Field Trip #1
Grouse Hunting: Hiking with Guns
When we'd had enough fun shooting clay pigeons, we started looking for the grouse. Hunting is basically just hiking with guns. We hiked for a few hours, stoping every once in a while to listen or teach each other things about nature.
On our way back, we saw a grouse. The experience seemed like it happend in slow motion, but it probably happened really fast. When we saw her we froze for an instant and without saying anything we told Corey with our eyes that he should go for it. When the flapping settled down I put my hand on her breast, soft and warm I felt the life slowly leave her body and I said thank you.
The grouse meat tasted just like chicken with a slightly earthier taste and the liver tasted like an olive. It was really satisfying to end the day sharing a meal with ingredients we had gathered from our land.
Both Corey and Patrick are really into hunting and fishing so it was cool to see them in their element. The whole experience made me feel like this is a tradition I want to be a part of and one I want to have in my family someday. It made me really realize that to sustain our lives, we depend on other lifeforms and we should be grateful and respectful of those lifeforms.