Meaningless Drivel Monday: Viewer discretion is advised!

Yep, the photo below ain’t for the squeamish.  I finally got a live animal with my compound bow!  I shot a cottontail in my backyard and have the photo to prove it.  Poor old Peter Cottontail didn’t hop down that old bunny trail fast enough.  And before you start grieving and complaining and whining about me killing a poor defenseless rabbit, let me tell you that we are OVERRUN with them.  They are really cute to watch but they wreak havoc on our gardens, so whether the cats kill their babies, the cars hit them, or the bowhunters use them for target practice, it helps keep the population under control.

Dead rabbit, me, and my Mathews Mission Craze bow.  

Rabbit stew, anyone?



THRIFTY HUNTER THURSDAY: Indiana hunting. . .

Anyone who read my post last week from Indiana knows that we saw deer and even got some shots, but nothing to bring home.  From my stand I didn’t even see a deer!  Jimmy said that I should have painted my face and hands because the deer probably saw me, but I  don’t think so.  After I left my stand that first day because I had been sitting for four and a half hours with a damp and cold behind, Jimmy got up there and saw three does!

Oh well, it was a lovely experience sitting in the trees in the quiet.  Here is a picture of my feet at sixteen feet from the ground.  

The green leaves make up the top of a small tree below.  Do you see the scattering of color on the forest floor?  It looked like a mosaic from the stand, not so much when I climbed down.

Me trying to take a self-photo while hanging on for dear life.  I did become more comfortable as time went on.  It was very scary at first!  Do you like my Primos pink camo and lace cap with the pink LED caplight?  That’s my pink Mission Craze bow hanging behind me.  If you look closely you can see a deer trail winding through the woods behind me.

I was trying to show the color of the trees in the woods.  They were changing color and it was just beautiful.  I can only imagine what that forest looks like when it snows, with snow covered branches and snow covering the ground.  

We left my tree stand in the tree for next year.  Yes, we were invited back!  Maybe we will have better luck.  Either way, we will enjoy visiting my sister, brother-in-law, and their four doggies!

Oh, I almost forgot!  How did this relate to thriftiness?  Well, we didn’t have to pay for lodging, and they fed us most of our meals.  (I won’t mention the $150 non-resident hunting license I had to buy.  My husband had to buy one, too.  That set us back a little. . .)  It was SO worth it!



THRIFTY HUNTER THURSDAY: Countdown to Indiana!

Lord willing, we are leaving for Indiana in two days!  Not only do I get to do a 14-hour road trip, I get to see my baby sister AND hunt AND enjoy cooler temperatures!  Does it get any better than that?  Let’s see if I have everything I need:

  • Black’s Creek bow case with the pink deer plushie my daughter made for me:  check!

  • Pink camo practice quiver my husband made for me with practice arrows: check!

  • Pink camo backpack with all my necessities, including OFF Clip-On, binoculars, deer grunt, wet wipes, knife, gloves, cap, scarf, face paint, harness, and other things I cannot do without while on the hunt:  check!
Hubby and I were outside practicing earlier today.  He was grouping his arrows on the target like a pro!
I climbed up in the 17-foot stand for the first time–yes, in my harness–and didn’t do as well as I do on the ground.  I finally figured it out, though.  Form is everything.

And it’s a lot different in the stand than it is on the ground.  I’m not very consistent, but I did get pretty tired after a few draws. We’ll see what happens!

By the way, here are more photos of the plushie and the quiver.  If you are interested in purchasing one, message me!

Natalie did such a great job on this!  So cute!
Stay tuned. . .



Today my husband persuaded me to go with him to our local archery pro shop.  I agreed if he would allow me to stop at an estate sale on the way home. (We did, but that is another post. . .) Even though I enjoy bowhunting, I quickly run out of things to look at in the male dominated shop.  In all fairness, they are trying to get more things designed especially for women.  The guys at On Target Archery in Canton are a great group of guys and they even have women helping in the shop.

As we entered the shop Jimmy urged me to look at compound bow cases. We are planning a bowhunting trip to my sister’s property in Indiana in a few weeks and I need a good case to keep from damaging my bow in the car.  We’ve been doing some Ebay searching but the cases are either out of our price range or they are gone before we can bid or buy.  One feature we were looking for was a case with inner foam liners on both sides.

Lo and behold, I found the perfect case at the back of the store for my little Mission Craze bow.  It isn’t a hard plastic case, but it has enough structure to keep its shape and protect it from whatever gets stacked against it in the cargo area of my SUV.  It features a strong double toggle zipper and a brown canvas-style fabric covering, and the price was right at $42.99.  The only thing I would change about it is the color.  I asked the shopkeeper if he had one in pink.  He laughed goodnaturedly, saying that he had actually tried to get some cases in pink!  Another reason I need to start my own line of women’s hunting supplies.

Does anyone know how to get started in something like that?  I can see it now:  Femme Fatale Hunter Shop & Outfitting.  

In my dreams. . .




Thrifty Hunter Thursday: Practice Time!

I was thrilled last summer when my husband bought me a new Mathews Mission Craze pink camouflage bow.  I had been practicing with an ancient PSE.  The Craze was a whole new experience.  This fall will be my second archery season with my beautiful bow, and I intend to be much stronger and more accurate than I was last  year.  If a deer had walked right out in front of me last fall, I’m not sure I would have been able to hit it with an arrow.

However, I have more practice under my belt, and once this Texas weather cools off to the lower 90’s again, I will be outside practicing as much as I can.  

We are very fortunate to have some acreage outside city limits where we can set up targets and shoot freely without fear of an arrow going where it shouldn’t.  My husband Jimmy and I enjoy going out to the backyard in the cool of the late afternoon and shooting a few arrows.  It’s a friendly competition to see who can be more accurate.  So far, he has beat me, but he has been using a bow a lot longer than I have.  

He actually shot his first buck with a bow last year.  He was so proud.  With the doe I shot on opening day, we are still enjoying venison and it is almost summer’s end!  Jimmy also bought a European skull mount kit and cleaned the deer skull himself.  That is another story.  For now, I will share some photos of me in our backyard with my Mission Craze bow.

Me and the Craze!  (complete with goofy grin!)
Working on proper form. . .

                                                                                    Watch out, deer!
April  xoxo