Today we had a family outing and Girl asked if she could bring a friend along. Sure since the two of you are getting along at this moment in time. Girls...one week they are best friends and the next week they aren't speaking to each other!
I am fascinated by this little girl. The stories she tells! When I first met her I didn't pay much attention because it seemed like she was making this stuff up. A pig hunt one weekend. A bear hunt another. Fishing the next and deer the next weekend. Then I brought Girl over to this girl's house. The walls of the house are lined with trophy mounts of just about every type of game and bird imaginable.
Today she was telling us how she can't wait for June. She will turn 12 and will legally be allowed to hunt. She was explaining to Girl the different rifles she owns. Then she brought up the ammunition shortage. Wow, this is coming out of an 11 year old girl? She said that she's lucky because an aunt of hers is a Walmart manager and her parents get told when they get in a shipment of ammo. Nice.
I asked her how big of a freezer they have. She said they have two big freezers at her house plus most of their relatives have freezers too. She said she helps make jerky, sausage, ham, and her parents and grandparents also can some of the meat.
The friend was telling us about her last camping trip. She brought another school classmate with her. They went fishing and ate their catch for breakfast. They threw the bones into the fire. I want Girl to hang around this friend. Perhaps they can go fishing this summer at the pond across the road from our house. Girl doesn't mind catching fish but doesn't like cleaning them. That's not acceptable. I make her clean at least one of her fish when we going fishing! Perhaps her friend can convince her to like it.
I'm not a hunter. I shoot rabbits and squirrels in the yard. That's about all I hunt. I raise meat - lamb, goat, chicken, and when the kids were younger a steer. I've butchered our animals. I'd prefer someone else to butcher them but I will do it myself if I have to. I don't mind cutting the carcass up into steaks, roasts, and other cuts.
I have gone hunting before and am not adverse to it. I do not insist on "fair" hunting; I think this new California rule about not using dogs when you hunt bears in just dangerous and wrong. In fact, we are putting out a salt lick and also throwing out some grain near the bug-out place. Sure I'd like to keep a good fence around fruit trees but how about having some of the trees accessible to the larger critters? Keep the trash locked up? Sure that will deter bears, but if TSHTF, I'd be encouraging the bears to come and rummage through the trash and also to eat the apples off the trees. Let them come to me rather than me tracking them.