First, I think it’s important to explain that hunting with my grandfather is something I have done since I was eighteen years old. He lived in Wyoming my entire life so I didn’t get to see him often. Hunting was always a way for us to spend time together and for him to pass on something important to his grandson. My grandpa would share stories with me about his dad, and the hunting trip they had. These stories are very important to me because I never had a chance to meet my great grandfather since he died before I was born. I would like to think that him and I would have been great hunting partners. Every year my grandpa would share different stories even about himself. I was shocked when he told me he worked for the Wyoming boys home for over twenty years helping troubled teens. Every year my grandfather’s stories were better than the hunt, did I believe everyone yes I did he lived a very fruitful life.
The drive from Arizona to Wyoming is like no other drive, the views from the cactus to pine trees are breath taking. The town that I stay in is Greybull, when you enter this town it looks like a scene from an old western movie. The streets are full of hunters and their families, the sidewalks are made from wood not concrete, and there are on...
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... deer is very dangerous, so you sneak up to it with gun ready. You kick the deer in the butt and test if it’s alive if it does not move you can now field dress it. Field dressing is the hardest part of the hunt, I will not get deep into it but I will tell you that it needs to be done as soon as possible. After the field dress there is a meat packing company in town that will process the meat into whatever cuts you want. For me, most of the meat is made into a summer sausage with a roast and some hamburger patties. The horns I do keep and I have made a couple of lamps with the horns, but most of the time I keep them on my large fish tank to remind me of the hunt. I would not trade these memories and the time with my grandfather for anything. The traditions and experience I can give to my kids knowing they too will know how important hunting is and the true meaning.
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