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Wild Game [moved from Site Talk]

I'd like to suggest a wild game thread...lots of chowhounders either hunt and/or cook various cuts of game. It would be great to have a thread directly appropriated for this topic on the Topical site. Thanks!

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  1. Hi, Cheryl:

    Great idea. I've got a fat mallard drake in the smoker right now...

    With a subthread of Roadkill, perhaps? ;)


    1. I may have posted this in the wrong place (CH please move it if appropriate)

      Road kill is interesting....some people do partake....anyone care to share their experiences? Others who cook game or hunt for it, please feel free to post interesting recipes and or tidbits about your animal here

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      1. re: Cherylptw

        Over the years I'll picked up three deer and a young moose that I actually saw being clipped by vehicles. I've seen a few deer run over by 18 wheelers. The drivers didn't bother even stopping. What's the point. The animals I picked up all had some ruined meat but most of it was fine. If you don't see the animal get hit or if it was actually run right over I'd leave it for the highway crew to dispose of.
        The young moose was clipped by a tiny little gold Fiat sports car. The car took the two front legs from under the moose and went right under it. The car's front end was pretty banged up but the driver was fine. I killed the dying moose. It was tasty. The driver refused to even look at the moose and drove away.

        1. re: Puffin3

          Sorry to hear about the moose demise but at least you got the chance to eat it and it didnt go to waste. The young guy (he's 26) who bags deer for us only takes the tenderloin and sometimes, the hams and USED to take the rest down the road and throw it out for the buzzards. Now, he brings the rest to my bf and I and we make sausage and take some chops of it.

          The last couple of times I was able to get the ribs which is something I've been wanting to try. The bf simmered them on the stove for a couple of hours then put them in the oven to finish with bbq sauce; they were so good. Now, I have about 4 racks of venison ribs in the freezer waiting to go on the grill outside the next time we get a hankering to light up the grill. We also have squirrels and rabbits in the freezer as well; the bf hunts the little critters.

      2. Tomorrow we'll be cooking a couple of venison haunch steaks - locally shot, bought at the farmers market.

        There's pigeon in the freezer from the same market. And a bag of mixed game (venison, pheasant & rabbit) that'll probably become pie in due course

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        1. re: Harters

          That's interesting. What part of the world do you live in? Here in Canada it's illegal to sell wild game shot by a hunter. It must be for his own consumption.

          1. re: Puffin3

            I'm in the UK. We have no restrictions on game being sold and it's readily available in season. Farmers market and butchers tend to sell locally hunted animals, while I reckon in supermarkets it's mainly farmed meat.

            Can't understand the logic of it being illegal - but no doubt your government must have a reason. Is it a national law, or one that might differ between provinces?

            1. re: Harters

              No resale of wild harvest cervids (deer family) is "North American" law by collaborative agreement,US and Canada.

              Reason ...CWD chronic wasting disease of cervids Elk,White Tail Deer ,Mule Deer ,Moose diagnosed so far.I am not certain the status Caribou or Mule Deer sub-species Sitka and Black Tail.
              CWD ,transmissible neurological disease,a TSE transmissible spongiform encephalopathy .....perhaps another Prion


        2. I have twenty mullet butterflied and ready for the smoker this weekend. I snagged them with a good toss of the cast net while we were doing some flats fishing.

          Plus my son and I will be doing some rabbit hunting later this month. The cottontails have been grazing in my wife's garden, and she's a bit peeved. So it's off to the grill with any bunnies we catch.

          1. It would be awesome to have sort of a gathering/foraging board which could include hunting, fishing, seaside foraging (limpets, seaweed...), mushroom/herb foraging, truffle hunting, wild fruits and nut gathering, etc.

            We enjoy wild game at our house, too. Favourites include wild boar, pheasant, duck, partridge, goose, moose, caribou and elk. We once had beaver at a wildlife dinner and it is *not* on my favourites list. ;)

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            1. re: chefathome

              I thought it was a good idea to have a hunting/fishing thread or something along those lines so I contacted the moderators and here is their response:

              Hi, Cheryl,

              Thanks for the feedback. We're not considering adding a hunting/fishing category
              at the moment, but may in the future. If the questions are focused on the
              food-related aspects of those activities they may be on topic for our existing
              categories. Recipes and techniques for getting the best out of wild game, for
              example, would be a fine discussion for our Home Cooking boards.

              The Chowhound Team
              For Those Who Live to Eat

            2. How odd that I see this today since this morning I talked with a hunter specifically asking about wild turkey which we have in abundance around our house. Most people have said it is too tough. He said #1, you have to know what they have been feeding on and if it's acorns from white oaks, you don't want them. The birds we see probably eat mostly corn, grain left in the farmer's field. They also get bird seed knocked to ground from our feeders. I think they might also feed on bittersweet since we've seen a few birds up in a tree that has bittersweet vine growing around it. The hunter went on to say the legs and thighs should just be cooked for hours and used for soup because they are tough but the breast meat is good roasted.
              I'd be interested in hearing about your wild turkey dining experiences.

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              1. re: dfrostnh

                Your buddy is right about the feeding habits of the bird, or for that matter of any animal.

                Wild game tastes of what it typically eats.

                To deal with the toughness, I'll usually hang any birds I've shot in my spare fridge for around a week or so before I clean and cook them. Hanging the bird for a week will do wonders for it.

                As for cooking, the simplest thing to do is braise the bird at about 220 degrees for a few hours; baste, baste, baste, and then use the giblets and stock for gravy.

                1. re: dfrostnh

                  d, I'm not a hunter but I've been at the table twice with proud turkey bowhunters and their quarry. The reason you use the dark meat for soup is because the baleen-like strips of bone and collagen that are part of your basic domestic turkey drumstick dominate most the dark meat in a wild bird.

                  The breast meat (there is roughly half as much on a wild bird) is very lean, and tastes just like turkey.

                  To be fair, both birds I tried were frozen. That happens a lot with game.