Six years. After six years of hunting the same public land, and getting nothing but does and small bucks (and plenty of them), I've finally got the public buck of my dreams. This is state land that centers 3 towns with populations of 50k+ each. Every year I'm beaten to my spot in the early early hours, or have my hunt blown by hikers, campers, party boats or fowl hunters. This isn't a high fence 200 incher, or some genetically bred monster, but this is my monster. I absolutely could not be more happy or more emotional with this hunt, and this harvest. .
Bakery Creates Lifelike Whitetail Wedding Cake
A Pennsylvania cake decorator created a wedding cake that is sure to be a hit with any whitetail hunter. The giant whitetail-themed wedding cake shown here was made by Cake Decorating Supervisor Pam McNeal from Shady Maple Farm Market in East Earl, Pennsylvania. McNeal remembers when an engaged couple visited Shady Maple about a year ago for a cake consultation. She says they presented her with a set of plastic antlers and asked if she could build a cake with a deer theme.
McNeal has made a name for herself in southeastern Pennsylvania because of her talents in creating one-of-a-kind specialty cakes. In the past, she’s created cakes in the likeness of a dog, alligator, lion, chimpanzee, fawn and other animals.
Because this cake would be her biggest challenge to date because of its size and level of detail, she planned a trip to Cabela’s for research. The mounted whitetails on display provided inspiration for her own creation.
McNeal carefully planned the cake/deer design in the months leading up to the wedding, then began building it a few days prior to the event. She began by sculpting the deer’s head and neck from Styrofoam, using layers of a fondant icing to finetune the buck’s features.
The day before the wedding, McNeal used five sheet pans of cake to create the buck’s body, and also shaped the buck’s legs with cake. After 10 hours of work, she was finally finished.
Be Patient, Don’t Settle -
November Eve is here!
I tell my wife for deer hunters today is like Christmas Eve and my favorite time of year for a number of reasons. Obviously, deer hunting does not compare with the birth of Christ. However, each day of November can be like a present on Christmas morning. A deer hunter could get an equivalent of new socks or the Red Rider BB gun you have been dreaming of, hoping for and always wanted. It is a wild and wonderful ride!
In my mind, it’s not illustrated any better than this picture from 2016 when I finally killed a buck I had been after all year which was awesome! (But broke off 3 of his tines, unfortunately). Then I decided to go for broke after I shot him and do a rattling sequence and called in another even bigger buck and shot him! I shot a doe that day too. It was a November day to remember for sure! .
Thanks @deadeye_bri for sharing this adorable moments with us!
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Never been more ready
Hitting the road to our Zone
3 reason why this year is going to be one for the books!
1. My body has never felt STRONGER, AGILE, STABLE
Calm the breath
Aim & pull
Even being 10 months after #backsurgery
Never would I have imagined working out at home and having an online community would have got me here.
I can't wait to feel what this body can do for me in these next 4 days
2. FAMILY ADVENTURE
With my dad, uncle and cousin that is growing up to be pretty darn cool! Can't wait to adventure with her!!
3. PUT MY OWN FOOD ON THE TABLE
Literally track and kill my own food, we gut it, skin it, butcher it and make all the deer deliciousness (steak, sausage, burgers, ground) and put it on our plates.
That means a lot because I know:
- where it came from
- that it was ethically harvested
- it was done humanely
- it is organic as can be
- it was made with gratefulness in mind
Here is to a great 2019 hunting season