What’s on the end of your fork? Do you take an active role in becoming a self-sufficient eater? Do you “get” primal connections? Then you’re most likely a foodie who forages and hunts. Hunting takes you away from the grocery aisle into the wild for the safest and most nutritious meat possible – the ultimate pure resource.
Last year about this same time, one of our staff wrote about thoughts on hunting. Man’s oldest pursuit has relevance for each generation of hunters. By honoring lifelong family traditions of the sport, hunting provides lessons not just about food, but also about life. Reflections on sustainability and the politics of hunting, the why of protecting the environment – all are part of this life journey. The ethics of hunting is intimately connected to our humanity through responsibility and respect for the prey. More and more organizations and individuals offer opportunities for disabled hunters to experience the tradition and heritage in hunting programs like the Safari Club and connecting with the Wounded Warriors Project. By passing along this tradition to them and to our children, they too can experience the anticipation of the hunt and have a sense of pride in contributing to the family table.
Regardless of skill level, at the beginning of hunting season know and follow the rules for hunting safely. Keep a gear checklist handy to stay organized and save time. Whether hunting with a gun or a bow, equipment choice is very personal to each individual. Other equipment like hatchets and knives are equally personal choices. Check-out Ruana Knives for some options and our personal favorite for kitchen use is their Black Bridge custom knife. Whatever you choose, after the hunt and feast, a Ruana knife should be displayed as a work of art.
While anticipation builds before the hunt, there are lots of challenges. Weather always plays its part. It may take many days of walking miles in the woods while scouting for game. And, hunting is hard work. Once you bag your animal, you may have to haul it miles to your rig. Or you might end up missing that shot and going home empty handed. But, for those who love the natural world, hunting is a lifelong relationship with nature. The reward is having time for quiet thoughts, while the birds, wind, trees and animal instruments play a forest surround-sound symphony. And, whether you hunt with gun or bow, hopefully you’ll have a freezer full of meat when the big game season ends, along with memorable stories to share with family and friends.
There are countless cookbooks online and in bookstores with culinary tips for preparing your wild game. For some chuckles, watch this road kill video. The book makes a great stocking stuffer for your favorite hunter with a sense of humor! We’d love to have you share a favorite game recipe with our readers and hear about your hunting experiences.