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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Deer Camp 2007 - Get Ready, Get Set...

Friends, Hunt'n, Terrific Cooking

I arrived last night around 11 PM.  Stoked the wood burner and unwound with a book and the Cowboy Junkies playing softly in the background.

Errands today include grocery shopping for the crew, testing the temperature and Ph of the outdoor hot tub, fetching the memory chip from the trail camera to see what's been going-on over the past week, and securing a new ladder stand along the creek.

Allow me to introduce you  to my buddies.

The first to arrive is the Camp Wench (since this is a family-friendly blog I will refrain from the more colorful term used).  Wench is the patriarch of the crew.  He and I have hunted, fished and been fast friends for almost three decades.  We joke that someday we'll write a book about our adventures.  He keeps us all in line and in good humor. 

The second to arrive is the Lawyer.  I am of the opinion that every deer camp should have their own legal counsel.  One never knows when an infraction or legal dispute might need to be adjudicated.  Lawyer is as good a cook as he is a solicitor. 

Next is Braumeister.  Our camp is fortunate to have our own resident Beer Baron.  A past winner of the National Home Brewing Competition, he's kegged a batch of the camp's signature brew.  Brau has been a frustrated hunter ever since the coyotes devoured his deer last year

Mennonite arrives.  A transplant from Lancaster, Pennsylvania he has been drawn to the dark side and joined the ranks of the English.  Mennonite's favorite deer stand is The Stand of Death (a moniker earned for it's threat to the safety of both hunted and hunter).

Last to stumble-in are Sees In The Dark and son, Android.  Maybe this makes a difference, maybe not, but Sees In The Dark has Oneida blood running thru his veins and has remarkable powers to kill deer in very low light conditions.  This is only a rumor hereabouts.  He is also a great cook.  Android is the youngest member (and newest addition) of the camp and is The First Assistant to the Camp Wench.  He hauls firewood, mixes an excellent Manhattan and is proving himself to be a skilled hunter.  The hunting community needs to recruit more young people like Android to its ranks.

Our traditional Friday fish fry

Wisconsin perch, bluegill, crappie, walleye - accompanied by  Alabama hush puppies 

Relaxing before turning-in.

Shoot straight and hunt safe.


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