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  • June 12, 2013

    A Couple of Contest Winners (What the Heck Took So Long?)

    By David Draper

    Last week’s “What The Heck Is This?” contest garnered about 50 correct responses, though I suspect only about the first 10 or so actually recognized the device as a biltong cutter. Of all the correct entries, Neuman23’s number came up in the random drawing, so congratulations to him and thanks to everyone else who entered their guesses.

    I’ve also been remiss in picking a winner for the Worst Cooking Disaster contest back in April. T. Rebel and I finally got on the same page and came up with our favorite stories. There were some doozies, including DigHunter digging into some under fried chicken after some late-night shenanigans and Bowhunt3r’s tale of his brother’s attempt at making pizza dough. If you haven’t read those—or the rest of the great entries—it’s worth the time just for the laughs.

  • May 31, 2013

    Food Fight Friday: Turkey Bites vs Vinaigrette Marinated Turkey

    By David Draper

    I know it’s the end of May, but I still have turkeys on the brain. Probably because I got schooled by them this season. Luckily, there have been several Wild Chef readers who filled their tags and have been filling my inbox with the results in the form of turkey photos and great recipes, including these two.

  • May 17, 2013

    Food Fight Friday: Wild Turkey Omelet vs. Wild Turkey Burrito

    By David Draper

    Turkey seasons in the southern states are winding down, but up north the snow has melted enough for hunters to have a chance at bagging a tom. That means plenty of readers are filling the freezer with tasty turkey meat—including West Virginian Craig Ellis, who has managed to not only tag a turkey of his own, but also got both of his kids on birds. A trifecta of toms is no small feat in West Virginia, and lately Ellis has been celebrating with fresh turkey for nearly every meal, including breakfast.

  • May 1, 2013

    Salvaging Meat from a Wounded Wild Turkey

    By David Draper

    I apologize for the gross photo.

    But there’s a reason for this graphic image: I wanted to show you what a broadhead wound looks like on an unrecovered turkey—or, what I assume is a broadhead wound. That’s my best guess as to what happened to this turkey, which I happened to kill with my shotgun last week at a turkey camp with Hidden Valley Outfitters here in Nebraska. The crazy weather patterns we’ve been having made the birds difficult to say the least, so we resorted to guerilla tactics and ambushed this tom on the last afternoon of the hunt. Though I didn’t get a good look at him before taking the shot, he seemed to be doing fine and was feeding with a group of hens and other toms.

  • April 19, 2013

    Food Fight Friday: Pheasant Soup vs Venison Meatloaf Sandwich

    By David Draper

    Last week’s Food Fight winner is back at this week, though with a different alias. Upland_Canuck is actually Upland_Hunter here at FieldandStream.com. Either way, I’m excited to pair up this savory pheasant soup my hearty meatloaf sandwich in this week’s matchup.

  • April 15, 2013

    Argentina Dispatch: Simplicity is Key to Perfect Asado

    By David Draper

    I’m just a few hours removed from an amazing trip to Cordoba, Argentina, where I spent the week wingshooting at one of the best lodges I’ve ever had the (let’s face it) dumb luck of visiting: Guayascate. I’ll fill you in on more of that trip sometime soon, after I recover from a week of over-eating, over-drinking, and if it’s possible, over-shooting. But right now, I just want to pass along a little reminder about how to treat your meat that I re-learned last Wednesday.

  • April 12, 2013

    Food Fight Friday: Pheasant Pot Pie vs Trout Gravlax

    By David Draper

    We’ve got a couple of great reader submissions this week, including frequent Food Fighter Koldkut’s gravlax redux, this time with fresh caught trout. His competitor is Upland_Canuck, a Wild Chef reader who’s getting in the Friday Food Fight for the first time. Good luck to both!

  • April 3, 2013

    First Look: 'Remington Camp Cooking' Cookbook

    By David Draper

    After more than a year of anticipation, I finally got my hands on an advance copy of the new "Remington Camp Cooking" cookbook. Chef Charlie Palmer first clued me into the project when I sat next to him at dinner during the 2012 SHOT Show.

    As I mentioned in that post, Palmer is one of us, a hunter and all-around regular guy, despite the fact that he’s responsible for more than a dozen restaurants around the country, as well as a handful of wine shops and boutique hotels. You wouldn’t know it by sitting next to him as he relates stories of hunting with his boys. True to that everyman style, the recipes in Remington Camp Cooking aren’t out of reach for most home cooks.

  • March 22, 2013

    Food Fight Friday: Elk Sausage Sandwich vs Roast Teal

    By David Draper

    A couple of longtime Wild Chef readers and frequent Food Fighters have stepped it up again this week in attempt to answer the question: Which meal is better—breakfast or supper?

  • February 8, 2013

    Food Fight Friday: Corned Venison Hash vs. Bacon-Topped Quail

    By David Draper

    If you’re a regular Wild Chef reader but haven’t gotten in on the Food Fight phenomenon, I challenge you to do so. Several readers have answered the call, and we’ve been featuring them here each week. This Friday, we have another new competitor—dyobcire—who just won a Camp Chef cast-iron pan on Wednesday, so let’s see if can he keep up the streak against a strong competitor in SMcCardell.