View Full Version : What is your favoritist yummiest little critters?

January 7, 2008, 11:06 PM
Like I said in one of my post, I eat what I kill when I hunt. My favorite little criters are listed below starting with the favorite:

1. Quail
2. Band Tail Pigeon
3. Doves
4. Pheasant
5. Squirrels-Grey Tree Squirrels.
6. Rabit
7. Rattle Snake

What are yours?

Critters I'd like to try are:

1. Oppossum
2. Racoon
3. Porcupine
4. Coyote
6. Ground Hog

January 7, 2008, 11:32 PM
You should try grouse. Larger than quail and absolutely delicious. I don't know if you have them in Cali, but they're good hunting and good eating. I'd prefer 20 gauge over 12 gauge for grouse. Smallish birds, big excitement.

Art Eatman
January 8, 2008, 12:23 AM
Quail, for sure.

January 8, 2008, 01:17 AM
For me nothing beats rabbit when it comes to little critters.

January 8, 2008, 01:28 AM
I've been told that big fat NYC rats are quite tasty.Imagine a possum would taste about the same.
True story;
20 yrs ago when i lived/worked in NYC we ordered a pizza at work. as i was going for a second slice a huge rat exited the box and jumped off the table, carrying a full slice of pizza! one of my co workers hit it with a broom as it ran by. didnt even slow it down.
back to the original question, sorry.

January 8, 2008, 01:38 AM
Squirl is the only small land critter I have eaten.

January 8, 2008, 01:56 AM
Pheasant is great. I'd have voted for duck if you'd had that choice.

I have an old cook book with an opossum recipe. I don't think I'd search out any of the critters in the second list.

January 8, 2008, 02:54 AM
I have developed a taste of late for braised young squirrels rubbed generously with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a good dash of Crazy Jane's Mixed Up Salt and Pepper. Grilled to perfection over the coals! I'm getting peckish.

In the past I have enjoyed rabbit, quail, pheasant and various snakes (gopher, rattler, cobra [Japan]). I was once treated to some woodchuck and must say, it was rather greasy and gamey. I also once had, no kidding, chipmunk. It's a long and very strange story but I'll paraphrase: knew a guy who had about a million of them living in an old rock wall on his property in VT and well, he shot 'em and dressed 'em and we done grilled and et 'em. Yes, there was lots of Long Trail Double Bag brew involved. Tasty with a wild cherry glaze but too labor intensive for practical purposes.

Never ate rat but killed plenty in Nicaragua, Panama and Lodi, NJ, as a boy, too.

January 8, 2008, 02:56 AM
I love turtle and frog's legs.

Rabbit is pretty tasty too but I always picture that little fuzzy face looking up at me. Turtles and frogs are ugly therefore easier to kill and eat. :)

January 8, 2008, 02:57 AM
Size side, by that rational I could be dinner.....ug ly!

January 8, 2008, 04:42 AM
by that rational I could be dinner.....ug ly!
You will probably want to avoid be stranded on a mountainside or a desert island with me then. :)

January 8, 2008, 09:45 AM
Gummi bears.

January 8, 2008, 12:51 PM
In no particular order: dove, quail, deer, rabbit and antelope are all pretty tasty.

Wild Bill Bucks
January 8, 2008, 01:22 PM
#1 Quail (when you can find em)
#2 Dove ( when I can hit em)
#3 Deer ( when I'm lucky enough to get one)
#4 Frog legs ( Cause I'm better with a gig than a rifle)
#5 Perch ( because that's all I seem to catch when I go fishing)

January 8, 2008, 06:08 PM
Grouse is pretty darn good.

January 8, 2008, 06:44 PM
+1 on the grouse, or as we call them - mountain chicken.
Quail, close second.

The only time I had pheasant, the guy smoking it was also "smoking" and drinking heavily - so by the time it came out to eat, it was the consistency of fiberboard....:barf:

January 8, 2008, 06:49 PM
I've had pheasant and it's excellent! Is grouse anything like it?

January 8, 2008, 07:38 PM

January 8, 2008, 08:20 PM
Winged - Dove, if the breast meat hasn't been blown all to hell
4 Legged - Fried Rabbit mmmmmmm like a Thanksgiving turkey. . .

January 8, 2008, 09:09 PM
I cast a write-in vote for armadillo.

Some of the finest fried meat you will ever have. Kind of like suckling pig.................

January 9, 2008, 01:52 AM
Ground critters? Rabbits, for sure. We'd hunt them, and my grandma would turn them into the best darned hassenpfeffer I've ever eaten. Too bad she's gone now, and I have no idea what her recipe was.

