Article Contributed by Field Staff Writer A. Zada.
Another long summer is behind us and the time has finally come to start harvesting fresh meat again. When dove season opens up we tend to get extremely giddy with excitement. We buy ammo, clean our weapons, organize our hunting equipment and just make sure overall that we have everything ready for the upcoming season. It all might seem a bit crazy to someone looking from the outside in, but we’ve been waiting months for this. The chance to be out in the field early in the morning again, watch the sun come up, hang out with all our hunting buddies that we haven’t seen in months, and most of all put fresh meat in our coolers. Every year this is the start of something special.
Mourning dove definitely hold a special place in my heart. Unlike some game birds, where if you looked hard enough you may be able to find them on menus or in specialty stores, I have never found dove anywhere. The only opportunity you will have to eat dove is from field to plate. Some might say they are small birds with not enough meat but I know these beauties are packed with flavor and make the perfect appetizer or even main course.
Here is my recipe for a wonderful appetizer that will be sure to make everyone beg you to go dove hunting more.
It’s a play on the good old fashion jalapeño popper with a perfect dipping sauce to balance the spice. You can also prepare it with any game just so long as you get the sizing right. Enjoy!