Thanksgiving Hunt?


November 15, 2012, 08:12 PM
Every Thanksgiving morning for more years than I can remember, a bunch of us friends and relatives.. old ones and youngins, head for the mountains for a quick quail and small game hunt, as well as recreational shooting. We always have a camp-fire breakfast of eggs, pan fried toast, quail, deer sausage, bacon, venison & elk steaks and all the fixins. We're always home in time for an afternoon Thanksgiving dinner. Great times, great memories. Here is a pic of some of us from last year. What are your plans and traditions?

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November 15, 2012, 10:36 PM
I've always been hunting on Thanksgiving and hardly ever had a real Thanksgiving dinner in the last 35 years. Sometimes it's a can of chili.

November 16, 2012, 08:36 AM
Pheasant and small game hunting on the farm in the morning, turkey dinner in the afternoon

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November 16, 2012, 08:47 AM
When I was kid, hunting Thanksgiving morning was a tradition. Then I joined the military. My Dads knees went bad, my Grandfather had a severe stroke and ultimatley passed away. Cousins and uncles moved.

Happily, my Dad had surgery to repair the knees a few years ago and my own son is getting to be old enough to not wear out in the first ten minutes.

We're going again next Thursday morning.

November 16, 2012, 09:07 AM
My deer season typically is open over Thanksgiving. I've been fortunate enough most years to have gotten my deer before that point, but not always. This is one of those years where my tag remains unfilled( not for lack of opportunity, holding out for something special). I plan on hunting with my dad, brother in law and nephews on the holiday, and hopefully I'll collect my buck!

November 16, 2012, 09:09 AM
We used to always hunt on Thanksgiving morning until the parents got older and we needed to do most of the work. It really became a hassle so now I don't even try it.

November 16, 2012, 09:13 AM
When I was kid, hunting Thanksgiving morning was a tradition.

Same here. Wisconsin's traditional 9 day gun deer season has always included the week of Thanksgiving. Some of my fondest meomories are of our large family gathering at the breakfast table on Thanksgiving morn, then hunting till early afternoon and then returning home to a house filled with delicious smells, mounds of food, tons of laughter and the ribbing of those that missed. Most of those in those memories are gone now, either passed or moved away. Very few of that once large bunch ever hit the woods together anymore. I still go most Thanksgivings myself, not for the hunt, but for the memories.

November 16, 2012, 03:53 PM
My wife found that by me hunting with a buddy every Thanksgiving morning, I was out of her way. I like coming home and everything smells great, then I am asked to make the mashed taters, and grill some deer tenderloin medalions. My sons will soon be old enough/mature enough to hunt with us if they choose. Then my wife will be totally free of sampling hands and "When is it gonna be done?" questions. Also I always work up a pretty good hunger hiking in and out and often times tracking then cleaning a deer.

November 16, 2012, 04:12 PM
Glad to hear these stories. Always treasure your traditions; they mean a lot. We used to always hunt on Thanksgiving morning, but those traditions gave way to contemporary expectations that men participate in the cooking. As people grew up and married into other families the traditions grew and changed too. I recall one Thanksgiving when my wife went to the east coast to be with some of her extended family and my brother and I drove to South Dakota to hunt geese. For our Thanksgiving dinner, we had a balogna sandwich while we sat on the tailgate of his truck and talked to our loved ones on the cell phone. The next 2 days we killed our limit of geese both days. Great memory!!

November 16, 2012, 05:19 PM
We're going to Sequin to my wife's aunt's. I won't be hunting, but I'm going to go fishing in their private lake, stocked with bass and bluegill. It's pretty awesome. :D

I really have no hunting traditions that revolve around thanksgiving other than we used to have wild geese every year. But, I'm in transition on my house and haven't been goose or duck hunting.

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