THE SIMPLE LIFE ON OUR OZARKS QUAIL FARM

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MISSOURI OZARKS, United States
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, October 31, 2011

STILL BUSY

We are very busy with bird pick ups and deliveries.  Getting calls almost daily now for quail. Even getting requests from preserves, which seems strange. They should have gotten their birds already. Been getting a lot of request from hunters for a place to work their dogs. We have been sending them to a couple of close preserves. If I had the energy I would set up an area and charge a little for dog working. Weather is still fairly warm so the younger birds are getting bigger and stronger before the nasty stuff hits in the next couple months. Hopefully we won't lose many because they are all pre-sold. This is so enjoyable. I think I talked a friend of mine into putting up a few barns and fly pens to help supply all the bird needs. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

MORE DELIVERIES AND FARM PICK UPS

Every day now we are either catching birds to fill pick up orders or we are delivering. I enjoy delivering birds as I get to meet new folks and see their farms. Making weekly deliveries to the big field trial club at Grovesprings, Mo. Always lots of dogs and horses to dodge.  We just put the quail in the club fly pens and then go to the clubhouse for a little chat and refreshments. Great bunch of folks from all other the midwest. We are selling to a lot more to the private dog trainers.  They usually need 10-20 birds per week. We just place the birds in our specially designed trainer cages. They bring their empty cage back and exchange for a full one. If we are not around they just put payment in lock box and go huntin'. Works really good and the guys love the convenience.  We had our last hatch a couple days ago - 1700 birds. I'm sure it won't be enough but will make for a really good year.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Deliveries Going Strong

As the cooler weather and calender hits October the bird hunters start getting that itch.  We delivered hundreds of quail Saturday and had pickups all weekend. It's good to start receiving money instead of it all going out. I am thinking about buying a pickup with a camper shell for deliveries.  My van works fine and is easier to get in and out of with my bum leg, but the birds really stink up the van on longer delivery trips and Miss Deb is not fond of that.  Delivered a few hundred to Hay Hook Hunt Club in Norwood. Robert and his wife are really good folks offering very fair priced hunts. I really like it when couples do this together as Debbie and I do. As we get older we enjoy doing a lot more together than when we were young and career oriented. I am starting to enjoy being retired and not busy all the time. With our son and his family buying a farm a few miles west of us we get to see them and our grand daughter more. That is so good. I lost my mother last week. She was a wonderful mother to my sis and me. Alziemers finally took her.  I remember my father and I hunting most weekends many years ago and mom fixing our quail for our hillbilly family dinner. I miss her so. I  believe we will be together again one day.