22 November

Hunting Season. House arrest for the dogs.

by Jon Katz

   November 22, 2009 – Hunting season opened this weekend, and the dogs – especially Frieda – are under house arrest, going outside for brief periods in the fence. Gunshots began around first light and were echoing in the hills all day, and a hunter came by to warn me of a man in a plaid shirt cursing and firing off a pistol up the hill. Brought the dogs inside, where they shall remain.
  I find the hunters I know to be responsible, ethical and very safety-conscious. This year, it seems a lot of people are hunting deer for food. Frieda will chase after anything that moves, including hunters, so she is in lockup.
  There are many more gunshots than usual, and I don’t know about the plaid-shirted main, that’s a new twist, but I will be cautious. There are people in the country who hate hunting and try and disrupt hunting by shouting or scaring off the deer. I am not a hunter, but I have a lot of respect for the hunters I know. You want them around your property.
  I do take hunting seriously as far as the dogs are considered. Lots of people show up from out of state with lots of equipment and big fancy guns, and I know too many people who have lost their dogs in hunting season not to be careful. Two neighbors stopped by and asked me to photograph the deer they shot, which I will happily do.
  This afternoon, going to Union Village in Greenwich to sell ASA calendars and sign my books. I will also be selling Maria’s potholders, as she is working. 1 to 3 p.m.
 Next Saturday Izzy and Lenore and I will be at Gardenworks, Salem, N.Y., from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign calendars and books.
 January 9, 2010, my photo show “Portraits Of My Life,” goes up at the Redux Gallery, Dorset, Vt. Talk and reception. Photos are all for sale.

22 November

Daily Potholder. And police in Bedlam

by Jon Katz

  Maria has some new materials and made a couple of cat potholders. I love this one. Yesterday we took some of her potholders to the  Rock Hill Bakehouse in Glens Falls, N.Y. She is still taking orders for her $9 potholders for Christmas.

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  There is a hunting drama underway in Bedlam, and the road is filled with State Police and DEC conservation and state wildlife agents. Two deer have been shot in the woods across from the farmhouse, and there was allegedly dispute between a hunter and someone out in the woods involving lots of gunshots. Nobody was hurt, but there is a lot of activity. I don’t know what happened. Dogs are in lockdown, police are questioning neighbors. I’m making lunch. Life in the country. This stuff doesn’t happen in New Jersey.

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