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April 20, 2008, 09:18 AM
game birds are what im interested in, i only want to shoot things thatll taste good

April 20, 2008, 10:10 AM
What "tastes good" to a particular individual is subjective. If all you've ever eaten was chicken, then wild duck might be a disappointment. Wild Turkey doesn't taste the same as a shrink wrapped Butterball. Food prep and recipes can either make or break a good piece of meat.

April 20, 2008, 10:26 AM
Food prep and recipes can either make or break a good piece of meat.

No truer words....

I'd put emphasis on the prep part since it's often the weakest part of the chain, but the recipe is of obvious importance. *Case in point* I prepared Black Bass yesterday which is often considered a lesser table fare for freshwater dining. Good prep made everyone think it was catfish. The rest was standard fishfry and fast cooking to keep everything moist.

Watching the cooking time is very important with wild game. They have much less fat than pen raised, domestic meats. Wild meat drys out faster and requires less cooking time typically.

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Quite a devious post count Rembrandt. Interesting that it fell on the sabbath marked by 4/20. I'm going to watch Di Vinci Code again to see if I can reason this one out.

April 20, 2008, 10:47 AM
So you are only interested in fowl? Don't wanna hunt four leggers or don't think they taste good enuff for your palate? When a plane ol piggy -18 pounds dressed is grilled and it is so tasty that junior ate about 16 pounds in one evening I think that alone says it was "tasty" the next day however he had just an inkling he may have ate too much pork.:barf::barf::barf:
Gator and frog are 2 of the tastiest meats I have ever had on my tongue.
When I ate Muscovy duck I had gone well over a week eating biscuit mix only so it was very pleasing but I can't say it was good. If you have no interest of hunting anything but birds cool. but don't go out and tell anyone the best tasting game is "X" type of bird...
As for birds I have only had pheasant, doves, robin and the Muscovy all were very good to eat the way they were cooked. The pheasant was baked/broiled the dove was sauteed in a gravy and served over rice and the robins were boiled up in a soup. The muscovy was a pretty greasy and strong flavor but bein as hungry as I was I liked it fine.

April 20, 2008, 11:06 AM
its easier to mprepare birds, i may wait till i have more experience hunting to eat bigger things

April 20, 2008, 11:12 AM
and ive eaten duck, tasty but...greasy any way to cook it less greasy?

April 20, 2008, 11:12 AM
I find rabbit a much easier to prepare game than most and the only thing difficult on hogs is the butchering duty but not everyone has them vermin runnin' around all year:rolleyes: Good luck learnin' the skills of hunting and preparin' yer game.
May I suggest a more hunt oriented site? TFL is my go to gun and shooting place but Boartuff outdoors covers all my needs on hunting and cooking wildgame complete with tons of recipes and more if ask for one!
Feel free to tell 'em Hogdogs sent ya...

April 20, 2008, 11:16 AM
Personally, the list goes like this. Limited offering,,,,okay?

1: Pheasant..great any way you fix it.
2: Grouse.. Pick a type, I've had blue, ruffed, sharptail. Think pressure cooker and/or breasts in the campfire coals. Too easily turned to rubber w/ frying.
3: Dove...fried or in a sauce.
3: Turkey...good, cooked normally for moistness.
4: Goose...okay
5: Duck.....fair to poor, haven't found a great way to cook them yet. Not that I hunt them much anymore.
My limited experience.

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April 20, 2008, 01:11 PM
Quail taste like chicken.

April 20, 2008, 06:37 PM
The Chinese have a saying "If it flies in the air, swims in the water or walks on the land you can eat it." How good it tastes is dependant on how hungry you are.

April 20, 2008, 06:55 PM
Good prep made everyone think it was catfish

Ugh, why'd you go and mess up a good bass by makin it taste like catfish. Lemon pepper is all it needs.:D

Birds are good eat'n. Best Thanksgiving I can remember we had Pheasant, Chukar, Quail, and Dove on the table. Never even thought of a Turkey the whole day.

April 22, 2008, 04:10 PM
Prepping the duck by poking holes in the skin with a fork helps the fats cook out.
If your lazy you can just skin the duck instead of plucking the feathers. That'll take care of the problem as well.

