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Blake And Miranda At Home

Mr. and Mrs. Shelton are as at home outside as they are onstage.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert sang

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert sang "America the Beautiful" at Super Bowl XLVI.

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Just how outdoorsy are Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert? Well, consider this: When they got married last year at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas, guests were served venison quesadillas made with deer hunted by the couple.

And when they’re at home on their 1,200-acre spread in Tishomingo, Oklahoma — where they reside with two horses, Zeus and Charlie, and scads of rescue dogs — the country music superstars take full advantage of their downtime.

“Miranda loves to ride,” Shelton says, “and she someday wants to get into barrel racing and things like that. Who knows if she’ll ever do it? But it’s something that she loves thinking about doing, and something she loves attempting once in a while.

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“And she just loves horses — she loves having them around.”

Hunting also is on the agenda at their home base. But Shelton admits: “Miranda tells me all the time, ‘You’re not a hunter. You’re just a frustrated farmer.’ ”

How’s that? “Well, part of my passion for hunting is actually planting food plots and crops and things to attract animals to our property. So I’ll put in 20 acres of corn every year, and 10 or 15 acres of soybeans, and whatever else I think I can get to grow. I have all of the farm equipment to do it. I don’t really know how to use all that [bleep], but that’s my hobby. And that’s how I get ready for deer season.”

He does a lot of gardening, too. “I plant watermelons every year and sweet corn and all kinds of squash. You name it, I’ve probably tried to grow it. It’s a fun hobby for me.”

Does he enjoy a sense of triumph when his crops attract game? “You’re damn right I do,” Shelton says with a hearty laugh. “That’s the proudest moment you can have, when the frustrated farmer that loves to hunt looks out there, and you see a group of deer feeding on some stuff that you planted. It’s full circle.”

 

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