Please don’t scroll down to the photos in this post if you don’t want to see something that might offend you if you are offended by dead deer.
I’ve been hunting several times. So far, I haven’t shot a deer myself, but I’ll keep trying. Meanwhile, I’ve learned a lot even without shooting one. I’ve learned how to use a shotgun. I’ve learned how to hunt. And today I learned how to field dress a deer. I got to cut it and pull out the insides–by myself! With hands-on instruction from my neighbor, of course, but I was the one doing the work. And I learned that I can drag a deer by myself, if I have to, since I practiced dragging this one, after I pulled the guts out with my bare hands–which was awesome!!
Things got real bloody right after that photo was taken.
Morgan called this picture “hauntingly beautiful” and I know, it’s dead deer, but I think it’s really pretty, too.
The most significant thing I’ve learned so far is–that I like this hunting thing. My neighbor also showed me how to skin a deer and cut out the tenderloins and backstraps. Hopefully, I’m going to get a complete butchering lesson sometime soon also!
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