Keep on moving if viewing a dead wild hog is going to ruin your day. Red understands and is not judgmental about those who are judgmental about Red.
Red was out exercising his new and entirely superfluous constitutional right to hunt in Texas this weekend. Red clearly understands that hunting is not for everyone and that not everyone will approve. That said, wild hogs are a complete menace in Texas. They harm the land, cause erosion and soil loss, destroy vegetation, displace and predate on native fauna and are on rare occasions dangerous. The weekend tally was Red 1 Hogs 1. Red will be distributing a lot of sausage to friends and family this Christmas.
Red will be mostly out for the next week and posting only sporadically – if at all.
This weekend, Red will be exercising his new and entirely superfluous constitutionally protected right to hunt in Texas subject to reasonable regulations – whatever the heck that means. For Red, the annual hunting trip or two is more of an excuse to enjoy the outdoors in beautiful fall weather, sit around the fire with old friends, sip some whiskey, perhaps even enjoy a cigar, walk through the woods with a gun pretending he is going to kill something, and occasionally take down a deer for venison or a wild hog just because wild hogs need killing.
After that, Red will be returning home to prepare the Thanksgiving feast and then head out with the family to meet up with the rest of the clan somewhere in the Hill Country. This year Red will be roasting an organic turkey on the Weber, making a sweet potato casserole, fresh cranberry relish, a delightful green salad, yeast rolls, and a chocolate fudge pie. Someone else is bringing the pecan pie. And in case you didn’t know, Red is a helluva good cook.
So Red wishes everyone safe travels and a happy Thanksgiving – even Ted Cruz (TP-Texas).
According to reports from NBC Channel 5 in Dallas, Texas Game Wardens are gearing up to crack down on poachers this hunting season. Most people probably do not understand how much of nuisance and actual danger these outlaws pose. Not to mention giving a bad name to all hunters. Now Red is far from a big time hunter, but he has taken out a few wild hogs and deer in his time. The hogs because they are destructive pests that breed like – well, wild hogs – and harm native flora and fauna, and the deer because Red makes a mean venison sauerbraten. Red can go out for a weekend hunt and be perfectly content to enjoy nature, do some birding, and take a hike through the woods without ever firing a shot. Plus, Red enjoys the fact that it drives some of his rabidly conservative acquaintances practically bonkers when he tells them he will be out hunting this weekend. They have a lot of trouble processing that one. Red has observed some illegal poaching on occasion and there is very little that makes Red madder. One of the cardinal rules when hunting is to know where everyone is going to be. One cannot know where the poacher will be. And therein lies the problem. As mad as they make him, Red has no inclination to take out a poacher and is even less inclined to want to be taken out by one. So Poachers Beware, the long arm of the law is watching, but they require your help. Game Wardens rarely catch someone out of the blue. The vast majority of poaching cases begin with an anonymous phone call to the Texas Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-792-GAME (4263).