Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
Up before sunrise with the best of intentions.
A blast of cold and steady rain in the face convinced me to return to bed.
Errands today included dropping-off a big bag of venison scraps at the butcher shop for grinding into burger. Then, off on an unsuccessful scavenger hunt for juniper berries. Invited guests sent me an email this morning requesting, among other things, venison loin medallions prepared in a fashion that calls for juniper berries and a flambé of Irish whiskey. The Jameson Whiskey was easy. The berries a wild goose chase. I'll have to improvise.
Out to hunt at 1:30. The weather has been awful. Winds out of the north at 17 with gusts to 27 miles an hour. Temps in the mid to low 30's.
After an hour in a tree - more like an hour in a twirling crows nest - I radioed my wife to tell her I was getting down to find some way to hide from the wind.
I sought refuge in a bow hunting blind set-up along a trail.
I wouldn't ordinarily recommend hunting on the ground, in a blind, during gun season. Nonetheless, nobody appeared to be hunting (the conditions were so awful) and it was a secluded spot in the middle of private property.
Warm at last.
The only deer I saw was a nubbin buck that sauntered along the trail feeding. I watched him and waited patiently to see if anyone else would come along.
Usually when there's one deer there are more deer.
After about 20 minutes of this observing nonsense, with no additional deer and about a minute or two of legal shooting time I shot him.
With my camera.
If you look closely at the middle and bottom of the picture you will see the reflection of his eye in the flash. To the left of the eye spot you might be able to see his right foreleg, outline of his body and tail. He is broadside to the camera. If you don't see him use your imagination.
It is snowing! Yes, the ground is white as can be and the forecast says "up to two inches of accumulation".
Shoot straight and be safe.