: Honest, whole food cooked from scratch. Simple, delicious and sometimes from the wild side. Robin , Erin and Michelle often prepare wild game, mushrooms, berries and other foods they harvest, grow or buy locally. Regardless - come cook with us. Copy this paragraph (please leave the links) into your blog and leave your link in comments each Wednesday so everyone can visit. ~~~ This should really be called: what to make when you are hungry but your two-year old is screaming. Here is what you will need: * 12 oz of chickpeas, rinsed well * One head of broccoli, rinsed to make sure the worms are out (this is fresh broccoli from the farm) * Wild Cheff's Mediterranean seasoning .  I stock up and use this for almost all things chicken. * Chicken breast (from a local meat market) * 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese * 3/4 cup mayo  Steps: 1. Dump rinsed chickpeas, cut up broccoli, EVOO and the seasoning into a gallon storage bag and shake.  This is super

Third time is the charm... right?

As you know, Dad and I saw way more deer than turkey when we attempted to turkey hunt for the third spring season in a row.  It is still a little surreal to think about because our first turkey season ended two weeks before I had O. My schedule was so busy that I had to cancel a turkey hunt with David Hodgkins of Blackfalcon Custom Calls and reworked my schedule to get a half day hunt in with Tim Cote of Cote and Son's Guide Service . I met Tim at 4am and we headed to a spot where he had been the night before.  He knew that there were toms around and he knew which spots they would be in.  It was a perfect set up. Come on turkeys! We sat just over a little knoll with a couple of chairs and bushes helping to keep us hidden.  Tim put out two decoys and we sat there in the earliest light of day and waited.  It did not take long before we heard the first gobble. Then another and another.  We had three or four birds calling before it was truly light enough to see.  I was thrill

Moose Crossing

Dad and I were making our normal trip to check the trail cameras.  We pulled out of the driveway and drove 1/2 mile up the road.  I was looking for the snowshoe hares since they have a tendency of playing in traffic when Dad slowed the car down, moose ! Maine moose heading across the field I got my camera out as Dad brought the car to a stop. "I bet he is headed over to the mountain." The moose was headed in the direction of the land where we had seen the moose tracks the day before. Maine Moose In order to get a few more pictures, Dad pulled the car into a roadway along the edge of the field and slowly stopped.  The moose stared at us for a few seconds and kept walking.  He never changed his pace or his direction. Maine Moose He walked through the field and on his way (hopefully) to our land where he could try to escape from the horseflies that were bothering him.  Luckily, there were no sign of ticks or spots where he had been trying to rub them off. 

Why you need to shop EvoOutdoors

We have all been there: you want to order a piece of clothing online but it is out of stock.  You try a different color but that is out too.  There is nothing close to what you need so you just walk away.  Now imagine that what you need is for the upcoming hunting season and you really don't want to go to the local big-box store but you don't know what alternatives are out there.  This just happened to me. However, I get my hunting clothes from EvoOutdoors .  Yes, I am partial and I am a part of their ProStaff team but I wanted to test Tracy out a little bit and see how the Camo Concierge works. A few months ago, I ordered a hoodie with the idea that I would wear it over my FirstLite base layer.  Tracy emailed me earlier this week to say that the company was discontinuing the hoodie and would I like something else. "Sure, what would you recommend?" "Did you want it for the brand, fit or pattern?" I described what I was looking for and Tracy came

Trail camera pictures

Still no bucks on the trail camera but the does and fawns are still around and looking very healthy!  The coyote is still around and the deer tracks in the muddy areas are proving that there are some big deer around.    

Making T3 invisible

The 4th of July was a sunny and warm day so Dad, Hubby and I headed into the woods at 7am to paint T3 and beat the heat.  We carried down paint, ladders, rollers, another trail camera and some rags.  I was excited to see what deer sign were around since this is the same spot that I shot my deer last year. We needed a weed-wacker to blaze trail! I was so happy that I was dressed the way that I was: jeans, rubber boots, sweatshirt... and enough deet to (hopefully) kill all bugs that came in contact with me. I snapped a few before shots and then grabbed a gallon of paint and climbed the ladder.  My job was to paint as much of the outside as I could reach then paint the inside - specifically what the rain may hit - and then paint the outside and my sunporch.  I also needed to make sure that I did not paint myself into a corner or miss one spot that only I could have reached.  Luckily, I had had my strong coffee! Before the paint job Hubby helping to nail on a couple more braces

Trail camera mystery critter

When we pulled the memory card a week or so ago, we saw this picture.  Nothing before and nothing after, just this one glimpse in time.  I posted it on my Facebook page and got some great comments about what it could be.  What are your thoughts?

