BE WARNED – I DIDN’T TAKE THESE PHOTOS (ANDY DID), AND THEY ARE CLASSIC MONTANA FAMILY PHOTOS – MEANING THEY INVOLVE A NEWLY DEAD LARGE ANIMAL.
We allowed J to miss school yesterday in order to go hunting with Daniel, Andy and Daniel’s son. They went to a ranch up above Big Timber, on the eastern slope of the Crazy mountains. Daniel is a bit of a guide, and J was going for his first ever deer.
Shooting light was at 6:55 a.m. By 7:10 a.m. they were taking these photos. At the meat processor by 10:30 a.m., and home to relax for the rest of the day by 11:30 a.m. Thought about sending J off to school for the rest of the day, but he’d already done the work for the day – had to get it done in advance in order for us to allow him to miss.
One great thing, J’s teachers were so supportive of this being a perfectly good reason to miss school, especially if he did all the work first. They really do understand the whole child, and we have a great appreciation for that. Plus, hey, let’s admit, this is Montana, and teachers know the culture here requires a certain right of passage for boys – getting that first kill.
Andy let J do all the process ordering. He got steaks, roasts and sausage. No ground meat – he knew we already had a ton of ground bison. So proud of that boy. Now we’re going to find out what deer maple breakfast sausage tastes like – it sounded good to J.