Hunting and Homesteading

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Deer hunting season just started where we live, and as usual, I take the first day of the season off to spend in the woods.  No I didn't get my deer that day, but while I was sitting in the woods enjoying the crisp fresh morning air, I got to thinking about how I got started in it and why I enjoy waking up at 5am to sit and walk in the cold all day ;o)

Growing up, hunting was always a part of my life.  I remember making rabbit/partridge pies for the holidays.  Having rabbit stew (we call fricot in Acadie) and eating deer roast/steaks all winter.

I remember hunting rabbit with my dad when I was about 6yrs old and tagging along for deer hunting when I was about 12yrs old, maybe earlier.  It was a bonding experience that I now share with my son and hopefully will with my daughter when she is of age.  When my son came rabbit hunting for the first time last year with me and my dad, we were 3 generations walking into the woods and that was a very neat day.

So what does hunting have in common with homesteading?  To our familiy, it's part of learning to live as self sufficient as we can.  It means family time, learning new skills and passing them along to our kids.  To enjoy the outdoors and be thankful for the bounty it provides.

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Stone Rocket Stove Fun

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In Eastern Canada it's in the middle of the hunting season.  On Sunday, Seb and I took the dogs for a walk out the back... they were due.  Seb brought his new BB Gun and I brought my .22 inn case we saw any rabbit or partridge.  We didn't see or catch anything, but did have a neat learning experience... We had fun building his first stone Rocket Stove.

The back of our property used to be farm pastures, long since overgrown of alders and brush.  We were walking the old fence line and stumbled on a hill of rocks when the fields were originally plowed.  This was neat since we found other sorts of old tin items in the pile as well.  Since hunting was not very eventful, not even one piece of rabbit poop to be seen, I asked Seb if he wanted to learn how to make a Rocket Stove.

He was excited and so was I... We dug through the pile of stones and found 1 large flat stone for the base and started piling stones around it in a U shape.  On the second layer we put another longer but narrow flat stone and stacked a small chimney.  Kinda looked like a boot with an open toe at the end.

For those of you who don't know what a Rocket Stove is, it's a very efficient cooking stove using small twigs and sticks that burn at high temperatures due to small combustion area and heat convection that draws in air into the combustion chamber.  They have come a long way from their humble beginnings, but you can't argue with efficient design and use.

Unfortunately we didn't have anything to cook, but Seb had a blast building it and creating a nice little fire.  Next time we go out I'll be sure to pack some soup or beans and a small cast iron pot ;o)  I'll also bring our little flip video to capture his enthusiasm of the build!

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