Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hunting the unexpected - a column in Shotgun Life

Me, one hen bufflehead and my new(ish) car after its first mudbath.
The day before Thanksgiving, I got a chance to do something I've been wanting to do for ages - go exploring a big public-land hunt area I'd never been to before.

As you can see from the photo, I didn't exactly leave with a full strap of ducks.

But the trip proved to be very fruitful anyway. To find out why, check out my latest column for Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2012


  1. Amazing what a day in the field turns up! Congrats on the mushroom find and the one Bufflehead - tho, how will you prepare it if it's not good eats?

    Told you I would keep you up-to-date on my "bird" progress this year, so here's the next report. After my first grouse and snowshoe hare this fall, got my first pheasant yesterday - one shot, one bird. Damn that felt good! Next up, more pheasant hunting, geese, and ducks. I may just need to quit my job to do my hunting life justice ;-) Hope you enjoy some great days in the blind this season.

  2. I skinned the bufflehead, took the breast and leg meat off the bone, then brined it for 12 hours to remove any lingering off taste. Then I just cut it into small pieces, stir fried it and ate it with rice. It tasted fine!

    Good to hear about your one shot, one bird - that always feels nice :-)

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  4. Where did you go with your car on your hunt? Was this the first time you took it out for an off-road adventure? How was it? Even if it wasn’t your lucky hunting day, I guess you can file this one under “One heck of an experience.” There’s nothing like the thrill of heading out into the unknown!

    Vannessa Gabbett