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  •  And don't forget the sharing of venison as sausage (6+ / 0-)

    or chili and in other forms with neighbors and friends.  There is also passing down of hunting rifles from generation to generation, passing on knowledge of hunting lands, blinds, and all sorts of lore regarding preparing for the hunt, the scouting of deer trails pre-season, deer camp management, the hunt, and the immediate preparation of the carcass and long-term processing, and all the post-season social events where venison and stories of the hunt may be included.  There are many who hand-load their hunting bullets or shotgun shells, and most will carefully tune their guns, sights and scopes for optimum performance.  Nobody wants to fail in marksmanship and waste an animal, leaving it to suffer wounded.  While some may hunt with what have been called military-styled 'assault' rifles  with semiautomatic actions, most prefer to use a highly accurate rifle with extremely reliable bolt action. Cold weather and snow tends to be hard on complex equipment, as well as on fingers  that end up occupied with fussy glitches. Someone waiting hours and days for the right shot opportunity doesn't want to lose out due to a weapon function glitch.

    The bow-hunting season precedes and follows the gun-hunting season and has many avid participants.  There are families of hunters who take deer in both the bow-hunting and gun-hunting seasons.  There are public lands in areas of the state (where population concentration is higher) where rifle-hunting isn't allowed but shotgun and/or bow hunting is, so it is common for hunting families to have developed skills in the use of multiple kinds of weapons and many related technical skills.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Wed May 30, 2012 at 05:34:38 PM PDT

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