Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Hunting Birds or should that be Birds Hunting?



I’ve started following a really neat blog where a grade ‘A’ foodie from northern California, who didn’t grow up around hunting, has taken up wildfowling and bird hunting. At the start of her adventure she suspects that being a woman taking up a male dominated activity will be the hard part….
Between the lunkheads and the professionally patronising, she finds the same challenges we all face when going into the great outdoors; finding clothes to protect us from the worst the weather can throw at us, weapons and tools that consistently do the business when asked, and someone to show us how to get a result.
Nor Cal Cazadora sites some recent research showing that while hunter numbers are down, the number of women afield is rising, and rising significantly.
Except at my house.
I’m forever trying to sell Mrs SBW the benefits of eating wild meat and hunting for it ourselves, she remains unconvinced. Meanwhile on the other side of the world BoB (brother of bushwacker) is married to a woman made of sterner (and more weatherproof) stuff. When Mrs SBW was pregnant she wanted to: reorganise storage and redecorate the house. When Mrs BoB was in the family way it was a different story. Just before they left for New Zealand, we all got together for a family dinner. At the table I saw her staring dreamily at a Sunday roast saying wistfully, “when I get home I really want to shoot a pig” Mrs SBW further endeared herself (although not to me) when she pointed at me and chipped in “you can shoot this one if you like”.

Thanks for reading
Bushwacker.


Translation ‘Birds’ is english for ‘Chix’
Photo Credit

7 comments:

Phillip said...

"At the table I saw her staring dreamily at a Sunday roast saying wistfully, “when I get home I really want to shoot a pig” Mrs SBW further endeared herself (although not to me) when she pointed at me and chipped in “you can shoot this one if you like”."

Thanks, SBW! That was worth a giggle or two!

Kristine said...

I'm with Phillip, I loved that paragraph. Very funny.

I also really enjoy Norcal Cazadora. She's a very good writer.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

thanks guys.

NorCal Cazadora said...

With a wit that sharp, it doesn't sound like Mrs. SBW needs to carry firearms!

Thanks for the shout-out!

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Ha ha that's so true! after a few years teaching primary school (the 8-11 year olds) she has a 'death stare' that can stop a child in its tracks at a thousand yards.I bet she could make a trout get out and run or ground a passing duck if she wanted to.

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook said...

Bushwacker: I see it as my goal in life to get those who turn their noses up at game meats to shed their hang-ups and give it another go. If you ever need recipes for whatever it is you bring home this week, I have a fairly monstrous collection of wild game cookbooks and have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the wary drop their guard and pick up their forks...

NorCal Cazadora said...

I can attest to that: Hunter Angler Gardener Cook is my own personal chef! I eat very well.