Several years ago, my wife Julie, handed me the check book after she’d spent the day doing some shopping.  I started entering all the info and that’s when it happened.  (Little hint for you guys – when that little voice in your head tells you to shut up – LISTEN TO IT!)

I opened my mouth to complain about the price of nail polish and panty hose and she lit into me like a starving dog on a sausage biscuit.  “Well, what about your deer hunting?” she said.  My reply was one I thought to be logical.  “My deer hunting helps out on the grocery bill”.

Deer Hunting


She then explained to me how illogical my thinking really was.  “Oh, it helps on the grocery bill?  Well, let’s do the math on that.”  Let’s see…



  • Your hunting license and the one for Buddy (our oldest)  - $120
  • Your deer lease fees - $500
  • Automatic Deer Feeders - $600
  • Corn for the feeder - $300
  • The seeds and fertilizer for your food plots - $300
  • 4 deer rifles (remember we’ve got 3 sons) - $3,000
  • Ammunition - $200
  • The new 4 wheeler - $7,000
  • New deer stands - $1,000
  • Deer processing for 6 deer - $400
  • Camouflage clothing and boots for everybody - $1,500
  • Gas for back and forth to the camp for the season - $500
  • Groceries while you’re AT the camp - $500

“So, if we get 250 pounds of venison from those 6 deer then we’re averaging nearly $64 a pound! And that’s for “in state” deer….let’s not even discuss the years you hunted all over God’s creation.”  (Told you I should have listened to that little voice)

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