Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Thing About Living in the Country...


I've always been a city girl.  I was born and raised in a city, and jumped at the first chance I got to move to an even bigger city, where I stayed (and loved it!) for 18 years.

Then we moved to Michigan...rural Michigan.  And I love, love, love living in the country (life is full of huge surprises), with two exceptions.  The first is well water (oh how I hate thee, let me count the ways), and the second is going on right now:  16-Day Firearms Deer Hunting Season.

Yesterday we went to a parade and two pickup trucks in town had dead dear strapped to them (their pride and joy, I'm sure, but my ewww).

And this morning, for the third day in a row (opening day was on the 15th) I'm surrounded by the sound of guns firing every so often.  There are deer blinds everywhere you go around here, and I'm not sure why the sound bothers me, but every time a gun fires it gives me a little bit of unrest.  I don't like the sound of guns going off around my house.

That being said, hubby and his dad are big hunters, well they used to be.  My in-laws have a place in an even more rural part of Michigan (I believe they got it just for hunting) where the boys go to participate in the sport, and the women go to cook for them and socialize w/the kids around the fire pit (it's fun, a mini-vacation), but my father-in-law has been sick, just had major heart surgery... so there won't be hunting this year.

And while I like spending time up there with my in-laws, I'm fine with not going.  You've probably gathered from this post that I'm not the staunchest of supporters anyway.  When I hear the guns going off during hunting season, I'm prone to be thinking, 'Run Bambi, Run!'  You'd be amazed though (unless you love hunting, and then you already know) at the hype that surrounds the season. There are women and children who love the sport too, with women calling off of work to go try their hand, and children calling off of school (yeah, it's that big of a deal), and the employers/schools understanding the call-ins!  You can't even call off without getting reprimanded if you're half-sick with pneumonia, but you can call off for hunting season.

And I guess that's just part of life in the country.




25 comments:

  1. I've never been hunting, and I don't think it's my thing either. It might be fun to see if you can actually hit a target, but then skinning and cleaning, etc. sounds awful. Thank goodness we don't have to do that anymore, and can just go to the grocery store. But, we wouldn't have made it as humans all of these years without hunting;)

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  2. I just have to tell you that you must see Pride & Prejudice! There is an A&E version that all of the die hards love, and they would jump on me for liking the new movie better. Go get the dvd...you'll love it!:)

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    1. I loved the book, so I will take your advice!

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  3. I commend you for going from being a city girl to adapting to country living. It does not look easy and I can imagine myself being squeamish during the kind of hunting season that you described.

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    1. It was easy actually, I surprisingly love it and don't think I'd want to move back to the city (though I still love to visit any time I can).

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  4. I've never been hunting, but around here - there is a lot of hunting to be done. We have tons of deer, moose and all sorts of other woodland creatures around here. I love it because I am about 30 mins outside of Boston & I guess I am somewhat out in the boonies, but I am able to get to the city pretty quickly when I need to. I suppose I'm more of a country girl, although I admit that I've never seen a deer strapped to anyones car.

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    1. How about a moose? Ever seen one of those strapped to a car? LOL I'd be totally in awe if I saw a moose in the flesh, but scared as heck, those things are HUGE!

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  5. Having grown up in the country, I'm used to it. Doesn't make me any more fond of it, I'm just used to it....

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    1. That's how I feel about the well water out here...I'm getting used to it, but that doesn't mean I like it. ;)

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  6. My husband and boys love hunting & I myself am such a city girl. But there's this little part of me, very little, that so badly wants to move into the country. Big trees, the forest...I would love it. I think. Then I worry about the loss of the hospital 5 minutes away, the mall, the fast food!!!! AHHHH!!!!! <3

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    1. The youngest loves it because it's the norm for him. The second oldest doesn't like it. He spent his whole life in the city and missed bounding out of the door to go see a friend. He thought country life was boooooring. :) He's going to college now...in a big city. ;)

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  7. I wouldn't like being in the middle of hunting either. And am certainly nervous around guns! Take care. Have a good week.

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  8. I am not a fan of guns. The thought of skinning and cleaning my catch sounds gross. So hunting is not for me. I am which you Bambi run!

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  9. Our deer season starts Monday and there will be lots of deer in pick-ups around here also :)

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    1. It's hilarious to me that they park their trucks like that and go shopping, or eating, or to watch a parade, lol

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  10. Guns scare the hell out of me! Hunting is certainly not for me!

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    1. Sitting in a blind for hours on end in the cold doesn't sound appealing to me either. I'm spoiled and like my toes toasty. ;)

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  11. Yeah there are lots of gunshots out here. Yesterday I saw 4 deer up on the ridge walking toward our neighbors, then heard a crazy loud gunshot that was so close. Guess our neighbor got himself a deer.

    My husband teaches at a rural school and if deer hunting season starts on a weekday, they get that day off school!

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    1. That's funny about the school. Our deer have taken to hiding, I guess. I haven't seen any in awhile, but they were pretty scarce this year anyway. I like to see them walk across the yard, it never gets old. :)

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  12. While I enjoy living in the city, as shopping is a few miles down the road, I much rather live in the country. I love the peacefulness of nature and my own space.

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    1. The space thing has become paramount to me, I love it too.

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  13. People around these parts say we are in the city, and even though I didn't grow up in a big city, I do NOT think we live in one now. I have seen deer congregate in our front yard, we pull up in our driveway and they look at us like, "Oh they're home." One of the neatest things I saw was deer tracks in the snow when we got out there to play. I was like wow looks like they beat us to it. When I first met my father in law - he proudly showed me pictures of his hunting season kills. I am sure I lost some future daughter in law points by my lack of enthusiasm ;-) I think deer are so pretty - ALIVE.

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    1. They do lose their allure strapped to a truck. ;)

      We looked at a house once (when we were house shopping) that had antlers all over the walls... I know the homeowners were sure proud of those kills, but I was instantly thinking 'pass.'

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