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Any other hunters/shooters here?

Definitely my favorite hobby. Actually hunting got me into cooking.

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  1. No, not too practical in my neck of the, um, woods. But I forage.

    What do you hunt? And what do you do with it?

    1. I don't hunt or fish (although fishing was a childhood pastime that I enjoyed.) Deer ate my blueberries. Does venison (farmed) with a blueberry sauce sound good?

      Oh, and mama deer left her "blueberries" all over that part of the lawn. Lovely. :)

      1. I grew up in a family of hunters. I thnk I probably went duck hunting with my dad and brothers when I was 8 or 9 years old. (I had a pop gun. I don't think I was allowed to shoot the .410 until I was ten or eleven.) We hunted deer and pheasants as well. Before I was old enough to hunt, I remember my dad bringing home so many pheasants that my mother made him give many of them away because she was tired of them.

        I don't hunt waterfowl anymore, but we hunt grouse and deer in Minnesota.

        I bought a KitchenAid mixer with the meat grinder attachment years ago just so I could make venison sausage.

        Where do you hunt and what kind of game do you pursue?

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        1. re: John E.

          Deer & turkey primarily. Occasionally antelope & elk. Venison jerky, bacon wrapped fillets, dried venison, turkey "tenderloins", turkey sausage, and ground venison make up 90% of my protein diet.

            1. re: Winny94

              I've made jerky but what is dried venison and how do you make it? What do you do with it? What cuts do you use to make it?

              1. re: divadmas

                Years ago we took our deer to a meat locker who processed our deer into sausage, steaks & chops, pepper sticks, jerky, and dried venison. It was all great food, but we decided to make our own sausage and have been butchering our own deer for over a dozen years. Dried venison is just like dried beef. It is sliced thin, brined and dehydrated. Think of beef used in making SOS (a dish I've never eaten, I'll have to make it some day.)

                Oh, I have no idea what cut of venison is used to make dried venison. There are so many muscles on a deer and we just seem to separate them and remove the fat and the silver skin. I save the loins whole and the rest is ground for hamburger and sausage.

                1. re: John E.

                  A friend of mine shot a couple of deer and chicken fried the tenderloins for a Super Bowl Sunday. Mighty fine dining.

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    Does 'chicken fried the tenderloins' mean pounding them, flour, egg, crumbs, and pan frying like schnitzel? I have to do that at deer camp in November. We remodled our kitchen at our deer camp and added a new, cordless propane range.

                    1. re: John E.

                      When I chicken fry it's just double pounding and flour, but it's all good.

                      1. re: James Cristinian

                        Chicken fried deer is a true pleasure. One of my favorite meals from a hunt in Texas.

              2. re: Winny94

                Your post sounds like you live in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, or western South Dakota, or at least travel to those locations to hunt. Am I close?

                I've always wanted to do a mule deer/elk hunt, but I guess family life got in the way and it hasn't happened yet.

              3. re: John E.

                I, too, grew up hunting, but mostly fishing in Mn - partridge, trout, walleye, scooping up smelts in the spring & ice fishing in the winters. Dad, uncles, bro & male cousins brought back the venison. Folks made great venison sausage every year - always took as much as I could get away with back to NE after Xmas & restocked my supply of wild rice.

                1. re: Taralli

                  Did you grow up in northern Minnesota? It sounds like Duluth (I lived there for a while) or somewhere near the North Shore (the trout and smelt gave it away).

                  Although I'm a native Minnesotan, I never really got into the ice fishing thing.

                  We eat wild rice quite often. My grandfather actually harvested, parched, and processed his own wild rice. By the time I came along, he had not done it in decades. He harvested wild rice and hunted and fished to feed his family during The Great Depression.

              4. I'm just the wife of a hunter/fisher... Northeastern La- Deer, squirrel, bream mostly...

                1. There are many CH's who hunt and fish.
                  The only big game animals I don't hunt are bear b/c I don't care for the meat and mountain sheep>Too much time, work and money to bother with for a not so tasty meat result.
                  In sixty years of hunting big game and birds of all types the only reason for me has been to fill the freezer. I think 'trophy' hunters/fishermen are sickos and they've never been a part of any hunting party I've been on.
                  A few years ago I was offered 8 thousand dollars to be part of a four man, five day hunting party in which a US bank owner wanted to shoot a 'Rosie' elk near Powell River. All the guy wanted was the rack/cape.
                  I said no thanks.
                  He did shoot a trophy 'Rosie'. All up cost to him was around sixty thousand dollars Can. including the tag.

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                  1. re: Puffin3

                    Right on, trophy hunters make me sick.
                    What does a mountain sheep taste like? Super mutton like?

                    1. re: Puffin3

                      <the only reason for me has been to fill the freezer>

                      I've never known any hunter (I've known a few) who didn't enjoy the hunt, even though it's 'just for the meat'.
                      The same goes for the trophy hunter…they're just doing it for different reasons.

                      1. re: latindancer

                        "enjoying the hunt," is not the same as "getting off on killing," as you said earlier. I think you have a very narrow minded view of hunting, and this is coming from somebody who has never hunted.

                        1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                          "Enjoying the hunt," ah the crack of a gun, the kick on the shoulder, the smell of gunpowder on a cool, crisp fall morning, although I no longer hunt that is what I miss, not killing. I do still enjoy catching and eating fish, which entails killing, OMG.

                          1. re: James Cristinian

                            'Cool, crisp fall morning is how I prefer to hunt deer. Sometimes it's 'frigid, cold as hell, fall morning'. Several years ago I remember getting a deer at -5°. Do you remember the Star Wars scene where they sliced the beast open to stay warm? That's what field dressing a deer is like at -5° with the wind blowing. (I no longer go out hunting when it's that cold.)

                            1. re: John E.

                              Cool is about all we can hope for in SE Texas in the fall. I do remember laying on frozen water in a rice field with temps in the teens and winds in the 20's on a goose hunt. That's about as cold as it gets around here.

                          2. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                            Actually, I don't have anywhere near a 'very narrow mind' when it comes to hunting.
                            I know trophy hunters and hunters who hunt 'for the meat' and I've known both all my life.
                            One likes to be viewed as different from the other but…
                            In the end they're all killing, just for different reasons.