view sourceprint? 01 Ramblings from a Ranch Wife: Tree Forts and Deer Stands

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"The darkest nights produce the brightest stars"

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tree Forts and Deer Stands

TR has been on a deer hunting kick.  Which is kind of surprising because he slept through my big deer hunt in October, and wasn't all that impressed with it at all.  He has decided that he needs to be able to kill a deer in case we run out of meat this winter.  The way he sees it, if we run out of meat and he can kill a deer, then we wont have to worry about having meat.  I didn't know that this was a concern in our household.

The tree stand has some split logs (from our firewood pile) nailed up the side of a tree as a makeshift ladder.  They aren't painted because it has to be secret so nobody can find them.  It also has some limbs off of the Christmas tree to help camouflage it.  The top of the deer stand is camouflage burlap.  The roof is tall enough that you can stand to throw your spear.

TR thinks that deer hunting in a tree stand requires provisions.  Things like snacks, flashlights, walkie talkies, and a stab.  A stab is a spear for those of you (like me) who aren't up on hunting terminology.

Once you have all of your supplies, you wait until dusk, climb into your tree stand, and wait for the deer to walk underneath.  When a deer finally arrives, you stand up and throw your stab at it, killing it.  After it is dead, you take your pirate sword (an old stick that is flat on one end, kind of looking like a pirate cutlass) and cut it up.

I don't know where TR has gotten all of his ideas on deer hunting.  I've never hunted out of a tree stand, and I don't think the Cow Boss has either.  We don't hunt at night, without tags, or out of season.  We are going to have to have a talk with him!  ;)

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