Early fall is when we are allowed to take white tailed deer. These are wild grapes that grow up vines in the trees. A flock of wild turkey’s have entered the forest in front of me. You can hear them flying up in the tree to roost for the night. Some flew right into the tree above me. This one noticed me and is putting out an alarm “putt” to notify the rest of the flock. Now the whole flock is on alert. Turkey season is in the spring. I was hoping they wouldn’t alert the deer too. To get a deer, you must sit still for very long periods of time. Finally one shows up. They walk to quietly, they can easily sneak right by without being noticed. Time to get set. To cook the meat, we’ll need a fire. I am using a cedar hearth board and cedar spindle. I can make fire this way nearly guaranteed now. I am pumping the spindle up and down to draw in a bit of air into the ember. It is a good idea not to blow on the ember, but fan it instead. Knocking the ember out with a stone knife. An ember like this will burn for several minutes. My tinder bundle is made up of cedar bark shavings with birch bark in the inside. I like to transfer the fire to birch bark making it easier to transport and light the main fire. We will need a big fire to heat up a rock to cook on; like a caveman. Rinsing off the rock for cooking. Cutting up the venison will help it cook faster and make it more tender. The stone knife is surprisingly very sharp. The stone tools made in this video where done by Jay Valente. This is a stone hatchet, also made by Jay, wrapped in sinew. Garlic goes well with venison. A very thin rock is preferable for this method, but it can also easily break if not done carefully. This creek will freeze over in a few more weeks. The meat is delicious and tender. The rock keeps it heated as I eat it. The quiet is a nice repose from a busy modern life. I am peeing on a deer scrape to encourage the deer to visit the area to challenge me, the competitor. This buck is smelling my urine. You can hear him sniffing. I will be out until the bitter end of the season to try to get as much meat as possible. Warm close makes it easy to doze off…but always wear a safety harness.