Moose Country Minute – November 19 2016


I lost my editor last weekend at Postmedia, not to job loss or illness but to a few days of deer hunting.

One does not expect to call the newsroom in Toronto and hear that your editor has gone deer hunting, rather than grabbing a Starbucks coffee or going across the street to Betty’s bar for a liquid lunch.

Up in my neck of the woods, which is the Bancroft area, you cannot find anyone available at this time of the year.

If you need a plumber, or an electrician, or your septic tank has backed up, you are out of luck.

As Red Green used to say, “If you can’t be handsome, you’d better be handy.”

I, of course, am neither.

My editor, who told me it was “time to fill the freezer,” also expects this will not happen because the family hunt camp near Bracebridge has not been a producer of game, and that the deer population on this acreage has dropped considerably.

I told him he should come to Bancroft where, on good days, he could pick off deer from my back deck.

This is also the time of year, of course, that auto-body shops in deer country have their best season.

It is their Christmas, their Black Friday.

I have bagged one deer that way a few years back, it coming out of nowhere to be hit broadside, killing it instantly.

The damage to the car was over $8,000.

It was not drivable and had to be towed.

By the time I got back from the repair shop, there was nothing left of the deer.

Someone had skinned it in the ditch, and carted it away.

Try doing that on the Don Valley Parkway.


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