Seasons Come and Seasons Go.
Seasons come and seasons go, summer swings into autumn bringing with it a whole array of alternate sports and activities. On a personal note, lawn bowls season comes to a close and none too soon, because feral stags and bucks have began their rut season exciting deer hunters throughout the country, who like me will put their summer sport behind them to indulge in the new seasons sporting activity, roar shooting.
Autumn also sees our Stewart Island hunting and fishing group busy packing and preparing for its thirty first annual trip that still boasts several of its inaugural members among others of all ages, who have joined the group over the years. We have been successful throughout those years of organizing and running trips that people want to come back to and that are envied by others. The secret possibly, is that there are not too many rules and not everyone needs to be keen or obsessed with either hunting in particular or indeed fishing. New people are invited by existing members who, I suppose, would feel responsible for any incompatibility issues potentially fracturing the group by introducing a bad apple. Another factor maybe, is that our group is made up of a broad cross section of folk with different professions, skills and interests.
Excellent cooking skills are required, expected and achieved by various people who have a flair for a particular meal. Ingredients of course cannot be bought as fresh as with the fish and sea food or as expertly hung and prepared as with the venison, so cuisine is of a standard experienced by very few. One year a retired gentleman, a self proclaimed cook joined our team demanding to do all the cooking. He promised a standard not experienced by heathens like ourselves, using wine and other refined ingredients. It soon become apparent that the large quantities of wine going to the kitchen was not necessarily being used in the cooking having sometimes rather comical results. He kept his job none the less.