And what about the moose? Suppose they are protected in this story.
Here the annual moose-hunting starts on Monday, a big event. And i am embarrassed to say; moose-meat is delicious.
Seems to be a shortage of moose in this area. No good water grounds. Maybe later if we get some beavers to make ponds. Here is the new instalment.
Dodi took Max and Jake with him on his next hunting trip. They were gone for three days, and came back into camp with a good bag and two excited twins. At the fire that night Dodi announced that his boys would be following in his footsteps and when they got older would foray by themselves.
"Deodato and Sons, Hunters and Guides?" I said.
"Why not?" said Deodato. "We might as well start a family firm".
"That doesn't get them off the egg patrol when they are in camp.", said Serpina. "I'll see to that."
The twins looked dejected as one. "Aww", said Max, "We had hoped" "to get out of that", finished Jake.
"Dodi, what of the bears?", I said.
"No sign of 'em. A fox has moved into the cave and has a litter of kits."
"No bear sign at all?"
"No scat. I think they've left this canyon. The two males would have anyway, and mama bear has left, probably seeking a new mate. Grizzlies are few and far between in these parts."
"Pa, can I tell it?", said Max.
"On the trail back we saw a pack of stoats feeding on a deer carcase. We don't think they killed it, but just took over when whatever did it finished and left it." "Pa thinks the killer was a puma", chimed in Jake.
Max frowned at Jake. Serpina pursed her lips and gave each of then a look, and things got better.
Geoff said, "I was going to ask Father Leon to find us a bear dog, but I won't now. Expensive unless we have reason to have one. They come from across the water and are good bear hunters."
We had supper together around the fire, and the children were dispatched to bed. The rest of us broke up into conversation groups and spent some time comparing notes on the last few days.
After supper, I went out to the sheep pasture with a bit of supper for Rudi. "Rudi, would you like to have a donkey to keep you company with the sheep? It would help Shep keep the coyotes off."
"That would be a good thing, but can we afford it?"
Well, there is not much maintenance, and I think Leon can get us a good price."
"OK, then. The ewe is pregnant, and I would like some extra defence"