An outdoorsman’s perspective

DSCN0945Fair warning,  I live off the land as much as possible.  I live in an area where we are fortunate to not only raise our own food, in the form of vegetables and fruits, but we are allowed to pursue big game, upland game and waterfowl.  Recently I was able to accompany my cousin on a once in a lifetime moose hunt here in my home state of Idaho.   There is nothing more rewarding than knowing what, when and how your food is taken care of naturally.  No processed dies, sugars, preservatives.

It is the cleanest of eating.  We were able  to harvest the above pictured Bull.  It will fill the freezers of 4 families this winter.  This is especially important in a  inter mountain state where the wages are not as high, in comparison to other regions.   It allows us to be able to offset the cost of store-bought cuts of  meat.  If you follow my blog, you would find that i try to follow the ketogenic diet as close as possible.  High in proteins, fats and vegetables with moderate to low carbs.   Back to the story, a full grown bull moose of the Shiras subspecies which we have  is the smallest of moose subspecies.  However the average bull will stand 6 ft high at the shoulder and about 900 lbs.  It requires a tremendous amount of energy to clean, haul, and process.   But in my opinion there is no finer game meat upon the north american continent with Antelope, and Mountain Sheep being comparable.   Why a blog post?  I am still in awe of the experience, the fruitless miles walked through thick brushy bottoms full of wild rose bushes and red willow.  Frustrating warm spell, blisters on feet, cramped hip flexors from stepping over all the downed timber and muddy potholes.  It was a great experience we shared with his 5 year old son, chances are we will never again get the opportunity to hunt a bull moose again in our home state.    We practiced woodlore taught to us by our father’s uncles, grandpa’s.   It is a raw connection to nature without all the needless time spent on devices for entertainment.  Time stopped it was nostalgic for us, and created new memories.

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