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Video: Hunting Invasive Canada Geese in Virginia

Canadian Geese aren't really supposed to be hanging out in Virginia in huge numbers, eating wine makers' grapes. In this episode of the Perennial Plate's Road Trip series, we follow Jackson Landers, a writer and locavore hunter. "I don't want to wipe out all Canadian geese...but hunting them keeps them from being a problem," says Landers in the video. The geese are made into burgers. Warning: This video contains some graphic scenes. More

Video: Killing and Eating the Wild Boar 'Problem' in Texas

In Texas, feral pigs are not looked upon fondly. There are millions, they breed rapidly, and they cause a lot of damage to property. The answer in Texas is to hunt them in any way possible (even in helicopters). The long term answer may lie in a balanced ecosystem, or perhaps by making it easier to sell their meat. Perennial Plate had the surreal and drawn-out experience of killing, cleaning and then cooking a boar that had been trapped. Warning: This video contains some graphic images; it's certainly not for everyone. More

Video: How to Kill a Squirrel and Eat It

Every culture has different foods that are seen as socially acceptable. Thus, growing up in England, squirrel was never part of my diet. But for John Ny Vang, who is from Laos but has lived in Minnesota for the last 30 years, squirrel is just like any other meat. This fall, he took me out on a hunting expedition to shoot the little guys. More

'Field & Stream' Magazine's Feature on Venison

Venison cubes. [Photograph: Robyn Lee] "You lookin at me?" [Flickr: gregory scott clarke photography] Outdoorsy magazine Field & Stream spotlighted venison in this month's issue. For all the readers who shot Bambi but don't know how to eat it, this spread is incredibly comprehensive. Why should you eat venison? Because it's more American than apple pie. How should you prepare it? Try Bobby Flay's pan-roasted venison with jalapeƱo sauce or Paul Kahan's roasted venison backstrap. Speaking of backstrap, the magazine's editors also weighed in on their favorite cuts and for editor-at-large T. Edward Nickens, it's all about the backstrap (or the longissimus dorsi muscle, which aids in the deer's "zero-to-see-ya-later speeds"). He writes: Every serious deer hunter has a... More

Hazards of Eating Wild Game Shot with Lead Bullets

Photograph from mandj98 on Flickr A study that examined the lead levels of more than 700 residents in North Dakota revealed the hazards of eating wild game shot with lead bullets. People who ate wild game killed with lead bullets had higher levels of lead than those who didn't. Although not dangerous for most people, North Dakota health officials recommend that pregnant women and children under six years old avoid eating venison killed with lead bullets.... More

In Videos: Squirrel Melts

Tuna melts are so passé. For your next meal, why not try squirrel melts? All you need are some good shooting skills and a forest of squirrels at your disposal. Let Heidi Wilson, star of The Outdoor Channel's show The Huntress (circa 1999), show you the way with her clear instructions and mellifluous voice. "Squirrel melts; you must try them." Yes, I think this is real. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Hunters Were the First Locavores

Image from iStockphoto.com A terrific, provocative op-ed piece in the New York Times today argues that hunters were locavores before anyone had coined the term. Writer Steven Rinella, author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine, is an avid hunter and, apparently, a serious environmentalist as well: While many people will never give up their opposition to killing Bambi, others may change their minds when they realize that destroying a deer's reproductive abilities or relying on the automobile for population control is really no less wasteful than tossing fresh produce into a landfill....Hunters need to push a new public image based on deeper traditions: we are stewards of the land, hunting on ground that we know and love, collecting... More

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