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Dec 23, 2012 07:03 PM

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.

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        1. 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.