the dissident frogman

13 years and one Month ago

Hope the Great Spirit will smile

the dissident frogman

Necrothreading much?

Article content

Article copy

Today is the last day of the season. Yes, The Season.

So if you think I'm going to sit in front of a darn computer rather than stalk Bambi in the thick of the woods, you, my friend, have another thing coming.

Still, here's an anecdote for you, as I'd rather not let you leave this page empty-handed (or headed, as it were).

See this year, I've been lucky to be invited to join quite a few different (big game) hunting parties, on quite a few different territories, and there's one thing I've seen in each and every one of them.

When comes the time, early in the morning, to assign their posts to the shooters (as opposed to the trackers. Yeah, we hunt in pack here), there's always someone who says he'll keep his place (if he's a regular) "at the oak", or who is offered (if he is a guest) the courtesy to be positioned "at the oak", because "there's a good trail over there".


No, not that one.


Always. On every territory I've been to.

Now imagine that you're standing in the middle of some Western European forest that can be as large as several hundreds of hectares1, and as Western European forests go, it's basically filled with bloody oaks. Every other tree is an oak, and the ground, being Autumn and Winter, is literally covered with oak leaves. Yet no matter where you are and which forest it is, there is only one oak.

The oak. The one near the good trail.

Oh, and here's a tip for the amateurs — to save them the embarrassment:

You-shall-never, under any circumstance, ask:

"Which oak?"


The bucks can get cocky sometimes, and stay put like that long enough — though from a distance they believe to be safe2. Perhaps it's to find out if you're a predator ("Run away! Run away!") or a rival ("Azz kickin' time biatch!"), I'm not sure. The does however just get the hell out without looking back. Smart girls.
  1. Blame the French Revolution for the metric system. Not me, I'm a victim too.
  2. They're wrong of course, even though they know a bit more about boomsticks than your average AFP stringer.

Other

About

the dissident frogman's avatar
the dissident frogman

I own, built and run this place. In a previous life I was not French but sadly, I died.

Contact

To reveal my email address, find the 2nd  number in the code and enter it in the challenge field below.

25594

The Wise knows that Cities are but demonic Soul-tearing pits that shall not be entered.

More options

Comments

Commenting as

You're presumed to have read and abide by the comments policy, but here's the gist of it:

Silly or serious, you are responsible for what you write. I slay trolls. Thank you for your comment.

Comment author avatar
Max. 300 characters
An email address is required.
It is never published or shared.

As in "valid" email address...

Once posted, your comment can't be edited. Feel free to (ab)use the Preview!

The Wise knows that Cities are but demonic Soul-tearing pits that shall not be entered.

Comments thread (11)

3255 - mbrewer2045

Comment author avatar
  • mbrewer2045 Wisconsin USA

Frogman,

Then let me be the first to offer up a hearty "Good Hunting" wish for the last day of the season. Glad to see your back posting again. Keep up with the stellar photos and thought inspiring commentary....and, just as a side note....did you find the oak by the trail?

3256 - Lady Cincinnatus

Comment author avatar
  • Lady Cincinnatus Ohio & Kentucky

("Azz kickin' time biatch!") Nice use of American slang, D. Frogman. Who would guess you are a Frenchman? :)

3257 - Lady Cincinnatus

Comment author avatar
  • Lady Cincinnatus Ohio & Kentucky

("Azz kickin' time biatch!") Nice use of American slang, D. Frogman. Who would guess you are a Frenchman? :)

3258 - TooTall

Comment author avatar

Beautiful pictures of the forests. Thanks for sharing them.

3260 - Iwo Gina

Comment author avatar
  • Iwo Gina Maryland

What beautiful photos! What beautiful forests! Tank you for sharing them with us.

Iwo Gina

3261 - Iwo Gina

Comment author avatar
  • Iwo Gina Maryland

Oops! There I go, dropping my "h's" again!

Iwo Gina

3266 - Grey Fox

Comment author avatar

Good Hunting!

3267 - Grimmy

Comment author avatar
  • Grimmy Where I'm at.

Doh! Forgot to add in the post above, slightly off topic, but it is hunting of the biggest game variety. I thought you might enjoy reading up on the new program.

Where does the light go, when the light goes out?

3268 - Gozer the Carpathian

Comment author avatar
  • Gozer the Carpathian

Happy Hunting Frogman! I hope you nail a good one!


Personally I don't hunt because I can't stand waking up that early in the morning. :D

Though for some of the meat I have no qualms cleaning the kills. ;)

Gozer's Dot Com, where our Characters has Depth! Width and Height as well!