Happy New Year!

Skinny Moose explains Mincemeat Pie over on his blog:


Tantalizing Excerpt:

With plenty of venison in the house what to make for Christmas? I knew it would have to have venison in it so that’s when I decided to try to make a Mincemeat Pie for Christmas.
Never heard of mincemeat? Well it is an old pie that is older than our country, and probably was made by some of the first settlers to travel over from England.

Mincemeat developed as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking some 500 years ago in England, where mince pies are still considered an essential accompaniment to holiday dinners just like the traditional plum pudding. This pie is a remnant of a medieval tradition of spiced meat dishes, usually minced mutton, that have survived because of its association with Christmas. This pies have also been known as Christmas Pies. Mince pie as part of the Christmas table had long been an English custom.

Chicago Tribune Reporter Field Dresses Deer

Credit where credit is due. Real hunting – two Chicago Tribune reporters take to the field and gun hunt their own venison.

They quickly understood the observation hunters have made for many years, to wit: Hunting is the most natural, organic, “sustainable” way to eat meat.

After several trips into the woods with no success, one reporter nevertheless volunteers to help skin, clean and butcher another hunter’s deer.

Yes, some would consider the video content graphic and may not wish to watch.

Youtube video description:

Chicago Tribune staff reporters Monica Eng and Barbara Brotman go on their first hunting expedition for deer, where they learn how to properly track, kill and butcher their prey. (Viewer discretion is advised)

From 1879, Christmas Wild Game Recipes

As I advised John Richardson over at No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money, (CLICK LINK HERE) I have been reliably informed the key to high volume readership of a gun blog is—Cookie Recipes.

Thus, for my New Year’s Resolution, I am determined to sprinkle more selections from the Culinary Arts and other Branches of Domestic Economy into this blog after the fashion of David Codrea’s THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

My contributions will be entitled THIS DAY IN GASTRONOME.

Sadly, as I perused my copy of Housekeeping In Old Virginia, (Copyright 1879) I realized in 1879 very few Housekeepers focused their attention on the preparation of cookies.

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NPR THE STORY: Bozo Bolsheviks Vandalize Hunters Cabin

For me to listen to Nitwit Propaganda Radio (NPR) is akin to some kind of Rambo Warrior endurance test- the longer I can hold my hand over the candle flame the sooner I will achieve a higher state of combat bliss.

Consequently it is not an exercise in which I often engage since I see no real reason to damage my trigger finger to achieve Rambo Warrior bliss.

But apparently I should listen more often because when I heard this story my jaw dropped.

Short story long: Mr & Mrs. Bolshevik fall in love with an isolated rustic Maine Cabin and rent it for a week’s vacation.

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Free Elk Hunt

Yup. Free Elk Hunt.

That is the good news.

The bad news- it is run by all the usual bureaucrats you love to hate.

Right now I am not entirely sure it might not be cheaper just to pay a guide service the market rate.

In any case, it may be worth a look for the select group of people who can deal with the red tape.

Since it is a cull hunt I assume Rangers will be available to identify individuals designated for removal.


Tantalizing Excerpt:

Earlier this month, officials with the Theodore Roosevelt National Park put out word that it was seeking pro packers to assist with its upcoming elk-reduction efforts. Now, the North Dakota park is accepting applications from hunters interested in volunteering to help cull about 250 cow elk from the herd of approximately 950 animals that make the South Unit area their home.

Up to 20 volunteers will be needed for each of 12 weeks beginning Nov. 1. No hunting license or tags will be required, and there is no fee for participation. Plus, volunteers may receive meat from up to one elk, depending on each week’s total harvest success rate.

“There has been a strong interest in volunteering for this program for some time, and we are very pleased to announce the availability of this application,” said Park Superintendent Valerie Naylor. “We have gone to great lengths to automate and streamline the application process, and to ensure the selection of volunteers will be as fair as possible.”

QDMA Should Boycott Marriott!

Recently, one of David Codrea’s Legion Of Gun Rights Examiners uncovered overt corporate hostility from the Marriott Hotel Chain to the Right To Keep And Bear Arms EVEN AS THEY BENEFITED FROM THE NRA CONVENTION in Charlotte, NC and presumably made a handsome sum from Convention Bookings.

Now comes the Quality Deer Management Association Banquet in Louisville, KY hosted by the Louisville Marriott in July.

Should hunters and gunowners actively pay good money to a corporation with a publicly demonstrated hostility to the interests and activities of their patrons?

I think not.

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Bambi Is A Pest

Raleigh Constituent visits the new North Carolina Department Of Agriculture website.

Dear John Jacob;

Steve Troxler is a great Agriculture Commissioner and I like his ideas.

But Moose Droppings (CLICK LINK HERE) has found a AgDept. idea that may need some tweaks before it is ready for primetime.

Everyone (outside the Wildlife Commission!) agrees NC wildlife management has reached farcical levels.

Crows can only be shot on Wednesdays,Fridays and Saturdays from June through February. Fox Squirrels from October 12 to December 31, Grey and Red from October 1 to February 13 etc,etc,etc.

So enter Commissioner Troxler with a website to link eager hunters to farmers eager to eliminate nuisance depredation animals from their fields.

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Real Hunting: Wolves Kill Hounds

The Endangered Species Act strikes again!

It is bad enough when wolves take on rabbit beagles as documented here (CLICK LINK) but good grief HOUNDS?

You would think the match was a little more equal and the wolves would be a little more intimidated especially (again!) since they were more or less in the vicinity of an armed hunting party of humans.

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