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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-22-2018, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone eat their kill on Thanksgiving?

I had pheasant for dinner tonight, one that I took a couple weeks ago. Wondering if anyone else made dinner using game they shot this year.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-23-2018, 07:44 AM
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Every holiday we have deer/elk/bear back straps or burgers. We do have to let some family members know that it’s being served and that there is still “real meat” on other plates. I don’t understand that way of thinking but to each their own.
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My son made pheasants wrapped in bacon with cream cheese and peppers as an appetizer for everyone yesterday. Gave us a reason to hunt hard earlier in the week.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-23-2018, 09:20 AM
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one thanksgiving the only store bought meat on the table was the turkey. my brother in law was raving about the Ham (Boar), sausage (boar and deer) meat and cheese plate (deer), meatballs, (Boar and deer) and of course he liked the Turkey too. he was getting a second helping when he made the mistake of asking where we got the ham and stuff. when i told him he put his plate on the table and walked away mad.


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When I kill a turkey, I fillet out the breast meat and vacuum seal strips for frying. The remainder of the bird is boned out, shredded, and cooked in a crock pot. We use it in the gravy for our turkey on Thanksgiving. Much better flavor in the gravy than the store bought turkey will give you. We did that this year.

When I was a kid my Grandfather from Snow Shoe would bring a fall gobbler to our home every year for Thanksgiving. They weren’t very good roasted....dry and tough. We have roasted a lot of the fall birds I killed, probably ate 25-30. About 5 years ago i gave up on plucking and roasting them.

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I had ham from my wild boar one year at Easter. On Thanksgiving when I was in field training in Wyoming Co. The wife of the officer I was living with made Wild turkey, a bear roast, Wild blue berry pie with the crust made from bear lard and biscuits which we ate with honey from the officer's hives. A Pilgrim Thanksgiving dinner. That night on night patrol we ate cracklings from making the bear lard.
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Roasted a store bought turkey and a couple of my less shot up pheasants yesterday, as part of our Thanksgiving spread.

The pheasants were cut up into smaller portions, posted roasting, so everyone could have some. Pheasants were brined, then stuffed with apple slices, sweet onions, and some fresh herbs. They were a big hit.

Went out today and found a couple more to restock the freezer. Gonna go out for a couple hours tomorrow AM and try for a repeat.
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Not on Thanksgiving, but every Christmas I roast a couple fall wild turkeys, make deer sausage dressing, and a lasagna with ground venison Bolognese sauce. Along with some kind of fish I caught, this year, will probably be catfish (heading to Santee Cooper lakes next week). Christmas Eve dinner is going to be gumbo, made with squirrels, venison smoked sausage, crabmeat, and porgies I caught. And there will be venison ring bologna and wild turkey nuggets wrapped in bacon for hors d'oeuvres.


Not all the guests claim to be fans of wild fish & game, but they all love eating Christmas dinner at my house. I think it all comes down to knowing how to make this kind of food for the mainstream palate.
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Roasted a store bought turkey and a couple of my less shot up pheasants yesterday, as part of our Thanksgiving spread.

The pheasants were cut up into smaller portions, posted roasting, so everyone could have some. Pheasants were brined, then stuffed with apple slices, sweet onions, and some fresh herbs. They were a big hit.

Went out today and found a couple more to restock the freezer. Gonna go out for a couple hours tomorrow AM and try for a repeat.



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I had pheasant for dinner tonight, one that I took a couple weeks ago. Wondering if anyone else made dinner using game they shot this year.
Of course, why else would one hunt game animals if not to enjoy preparing them as table fare? To me it's an essential part of why we hunt.

I made heckuva pheasant stew a couple weekends ago, that provided several dinners for me through the week.

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