Georgian Venison Kubdari

Georgia, which is located in between the Black and Caspian Seas, is a country well known for its stuffed breads. The most famous is khachapuri, a boat shaped bread stuffed with cheese and egg that has gained a lot of popularity recently. There are many more types found around the country though, most of which are regionally specific. Kubdari are meat-filled breads from the Svaneti region and are usually stuffed with a mixture of chopped pork and beef. I used chopped bottom round steaks from a whitetail leg instead, which worked beautifully.

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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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BBQ Squirrel

As the archery and waterfowl seasons come to a close, we turn our attention to smaller quarry, such as squirrels. Squirrels are not only a blast to hunt, especially for kids, but they are also delicious. This recipe is pretty simple but it does require submerging the meat in a wet brine for 2-3 days. The brining process keeps the meat juicy and can also help to tenderize tough pieces. These make a perfect appetizer for those weekend movie nights or football games.

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Beer Braised Venison Neck Roast

“What should we do with the neck? Just cut out whatever meat you can for grind!” Nope! The neck roast is too often overlooked for a meal. I wanted to highlight this badass chunk of meat with an equally badass recipe. You can actually do this recipe with any neck roast; deer, ram, antelope or even a huge elk! So next time you’re tired of carving out grind meat for your next burger, just remember you have a great excuse to be lazy, you’re gonna make Beer Braised Venison Neck Roast.

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Jalapeño Whitetail Stew

After a long, cold day out in the field it’s nice to come home to a warm, feel good meal that takes you back to the “hunting with your grandfather” days. This one is my personal takes on a classic, Jalapeño Whitetail Stew. This dish will have you covered for a few days up to a week! It’s perfect for a cozy at home dinner and also great as left overs warmed up for on the go!

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