Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Red Fox



This spring I had the pleasure of watching a family of foxes that were located on a farm where I do some work.  I first noticed an adult Red Fox cross the yard and the barn yard in broad day light,  This was very unusual.  Then one day I was driving by the barn and saw the adult fox duck into the barn through a hole, between the door and the wall, but behind her I saw a little gray ball of fuzz run in after her.  Then I knew there must be a den near by.  So I backed up and went to the other side of the barn.  By this time the mother fox was laying in the grass out side the barn watching over her young.  As I approached she barked at me and trotted off, but she left behind three kits.  They were dark grey and quite small.  I did a little reading up on them and figured them to be about five to six weeks old.  They leave the den for the first time at around four or five weeks and their fur was still grey, another indicator that they were still rather young. 


 

 
 
I watched them for a long time, and would see them periodically through the weeks.  They had little fear of me, even the adults didn't seem to afraid although they would always trot away sometimes laying down close by to watch.  Both male and female foxes help feed their young.  The female hunts once the kits are able to leave the den, but she hunts closer by so she can nurse them,  the male however, hunts on a wider range and doesn't spend as much time at the den site.  The male will bring the female part of his catch.  Once the kits are old enough the adults start to feed them regurgitated meat from what they catch.  They mostly eat mice and rabbits.  I found rabbit fur, a duck wing, and turkey feathers around this particular den.  Foxes will take an old ground hog den and dig them out a little because they are too flat, and use them to raise their young.  The den will have multiple entrances although they may prefer one over the rest.
 
 

 
 
 
I began to take my camera with me in the hopes of getting some good pictures.  I never got any good opportunities until the day I took these.  There was an adult but the photos I took were not so clear.  I think there was only this one kit there but there may have been two.  By this time they were old enough that their fur has turned red. 
 
 


This little fellow was not very camera shy, I got nice and close, and as long as I didn't make any sudden moves he was O.K. with that.
 





Saturday, December 7, 2013


Virgin Falls camping trip

Back at the first of November some friends, my Dad, brothers and myself took a trip to Virgin Falls state park.  We found it was a great place to hike.  There was a good amount of fairly difficult trails,  and a large cavern. Also the Caney Fork river was next to one of the camping areas.  The leaves were in their best color, and there were some good views.  We just camped over night but it was a very enjoyable trip.



This is Virgin falls, probably over 100 feet tall.



Here is my bag that I took. I added my leather sling bag to the back of my backpack for extra room.



 

                                                          One of the many rock overhangs.



 
 
 

 
Nothing like something warm to drink around the campfire.
 
 
 
 
All the wood was a little damp so the fire was a bit hard to keep going.
 
 
 
 
 
This is one of the views that we stopped for on our way out.  I definitely want to come back here again.  I am always excited to get to explore a new trail.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Back to Tennessee



Well I'm back in Tennessee, and I'm glad to be here.  My time at the Alert Academy was a very good time of learning, and growing.  Basic training was one of the most challenging times of my life and stretched me in many ways.  Emergency Response training taught me many valuable skills including high angle rescue, rescue diving, structural firefighting, rescue systems, and wild land firefighting.  All these classes were very hands on, and we got lots of good experience.  I also went on to take the EMT coarse they provide.  I found that I like emergency medicine quite a bit.  We got almost three weeks of clinical training.  Working on the ambulance and in the emergency room were very enjoyable. Also there was a lot of time spent studying the bible, wisdom searches, and personal time in the word.  During the coarse of basic it became clear to me that I could not finish without the Lord's help, but he was faithful and saw me through.  I have been away for the better part of the year, but it's good to be back in the woods of Tennessee. I have spent quite a lot of time hunting this season and I've been on a very enjoyable camping trip, but more about that later.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Basic training

Starting January 19 I will be at the ALERT Academy in Texas going through basic training, so I will not be posting much for quite some time.  I had planned to post some more before I left but I am having some difficulty loading pictures. Here is a link to their website http://www.alertacademy.com/iaa/, and here is a link to their blog http://www.alertacademy.com/alert/blog/.  And I wanted to re post this photo I took last year, it  is one of my favorites.

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Camp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Well I have not posted much lately, so here are a few things related to woodcraft and the outdoors that I have been doing.  The pictures are from a camping trip I took back in November.  I wanted to test out some new  equipment, build  a shelter at my camp site, and camp in colder weather.  I started out late so I ran out of daylight quickly, but I was able to build a shelter before dark.  The main idea behind the shelter was to use some cedar tree tops that I knew were in the woods.  So I tied a cedar pole across the two trees at the camp site, and leaned the cedar tops end first on the cross piece.  Then I trimmed all the twigs from the inside and made sure I could get in.  Then I covered the top with leaves and branches as needed.  During the night it kept the cold wind from coming blowing in, all except for a spot that had not been covered, and that kept my face cold.  I will need to improve this shelter in the future,  but it was not bad for being built in a short amount of time.  My fire was very cheery and was easy to start and easy to keep burning, this is not usually the case.  The fire kept heat coming into the open side of the shelter and made it very comfortable, if I had built the shelter a little higher it might have been even warmer.  It got quite cold and there were deer running around my camp all night long.  At one point I heard two raccoons chattering in the dark very close.  Deer were all over the place and I could see them in the moonlight.  The next morning I sat by my fire drinking cups of hot tea warming my insides and watching wildlife, the deer did not seem to notice my fire and walked by quite undisturbed.  A little later a group of turkeys came within just a few yards, it turned out that my shelter acted as a blind and concealed me very well. 
 

I have also been making alot of spoons, forks, and other utensils. This has kept me very busy. 
 

I have also been experimenting with a short bow that is attached to my back quiver.  I use it as a back up for any other bow I take out.  Well that is a little bit of what I have been doing in my woods, I hope you all have a happy new year.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fresh meat

Well I finally got some meat for the table.  I shot this little 8 point buck the evening of opening day of the rifle season, at about 30 yards with my 30-30 lever action.  My brother and I had been hunting all day long and it was nice to finally get this deer at the end of a long and hard day's hunt. The Lord was very good to me with providing all of this meat.  It will be very good eating.