Southern Fried Rabbit

I hunt a lot. And every year I consistently harvest mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, upland birds, ducks and geese, squirrels, and rabbits. My wife eats and loves everything – except for the squirrels and rabbits. I’ve tried multiple recipes, but nothing has converted her. But when she saw the crispy golden fried rabbit on the plate, she couldn’t resist trying it. She and our 5-year-old daughter devoured the juicy, crusty pieces of finger-licking goodness.

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Canada Goose Gondi

Nothing says Passover like a good bowl of matzo ball soup. The Jewish holiday begins this Saturday morning and celebrates the Biblical story of the Exodus, or freeing of Hebrew slaves from Egypt. Matzo represents the unleavened bread the Jews ate while fleeing Egypt. My Catholic family will celebrate with this dish to acknowledge our common roots in biblical history. In my recipe, I use Canada Goose instead of the traditional chicken. I also substitute Chickpea flour for Matzo meal because it is a common substitute in the Persian version called Gondi. But also because North Dakota is the fourth largest producer of chickpeas in the U.S.

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Ice Fishing with Dad

Devils Lake, North Dakota, is a famous fishing destination where the perch and walleye populations continue to explode. The lake itself is now six times larger than it was 25 years ago, currently at 180,000 acres. That’s just slightly bigger than Lake Powell that stretches from Arizona into Utah. I’ve lived in North Dakota for almost 40 years, and had never fished there. Until now.

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Bang Bang Ji Rabbit

I am always confident in harvesting a cottontail rabbit or two in the small patch of trees at my in-laws farm in southwestern Minnesota. So I invited my brother-in-law to join me on a brief hunt in the -5 degrees on a cold January afternoon. In less than a minute, we had a couple bunnies up and running. I made a successful clean head shot using a 70 year old open sight .22 rifle that my dad used to shoot rabbits with at his childhood farm in Nebraska.

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