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Spitpatch wrote:Brute! I'm with you!!
I never ate a goose that tasted even remotely good.
If someone has a good recipe, please share!
cayuga wrote:When I was young, foolish, and married.. me and friends used to get together and go duck and goose hunting. The wives put up with it. We'd get our gear and drive to his little tavern we liked, drink beer, eat hamburgers and shoot pool all day, then come home and tell the wives we got skunked.
Well after about three weekends of getting skunked and drunk.. the wife put her foot down and had the gall to accuse me of just going out drinking. I mean the gall of that woman. But the following weekend, we grabbed our gear and headed out. On the way there we saw a farm that had a sign that said .. Muscovy Ducks for sale. I yelled at Pete.. Pull in there buddy. So we went in and this farmer came out. We told him we wanted to buy some of them pure white Muscovy ducks. He said sure.. they were like $5.00 each. And he was going to cut their heads off for us, but we insisted, he put them in a burlap sack for us live. Which he did.
We took them ducks and before we came home, we took them out of the sack and shot each one of them in the head. Then went home. I held up my big white duck and announced to the doubting wife.. the snow geese are flying!! She was so proud of me. We hunted snow geese for a few more weekends. and the farmer got to know us so well, he let us deer hunt there. When we told him what we did with the ducks.. he laughed himself sick.
And then there was the time I found a trout farm where you paid so much an inch for trout.. Me and the boys used to trout fish on weekends too. Wife never did catch on to it all. But did think I was a heck of a trout fisherman.
Squeeze wrote:If the squid were tough, they were cooked too long, and or frozen too long. When done right, those things are excellent. I always thought they were trash till one of my deckhands cooked some up years ago and showed me what they could be. now I love them.
ALW wrote:The worst game meat I've ever eaten was from the 1st big mature buck I shot, a 155" 16pt that still weighed 208 1/2lbs at the end of our rut in late Nov. He was all leaned out and not an ounce of fat on him from running does, and you could smell him long before walking up to where he dropped where I shot him standing over a bedded doe at first light. He looked like the bulldog from old Bugs Bunny cartoons, all huge head, neck, front shoulders and tiny hind end. Except he wore a big rack on his head, instead of a hat cocked at a jaunty angle
I'm glad he had a nice set of antlers, and although I never tried eating them I bet they'd be better eating and more tender than he was! I'm pretty sure the old felt insole in my hunting boots, marinated in Tinks #69, would taste better than that buck. He may have made edible sausage, but I wasn't into sausage making back them. Despite various preparation methods I couldn't find a way to cook that deer that made it palatable. Sadly the most of that deer became compost.
I attribute it simply to his size/age and condition at that point in the rut. From the way his antlers were worn down and various stickers broken off I'd say he was definitely the dominant buck in his area and had spent the last month and a half or more doing little eating but plenty of running, sparring, fighting, and romancing. He was just in poor condition at that time. I've shot larger deer at the beginning of the season, when they were rolling in fat, and they were the best eating deer I've ever shot.
We don't have a lot of deer, but we do have long, generous seasons when all weapons are considered. We can hunt deer from mid Sept starting with early bow while bucks are still in bachelor groups, and right up until the late/post rut in mid December ending with archery and muzzleloader. Next Saturday is the last day of our 2016 deer season.
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