Hunting Season Archives

A Little Video of Our Time in the Woods

Here’s a 9 minute video I put together of our recent elk hunting trip. I hope you enjoy. ūüôā

Well thank you to those who left comments saying they enjoy everything I post – even my organizational ones (be still my heart). Those are the kinds of posts that make my world go round, so I’m happy to hear you like them. As far as happenings with our family, I have so much to post about that I’m not sure I can keep up with it but bear with me and we may just get through it all. ūüôā Hunting Camp is a long weekend we look forward to every year. Even though the nights are quite chill (remember we live in the desert where temperatures can drop steeply at night), the weather is generally beautiful during the daytime. This year camp was a…

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Off to the High Country

I won’t be posting for several days since we’re off to the high country for our annual elk hunting/camping trip. Looking forward to this time in the woods. See you all when we get back! ūüôā  

The Tradition Continues – Elk Hunting Camp 2015

It’s October and you know what that means in my world… our annual elk hunting camp happens. It was a big camp this year with almost 90 of us going to the woods. Here’s a video I put together. Hope you enjoy.

A Successful Elk Hunting/Camping Trip

Tents zipping open. Container lids being popped opened and then closed as a camper searches for some missing item. These are the early morning sounds of our camp at 4:15 am. ¬†Apparently no one can sleep so soon all of the hunters are up and about. It feels almost like a neighborhood when the lights start coming on one by one. Sadly, there is no roaring fire so they are huddled over a pitiful flame. It may be just because of the symbolic heat it offers instead of any real warmth they are receiving. I wouldn’t know since I’m snug in my down sleeping bag. I chuckle when I think of everyone turning in early but for whatever reasons they are unable to sleep longer….

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My Pegboard Wall Tent Organizer

It’s that time of year again. The hunting season is upon us and our annual elk trip is getting ready to begin. Menus Camping Checklists Groceries Gear Warm Bedding Warm Clothing and the list goes on.   But what a good time we have. This year there’s about 42 of us heading out to the great outdoors. I’ll once again be staying in our wall tent (which I’m loving) with a wood burning stove to keep me toasty if I should get too chilled. One of my goal is to figure out ways to organize my kitchen set-up in the tent. I think this will be my 3rd year sleeping in it and each year you get to see what needs should be tweaked to…

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Hunting Camp 2013

Well it’s come and gone – Hunting Camp 2013.¬† It was one of the smaller camps we’ve had – only about 42 people – but all the faithfuls/diehards came once again. ūüôā

The Day I Faced My Dread

Never underestimate the power a picture of a family simply living life together can have on another. Because that’s where it all started for me. You know, most all of us influence somebody by the things that we do, and the way we live, and the things we say. We influence somebody. Somebody is watching your life. — W.M. Branham   These pictures of another family made me think.¬† Go ahead & click, I’ll still be here. ‚ÄúYou don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.‚ÄĚ ‚Äē Scott Adams Because of these pictures, my cardinal rule of NEVER be involved and make…

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I’ve Been Converted

I thought I had it good. I love my travel trailer with its slide-out but I was converted this year. Converted to camping in a canvas wall tent. (photo from Montana Canvas) Although a travel trailer certainly has some pros, I can only think of one of thing that it does that I cannot do the same in a wall tent. What I love about the wall tent. the cozy rustic charm the canvas walls give wood burning stove sleeping accommodations & kitchen under one roof 2 tables can be left in place w/ chairs even when we have our sleeping bags and kitchen set up When I stayed in my travel trailer, there were always issues of running out of water (with running water,…

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Roughing It for 5 Days

I really don’t even know where to begin. Hunting Camp 2012 is over but the memories just still keep coming on.¬† It was a good year. There were 7 elk tags in the camp and all 7 were filled.¬† We’re all very thankful because we know we have plenty of good healthy meat for the next year. We were so happy for Serenity because she tagged out opening morning. Many times she’s had to hunt all week before she got her’s, so this time she was able to spend more time at camp.¬† I looked at her and thought I saw Annie Oakley but then I looked again and it was Serenity. ūüôā¬† One shot, standing up, from the shoulder.¬† Aaaammmaaazing girl.   Wesley tagged…

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Hunting Camp is Here!

The elk hunting season is here and we’re headed out for another memorable year.¬† It looked like camp was going to be smaller this time (only about 40), but we’re almost up to 60 now. There seems there might be a small hitch in the weather. It seems it wants to rain. Like really bad. 90% chance.¬† Not good, but thankfully we have the wall tent in which we can all gather and a wood burning stove to keep us toasty, games to play and plenty of people to fellowship with.¬† Oh, and food.¬† I think we’ll be alright after all!       See you all next week!   I don’t envy the hunters though.:)

