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  1. Re: The buck stopped there

    Posted on Tuesday, November 10 2009 by Shane Kelly.

    While I do not hunt - I am grateful that we have people that do hunt. This does not make them...

  2. Re: The buck stopped there

    Posted on Tuesday, November 10 2009 by Darrin.

    Sandra/Laura/Silence - To respond to your question (as if I owe you an answer)...no, I do not...

  3. Re: The buck stopped there

    Posted on Tuesday, November 10 2009 by Steve.

    I'll bet Jerry never would have thought all this palaver would have happened over his trophy...

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Recycling ‘Jack’ Print
Written by Amy Mayhew   
Monday, November 02 2009 9:45 am

Now that Halloween is over and the decorations are already stowed, it’s time for me to figure out what to do with the pumpkins.

With our daughter on the brink of her teens, thankfully, she’s not as emotionally tied to them as she was in years past. A self-proclaimed “softie,” I’d allow the pumpkins to stay on the porch well after their time, becoming mushy and fuzzy, and often attracting ladybugs and other fall critters. Not this year.

Even so, it’s way too late to consider using them for pumpkin bread or any other fall treat, so we’ll follow suit with what we normally do - haul ‘em up north and scatter them in the woods for the deer and other ground-dwelling animals to enjoy. It only takes them a day or two, and before you know it, they’re gone.


Another option to consider is using Jack for the compost pile. Give him the axe before you tossing him into the compost and don't worry about the cut-up sections or even the pumpkin guts taking over. Cold winter weather and hot compost kills off heat-loving squash and pumpkin seeds.

If you have a few intact pumpkins still hanging around after Halloween, there are a whole host of things that you can do with them. Of course, there’s the old reliable pumpkin seed recipe. Extract the seeds and soak them in saltwater overnight. The next day, spray a cookie sheet with non-stick vegetable spray and spread out the seeds. It’s better if you lightly season them with salt or other tasty seasonings, but it’s up to you. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350º F and you have a great healthy snack for the kids.

Although I’m not a personal friend of Martha Stewart, this next idea sounds like something she might suggest. Hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a festive harvest planter. It’s easy. Clean the pumpkin out as you would for Halloween, then fill it with a little water and use it as a vase. Fill it with fall twigs, colorful leaves, grasses and harvest mums for a beautiful autumn centerpiece or Thanksgiving porch ornament.

It’s fun, it’s easy, and it can be good for the environment. If you haven’t recycled Jack in the past, now might be a good time to start.


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  1. What a great idea about the planter. I might just try that.

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