Honest Kitchen: Stuffed peppers

Honest Kitchen: Honest, whole food cooked from scratch. Simple, delicious and sometimes from the wild side. Robin , Erin and Michelle often prepare wild game, mushrooms, berries and other foods they harvest, grow or buy locally. Regardless - come cook with us. Copy this paragraph (please leave the links) into your blog and leave your link in comments each Wednesday so everyone can visit. ~~~~ Sometimes, the best dinner is one that you can literary throw into a pot and be done. In this case, I filled green peppers with that one pot creation and had a great dinner.  It was also nice to have half of the ingredients canned by me. Ingredients: 3-4 bell peppers 1 cup quinoa 1 can/jar tomatoes (approx. 16oz) 1 can/jar sweet corn (approx 16oz) 1 can/jar black beans (approx 16oz) cheese A little blurry but here are your basic ingredients 1. Preheat your oven to 350. 2. In a pot on the stove, warm up the corn, tomatoes and beans. (Note: rinse and drain the beans wel

They mock me

Ever since the season ended on June 6, we have had turkeys on every pull from the trail camera.  Every time! Clearly these guys are just mocking me.

GoPro Bass catch

As I was reeling in the first bass that I would keep, Don started the GoPro to document the actual catch.  Hmm... I may need to get one of those! Come here please. Gotcha! Bringing him into the boat   YUM A big thanks to Don at Maine Outdoors for sending these along.

Honest Kitchen: Fish filets

Honest Kitchen: Honest, whole food cooked from scratch. Simple, delicious and sometimes from the wild side. Robin , Erin and Michelle often prepare wild game, mushrooms, berries and other foods they harvest, grow or buy locally. Regardless - come cook with us. Copy this paragraph (please leave the links) into your blog and leave your link in comments each Wednesday so everyone can visit. It is always a bit of a relief to return home after being outside and have dinner coming home with you.  Luckily, Don and I were successful with our trip and I had some filets to fry up.  I pulled out some plain breadcrumbs, italian seasoning, salt and pepper and shook the whole thing in a gallon bag with four fish filets from the bass.  I made sure I coasted the fish well before putting them into a pan with hot butter. I couldnt tell you how long I cooked them for, but the filets did crumble a little when I flipped them. However, the smell they were giving off made my mouth water.  I w

Bass: it's what's for dinner

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to catch Don Kleiner of Maine Outdoors with some free time on his hands and convinced him to take me fishing.  We could not have picked a more perfect day to be away from the world and on the water. We set off to catch Smallmouth Bass.  Having caught my first fish with Robin, I was hopeful that I could at least catch something besides grass.  Don was brave enough to attempt to teach me how to fish a few years ago and I hoped, as I stepped into the boat, that I had improved my skills a little bit since then. Our first spot was a fairly shallow spot near some overhanging trees.  Don taught me that fish do not have eyelids so when it is sunny out, they usually hid in the shade so that they can keep watch over any predators that may be around - like eagles, osprey or us.  My first cast was horrible but I kept reminding myself that I did just fine with Robin and needed to not over think it.  The next few casts were a lot better.  Don would p

Look at the babies!

I was thrilled to see these pictures on the camera.  I dont think I have ever seen a fawn this little in the pictures.  We had three of them, but he was in a hurry so this is the least blurry one.  I can not wait to see if there are more pictures when we pull the card next time. Doe and new fawn run across the field And even though we saw the rafter of turkeys, it is nice to see the hen with such a healthy group of babies. Hen with 10 poults It will be great to see them grow over the next few months.  Hopefully they can do that without any interference from this .  Otherwise, Dad and I will have to take care of it.

Honest Kitchen: Bear with mushroom cream sauce

Honest Kitchen: Honest, whole food cooked from scratch. Simple, delicious and sometimes from the wild side. Robin , Erin and Michelle often prepare wild game, mushrooms, berries and other foods they harvest, grow or buy locally. Regardless - come cook with us. Copy this paragraph (please leave the links) into your blog and leave your link in comments each Wednesday so everyone can visit. ~~~ Bear meat and a crockpot go together like a hand and glove, deer hunting and 4 degrees, my kid and Buzz Lightyear... a perfect match. For the chilly, rainy days there is nothing better than a crockpot meal when you come home from work.  Here is how I made bear with mushroom sauce. Ingredients: * Fresh mushrooms (as many as you want because there is no such thing as too many) * Maine Cap N Stem meat seasoning * Reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup * bear meat (let's say 1 pound) Steps: 1. Put the bear on the bottom 2. Coat with the seasoning and fresh mushrooms 3. Po