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After I retired I wanted to stay busy on our farm. My almost 30 year career was in the hunting & fishing industry, so raising the birds I had hunted for years was a natural for me. Being married to my best friend, wife & help mate is all I could ask for. My wife of 34 years and I love living on our farm and doing the chores it takes to maintain it. We are living a wonderful slow life in our retirement. Our grand daughter is such joy. Having a big garden to feed us, raising bees for honey, loving our pets and no debt. I feel blessed to have enjoyed this country living and sustaining our family through growing our food and simple ways my whole life. I am happy to see others across this great country deciding to live instead of just collecting more. A less-stress farm life is making us very happy. *******************************************************

Monday, February 7, 2011

Delivered Quail and Pheasants Today

 'Debbie dragging a cage of pheasants from fly pens to delivery van.'

We just delivered a bunch of bobwhites and ringnecks to our friends at Ozarks Mountain Bird Hunts in Yellville, Ark.  before the next big snow.  It is not ideal to catch these birds in a foot of snow in the fly pens.  But my lovely bride did an amazing job and we made the preserve happy. They are still having a lot of bookings for hunts and said it looked good through March.  All of our hunting preserve businesses seem to have had a good year.  I need to figure out some way to keep birds longer in this bad weather. It is easy to lose a lot and not be profitable with what is left. I charged more for them and he understands, at least they didn't have to cancel hunts due to lack of quail. We are booking many birds already for next fall. The quail & pheasant I cooked a couple of days ago was delicious. Think I'll do that again soon.

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