Hunting Big Game in Arizona – a Bull Elk

Hunting season is drawing to a close here at my house.¬† One more elk hunt next week and then we’ll be finished.¬† Hunting can really put some interruptions in your life so I’m kind of glad things are being wrapped up on that end. However, I have yet another hunting post (oh, yes and here is another¬†and yet even another¬†one if you just can’t get enough ūüôā ). Last week Seth had his bulk elk hunt.¬† This hunt was for¬†muzzleloader¬†– you know – the old time¬†rifle that the pioneers would use?¬† You get one shot and then have to reload – first the powder, then the bullet, ram the bullet, put a primer in,¬†replace the ramrod and then you’re good to go.¬† My son tells…

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Hunting for An Arizona Mule Deer

Just thought ya’ll would like to see the mule deer Wesley¬†got the beginning of November.¬† He’s been an avid student of Deerology for several months now,¬†diligently reading books and haunting online deer forums.¬† I told him I thought he deserved a¬†Ph.D. in the topic by now.¬† I really liked the part in his hunting story, where he took his boots off because they were squeaking¬†since he didn’t want to spook the buck. Great job, Wesley. I never thought this deer and I would come together like we did – but it happened. . .

October Family Updates Part III – Coues Deer Hunt

We’re getting there.¬† Slowly but surely we’re making it through the family updates for October.¬† Part I was general news around the homestead and Part II was our annual elk hunt. The third week of October was another hunt – this time for Coues deer.¬† It was Zachary and Ethan’s hunt. (Ethan is my good friend Tina’s son.)¬† Ethan has wanted to go elk¬†hunting for a very long time but getting an elk tag in Arizona is not always that easy.¬† So, he settled for a Coues hunt with Zachary. Apparently they didn’t put in for a very good area and never did shoot anything but they did have¬†a good time. At least that’s what they told me. ūüôā I didn’t go camping¬†but Ethan’s parents…

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Chicken & Potato Packets Over Coals

At our elk hunting camp everyone joins together in the evenings¬†for supper.¬† I plan the menu and assign¬†each person¬†what they need to make/bring.¬† If the husbands come without their wives I always assign them foods that require¬†no last-minute preparation.¬† This year I decided to try grilling one night.¬† Now I’m the type to try¬†new recipes¬†on my guests¬†but since I’m making an effort to change that habit, I did practice this at home – once. ūüôā¬† It turned out so well that I¬†felt confident we could do it at camp.¬† I was a little concerned about wrapping the chicken in aluminum foil because of all the negative things I’ve heard aluminum does for you, but then my niece recommended I use parchment paper first, followed by…

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Chicken & Potato Packets Over Coals

At our elk hunting camp everyone joins together in the evenings¬†for supper.¬† I plan the menu and assign¬†each person¬†what they need to make/bring.¬† If the husbands come without their wives I always assign them foods that require¬†no last-minute preparation.¬† This year I decided to try grilling one night.¬† Now I’m the type to try¬†new recipes¬†on my guests¬†but since I’m making an effort to change that habit, I did practice this at home – once. ūüôā¬† It turned out so well that I¬†felt confident we could do it at camp.¬† I was a little concerned about wrapping the chicken in aluminum foil because of all the negative things I’ve heard aluminum does for you, but then my niece recommended I use parchment paper first, followed by…

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Elk Hunting Camp 2009

I survived our annual elk hunt.¬† Dirt, dust and campfire smoke was the worst of it.¬† The best of it was making good food for hungry hunters, spending time with friends and getting to know new ones.¬† Our family, as well as my sister’s family, were there to the bitter end (an entire week!).¬† It was so good to spend time with them.¬† I didn’t get this dirty but I felt it. ūüôā   The kids have the best time and¬†really look forward to the hunting camp.   Slamwich & Dutch Blitz were the favorite games this year.   We had over 60 people this year.¬† What happened to going to the woods for a little peace and quiet? ūüėČ   Russell was only getting…

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Time for our Annual Elk Hunt

The elk hunting season is upon us and so the conversation at our house has centered around camping and hunting for the last few weeks.¬† Wesley is trying to get his hunting gear in order.¬† He was referred to a site called CamoFire¬†and he faithfully checks it when he wakes up.¬† They offer new deals on hunting gear at least once a day.¬† If you have an avid hunter in the family, you might want to check it out. Seth is coming home from Ohio for the occasion. He’ll be here a week and then he¬†returns to Ohio for about 3 weeks and then he’s coming home!!¬† He had his 19th birthday¬†last week¬†and so we had to mail him his birthday gift.¬† We gave him…

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Hunting Fever

About this time of year, hunting fever sets in.¬† There are elk and deer hunts on the schedule in the upcoming months and just this past Friday antelope season started.¬† Zachary was drawn for a unit that gave out only 4 tags and there was¬†an average of 70 people who put in their name per tag.¬† He was one of the lucky ones.¬† He was fortunate enough to be blessed with an antelope opening day (September 4) which was wonderful since we had our Middle Ages Co-op on Saturday.¬† This way he wasn’t being pulled in two directions.¬† Did you know these facts about antelope? They have exceptional eyesight – they have been compared to high powered binoculars Average life span – 6-8 years Speed…

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