Bird hunt turned photo shoot

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by Roper, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    I played hooky from work on Friday and headed to the property. The Mrs. was tired of hearing me say "I don't get to hunt enough". She said to get out of town but be back for the Grandson's birthday party on Sunday. On the way over I stopped and got to meet Alex MacDonald. Orangeradish stopped I with his family too. After a nice chat with Alex, I headed on to the Okanogan. I was surprised to find snow at the house when I arrived.

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    It was late in the afternoon so I decided to hunker down to some duck burgers for dinner and a good book or magazine. The duck breast was from our hunt several weeks ago. I took the breast meat and mixed some bacon and ran it through the grinder. Topped with some onion and a slice of cheese and a dab of dijon.

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    The next morning I found even a bit more snow and began wondering how productive this hunt was going to be. As I had my breakfast the fog poured into the valley and I thought the hunting would be a bust. I took a few minutes to snap some photos around the house.

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    With the temps barely above twenty I dutifully trudged through the snow in search of the wary pheasants. Sasha stayed home to keep Glenda company. Nary a bird to be found and only a few tracks in the snow. Time to head to the woods and maybe some grouse.

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    As it turned out the roads and forest that I usually hunt were deep in snow on Mt. Hull and when the truck undercarriage began to plow snow I turned around for lower elevations. A good mile long walk showed no sign of grouse at all so I drove around and snapped photos of the area. Old homesteads are a favorite target of my lens.

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    This morning I packed up and headed out before sunrise. Near Brewster the sky turned to fire and I had to stop and snap a quick one. The ride home went fast and after a nap I'm ready to go to my Grandson's 20th birthday party. Maybe some duck hunting will fare better on the wet side in a couple of weeks. A good time to get away though as always...

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  2. Islander

    Islander Steve

    EXCELLENT! Great pics Rick, glad you got to get away for a bit. Sometimes a walk in the woods is just as rewarding as hunting. I'm going to have to try that duck burger recipe. Looks delicious.
     
  3. Duck burger?!?! Now I have to try that!! I make duck jerky and its pretty darn good. "I took the breast meat and mixed some bacon and ran it through the grinder. Topped with some onion and a slice of cheese and a dab of dijon." Is that all I have to do?? whats the duck to bacon ratio??
    Thanks!
     
  4. orangeradish

    orangeradish Bobo approved

    Sweet pad, and good meeting you, man. That looks like a good place to still your mind.
     
  5. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    The recipe called for a pound of duck breast and a quarter to half a pound of bacon. I used thick cut smoked bacon. Here's the trick, place the breasts and bacon in the freezer for about a half hour so they are semi-frozen. The pieces go through the meat grinder easier that way. If not frozen they get mushy. The seasoning I used was course ground chipotle pepper seasoning. Fresh onion slices overpowered the meat, so the next time I used sauteed onion, slightly carmelized. That worked much better. Cheese of your choice and you're good to go. Enjoy...
     
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  6. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    Thanks Rick-I will have to try those duck burgers! Hard to go hunting without your dog, especially if you are seeing bird tracks. I've had some of my best bird hunts in the snow! Rick
     
  7. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Active Member

    Nice spread, Roper.
    Charmed life is good.:)
     
  8. seekm

    seekm chris

    Great report and pics. Thanks for sharing Roper.
     
  9. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    Great photo story, Roper. now I'll have to harvest a few ducks (but I have a great pass-shooting spot that will keep water-hating Hank dry & busy, lol.). Thanks for the photo of the retirement house I might be able to afford . . . wonder if that old homestead comes with friendly spirits?
     
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  10. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    It was great meeting you, Rick; thanks for stopping by! You might think about making it a regular stop on the way; I'm always up for company. I see you decided on the Citori whilst afield! Those were really nice scatterguns you have!!! And the duck burgers! I've gotta try that! Jason and the kidlets might have caught the duck disease as well. We got `em Mallardtone M-295 close-in calls for Christmas, and they were squacking all over the house!
     
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  11. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

    Great pictures. Love that view of the valley. Too bad about the hunting, but that is secondary to spending time in the Okanogan!

    Interesting on the duck burgers. I prepped a couple of the duck breasts with a simple coating of flour and browning with onions & celery. I'll add bacon next time.
     
  12. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    Thanks Alex, I enjoyed the visit also. I didn't have time to pick up any non-tox for the valley hunt. The river winds around the field and it's posted for non-tox. Little Sister got to walk the woods up on Mt. Hull though, I think she liked it...

    Jason's youngest son sure is a pistol! I'm glad the kids had fun. Till next time, take care...
     
  13. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Wow...and to think I've waited 52 years to get into the "Here Birdy, Birdy" sport. Great picture-story and your place looks great!
     
  14. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    It seems your trip was another success, birds or not. Great photo report Roper, I agree with Mark, charmed life indeed.