Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Redneck-In-Training


Redneck-In-Training
Originally uploaded by Homestead.

Does this photo even need a post? The poor kid doesn't stand a chance, does he? And, for the record, he likes Eastman's Bowhunting Journal better than the rifle version.

Also for the record... Rifle season opened Sunday. Hot Stuff has only hunted one rifle day so far and my freezer is still empty. Here's hoping something delicious ends up in there in the next few weeks. I like elk. I don't mind deer (love deer sausage if it is done right). I don't like antelope. Ew. Prairie goats. Ew.

Hunting season is a topic for much discussion and a lot of Redneck jokes. I can't tell you the number of camo-wearing people I've seen (or sort-of seen... it is camo after all) in the last week. I was sporting my army-camo pants on Saturday in honor of the weekend.... although mine came from the clearance section of Target and setting a mouse trap is about the most blood-n-guts they will see. Hot Stuff loves to get out in the woods. He isn't so in love with killing things so he usually comes home empty-handed but his directions this season are "fill the freezer or eat rice all year." Hot Stuff loves him some rice, but every once in a while a boy needs some protein and, frankly, we just can't afford to buy meat (if that is what you call that disgusting product in cellophane & styrofoam that you can buy) at the store.

9 comments:

Susan said...

I love that picture. And SB will love it, too, when he's, oh, 16 or so and you show it to his girlfriend.

Did you hear about the 13 year old girl who killed the bear, on the FIRST day of bear hunting season? Go to Blogging Baby; the story is there.

Misfit Hausfrau said...

I have a photo of my daughter on her can, reading a Cooking Light. She claims it is her "favrite magzerine."

mrtl said...

hehehehe - I laugh at the potty training because otherwise I.would.go.crazy.

Juggling Mother said...

Who has to do all the butchering - you or him?

I have to admit to only having a sketchy idea of how to deal with a whole animal, having never had to do it.

Mary P. said...

I have a friend. City feller all the way. He's French (Canadian, which is way different than France), he's a designer and a salesman. He marries a cute lil French fellow-designer. He goes to meet her family. They invite him the next week, to go "wit' dem to de triss-tan'". (Why are they speaking English when they're all French? Damned if I know. I didn't think to ask. Too busy laughing. Marc can tell a story so well.)

He agrees. This is his darlin' family, after all. He has NO IDEA what a "triss-tan'" may be, and his darlin' isn't telling him. He shows up next weekend, dressed in city-boy weekend casuals. They take one look at him and hustle him into a back room. He comes out in camo's. Holding a gun. This man who has never held anything more lethal than a drafting pen.

A triss-tan' is a Tree Stand, you see, the platform you sit in, in a tree, from which to shoot stuff - deer particularly.

Marc was thrilled and delighted to be given this opportunity to humiliate himself with his inlaws. He was afraid to use the rifle. Don't think he bagged himself anything but cold fingers and a hangover - and a hysterical party story!

LadyBug said...

SUCH a cute photo!

SierraBella said...

Adorable picture!

We have a tree stand ("triss-tan" as mary p said), but haven't used it. It'll probably become a tree fort in the future.

M&Co. said...

I LOVE that picture! If only I could get the BoyChild to even SIT on the potty!

Homestead said...

susan- oh, this is just the first of many blackmail photos.... you should see his halloween costume!! I've never understood bear hunting... who eats bear?

misfit-would that he had such good taste in magazines...

mrtl- we are not potty training (let me repeat that for those of you in the back who saw that thing on tv about potty-training 6-month-olds.... we are not potty training).

mrs. a- He field-dresses it and we take turns with the actual butchering part.... I can totally kick his ass skinning but he's better with the butchering.... usually once we get it nicely prepped we hand it over to a "pro" for processing, packaging & sausage-making. If you dress it out well (and don't drag the carcass through the dirt) you can get it processed for less than $175... and you can't get me to stand there and crank the grinder to make elk hamburger for less than that.... I don't work cheap.

mary p- I'm dying over that story. I must post my "tater-skeet" story soon....

ladybug- thank you.

sb- Hot Stuff goes for the "hike every mountain" theory of hunting... heck, if I wanted to hunt I could bash a mule deer with my screen door... they get that close.

m&co.- I haven't taken a picture of him carrying the potty chair around balanced on his head or putting all of his toys in it....