Monday was the last day of the Illinois squirrel season -- a sad day at our house. Squirrel hunting is always a good excuse for us to enter the woods from August 1 until now. Paul had to work part of the day, but Skyler and I were home so we decided to head out to the timbers to look for squirrels. We came home empty handed - but had one close encounter with a big red squirrel -- he just wouldn't stay put long enough for Skyler to get situated and make the shot. However, we had a great time tryin' and we were glad to have gotten some hiking, scouting and exploring done at the same time.
Recognize this face? I was so excited to get to see my buck's face one last time. A friend of ours used my big buck's cape to mount this huge buck. I was glad to see that the cape went to good use and it really was great to get to see my buck's face again!
Our Valentine's day consisted of A LOT of ice fishing -- the picture of Skyler is from when she was plugging her ears because I had just screamed when my big bass broke the line JUST as I was pulling it out of the hole (I think the plugging of the ears is a little overkill -- I didn't scream that loud ;-).
Skyler is the Ice Fishing Queen -- she easily outfished both Paul and I and continually declared "I love to ice fish!"
Paul had a lot of luck in the beginning while I got nothing so I was able to help Skyler put wax worms on the hook and untangle lines. She takes her own fish off the hook for the most part. I finally started getting some fish at the end (including my big largemouth bass) while Paul wasn't getting any bites so we traded off and he helped Skyler. I think Skyler was catching 2-3 fish a minute during the best times and about 1 fish every minute during the slow times. It was super fun! So this means that when most others went out for Valentine's supper -- we were all cleaning fish. Skyler kept us entertained by giving the fish we hadn't cleaned yet CPR. The fish would occasionally jump and she was sure she had brought them back to life. Skyler also used one of the fishes tails to "paint" the puddles of slime over all the fish. I wouldn't trade our Valentine's Day for anyone else's!! ;-)
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