Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hunting Trip // October




Just over a week ago, Steve and I had the chance to go on a hunting trip with my Dad.  My Dad has been hunting for years, so we were happy to have an expert who could show us the ropes and give advice.

We headed out to the Princeton, BC area and followed my Dad in on a gravel logging road for a while before we found a spot to set up camp.

I know this post isn't entirely about archery, but I wanted to share some photos from our trip anyways.  I did bring my hunting bow along (Bowtech SWAT), but it wasn't only bow season - it was open for rifle too.  Just incase we happen to get close enough to anything, but the deer were a lot more cautious than in September and usually further away.

We saw a LOT of mule does over the weekend... searching for a young mulie buck was starting to get challenging, until the very last morning of our trip.  We found one early in the morning and Steve was able to harvest his first deer (with 300 WSM).  My Dad was able to show us how to properly gut, clean and prepare the deer (which is sooooo helpful when you are new to hunting!) and we now have some amazing meat at the butcher (can't wait to try some deer smokies!).

I understand hunting isn't everyone's thing and not everyone likes it.  I'm not here to convince you to like it or argue about it.  I grew up in a hunting/fishing family, so I am used to it - but I do understand how some people may not understand or be comfortable with hunting, especially if you aren't familiar with it or haven't grown up hunting, camping and fishing.  Steve didn't grow up hunting - so it's new to him.  We were both excited to get a deer that will fill our freezer - it's organic and great quality meat.  It's a blessing to be able to stock our freezer with the meat.  (it saves us a lot of money in the long run too).  So if you don't agree, or dislike hunting please don't look through these photos. Archery, hunting, camping and being outdoors are a big part of our lives and that is the type of content that will be shared on this blog.

These photos are memories of ours... especially since it was Steve's first deer ever!  I hope you can enjoy looking through some of them.

Big thank you to my Dad for taking us hunting, setting up camp, helping us with target practice and taking us out road hunting to find the right deer!






"Deer Camp"
Camp all set up for the next few days!
Our tent all set up... it wasn't this clean after day 1.
Cecilia Flaming
Mule Deer (Does) walking along the ridge
One of the many gorgeous sunrises
Steve Flaming - discovering the "Moose Swamp"
Cecilia Flaming - taking in the view...
Road hunting early in the morning with my Dad!
One of our many selfies (Steve & Cecilia Flaming)
Target practicing with the 22.
Results from target practice...
Panoramic view!
Brought along my Bowtech SWAT to practice!
Current Hunting Bow Set up:
- Bowtech SWAT
- TRU Ball Assassin Release
- Black Eagle Arrows - Outlaws
- Muzzy Broadheads (Just for Does Pink Edition!)
Cecilia Flaming - shooting my Bowtech SWAT!
Cecilia Flaming - shooting Bowtech SWAT with Black Eagle Arrows (Outlaws) and Just for Does Muzzy Broadheads)
Archery Practice... hunting boxes!
Back at camp...
Another one of the many Mule deer does we saw over the weekend!
Cecilia Flaming
Steve Flaming - and his FIRST deer ever!!! 
Mule Deer - young buck!
My Dad showing Steve how to clean the deer... (won't show the gross photos!)

Here's a video from one of our mornings watching a group of mule deer does walking along a ridge... not the greatest quality once uploaded, but just for fun...


All photos taken with Nikon COOLPIX AW130

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