Successful Harvest

Elk Camp 2008
“An harvest of the best, what needs ye more?” -Anne Bradstreet

Most hunters recognize there are more reasons to go hunting than the meat. Retreat into the mountains is therapeutic, an escape from the sterility and monotony of business-as-usual. The Jeubs treat hunting as a family event. Three of my children came this year (Cynthia, Lydia and Isaiah) and my dad traveled from Minnesota for his first-ever elk hunt. While Grandma stayed at home with Wendy and the rest of the children, we five huddled close together in our outfitters tent for the 3-day hunt.

Lydia and I shot the elk, the only elk any of us had a shot at all weekend. I sensed Cynthia feeling the pressure (the older sister thing) to get herself an elk, but the exhaustion was getting to her. All hunters struggle against impatience and disappointment, but she was feeling like she was disappointing me. Sensing this as we sat under an aspen tree waiting for elk to walk out in front of us, I said, “You know how much of our hunt has to do with elk? None. One-hundred percent of this has to do with us being together.”

I brought a signed copy of Wild at Heart by John Eldredge and read some of the chapters to my dad and kids for evening devotions. The opening of the book starts with a pursuit of a bull elk that is quite exciting, but never ends with the typical “shoot ’em up” conclusion you’d think of a hunting story. Eldredge surprises the reader by saying…

“My hunt, you see, actually has little to do with elk. I knew that before I came. There is something else I am after, out here in the wild. I am searching for an even more elusive prey…something that can only be found through the help of wilderness. I am looking for my heart.”

The heart of the Jeub hunt is family. Huddling around the campfire to stay warm at night, playing cards in the tent, the simple conversations in the woods, working together to cook up Sunday morning breakfast…these are memories that were discovered as they happened. Sure, watching Lydia stalk her elk was wildly exciting, but you know my favorite time of the weekend? The giddy laughter in the tent as Grandpa kicked all our tails at a spunky game of Thirteen.

Our harvest is now wrapped up in our freezer and ready to eat this winter. God is good in granting us a bountiful harvest of elk steaks, roasts, sausage and burger. But the best harvest was experiencing the wild together as a family. Can’t wait till next year.

More pictures…

Sleeping Bags

Campfire Fun

Scouting hike


Lydia\'s Calf

Dad\'s Cow

Tent Fun

Butchering at Home

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • http://www.creatingtreasures.blogspot.com tereza crump aka MyTreasuredCreations

    it’s true it’s all about being together.

    This past weekend, we went fishing as a family. We spent about 2 hours there, didn’t catch anything. It was pretty wind and my hubby got restless at one point. I told him “relax…enjoy the fellowship, fishing is just something we are doing together.”

    As I sat in the van with the baby, I watched my other children throw the line in the water, splash in the mud, catch little baby fishes and I was overwhelmed by an incredible peace. I suddenly realized that there is no way to be anxious in the presence of nature. Maybe that’s what God intended it to do for mankind all along: to bring us serenity and realization that there is no need for rush. There is a time for everything.

    I had a great time fellowshipping with the children and my love, watching the lake, feeling the wind, cutting and eating apples, stomping on the leaves, laying on the ground and nursing my baby.

    We had fun and I got some great pictures too. :)

  • B Thennes

    How blessed you are to share the hunt with each other. My husband travels from Texas to south-central Wisconsin each fall to hunt white tailed deer with his father, brothers & family friends. Whether these strong men want are building the same type of memories & bond in their hearts & minds. I know my hubby knows it’s more about those bonds & the camaraderie than bagging a deer. Your children will have great memories & a wonderful legacy to pass on from those hunts.


  • B Thennes

    What I meant to say is that these strong men are building the same type of memories (even if some of them might not admit it!) It’s all good stuff!


  • http://www.homemadesalsa.blogspot.com Rachel

    My husband and our two oldest boys just got back from hunting yesterday and as I type this he’s studying “Wild at Heart” for his men’s Bible study tomorrow early tomorrow morning. So funny…

    Although they weren’t successful in getting an elk this year they actually had time to have “the talk” out in the wild. Our boys are blessed indeed to get this kind of time with their father.

  • http://www.socolofskyfarms.com John S


    I’m glad you had better luck on your side of the creek, although we sure missed you guys on our side. Hope we can do it again this fall.

  • Richelle

    Great pictures of your guys hunting and that is so great to have that bonding with your girls. Wendy looks great and doesn’t look pregnant at all.

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