October 20, 2007

Bring the Gun, Leave the Shells

Yes, Gentle Reader, let the lesson of Catherine Artemis be a lesson to you. CHECK YOUR GEAR BEFORE YOU GO ON THE HUNT!!!

My Dad and I have hunted together for so long that we tend to rely on each other to grab the other's gear. Well, he forgot to grab my box of shells so there we were one hour from the house I had my shotgun but no shells.

So, I had a nice stroll thru the woods today.

I have no one to blame but myself. I should have checked my gear before we left. Why am I blogging my stupidity? So I never do it again!

Still, the worst day hunting is better then the best day at work!

We did not flush even one grouse today. This, despite reports the population is up.


Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I'm so happy you serial killers were prevented from murdering innocent grouse. ;)

October 20, 2007 8:31 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...


October 20, 2007 8:38 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

Don't feel bad. When I went deer hunting (I've gone twice), I had the rifle (a .30-.30 Winchester), I had my ammo, I had my blaze orange, I had layers...but it was 60 degrees in Winona, but 14 degrees in Cook, St. Louis County, and there was snow on the ground and ice in the deer stand. And I was hypothermic. Because even my layers weren't enough.

I think that no matter what you do, you can't prepare for this.

And you know, I'm really offended that Vincenzo isn't photoshopping me as much as he's photoshopping you. He's so talented I just can't stand it!

If I were photoshopped with a deer, I'd feel better...because both times I went, to include Cook (St. Louis County) and Deerwood (Mille Lacs County), I got nuthin'. And I can grill a mean venison chop, let me tell you!

I'd like to get my small game license, too, and because the Canadian Geese are such a nuisance, I'm itching to shoot a few to serve at Thanksgiving (in ridding the park of them) and Christmas (Christmas Goose!).

Maybe I should have been a pioneer.

What say you? Vincenzo...Cathy and I as pioneer women? On a Mission?

October 20, 2007 10:07 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...


October 20, 2007 11:06 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Terry, You are forgetting all the heretics I've murdered. ;-)

Adoro: Vincenzo got us! Good one!

October 21, 2007 8:12 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

I discovered why I get in on the tail end of these conversations. While you guys were talking about big and small game hunting, I was watching Father Corapi in the hopes of somehow saving my immortal soul.

And he doesn't have commercial breaks where I could check out the St Blogs Parish activity.

And when Father was thoroughly done with castigating me for my deficiencies, it was to bed to ponder his message.

October 21, 2007 9:39 AM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

"...I was watching Father Corapi in the hopes of somehow saving my immortal soul."

I watched him too.

October 21, 2007 11:49 AM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Addoro, Cathy of alex:

Don't feel bad--I once had a magnificent white tail in my sites, set the double sets, pulled the trigger--only to find I had loaded the ball, but not the powder. Rats.

And, I wont even talk about the time I lifted the stringer full of nice Crappie and Bream, only to drop the whole thing over the side of the boat.

Or worst of all--three days of hunting from can to can't, only to have the family dipstick go out the back door on the morning of the fourth, walk away from the huse and nail a 8 pointer across the soybeans.

*sigh*--any more they just let me come along as cook.

October 21, 2007 12:50 PM  
Blogger uncle jim said...

that vincenzo guy is gooood...just they way i picture you both

October 21, 2007 12:58 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

"Tina! Get the ax!"

October 21, 2007 4:43 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: I think you chose the better part.

Ignorant Redneck: LOL! Yes, I've had many similar misadventures. I would take up crochet but I'd probably stab myself.

Uncle Jim: Vincenzo is very good.

October 21, 2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...


Thanks Vincenzo! You're the best!

I can't even get that picture to upload to my profile; if I could, it would be there.

I'm actually technically incompetent.

I can handle a firearm, though, and very well. I suspect that if Cathy and I really were pioneer women, we'd be out defending our homesteads from bear and wolf and bunny.

And boy howdy, would our menfolk and chilluns eat like kings!

Except they'd also be doing the grilling and the dishes. Because, after all, we'd be busy cleaning our weapons!

October 21, 2007 8:46 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: I like this vision! To your list of things to defend the home against I would add: heretics. I know, I'm so not PC!

October 22, 2007 12:16 PM  

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