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Big game, big country, big rifle Part Two

2016 March 7
by Rachel Turiel

hunting camp

The interior of the wall tent we borrowed for hunting season. Sort of like summer camp with animal hides! 

(Remember I was going to share Part Two of my hunting story? Here it is:)

There are realities about standing over an animal, newly dead, that I am not prepared for. First, to call that bull elk, slumped and emptied of breath, “inanimate” seems a misnomer. There’s the way the muscles, unhusked from hide and already more meat than agent of movement, occasionally and rapidly twitch. Second, one hour post mortem, a release of internal gasses roars so startlingly and without warning from the animal’s mouth that I flinch and duck….Read the rest of Modern Day Artemis II here.

Modern Day Artemis I is here

Also, Dan wrote an excellent story for Edible Southwest Colorado about his DIY meat smoker constructed on the fly at 11,300. Read about it here.

hunting camp2

Smoke-cured bull elk tenderloin.



3 Responses leave one →
  1. March 7, 2016

    Hope the islands are treating you right. We were just out in Gunny-Crested Butte area and I picked up the Edible and serendipitously found your part II. Found it really interesting told from a point of view similar to my own (though I’ve never killed what I eat). Four days of walking! Thanks for writing it, and enjoy the bounty of that exciting, emotional hunt.

  2. Kayleigh permalink
    March 7, 2016

    Artemis is awesome!

  3. April 29, 2016

    Simply starting out, all-you really need can be a little accordion file or simple envelopes (whichever you already have readily available is going to do).

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