That is fantastic! My mom recently died and was a beekeeper. And as luck would have it (or being stung a lot as a kid of a beekeeper really) I'm allergic to bee stings but have always been fascinated by the colony life of insects. I'm not quite ready to keep "land shrimp" just yet, but I wouldn't be surprised to get into it at some point. Will 100% hit you up if I get that notion.
Originally Posted by livebearerlove
I'm glad to see there are other firearm enthusiasts on this site. I feel like we hide in the shadows as its a faux pas to have a plethora, unique or expensive firearms.
Missed this post but felt the need to respond. You're right, I was hesitant to even post this firearm. I hate so much that my pastimes tend to be loathed or at least politicized by people I otherwise have lots in common with. One of my favorite work T-shirts (I own a pet supply shop) is a drawing of a big body of water with a goldfish in a bowl floating in it (I'll snap a pic if anyone wants, but it's just as described). Many people have come in my store and assumed it meant that I disagree with keeping fish and let me know that they "agree with me." Then there's an uncomfortable conversation, "nope, I'm all about keeping live fauna in aquariums, just ethically." I've had many argue that there is no such thing. Oh goodness how the fish I breed and bring into this world have hit the lottery compared to their wild brethren! No predators, parasites, disease, famine, drought, constant food -there's no comparison. But I understand their gut feeling. Similarly with firearms as a fun way to spend a day at the range, it's just so different from the concept that these tools I use for recreation are only good for murder. I had planned to spend this afternoon (and did until interrupted with a summer rainstorm) shooting this rifle and calculating the bullet weights and so forth that work best at each yardage, tweaking the windage and elevation of scope, practicing my breathing when I pull the trigger, and all the typical learning a new rifle exercises. Shooting another person never entered my mind, obviously.
I have duck, quail, turkey breast, venison, wild boar, and all manner of fish in my freezer from hunting and fishing and cook meat I harvested more often than I buy it from the grocery store. I won't go into how the meat we typically eat is farmed, so will just say that in my perfect world I'd harvest all the meat my wife and I eat on my own, and I feel the same way with gardening. Every year I expand the garden a little more, and wind up giving more veggies away than we eat but still don't have every herb and veggie I need! Whenever I buy a vegetable at the grocery store I wish I'd grown it or swapped it with a neighbor. But I must to work to pay my bills and mortgage and can not garden, fish and hunt as much as I wish I could. I even feed my dog and aquatic pets with as much that I harvest myself as I can. My dog eats more than 50% local wild game and veggies I grow in her raw diet.