The N.H. early goose season has come and gone and despite my best efforts, there are no geese in the freezer. I can come up with a host of reasons (excuses) but why bother? It will change nothing. All I can do is move on. October 1st brought on the official opening of upland season. Though squirrels have been open game since September 1st, as has been bear, upland season for me means rabbits, pheasants, grouse and woodcock. Cone the middle of October I will take some time to put a turkey in the freezer.
Opening day found me going home with nothing in the bag, but if you read my article about that you will see that wasn’t the goal. I went out again a few days later and again nothing. I’m heading out again in a few days to see what I can do.
I hunt and fish to put food on the table. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. If I don’t harvest game and fish I am obligated to purchase food from the grocery store, which is something I really don’t want to do. In the area where I hunt bear there is also wild boar running around. As I have until November 7th to hunt bear, I think I will take the Henry .30-30 out and see what I can get. Either a bear or a boar will go a long way towards filling my freezer.
Just because it is hunting season I’m not overlooking fishing. As long as the water is free of ice I’ll be casting a line. My fishing gear is always in the truck and ready to go.
Part of living off of the land means taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. Don’t waste your time saying, “would of, could of, should of”. You have to be able to learn and move on. That is what I do.