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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Nebraska. 2 The People.

As previously mentioned, I took a little trip to go hunting with my new friend, up in Nebraska. He had friends who were farmers who have been praying that the state of Nebraska would let them shoot more deer, as they've been overpopulating the state at an amazing rate. They spend much of the days in the woodlots, and come out in the evenings and nights and eat the corn and soybean crops. They get very, very large. They are healthy, and their offspring thrive, too.

The farmers are very tired of the crop nuisance.

I like good red meat.

A common goal is achieved.

The Good Farmers
Vine took me out on Saturday, and introduced me to Jim and his wife Pat, a very nice couple. The word "accommodating" is simply not strong enough. The word "friendly" is not strong enough. They are very decent, civilized, excellent people. They are, from what I see, fairly typical of the good people of Nebraska, but they bear special mention, nonetheless. Jim is a classical farmer, who keeps track of the price of corn and soybeans and their futures, and considers how many more seasons his old International Harvester grain trucks will keep giving service. He maintains his combine, trucks, and fuel and water pumps by himself, without a professional mechanic. He leans strongly conservative, but clearly dotes on his liberal wife. He dispatches nuisance animals, but doesn't really hunt. He grins sheepishly as he talks to his named farm cats out front of the house.

Pat cooks large farm meals from scratch, serves them toothsomely to her house guests, and cheerfully talks about local and world events, as well as family lore, with bright intelligence. She's educated, and has a full-time job in addition to being a farm wife. She's active in her church, but doesn't give off even the slightest hint of judgement when you don't.

They both clearly are in love with their daughters. To say that they are proud of their daughters' ongoing career successes would go without saying, but it's also clear that they don't really worry about whether their offspring are financially a success-- they just want what's best for them. Like any good parents would. And make no mistake-- these are good parents.

After over three decades together, they still obviously appreciate the company of each other.

Are you beginning to get the idea that I liked these people? Because if you haven't been, then either I'm not articulating clearly, or you're not paying attention.

They clearly think highly of my friend Vine, which is another good reason for me to think well of him, myself.

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4 Comments:

At Wednesday, October 06, 2010 10:44:00 PM, Blogger Farm.Dad said...

Mat .. I am glad the hunt was such a success for you and vine . As with any hunt the collection of game is secondary to the hunt its self . Good friends , and meeting new friends defines a successful hunt after all . And for the record , my opinion of Vine is akin to yours .. he is welcome among me and mine anytime .

 
At Wednesday, October 06, 2010 11:02:00 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

I'm surprised that the farmers in Nebraska are having any problem with the state letting them harvest more deer.

Here in Missouri we have pretty much the same problem with deer, however, the state will sell you as many doe tags as you want. I know of a farmer who was having problems with the deer eating his soybeans and the conservation agent gave him about ten tags at no cost and told him if he needed more to give him a call.

 
At Thursday, October 07, 2010 12:27:00 AM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Country Folk Matt, the backbone of America! :-)

 
At Thursday, October 07, 2010 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

Joe, the State of Nebraska has just now figured it out, this year. According to vine, "I'm surprised that you couldn't hear the popping sound, as their head came out of their ass."

I was able to buy the habitat stamp and two non-resident doe tags for $75, complete. For another $50, I could have bought two more doe tags after using these.

 

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