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Big Game Hunting

  • February 26, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: How to Make Bearchetta

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    By David Draper

    By way of this serendipitous life I lead, I found myself with both a black bear loin and a couple pieces of wild pork belly in my freezer at the same time. As I was trying to come up with some type of idea for how to cook each of them separately I had a revelation – why not cook them together, in the style of porchetta, a classic Italian preparation for pork belly and pork loin. In coming up with a name for this bear and pig combo I wanted to go with boarchetta, but it didn’t quite work since both the bear and wild pig were of the female persuasion.

    There are two keys to pulling off this recipe. One, make sure the pork belly is dry before roasting to get a good, crisp skin. It also wouldn’t hurt to pound it a bit to tenderize it. The second is to monitor the internal temperature closely.

    Roasting times will vary greatly depending on how big the bear loin is, so keep a close eye on things to make sure the roast doesn’t get too dry. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Oregon Elk Calling Champions Release iCallElk App

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    By Ben Romans

    Father and son elk-calling champions from McMinnville, Oregon recently created and released the iCallElk iPhone and iPad app for hunters that want to improve their elk calling.
     
    According to a story from the Statesman Journal, Bryan Langley, a 2012 and 2013 Pro Division world elk-calling champion, and his 15-year-old son Brayden, a former Peewee Division elk calling champion, have wanted to create an app to help other hunters for some time; they just needed to overcome a few technical hurdles.
     
    “Brayden has been interested in programming for a while, and so he’s been learning some programming languages and stuff,” Langley said. “So he had downloaded a free trial of software that you can do programming in, so we just kind of ran with that idea. We have a series of apps that we’re actually going to work on that are related to elk hunting.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 24, 2014

    Video: Moose Calf Attacks Researcher

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    By Ben Romans

    Working on a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife study that tracks the movement of moose, Wes Livingston just finished tagging a calf and was setting it free when the animal decided to fight back.
     
    The moose remained relatively calm while Livingston released the blindfold and restraints. But when the last straps came off and the moose is able to run free, it instead turns on Livingston, knocks him backwards and then pummels him with its hooves. A small video camera attached to Livingston’s chest recorded the entire encounter. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 24, 2014

    Shooting Long Range: The Generational Theory

    By David E. Petzal

    The other day while pondering whether major scandals would erupt on a hourly, daily, or weekly basis during the presidency of Hillary Clinton, I was smitten by a moment of blinding insight into the reasons behind the overwhelming interest in taking big game at long range. As it turns out, they’re only partly related to either shooting or hunting — they are, instead,  generational.

    Bringing down critters at long range is nothing new. Long shots have long held a fascination for us. Outdoor magazines once specialized in hunting tales where the nimrod nailed a Dall ram at 1,217 yards with an iron-sighted lever-action. But this was regarded as more of a stunt than anything else; something that you did maybe once or twice in a hunting lifetime and only in situations of high drama. The rest of the time, your shots averaged around 125 yards—or a lot closer—and so did everyone else’s. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    5 Tips for Better Braising

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    By David Draper

    Sometimes, when I mention the word “braising,” people look at me all quizzically—like I’m talking about some fancy, foreign cooking technique. Nothing could be further from the truth. Braising is the very simple act of cooking something—generally meat—at a low temperature under moist heat for a long period of time.

    Sounds a lot like cooking in a Crock-Pot, doesn’t it?

    In fact, anytime you’re using a slow-cooker, whether making a pot roast, stew, cacciatore, or any number of other low-and-slow recipes, you’re braising. You can also braise in a heavy-duty pot on the stovetop or in the oven. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    Video: Charging Cape Buffalo Freaks Out Woman

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    By The Editors

    Combine a tourist, a video camera, and one angry cape buffalo and you get a pretty funny video. This clip was uploaded to YouTube by Mary Ettner, who said: "We were doing a water safari in Chobe, Botswana and this lone Cape Buffalo charged our boat."

    Brace yourself for the screams …

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  • February 18, 2014

    Hunter Sues Outfitter for Sending Wrong Sheep Horns

    By Phil Bourjaily

    An electrician from Great Falls, Mont., is suing his outfitter and his hunting guide for sending him the wrong horns.

