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Tactical Fruit Picker..

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Well not really. That was just my wife poking fun at me this morning when I told her I was going to do a “gear” review this morning.

Why do you have to call it “gear”? Are you going to call it “tactical” too?

Living in two different worlds can be entertaining at times. The overuse of the word “tactical” in the youtube reviews she has overheard is nicely balanced by the ubiquitous usage of the word “consciousness” in her videos. While butchering a wild hog the other day I explained to her that in the past I would have been a prize catch for my hunting and trapping skills, to which she curtly replied “Well, I don’t eat my friends“.

The list goes on, but one thing that we both agree on is that dried pears are good.

I have been running my dehydrator non-stop over the last couple weeks after I found a “feral” pear tree growing in the yard on some land I trap. I call it “feral” because it is not pruned or managed and the landowner just lets the fruit rot on the ground. That is great for me, the only problem is that even standing on the roof of my truck, some of the pears are out of reach.

Enter the “Tactical Fruit Picker” and BPO’s first “Gear” review. I first saw one at the Wildfood Festival being used for pawpaws, so I knew it was the answer. Only $9.75 plus shipping http://www.amazon.com/TR20090-Fruit-Picker-Head/dp/B000UGM6YW/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1384784784&sr=1-1&keywords=fruit+picker+head

It attaches via hose clamp to any pole about 1 inch or so in diameter. I attached it to one of my telescoping gigging poles. Once attached, I could not resist the urge to yell “Spartans” and playfully attack my wife.

How did it do on pears though? Great. Solid construction and you can fit multiple pears in the basket. A good buy for the price, even though it is not available in Multicam.

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Wild About My Dinner…

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I love my wife for more reasons than I can count..

She puts up with me skinning and butchering critters on the front porch, even though she is a vegetarian/animal lover. She doesn’t mind the goldenrod and mint hanging from the curtain rods to dry out in the living room right now. Sometimes, she kindly reminds me that I need to hit the showers after a few days running around in the woods. This week, when I came home with a couple squirrels and some foraged edibles, she broke out her culinary prowess for a delicious wild meal.

I am probably butchering the description, but the above is honey and balsamic glazed squirrel on a bed of wilted chickweed and chicken of the woods mushrooms. The side is jerusalem artichoke and evening primrose “mashed potatoes”.

Truth be told, my foraging has picked up tenfold since I met her. My lack of kitchen skills had led me down the path of a meat and cereal diet for a few years until she rescued me. I still eat plenty of meat, but my diet is more varied now and it has opened up a new level for foraging.

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Desert… Two days ago, I had gathered forty pounds of pears from a “feral” tree growing wild by the lake and used my frog gig to knock down some persimmons that were out of reach. Freezing the pears and persimmons, she broke out the Vita-mix , some coconut sugar, and added some frozen pawpaws to make a sorbet topped with candied black walnuts for another home run. The walnuts by themselves would be a treat.

So thanks to my wife for a great “wild” meal and for everything she does for me.

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I ran out of bags to fill from this tree!!

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