Down the hill through the forest lies a stream that holds wild brook trout. But on this day brook trout were not the quarry. This day was reserved for the opening day of deer season in Connecticut. On this morning my son Alan and myself found ourselves in the dark cold woods at 5:30 am. We have hunted deer together for twenty plus years and opening day always holds special meaning. As daylight started to pierce the the woods shots could be heard cracking through the woods, perhaps some hunter has filled their tag.
We had sat quietly for several hours with not a sign of a whitetail. It was them when I observed a bit of orange in the distance, it was my son moving. Suddenly the crack of his 30/30 sounded. I waited for a few minutes, then started to work my way toward him. As I got close to him he said he was not sure of success. So we both started to search for signs of a hit. It did not take long, and a trail was seen. A second later a wonderful whitetail was found. My son tagged his deer, and we both dragged it to a spot where it could be field dressed. This day was one of those that will be always remembered.
A Remington model 700, 243. This gun has earned its place in my gun cabinet. It has markings of the so many wonderful days spent in the deer woods.
That night we pulled the tenderloins from the deer and a very special and delicious meal was enjoyed by two hunters.
Today I'll process the rest of the deer, wrap and freeze some. We will share a number of days in the deer woods over the next weeks, and hopefully as wonderful.
Venison tenderloin quickly sauteed in olive oil and butter.
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what a dandy end to a magical day. I too have tails of hunting whitails/grouse with my dad. He doesn't hunt anymore because of his age, but we still tell stories of those past days spent together in the woods hunting what ever our quarry was.
Hey! where are the green peppers that go along with that venison & onion dish?
Well done all around.......Phil
Stuffed green peppers is on the menu next Phil.
Time spent out in the woods is always enjoyable , especially when you can share it with a good friend or loved one.ReplyDelete
Fresh deer tenderloin has to be right at the top of any wild game culinary list for sure , looks great!
That's so true. It's a taste that's well worth the effort.
what a great day to spend with your son. as always, the meal looks amazing.ReplyDelete
It's a tradition, and a wonderful one at that.
A great tradition with your son!ReplyDelete
It sure is. The hunts get more enjoyable each year.
Awesome. Nothing like fresh tenderloin - it's FANTASTIC!ReplyDelete
It is the best. Sounds as if you have experienced it.
Though I only started to hunt last year, I look forward to some days like that in the future. Thanks for the post.ReplyDelete
I hope your days afield are very memorable.
Nothing like enjoying the outdoors with your son. I know where you are coming from. My son and I have spent many hours outdoors fishing and hunting. Thanks for sharing
It seems as if those outings stay so much more vivid.
The meat looks lovely! It makes me hungry although I just ate. Have a delicious meal together!
The Jassid Man,Delete
It sure has that effect. We shall my friend.
Great that you've made these memories with your son. My father (deceased) and I were very different people, but we had a lot of good time together rabbit hunting, starting when I was about 12 (I'm in my 60s now). I really enjoy reliving those times in my memory,ReplyDelete
Those are the hunting starts we most encounter. It's wonderful you draw on the memories.
I just got back from a business trip and was talking to some of my co-workers from WI & Texas and they suggested that I get a 243 or a 273. What is your take since they don't know what it is like to hunt up here?
I have deer hunted deer for over 30 years, and the only caliber I have used was a 243. It has all the power and is highly accurate with very low recoil. Many hunters use the 270.
Thank you sir.ReplyDelete