I skipped blogging last night in favor of going to bed early after an all-day last minute wedding shopping day, so I will do my best to combine the two today!  If you don’t mind. . .or if you do. . .

A couple of days ago hubby and I grabbed our hunting rifles and headed to the shooting range to sight them in.  I am READY.  My first and only two shots with my little Walmart Remington 243 were smack dab in the middle of the bull’s eye.  Now if I can just hold steady if I get the chance to get a deer or hog in my sights!

Hubby, on the other hand, had to sight in both his Remington 12 gauge slug gun and Remington 760 Game Master 30-06.  That took a little while, but we are both ready now.  Rifle season starts THIS Saturday!

Today on the last day to hunt does during archery season I actually saw a large buck but it ambled off before I had a chance to make sure its antlers were legal.  I learned that I should have done a “grunt” to make him stop.  Maybe he will amble back so I can introduce him to my 243.  He was about 50 yards away anyway, a tough shot for an inexperienced bow hunter like myself!

Here is a shot from my stand in our hunting area, a mere few acres belonging to my brother and sister-in-law but RICH with wildlife. It was so beautiful this morning with the still almost full moon shining like a headlight and then the leaves falling after daylight when a breeze stirred the trees.


Hubby and I stayed in our stands for a good 4 1/2 hours, which is my bladder’s limit, before grabbing some lunch, changing clothes and heading out to Canton for First Monday Trade Days.  I just HAD to visit my fave shop, Girls Gone Junkin’!  I got a cute little heart-shaped steampunk pendant to wear with my wedding outfit next weekend and a darling little wedding cake topper with bride and groom dolls whose eyes move!  For some reason I have started collecting vintage cake toppers.  They are just too adorable!  Why am I collecting again while trying to declutter?  I’m hopeless, I suppose. . .

So steampunky!  LOVE!
Cutest wedding cake topper EVER!

And then there was this sight:  Have you ever seen so many cow skulls?  Kind of creepy. . .

It was a long, hot day (yes, in NOVEMBER!) but it was a fun day.  Maybe November will soon realize it isn’t September and turn cooler!  How about a little cooler next Saturday?  But no rain, please!  I’m not picky, huh?  Happy junkin’ and huntin’, everybody!



THRIFTY HUNTER THURSDAY: The hunted hunter. . .

It’s finally archery season.  Hunters have been waiting for this time of the year.  They have set up their deer stands and blinds, planted and reaped tempting corn and oat crops, set up and filled feeders, bought or repaired their bows, practiced shooting targets, and bought their hunting licenses.  They, like my husband Jimmy and me, are ready.  Nothing can stop us now.  Or can it?

You’re sitting in your deer stand, and have been there for two hours waiting for daylight.  For all you non-hunters out there, you have to get to your stand early so you won’t scare the deer away when it gets light enough to see them.  As dawn dawns, you begin to be able to see what’s out there.  And what’s out there begins to see you, and find you, and BITE you!

It’s those pesky mosquitoes, the scourge of many a hunter.  Fortunately, there is a weapon out there for the war against mosquitoes.  Actually, there are two that my husband and I use and would highly recommend to anyone fighting the swarm.

Jimmy uses a Thermacell.  Well, he did before he lost his this week.  Luckily, our local Walmart carries them so we will be able to pick up another one for under $25.  These little units emit a warm repellent which keeps bugs away, and they are portable, with a holster and refills available.

As for me, the cheapskate and not yet a “real” archer with a bow kill under my belt, I use the less expensive but in my opinion just as effective Off! Clip-On.  It retails for less than $9 and also has refills available.  

Yes, we could spray ourselves down with Off! mosquito repellent on top of our DEET and Permethrin insect repellents.  We have to protect ourselves against ticks and chiggers as well.  But these two devices have cut down on the layers of insecticide we have to put on our clothes and skin and keep us from becoming mosquito breakfast.  Yay for modern technology!  Now I don’t have to swat at bugs while trying to be still in my stand!



AT HOME MONDAY: Gobble Holler!

Welcome to my blog today from rainy Gobble Holler, Indiana!  I am visiting my sister in Marengo near where her husband grew up in an area they call Gobble Holler.  This is the country, folks.  In East Texas we think we live in the country, but that ain’t country.  THIS is the most country country I have ever seen.  It is some of the most beautiful land I have ever seen as well, with its rolling hills, some rocky hillsides, lush green meadows, and twisty-turny roads.  Even Jimmy said he might choose this area over Colorado.  That’s saying something!

Not only are my husband and I visiting my sister and her husband, we are going to do some deer hunting!  Today was the first official day of archery season and guess what?  It rained. It poured.  So no hunting.  Barry and Jimmy did get the deer stands set up.  Brenda and I had no choice but to go thrift store shopping!

We spent the afternoon shopping in Corydon at Goodwill, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, Big Boy restaurant for lunch, and then Walmart.

On the way back to Brenda’s house, the rain began to slow and the deer began to venture out.  I spotted two does together, and a little later a pretty buck!  Just before we reached her house, I spotted another doe grazing behind a barn.  I can’t wait for tomorrow!  We have decided to hunt even if it means sitting in the rain!  Now if only I can aim true. . .



THRIFTY HUNTER THURSDAY: "Please release me, let me go. . ."

Elvis’s words were never more appropriate than when you release your arrow with your bow.  I can hear my pretty pink zebra arrow singing these words as I close in on my target. . .I know, I am dating myself severely.  My mother was/is a HUGE Elvis fan, so I know lots of his song lyrics.  She often played his records while cleaning house, so I grew up listening to them.  Not only Elvis, but Buddy Holly, the Platters. . .

Okay, back to today’s topic. . .

It is difficult in these parts to find lady archery supplies in any abundance.  Along a whole wall of compound bows in our local sporting goods stores, there might be one pink one and even that one is usually for children.  To find a pink release or pink arrows or a pink quiver is a rare find indeed.  In all fairness, these stores are beginning to wake up and provide more than one choice for us lady archers.  Believe it or not, my local Walmart has one of the best selections of any store I have seen.

You can imagine my excitement when I discovered the Tru-Fire pink bow release at a local archery pro shop.  However, after a few uses, I realized that it wouldn’t work for me because the actual release part was too floppy and wouldn’t stay in my hand at a critical point in my draw.  In frustration I resorted to using one of my husband’s old releases.  Every time we visited an archery department I would look at their releases to see if maybe someone had designed a better one, in pink camo, of course.

I found it this summer at our local archery shop, On Target Archery in Canton, Texas.  Manufactured by Tru-Fire, my new release is the Edge Buckle Foldback Pink.  It is pink camo, adjusts with a cute buckle, and has a rigid post which actually folds out of the way when needed.  It was also much cheaper than the price shown on the website.  I love it! 

After all, who wants a mismatched bow and release?  A girl’s gotta be fashionable, even in the deer stand!