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Hunter / gatherer

Postby wawhitey » 09 03, 2023 •  [Post 1]

I guess my skills run toward the latter. Went out lion hunting yesterday. My fawn distress calling did bring in a whitetail doe, but no predators, did 2 stands in an 8 mile hike. But it wasnt a total failure. My mom really wanted some elderberries to make syrup, and ive only been seeing green berries until yesterday while i was trying to call in a cougar, and i started finding ripe berries. So out came a couple of my small game bags, and i ended up carring around several pounds of elderberries for several miles, worried theyd get squished if i put them in my pack. At least i didnt come off the mountain empty handed.
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby Lefty » 09 03, 2023 •  [Post 2]

Yesterday after unsuccessful attempt to call in a black bear.
I filled up a couple of times with red and black currant berries.

I do have a sweet area where I deer hunt, lots elderberries If the cows or the moose don't get them lots and lots of them some years
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby wawhitey » 09 03, 2023 •  [Post 3]

Lefty wrote:Yesterday after unsuccessful attempt to call in a black bear.
I filled up a couple of times with red and black currant berries


Ive filled my own craw with berries before and after several unsuccessful attemps at calling bears. Its part of the proccess, part of the fun
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby saddlesore » 09 04, 2023 •  [Post 4]

I sure missed the elderberry jam my mother made years ago. We would go out and pick buckets of them.Unfortunately a lot of areas in Colorado have few wild berries. Some raspberries, and huckleberries ( currents) The most is choke cherries. Bears like them but it takes a lot of sugar to make anything of them.
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby wawhitey » 09 04, 2023 •  [Post 5]

Elderberry syrup
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby Lefty » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 6]

wawhitey wrote:Ive filled my own craw with berries before and after several unsuccessful attemps at calling bears. Its part of the proccess, part of the fun

It's taking me most of my life to mix fun and pleasure and fun and other pleasures.
I used to be individually focused.

Hunts used to be just one thing going out and chasing an individual species.
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby 7mmfan » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 7]

Next weekend I'm hiking into the blueberriest covered mountain I've ever had the pleasure to hunt. They should be full tilt on the south face by now. I plan on eating as many as I can. I won't be packing any out, it's about 8.5 miles in to this place and a few thousand feet up.
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby Tigger » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 8]

7mm,
Thanks for offering to bring some out! I will take 3 gallons of blueberries. If you could deliver them to my door that would be swell. Thanks.
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby wawhitey » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 9]

This was the best huckleberry season weve had for a few years too. If youve never had huckleberry margaritas or daquiris... you dont know what youre missin. Huckleberry banana bread, huckleberry waffles.....
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby wawhitey » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 10]

Mmm...
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby wawhitey » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 11]

Wild strawberries were great this year too, but even on a good year theyre few and far between, so i dont bother trying to take them home, i just eat them on the spot.
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby 7mmfan » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 12]

I found a patch of wild strawberries a few years ago. Man what a find. I haven't been back in a while, and I'm sure the forest around them has grown up too much to allow for much productivity there anymore.
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Postby wawhitey » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 13]

Yeah the strawberry plants are extremely common here, they grow everywhere, but most just dont seem to have berries on them. And even when thry do, the berries are hard to spot, growing so close to the ground and often hidden under leaves and grass. Gotta really look close to notice a patch of strawberries.
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 09 05, 2023 •  [Post 14]

wawhitey wrote:This was the best huckleberry season weve had for a few years too. If youve never had huckleberry margaritas or daquiris... you dont know what youre missin. Huckleberry banana bread, huckleberry waffles.....


VERY nice. The best of the wild berries.
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Re: Hunter / gatherer

Postby Lefty » 09 07, 2023 •  [Post 15]

Our hunt yesterday got interrupted by wild Red raspberries.
I don't believe I've ever seen so many so late in the season
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