Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Nice Sunset

 It's like we live in a resort.

Little Six-Point Carcass


                                                                                                          Dusty Photo

Our friend Dusty was out in the timber looking for shed antlers and found this little buck that has been cleaned by coyotes and other varmints. We have a lot of hunting pressure around us. There are two outfitters selling hunts, and deer hunters are all around our timber  through the deer seasons. We saw more than a dozen impressive sets of  antlers on social media that were harvested around us. This deer was probably killed by one of those hunters. The shooter should have contacted us and collected it, but did not. Maybe the shooter was not competent to track a wounded deer, maybe the shooter wasn't brave enough to contact us and ask permission to retrieve it. Maybe he shot this deer, saw a better one, and then shot and tagged the second one. Maybe he shot when this little deer was in line with the one he was aiming at. Who knows? It's an aggravation. The outfitters charge well up into four figures for a successful deer hunt, and there have been many trophy quality racks taken around us. This little guy will not mature to be one of those trophies in the future, so sloppy hunting is not just bothering us, it will be hurting the outfitters. The heavy pressure* around our island of habitat for trophy bucks is not sustainable, and I am sure we will be seeing fewer big racks in the next few years.

*We are skeptical about the ethics of some of the hunting that goes on around us. We commonly hear rifle shots at night during both bow and gun seasons while we are out with the dogs. Deer carcasses discarded off of bridges are big red flags. 

Sunday, February 18, 2024

It Was A Sunny Day...

 ...with temps in the mid 40s, and the snow was going fast. It looks like a good week ahead. Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Snow And Cold

 We got about 3 inches of snow, along with some sleet and snow pellets, then cold last night, all day, and again tonight. It's going to warm up tomorrow, though.

Indoors tasks seemed a good choice. We took the oven door apart and cleaned the glass.

Weekend Steam II: B.R. 92134 Rescues B.R. 80136


 B.R 9F '92134' Comes To The Rescue to retrieve the failed B.R 80136 after the Standard Tank comes to a stand at Moorgates on The North Yorkshire Moors Annual Steam gala. As of the now the reports were of a failed water pump/injector issue and from the information I have it looks like the loco was out of water.

Thank You, Merle!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Warning: Danger Dead Ash On IL Hwy 242

 We have been watching this tree for a long time. It tips to the highway, and has been dead for a couple of years. That's long enough the the root hairs are long gone and it may tip over without even a push by the wind. We look for it every time we go to McLeansboro and are always glad to get by unscathed. 

Valentine Countdown Finale! I Can't Help Falling In Love With You, Elvis Presley