Flying critters, plenty. Grouse, ducks, pheasant, even Canada goose. All tasty. I've never tried hunting quail or doves. They just always struck me as too small to be bothered with.

January 9, 2008, 02:12 AM
1. Feral/Wild Hog, lots of meat and very tasty
2. Deer, half the meat of a pig but still tasty
3. Bobcat, smells 'different' when cooking (beef, pork, and deer all smell different too). Very Tender, even when way overcooked.

4V50 Gary
January 9, 2008, 08:38 AM
Quail. Tiny little drumsticks, thighs, and gizzards.

January 9, 2008, 07:20 PM
Unless you count gathering mud bugs as hunting, small wild hogs less than 100 pounds are the best.

I'm not a fan of eating critters in the rat family except for guinea pigs (which have been bred for food a thousand years in south America). Rabbits are edible and squirrels are OK in a poverty situation.

Doves, quail, ducks et cetera can be very good if they're cooked right.

January 9, 2008, 07:31 PM
1 gator

2 rabbit

3 duck

4 squirrel

5 teal

6 dove

7 black birds

January 10, 2008, 02:15 PM
I like them all equally:

1. woodcock, partridge, doves, snow shoe hares, Frogs, snapping turtle, grey squirrels, black ducks, Teal, mallards, turkey, deer, moose, bear and believe it or not porcupine and musk rats are very tasty. If you don't thinks so why not they eat the same things as rabbits.

January 10, 2008, 04:07 PM
quail and pheasant. Chucker is good too.

shinnery jim
January 10, 2008, 07:06 PM
squirl, rabbit, coon, possom, rattle snake. deer. hog, quail (blue, chucker,and bobwhite), frog, turtle, armadillow, and had skunk once, no more

January 10, 2008, 07:38 PM
Bunnies, Squirrel and Quail are my favorite. I remember when I was a kid we would sit down to a feast of 15 or 20 Quail. I do not see that many in a year now. As for the "B" list, the only one I have had is Coon. Funny meat, the more you chew it the bigger it gets. As for Possum or Armadillo, The Browns will win the Super Bowl first.

January 10, 2008, 10:13 PM
I eat a lot of things that some or most people I know would puke over, like frog legs and gizzards and heart and pigs feet and believe it or not boiled cow face skin, tongue, mammaries, stomach (tripe) and feet (those are all mixed together & sold like hot dogs from carts on the streets of southern italy! with salt & lemon it's so unbelieveably and outrageously delicious) and deer and elk and snake & turtle & alligator (thanks again, Ben!) and any type of bird like even songbirds in italy & sparrows & starlings & some sushi & squid & octopus. Hell, even lobsters & crabs look like giant bugs if you think about it but I loooooove them, and raw clams & oysters look like slime but I slurp them down by the dozens.

Yet for some reason the thought of racoon & opposum & squirrel & woodcuck & muskrat & any type of cat, canine or bear make feel like I am going to be the one to hurl. Which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!

I guess maybe it's all a matter of what you grow up eating...:o:confused:

January 10, 2008, 10:22 PM
I'm happy to see the grouse love here. Ruff grouse, blue grouse,

Little salt, little pepper, bunch of garlic, roast it in the oven. Jebus, that's a good meat.

Stew it if you prefer. Carrots, celery, chunks of potato. Apple, if you're into that sort of thing. Adds some sweetness.

Fat White Boy
January 10, 2008, 11:04 PM
Chukar- Like big quail...

January 15, 2008, 04:10 AM
Woah! I thought I was weird. I like this, I never knew folks like ya'll eat the stuff i eat.

January 16, 2008, 01:11 PM

January 16, 2008, 06:19 PM
My top 5:

1) Quail
2) Pheasant
3) Squirrel
4) Rabbit
5) Rattle Snake

January 16, 2008, 08:24 PM
Quail, pheasant, Hungarian partridge, raggit.


January 16, 2008, 11:45 PM
Northern Wisconsin Ruffle Grouse - fun to hunt and best tasting bird around. Snowshoe Hares and Cottontail Rabbits. Remember to have this game and any game taste it best, field dress it ASAP. For small game I field dress and skin then within minutes of harvesting.

Go Green Bay Packers!!!!!!

trigger happy13
January 17, 2008, 05:18 PM
rattel snake

January 19, 2008, 07:56 PM
Ruffled Grouse, hands down. Better than chicken.