Last week was a very good week for hunting and Elaine and me and our locavore lifestyle here in Botetourt County, Virginia. On Thursday, I was able to kill my first turkey of the season, tagging a bird at fly down after roosting a flock the evening before. Wild turkey will now be on the menu for Thanksgiving.
Saturday on opening day of the early muzzleloading season, I killed a nice doe in Franklin County right before sundown. I had found a place on a cattle farm where deer were likely to enter a pasture.
Our young Rhode Island Red hens are consistently laying eggs and our older Reds have already molted and are now laying, so the egg production is excellent. And Sunday, now that leaves are falling, Elaine and I noticed that our Dolgo crabapple tree had enough fruits on it (a late frost had killed most of the blooms) to make a loaf of bread from. Not a major event to be sure, given the tree's major production last year, but one loaf of Elaine's homemade crabapple and walnut bread will be a delight this winter on a snowy day.