"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." - Aldo Leopold

Monday, October 18, 2010

Deer Season Compromises & Plans

I typically loathe interruptions to deer season, but this year has provided agreeable alternatives. Two weekends ago I was at a bachelor party in St. Pete. We did what boys our age do at bachelor parties minus the dancing ladies in pasties. (Honestly.) I actually played golf for the first time in seven years. It will be another seven before I attempt shooting any more pars. But what fun this crew has together.

This weekend is the Big Weekend. It’s all for a long-time, cherished friend – though I’m not sure you can call anyone who gets married, has a baby, or dies during hunting season a “friend.”

This last weekend was the annual Stone Crab Fest. Essentially, you combine all the basic elements of a bachelor party but add wives and a cooler-full of succulent stone crab. Everyone tosses in a wad of cash, and Harris, of Harris Seafood LLC in Orlando, goes to Shelly’s Seafood, one of his suppliers in Homosassa, and buys as many claws as he can. This year it worked out to forty pounds. That’s a lot of crab. And it was awesome, though I will say, eating nothing but will leave you wanting a salad by the event’s end.

So these have been fun distractions, but the business is about to start again. Leaving next week for my first trip to Montana for some waterfowling. Obviously I don’t have to tell you how excited I am to see that beautiful land. I return home from that to a muzzleloading hunt at Duette. Leave directly from there to North Carolina for four days of deer hunting with very close friends. It’ll be a killing up there. This is followed by the start of duck and another muzzleloading trip at Upper Hillsborough. Also have a gobbler I want to whack with a bow and maybe a hog or two.

Anyways, hope everyone is having a wonderful season so far. If you feel the need, leave a comment on how your season is going or what your plans are. Would love for you to share, in fact.

Cheers!

3 comments:

kmurray said...

Those crab claws look delish!

I guess if you are going to interrupt deer season, "friends" would be a good cause.... well, maybe.... (J/K)

Albert A Rasch said...

Ian,

Here I am, half way around the world, right after ingesting parts of what I think might have been a chicken at one time in the distant past, slathered in a sauce that is impossible to describe, and made of as of yet undetermined ingrediants, (Did I mention halfway around the world?)and you're eating,

with great relish it seems,

A HAND SIZED STONE CRAB CLAW!!!

Wish I was there...

Sounds great and I can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Ummm, btw, would you mind sending me a stone crab scratch and sniff while you're at it?

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch™
The Chronicles: Feeding a Baby Mockingbird, Making Formula

Ian Nance said...

You are right, Kari. Maybe

Albert, I hear they have scorpions over there with claws that size...some drawn butter. Who knows? Might be good!