Make a rub of brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and cayenne.
Place duck in a roasting pan with mirepoix (course chopped veggies, look it up)
Fill pan 1" deep with white wine.

Roast at 350f till a probe thermometer reaches 165f when placed in the thickest part of the breast.

strain the liquid through a fine sieve and thicken with roux. season to taste.

If you want you can stuff the bird with chopped sweet onions and oranges. It'll increase the cooking time, but does add to the flavor.

April 22, 2008, 04:27 PM
best bird i ever had was dove breast pulled off the bone, wrapped in 2 pieces of thick slice bacon, secured with toothpicks, marinated for a night in a smokey/teriaki type marinade, then smoked over hickory the next day. tasty, tasty tasty.


April 22, 2008, 05:28 PM
grouse and quail we usually just take the breast off and BBQ it, plain, or dry rub, or wet sauce.

April 22, 2008, 06:11 PM
Quail and grouse taste about the same to me. Good. Pheasant is close. Domestic and wild turkey taste about the same as each other.The domestic being bred to have a larger breast. About the only duck I mess with is mallards or the closely related black duck because you can skin out the breast. You can cook them in a crock pot and serve on rice. The smaller ducks have so much insulation to go through for the amount of meat you get that I don't eat them. Doves are OK but have a livery taste to me. I usually wrap the breast in bacon and grill them. I have never seen anybody make a goose fit to eat.

April 23, 2008, 01:40 AM
anything wrapped in bacon tastes goooooood.

April 23, 2008, 02:25 AM
I was raised on wild duck, and the first time I had a farm raised one, I almost gagged. I've gotten over it, but the difference is quite a bit. Same with geese. I pretty much only eat the wild ones now, unless it's chinese roasted/Peking duck prepared.

Wild waterfowl are stronger, loads less fat, and generally dryer. I'd rather eat them than any farm raised bird, but they are an aquired taste if you are used to the store bought type. But beef tastes different than elk too.

Dove and quail are tasty. I probably like pheasant the best, but any is a treat for this old bird.

April 24, 2008, 01:11 AM
now get you a good ol spruce chicken thats been livin on spruce buds for a couple months, an even when I'm hungry ,well like the man said on the movie you can eat it but it tastes like s**t.

May 22, 2008, 02:43 PM
Dove/quail - fajitas that are marinated. Bacon wrapped - like the chicken livers are in winter time, with jalapeno and soy sauce.

Ptarmigan - are really good like a game hen.

Duck - best was prepared by the wife of a lifelong duck hunter. She roasted it and served with a brown gravy. She put on rack so grease would run off.

Duck - had a duck burrito from The Mansion in Dallas.

Deer/Moose - fajitas. Deer jerky gets gobbled up.

Hog - females better than males. My brother puts the meat from males in garlic brine over night before preparing. Pork chops have been great. Ribs are small and lean. Rest is turned into sausage.

Caribou - sausage mixed with pork butt. Used to buy commercial Reindeer hot links, they were great. I think caribou is best of deer family.

May 22, 2008, 03:46 PM
Wild Turkey doesn't taste the same as a shrink wrapped Butterball.

It tastes much better than a Butterball....

Dove and quail are both outstanding as well.

May 22, 2008, 04:21 PM
The Chinese have a saying "If it flies in the air, swims in the water or walks on the land you can eat it."

One of my Chinese employees tells me; anything with fins or two wings or four legs and it's not an airplane or a table... it goes in the wok.:)

May 22, 2008, 04:34 PM
Duck - best was prepared by the wife of a lifelong duck hunter. She roasted it and served with a brown gravy. She put on rack so grease would run off.

I'm not a duck hunter, but several years ago I had delicious wild duck with dove gravy. The duck was not greasy at all. The guy that shot them said there is a way to cut out the fat glands so its not greasy. Does anyone do this?

May 22, 2008, 08:29 PM
I eat just about every game bird in my state. Pheasant,Turkey and ducks are my favorite. But with the right marinade they all taste like chicken.lol