Gut Rumbles
 

December 28, 2003

wild game

I don't hunt, except for going bird-shooting every now and then. I like to watch the dogs work on a bird-hunt, and I like the way quail and dove haul ass out of the weeds like a fighter pilot trying to shake a MIG off his six. They make a difficult target to hit, even with a good shotgun. To me, that's good sport.

I never gave a damn about deer hunting. I went once and didn't like it, so I never did it again. Something about sitting in a stand and freezing my ass off in the semi-darkness while waiting for a deer to walk by never appealed to me. I could have shot all the deer I wanted on the mini-farm, just by laying in wait for them at night, but I wanted only to keep them out of my garden. I learned how to do that, so I left the deer alone.

But I've eaten a lot of "wild" game in my life. I've eaten rabbit and squirrel, venison and buffalo, alligator and turtle, quail and dove, armadillo and racoon, shark and frog-legs, and I even took a bite of a barbecued rattlesnake when I was drunk-up at some Rattlesnake Roundup I attended one summer. It tasted like shit.

I like venison and I like alligator. I know people who can cook that stuff so well that you can't tell the venison from roast beef and you can't tell alligator from ANYTHING. Alligator tail, fried just right, tastes like chicken with just a slighty fishy aftertaste. It is excellent with fried okra.

Yeah. I've eaten a lot of stuff you can't buy in the grocery store.

Comments

How did you keep the deer out of your garden? That is a problem I have all the time.

Posted by: Starhawk on December 28, 2003 07:17 AM

yep..me too...I've eaten quite a bit of weird stuff....snails....octopus....squid...gator... rattlesnake....even a grasshopper once....we were born to be omnivores...besides...you can eat ANYTHING with enough ketchup....

Posted by: Eric on December 28, 2003 07:29 AM

I have too, but it'd be un-gentlemanly of me to list the ladies by name.


Jim
Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on December 28, 2003 08:04 AM

Jim, you are a scamp.

Posted by: Acidman on December 28, 2003 11:31 AM

I've gone after my share of deer over the years. Tasty little buggers.

Never had much use for sitting in a tree stand, though. I've had much better results actually calling and tracking them. Longer, harder shots, but you generally find the better game that way.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on December 28, 2003 01:38 PM

I always thought alligator tail tasted something like greasy pork with a fishy aftertaste.

Posted by: SwampWoman on December 28, 2003 04:07 PM

I agree with Swampwoman....pork...with a fish aftertaste....

Posted by: Eric on December 28, 2003 06:07 PM

Whoever fed you the rattlesnake didn't know how to cook it. (And I'm with Swampwoman and Eric on the taste of gator.)

Posted by: Kathy K on December 28, 2003 07:31 PM

I've had kangaroo, emu, ostrich, venison, elk, buffalo, gator, frog, snails, sea cucumber, squid, octopus, rabbit, and am holding out for baby seal...

If it hops, flys, slithers, or just sits there, I'll eat it! At least once! My favorite "game" meat is venison. Backstrap is preferred, for stew if possible. Cooked by mom :)

Posted by: Robb on December 29, 2003 09:18 AM

I've had kangaroo, emu, ostrich, venison, elk, buffalo, gator, frog, snails, sea cucumber, squid, octopus, rabbit, and am holding out for baby seal...

If it hops, flys, slithers, or just sits there, I'll eat it! At least once! My favorite "game" meat is venison. Backstrap is preferred, for stew if possible. Cooked by mom :)

Posted by: Robb on December 29, 2003 09:18 AM

Hi...Im just surfed in and want to say hello!
Regards George


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