The call of the wild … it’s all about the game.

Greetings Carnivores,

When I was a young lad, I LOVED spending time hunting and fishing with my Dad. He was an avid outdoorsman and as such, instilled his great love and respect for the wilderness in me. Back then I was too young to carry a gun of my own, so I would tag along on those cold, early mornings helping him set out the decoys and sitting for hours, waiting and watching. Ducks, Geese, Pheasants, Grouse, Rabbits, Deer, Moose, Caribou and Bear. We never hunted for trophies, and always used every bit of what we harvested. My favourite trips involved heading out to the wilderness for a week or more. I was always the youngest one in camp and I felt SO privileged to be included in this Grown-up world.

My Dad is gone now, and so are all the other Old timers that gathered every year at the hunting camp up north. The strange part now is, I’m the oldest one in camp, all the other Sons are younger than me. Looking back at those early years, I’m pretty sure all those experiences (and the salty language) helped to mold me into the person I am today, with a deep love and respect for the out-of-doors, and all things wild.

Oh, and a full repertoire of swear words and bad jokes too.

I know there are a lot of people who don’t agree with hunting but the simple truth is, many of these species have no natural predators and without the intervention of a controlled hunting season, a lot of these animals would over populate their territories. The Ministry of Natural Resources closely maintains population information on all game animals and accordingly, issues licences for the ‘culling’ of them annually.

The season for hunting is short, so the ‘window’ for filling your freezer is very limited. A lot of folks especially in the far North, rely on this window to stock up for the long Winter. Keep in mind if you don’t eviscerate and cut the game yourself, you must source out an abattoir or butcher who is federally inspected and remember, it’s illegal to sell “hunted’ meat here in the Province of Ontario. I’m sure similar restrictions apply for the rest of the country, and it’s easy to check for yourselves on the internet.

Recently, the ‘ol  Water cooler was the source of yet another frequently discussed theme, and a topic I get asked about quite a bit. My friend brought up a blog post I wrote back in the Fall regarding Wild game (if you missed it, you can check it out here “It’s that time of the year… Wild Moose”) and the question was, … now that the hunting season is over, where do you find Wild Game?

For those of you who don’t hunt or rely on Mother Nature to help you fill your larder, there are LOTS of resources available to you to satisfy your “Meat tooth”. The ‘net’ is a treasure trove of information on where to find, buy, prepare and cook everything from Boar to Kangaroo (which, incidentally I had the chance to taste for myself last week … delicious!!). You’ll find sustainably produced, ethically treated, antibiotic and hormone free, farm raised game choices and, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Until next time Carnivores, stay hungry and as usual, please follow my posts on Twitter @DougieDee and like and share them on Facebook

14 thoughts on “The call of the wild … it’s all about the game.

  1. Very cool, DougieDee! I can relate with a lot of what you said, except the kangaroo. It’s on my short list to try some day tho. I hear it’s excellent.

    How I pine for the wilderness almost daily. Its a disease almost, like malaria, and once infected by a proper trip to the hinter lands, it gets down in your blood and festers there. And if you’re of the proper ilk, you seek always to go back there again, neath whispering pines, along babbling streams, and aside serine lakes lapping a wild shoreline where the chickadees freely cavort. Indeed, to leave many of your things behind, and to live a simple life for a time, where the main concerns of the day are: where shall I sleep, and what will I eat. That kind of life, I think, is good for us. And probably why we always long to be back there, kicked back in the prettier places. Amen.

    So I take it your computer is finally up and running again?

    Stayin hungry

    • Ah … so true my friend and well said as usual. But no, sadly my computer was unfixable and the ‘ol budget doesn’t have enuff stretch to accommodate getting a new one just yet. I was able to use my Marital equivalent’s work unit for a coupla hours today while she wasn’t looking. Glad you’re still hungry my Smokie friend.

  2. It does my heart good to run into yet another kindred spirit who sees the value of hunting traditions and being in touch with where your food comes from. Since I can’t induct you into the Sisterhood of Deerslayers’ Wives, I’ll have to make you an honorary member or a big brother or perhaps just a good Deerslayer.

  3. Yahoo this is the post that I needed to write… and still have not done it, great job! and I have to admit I have never eaten kangaroo.. maybe one day.. The next on my list is Caribou. Hope to hunt them myself… one of those things on my bucket list… that and wild boar… that one should happen in the next two years.

    • Thanks Jolynn, you’re very kind. Oh, and the Kangaroo was wonderful. My wife is in the food distribution business and last week she took me to a Molecular Gastronomy demonstration put on by two Austrailian Chefs who cooked the ‘Roo” Tenderloin in a Sous Vide bath. Oh my … it was very good. I have to admit that Caribou hunting is not really my cup of tea. These animals are migratory and all you do is plop yourself down within rifle range of their path and take the one you want as hundreds and hundreds of them pass by. There is a need for ‘culling’ the herd of course but I don’t find it very sporting. Besides, I like to hunt for the hunt itself … if I wanted simple target practice, I’d go to the range. That said, the meat is delicious.

      • This is the why I want to hunt them… I am a newbe and would think that I could actually hit this target.. and may actually get the second chance if I missed.. yes I totally agree that to a seasoned hunter this would be a bore but for me it would still be a thrill and a great reason to see Canada … I have never been up north … so it just seems like a great reason to travel hunt and eat!

  4. I just love killing, skinning, chopping, cooking and eating wild animals. Some folks like to skip one of these steps, or outsource it, but I enjoy each step of the process. Strangely, I find processing animals I’ve raised (chickens, rabbits, cabrito, etc,) a bore and a chore. The wild ones bring me joy.

    • I am a small town, country boy, livin’ in the big city … and hating every minute of it. I DO live outside the hustle and bussel on a one acre patch of the country and … THAT makes me smile. When I get on my motorcycle and stop smelling exhaust fumes and start smelling cow shit I smile even BIGGER. The only problem I have is … the older I get (and I’m 56 now) the harder it is to drag my kill out of the bush. Where we hunt is VERY rugged and dragging a big buck out is VERY, VERY tough. (and 4×4’s are NOT an option). Thanks for following and commenting Andy … stay hungry buddy.

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