On gun shopping

My doe from last year

I bought a rifle. I bought a rifle because Kevin and I have been hunting deer in states that, unlike Massachusetts, allow it, and a rifle is a much better tool for deer-hunting than a 20-gauge shotgun with a rifled barrel, the only other gun I own. I should say at the outset that I […]

2014: The calorie retrospective

My little button buck: 9800 calories.

Back in 2012, Kevin and I set a goal of getting 20.12% — OK, call it 20% — of our calories from what we grew, hunted, fished, and gathered. I kept a monthly tally and added it up at the end of the year. It was an interesting exercise. We did it because, the previous […]

The smell test

Our latest quarry

Looking back over what we’ve learned in the five years we’ve been here, I think it’s instructive to compare our fishing and hunting experiences. Fishing, we’ve been reasonably successful. Over the season, we catch enough fish to feed us one or twice a week all year, with extra to barter. Our bluefish and striped bass […]

The deer departed

Yes, a picture of poop

Kevin’s word is always to be relied on. This is all well and good when, as a trader, he gives his word to his customer that he will give them the best possible fill. Also when, as a husband, he gives his word to have and to hold and, if not to obey, certainly to […]

This land is Deerland


I’m interested in deer. There’s one deer, especially, that I’m interested in – the one that’s currently out there somewhere, minding its own business, unaware that, come November, I’m going to shoot it. This is most definitely my year. But I’m also interested in deer at the macro level. Deer as wildlife, deer as shrubbery […]