Saturday, October 22, 2011
Well as I ended today, I realized that i have grown and developed into a completely new person just in the past few days.
Yes i am still the same ole Stephanie...but with just a twist
Thanks to Mr. Adventure...he suggested that i take a Hunters education class...
Yes i will repeat myself...he suggested I, Stephanie, the city girl who is terrified of the bugs and the complete darkness (which is all you get when you are out at night in the woods) to take a Hunters Education Class so that i can go hunting with him when gun season opens in November. Yes yall...im goin huntin!!! LoL
Well...me being the adventurous person that i am...about a month ago (with the help of Mr. Adventure of course) logged onto the Missouri Conservation website and signed me up for the local hunters education class. Yesterday/today was my class...so you are officially talking to the new HUNTING Stephanie!!! :-)
I am now the proud owner of my legal hunting/fishing licence, a fancy Missouri hunting patch, a new bright orange hunting pencil, a hunting orange coozie (even tho they stressed not drinking and hunting at the same time...but they give you a free beer coozie? LoL) and an award winning hunting DVD! Yea i cant wait to watch that! LoL (uh yea right). The hunting class it self was not THAT bad. I had the first portion Friday night 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. then i finished it off today 9am until 4:30 PM. One of the local hunting clubs sponsored us FREE lunch and did i also mention that the instructor was very...very good looking (hey i may kinda be off the market but i cant help it that i had to stare at the guy all day!) and was kinda entertaining for the amount of time we had to sit there and follow along in the hunting book and watch bad 1970's hunting education videos.
All in all i would have to say that i am proud of myself! i take pride and being open minded and trying new things. If you would have told me a year ago that i was gonna get hunting certified i would have laughed at you. I guess being around Mr. Adventure i want to be able to do things that he likes to do. I want to feel more comfortable in his environment (which is the wilderness).
Now dont get it twisted...i will still bring my own flare to the outdoors. I have been searching for the flyest pair of hunting boots and accessories (and yes Mr. Adventures yells at me for trying to look stylish out in the woods...LoL) But hey...if im gonna do this i want to do it my way! and that will be in style! (since i clearly cant rock my Jordan bball gear!)
And yes i have shot a gun (well several actually). seeing as Mr. Adventure has his hide away space that we go to on the weekends we set up targets and shoot at them. I have shot a 22 rifle...and a 12 gauge shot gun. It took me almost 30 minutes to build up the courage to shoot my first gun. But after i finally pulled the trigger...it was like an amazing feeling rushed through me! No i have not killed anything yet. and who knows when i going hunting i may freeze and not be able to kill the deer or rabbit or whatever we are hunting. But i did learn the true meaning of hunting and why people still do it today. The most important thing about hunting and why we still do it is to help keep/manage the population of wild life that we do have. Now you city folk who dont see wild animals (other than birds) you dont have to worry about the wild life problem. But since i have moved to rural Missouri i have been around it to notice the abundance or lack of wild life as the year passes on. So yes hunting is a good thing. And i know not everyone will agree with it...but how else do you think you got that burger...that turkey you eat at thanksgiving...or any other meat product? I am not hunting just to kill the animal just for the sport. I will indeed harvest my kill and use the meat (to cook and eat). So yes blogging friends i will indeed be killing to save my pocketbook $ as i will have meat that will last me through the winter time! (and meat to make deer jerky my all time fav!!!)
So the moral of this story is...i urge each of you to try something new this week! ANYTHING! just try it. don't think twice...just do it!
Who can tell me what a Drake is? (and no i am not talking about the rapper from Canada...)
It is a male duck!!! See i learned something new and i just taught it to you!!!