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My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

This should probably be in the waterfowl forum but I don't want to be accused of unethically cooking my geese.

I asked my wife to invite her parents over for goose and doves. I got the geese this past weekend and was planning on hunting doves Monday evening but due to the rain, I didn't get out. SO, they were coming last night and I had to get a few doves.

First off, I never hunted doves before - ever. I had been seeing doves while hunting geese so I knew where they were.

The rain stopped for awhile yesterday but started again as I was walking out the door (of course). I knew I wasn't going to be hunting at a real good time and had to be home by 5:00. To make a long story short, it was fun and I shot ONE. I missed another and had an opportunity at two more but knew if I hit them, they would have gone down in briars and I didn't feel like ripping my rain gear so I didn't shoot. I checked Google Earth and I walked almost 4 miles. Good exercise.

Anyhow..... Here are a few pics:

Here is THE dove:



Here is the meat in the pan. The dove breast halves are on the upper right corner. I was actually surprised at the size. I figured they would be smaller.



The ingredients: (I had the goose breasts marinating in Italian dressing since Monday.) The Bud Light Lime was used for taste, in cooking. Nothing else. Here it is after I wrapped in bacon and secured with toothpicks, before going in the oven.



After cooking: No, 5 or 6 pieces didn't disappear. I forgot to get a pic fresh from the oven before everyone "dug in".



My wife and I thought it was great. I had 1/2 of the dove breast and my father-in-law had the other. It wasn't bad, considering it had just been shot a couple hours earlier and I didn't get to marinade it in anything or soak. Her parents, I don't think, thought it was not very good. I'm thinking because "it was goose" and something out of the ordinary.

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Re: My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

I cook doves and sometimes geese in a similar fashion, though I normally cook them on the grill. Always gets cleaned up at my house. Looks good to me BTW...

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Re: My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

Hey man, way to go
Good choice, no "grilling" you over unethical cooking down here
Looks delicious, i guess my invite was lost in the mail?

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Re: My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

I sent it to the address you gave me!!!! Did you move?


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Re: My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

Good job Ken!! Not a big fan of goose meat but I do like
doves. Quail and dove are great little birds for cooking up
IMO! We make the geese we get into jerky because we don't
like it any other way.

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Re: My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

Looks tasy ken! If you want something really tasty, get some cream cheese, and some banana peppers to go with the goose/dove and bacon. Put the dove breast/small chunk of goose on a piece of bacon, add a slice of pepper and a slab of cream cheese(I cut one of the bars in half long ways, and then slice little slabs off of that), wrap it all up, toothpick it, and grill it till the bacon starts to get a lil crisp. There won't be an any leftovers, I promise!

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Re: My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

Corey - I cooked my geese from last year on the grill. I thought it was good, but this way of cooking it took all the gamey taste away and it was moist.

Borden - now, that sounds good! 'Ya makin' mu hungry!

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Lookin very good there Ken!
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Re: My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

i am waiting till i have a frezerful of dove - plan on poppering them like jalapeno ones on the the grill - but i havent had goose yet - maybe i could get in on some of that some time too...
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Re: My first Dove hunt....... and cooking.

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Looks tasy ken! If you want something really tasty, get some cream cheese, and some banana peppers to go with the goose/dove and bacon. Put the dove breast/small chunk of goose on a piece of bacon, add a slice of pepper and a slab of cream cheese(I cut one of the bars in half long ways, and then slice little slabs off of that), wrap it all up, toothpick it, and grill it till the bacon starts to get a lil crisp. There won't be an any leftovers, I promise!

if ya ever seen my ABTs i am thinking of throwing some dove breast on a few

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