About a week ago my Dad took me and Ryan on a hunt in Missouri. It was AMAZING. We went to a place that really knows whitetail genetics. They breed about 120 does each year and release the offspring. The first picture below is one of the breeder bucks they brought in.
The trip was fantastic. We stayed at a ranch house that could handle 10 people, but we were the only three there. The downstairs was all bedrooms and bathrooms. The upstairs was a massive open room and a kitchen. The weather dropped off cold for us and right as we were getting there, the rut was starting.
I saw more deer than I’d ever seen at one time in my life. I saw the biggest deer I’d ever seen in my life. The place was great, the wildlife was great, the food was better than great. But best of all, I got to spend some much needed time with Dad and Ryan. And we had serious downtime as well, which was also much needed. I literally did nothing other than sleep, eat and hunt. Oh, and I did watch about 30 minutes of football as I drifted off to sleep in the lazy boy on Saturday.
All in all, a fantastic trip. Not only did we have an good time, I took my biggest buck yet (and possibly will ever get.) It was a 151 3/8 inch 13 point. Still not sure whether Laura’s going to let me hang it on the wall.
What a great Halloween! Trey was a Pirate and Haley was a witch. A cute blonde haired witch. We really got into the festivities at our house. Haley helped me decorate with orange lights, spider webs and other Halloween items. One of the funniest things about the Halloween decorations was this foam skull. Haley carted it around the house for a day or two. At one point, I hear Haley yell at Trey to give her something back…that it was hers. Then I thought I heard her call him a bonehead. I chuckled to myself and went in with a straight face and asked her what she just said. “Bonehead”, was her response. I asked her where she heard that word. She just shrugged. I asked her what a bonehead was. You guessed it…she pointed at the skull. She was asking Trey to give her back her “bonehead”.
Both of the kiddos seemed to enjoy trick or treating. Laura’s guess is that this year was our last year for Haley to walk from house to house. Going forward she’ll be running. Trey will probably be walking for another year or two…until Haley teaches him better. For now, though, he just seems to be happy as long as he has a sucker.
I was really proud of Haley at one point. I saw a bucket of candy sitting out across the street at a house and I thought I’d make it a teachable moment. We went up the hill and she saw the bucket full of candy. No sign…no one around. I asked her what she thought we should do…should we take a bunch since no one was looking. Her quick response. Was, “No, we’ll just take one. Well, two…one for Trey.” So sweet.