Thursday, November 29, 2007

Born to hunt

From late October through mid-January, it's pheasant season here in Iowa. That means every Saturday (and sometimes other days, too), my husband and our springer spaniel, Reggie, head into the fields. As Eric says, Reggie was born to hunt. I wish you could see how excited he gets when he discovers he's about to head out! Reggie has a keen sense of smell and is adept at "flushing" the birds and then retrieving them. Trust me, by the end of the winter, we'll have a freezer full of meat.

The limit here is 3 birds per day, so lest you think this photo shows illegal activity, these five birds were acquired over the Thanksgiving weekend. Good job, guys!

16 comments:

Niki RuralWritings said...

Way to go Eric & Reggie! nothing nicer than your husband getting to feel like a "mighty hunter-gatherer" and a freezer full of meat! I've never tried Pheasant, what's it like?

Leanne said...

congratulations! I know that is such a great feeling for our husbands...it must go back to their need to be providers! we have 90 pounds of deer meat in the freezer! I know my husband is just thrilled with it!

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

I have a stuffed pheasant sitting right on top of my computer hutch that stares at me each day. When my husband said he was getting one stuffed for some reason I thought they were more dove sized...boy was I wrong. But at least they have fun! :)

carrie said...

Niki, I'm not a huge fan of pheasant personally. It's a little tough and "gamey" for my taste, and I've bitten into one too many bits of ammo!

Leanne, deer hunting season is this weekend so I'm sure that's not far behind!

Angela, your comment made both my husband and I laugh out loud. When we got married, my husband had a huge stuffed pheasant on top of the FRIDGE! No way, I said, that bird is not going to be in my kitchen! It's now in a less conspicuous place. =)

Leah in Iowa said...

Good job, Eric!

Hunting is so much fun for the guys. I'm glad he finds so much enjoyment from it. Mine do, too.

Amy said...

Wow! It looks like they make an excellent team. I am sure it must feel good to get a freezer full of meat too!

mer said...

I love it! Pheasant is so tasty too!

I hope you save those feathers and use them to decorate or make something lovely.

Katie said...

Wow - that's great!!

My husband would love to get back into hunting but he hasn't at all since we've been married...He's a big fisherman, though, and summer can never last long enough for him!

You know, I don't think I've ever had pheasant??? Does it taste like chicken? :-)

Blessings today,
Katie

Anonymous said...

If anyone has ideas for making something with the pheasant feathers, or would like me to keep them for you, I'd love to see more of these amazingly beautiful birds used. I never enjoy "wasting" the feathers. Any ideas? Or does anyone want some feathers? If so, which ones (back, tail, etc.)?

Eric

Susan said...

Never eaten Pheasant. Sorry Eric, not suggestions however this website had some recipes...
http://www.gameandfishrecipes.com/pheasant.html
Maybe they could help.
Well you have a cool dog, Reggie Rules!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Congratulations to Eric & Reggie. What a team they make!!
(Someday Nathan will join them, I'm sure.)
I've always heard that pheasant was a real delicacy. I've never eaten it, but I remember hearing of people serving "pheasant under glass". There must be some special way of preparing it to be tasty.

Good Luck!

Love, Grandma S.

WorksForMom said...

That dog is so dang cute, I can't stand it! That shot is so priceless Carrie!

Anonymous said...

You go, boys! :)
Love, Mom O.

Kara K said...

Wow! Eric "caught" quite a few pheasants! (Carrie told me to say that - hehe)

Kara K

Jthemilker said...

Nothing like a good bird-dog. One of my best friends runs a regulated hunting area/Pheasant farm here in PA. Good birds, Good dogs, and Good fun.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Oh, how well I know pheasant season in Iowa. One of my brothers was an avid hunter for years.