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Call of the wild...And eating it.

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I love watching the squirrels prepare for winter. Running around everywhere , hunting and eating acorns. Fattening up for the lean months to come.They are adorable.
So, you would think I should have a twinge of guilt for thinking things like," Ummm, buddy I could hook you up in some gravy... But, I don't.
Call it, stalk it, hook it . Whatever it takes to obtain it. I have no qualms with eating wild game. Come on. How much more organic can it get? Gater tail, fish, rabbit, deer, frog legs and wild hog. Just a few named there. It's good and it saves us money.
Here's what I don't like. Waste. ( Ahhh, but you knew that didn't you) It tears me up to see a beautifull Buck rotting in the woods with no rack. A cooler of fish ruined. The beauty of life destroyed for nothing. I hate needless suffering. Even if it's the bait. Wy leave the rest of the worms in the sun to die? At least throw them to the fish. At the very least.
Most hunter's love to hunt. And most are willing to give stuff away. If you know someone who is often in the woods, mention it to them. Offer them something in return. Shells, gas money, A home cooked meal or pie.
Eating wild game is one of the best ways to streatch a dollar and eat healthy.
And in our area it is a family activity. It is very common to see Mom and Dad along with the kid's of all ages, in camo, heading for the woods.
My pastor said it best I think. " God created animals and woods in the beginning. No malls."
Do you eat wild game?
Or are you a little squimish about it. If yes, what bothers you?
If you do eat wild game, what's most common in your area?
Do you hunt? If so, do you share your kills? If you share, what percentage would you estimate that you give away.
And what percentage to you estimate get's thrown away. ( Head, hoofs ec.)
I'll be thinking about next weeks blog and let you know what I come up with. Untill then, save money and be content.

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  1. lala72's Avatar
    My Dad and brother used to hunt together. I remember the first time my Dad ever got a deer. He drove to my work to show me. I've eaten venison and I don't like it too much. Maybe it was cooked poorly. We don't hunt and I don't fault anyone who does. If it got rougher I suppose I would be hunting and roasting the squirrels that live in my back yard.
  2. splashangel's Avatar
    I spent a lot of time in the woods. We hardly ate beef at my Parents. Deer Tacos, burgers,chili etc. I'm gonna say you are right in that it probably wasn't cooked right. It's not hard but does take a little know how. You gotta soak it and drain it for a few days to start with.
    Talk about geting hungry enough to eat squirrel. My friend tells a story about just that.She grew up eating squirrels as a girl. But, her and Hubby They fed theirs. Named em. They ended up having to shoot one. She said she streatched that squirrel so far that on the last day they were eating squirrel flavored gravy and dumplings cause they didn't want to kill anymore.
    She won't eat squirrel now.
    Lesson for me here? Don't name them!
    Thanks for posting lala.
  3. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    In my experience (and I've cooked a number of deer) but I've found (for us) that soaking them actually ruins the meat, rather than enhances it. A friend of ours regularly soaks venison in a vinegar/water mix which we found to be rather nasty.
    The problem is not the meat, but in how it is prepared. Many people do not realize that deer have scent glands in their legs, and sometimes people handle the scent glands while skinning and then touch the meat, contaminating it. There is No Amount of soaking or cooking that will "Fix" a poorly processed deer.

    Venison, when prepared properly during processing has very little game flavor and can easily be disguised as beef. As for squirrel, we've eaten them too, but now, having one as pet in the house, I'm all set. We have eaten emu, gator, rattlesnake and frog legs though. Great Blog!
  4. splashangel's Avatar
    FreebieQueen, I agree whole heartedly with you on the vinegar soak. Nasty stuff right there. I soak mine in ice water, draining off the bloody water ever so often. Ya know, I've never not soaked it and don't remember Mama not soaking hers either. So, I guess I can not say for sure that's why our deer was ( Mama's gone now) and is good. Emu you say? What's it taste like? I'm interested enough to google that.
    Thanks for stopping in and for dropping that hint about the glands.
  5. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    I've never tried soaking venison in ice water, but we have soaked rabbit that way, which does make a difference, i'll have to give a try and see how much of a difference it makes. How long do you soak yours?
    Emu- well, we went into Canada and went by this big farm one afternoon and they had 30 or so of them running around in a pasture and we saw a sign for emu meat. I was intrigued - it's a red meat with the consistency & texture of heart. It's quite good, we cut it into slices and sauteed it in butter with a dash of garlic salt & pepper. It cooks very quickly and was very tender, we literally cut it with a fork.
  6. splashangel's Avatar
    I keep mine ice down for a couple of days. You got to keep it covered and plenty of ice. As the ice melts, I just tip the cooler and pour off the blood. Once your water looks fairly clear of blood, your where you want to be. Emu. Any meat that cooks up that tender with no real help is a friend of mine!
  7. brchbell's Avatar
    LOL! I taught a trapping class in the local public school a few years ago. The kids loved it and now several of them have a thriving bussiness selling their trapped meat and furs. I've been slowly butchering chickens. I do throw away their heads, guts and feet. Tossed out for the dog or anything else that wants it. Draining critters is so very important and soaking in ice water to cool them down fast after cleaning them. Nice to know folks know how to get their own food when they nned to!
  8. splashangel's Avatar
    l trapped with my Dad coming up untill they made it illeagle to sell certain pelts. Fox being one of them. It brought the most money. And my memory is faded a bit but I think Bobcat went the same way. At any rate, it didn't take long for things to peter out. It really hurt us too.
    brchbll you are absouloutly right. You have got to drain them first thing.
    I've got a chicken needs to go in the freezer. She's stopped laying. She layed fairy eggs for a while but now she's all done. I've never killed a chicken. Any tips?