    In 2012, Rick Vukasin, 65, booked with Canadian outfitter Americ-Cana Expeditions to travel to Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, the best place in the world to take a record book argali, or Marco Polo sheep, bearer of the most spectacular horns of any sheep species. Hunting in the thin air of 14,000 feet with guide Yuri Matison, Vukasin was able to take a nice ram with 58-inch horns. Although well short of a record, for Vukasin the horns were the trophy from the trip of a lifetime. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 14, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Leftovers Edition

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    By David Draper

    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of leftovers. In several past Wild Chef posts I’ve touted the value of them. I especially appreciate it when last night’s dinner becomes today’s lunch in a whole new form. This week’s Food Fight honors upcycling wild ingredients into dishes that could easily find a home on a diner’s lunch menu. And don’t forget, we would love to feature your fish or wild game dish here, so snap a photo, write up a short description and send them to fswildchef@gmail.com. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 14, 2014

    We Need Our Public Lands, Now More Than Ever

    By Hal Herring

    The most powerful and effective anti-hunting movement in the United States is not PETA, or the Humane Society. It is not headquartered in any bustling metropolis; it has no representatives in Hollywood; it needs no beautiful, scantily clad women to promote its dark agenda.
     
    The most powerful anti-hunting movement in the U.S. is the loss of access to places to hunt and shoot. Every Field & Stream reader over the age of 40 is familiar with the problem. Not so long ago, a place to hunt could be had for the price of politely asking a farmer or rancher for permission. Now the question is how much can you afford to pay to lease the hunting rights or be a part of a hunting club. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 11, 2014

    Video: Warthog Flips Leopard

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    By The Editors

    The leopard is widely regarded as one of the deadliest predators on the planet. We've seen videos of the big cats taking down everything from pythons to fowl. But in this video, one big warthog proves to be too much to handle.

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  • February 11, 2014

    Conservation Measures Suddenly Gain Momentum in Congress

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    By Bob Marshall

    In an earlier life, when I covered sports that involved balls, a coach once told me “Momentum is a factor because the players think it is.”
     
    You don’t need to be Aristotle to figure that one out. But the observation came to mind because there has certainly been a sudden, positive momentum to sportsmen’s concerns in Washington. And, just maybe, Congress is finally doing right by sportsmen because its members finally think it’s the right thing to do.
     
    Just days after the two-year struggle to get the new Farm Bill enacted finally ended in victory, three more important bills for sportsmen have a stiff wind at their backs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 10, 2014

    Anti-Hunters Slam Prince William for Supporting Anti-Poaching Efforts

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    By David Draper

    Anti-hunters aren’t known for their rational thoughts or actions, so it should come as no surprise that animal activists in Britain went apoplectic when Prince William, along with his father Prince Charles, were featured in a video supporting anti-poaching efforts and calling for a stop to the illegal wildlife trade. You heard me right, instead of coming out in support of Prince William’s pleas to “unite for wildlife,” Joe Duckworth of Britain’s League Against Cruel Sports slammed the future King. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 10, 2014

    Video: Deer Crossing Close Calls

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    By The Editors

    Do you ever wonder how reliable those deer crossing signs on the highway are? Well this video shows that they are at least useful in Germany. This from the LiveLeaK video description:

    "Here you can see why deer crossing signs are serious and you should take your foot off the gas - for your own safety. These images were taken during the first year of the electronic test "Stag radar" on the B 202 on Rastorfer Kreuz. Through the system, the number of accidents decreased by 80 percent." [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 7, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Antelope Fajitas vs. Cast-Iron Grouse

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    By David Draper

    For outdoorsmen and women in much of the country, February is a downtime, a chance to take a breather after the flurry of hunting the past few months and before the fish start biting and the turkeys start gobbling. It’s also a great time to enjoy the fruits of our labors. February is when I do much of my sausage making and experimenting in the kitchen with the spoils hunting season has delivered. Thankfully I get a lot of inspiration from Wild Chef readers sending in photos for each week’s Food Fight. For that, I thank each of you and encourage anyone who hasn’t submitted a photo to make it their mission to do so this month. Snap a photo of your next fish or game meal and send it, along with a short description, to fswildchef@gmail.com.

    Now, on to this week’s Food Fight... [ Read Full Post ]