Outdoor Chef

The best recipes and methods for preparing your wild game.

Corned Meat for Reuben Egg Rolls

Right before humans started shooting arrows at animals we started curing meat over a fire. It is a multi-millennia strong tradition. But why? Two reasons, really. The first reason that humans began to cure things is for simple food preservation. Refrigerators and freezers in households are a very recent invention. Prior to these, ice houses and root cellars could keep some items frozen, but at great expense. (Believe it or not, Walden Pond—yes that one from Henry David [...]

Bows, Frogs and Flour

Blame it on Duck Dynasty if you want, or maybe on the cacophonous croaking of frogs along the canal near my home, but I have developed a taste for bull frogs. Frogging is considered a summertime pleasure for many of my southern-born friends. It is a rite of passage to muck through the swamp after these amphibians. Bow in hand, I head to the swamp each year...in the high desert of Idaho. No special equipment is needed to [...]

Pepper Crusted Venison Steak

I could hear the screaming of bull elk so loud in my ear it almost hurt. I crept in slowly, with the wind in my face and my bow at my side. I could smell the elk before I could see them. The bedding area was thick juniper and had many rubs on the small trees. I was in someone's home--bedroom really--and I was doing my damnedest not to get caught. A small ridge was all that separated [...]

The SS Money Pit

The SS Money Pit is a cheap boat. It is a grand 16 feet long and has a whopping 10hp Mercury outboard strapped to the back of it. In every sense of the word it is a utilitarian boat--from the chipped green camo paint to the plywood and carpet seats. The virtues of the SS Money Pit however are endless: no need to worry about the paint, it floats, it was cheap, I can handle the repairs myself [...]

Bear Ham

Bears are like shadows in the forest--to quote a famous Idaho publication. They are cautious, shy, and seldom seen. Bears are omnivores of the highest order, preferring a patch of berries to hunting a deer, but never turning down a meal. They can be bold, they can be predictable, but for me, bears are most often a black butt running over a hill. Every now and then I get lucky in the woods and see a bear that [...]

Smoke-Cooked Duck

So, what does a traditional bowhunter do at the end of the bow season for big game when the cottontail rabbit numbers crash? Hunt ducks! What else? No, I don't recommend using archery tackle if you want to eat duck, but if you want to shoot and laugh a bunch... fletch up some flu flu arrows and have at it. I have taken two ducks out of the air with traditional archery tackle. Both times there were no [...]

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