May 2014

silverskin

Scott Leysath

Silverskin


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These seem like adequate reasons to remove it before cooking. You’ll find silverskin on backstraps, tenderloins and hindquarter muscles, all good grilling meats. I don’t bother with removing the silverskin from shoulders and shanks since I slow-cook them and remove the silverskin after the meat has broken down. Unlike some other connective tissues, silverskin does not break down or get gelatinous when cooked. You […]

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Scott Bestul

The Systematic Shed Hunter


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So here’s how to allocate your effort during this year’s shed hunt. TYT (Take Your Time) Spots: I know guys who pick up well over 100 antlers each season, and the common theme among them is this: They expend the most effort in a) places where deer spend a lot of time and b) spots that […]

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meat on a stick

Scott Leysath

Meat on a Stick


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Not having to use utensils is another upside to stick cookery. You pull the meat off the stick with your fingers, throw the stick back in the fire and wipe your mouth off on your shirt sleeve. Makes perfect sense to me, at least when it comes to camp cooking. Of course, backyard grilling requires […]

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shed conumdrum

Scott Bestul

Solving the Shed Conundrum


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But I know guys who pile up a bunch of antlers—150 or more in a season—and not all of them come from places they hunt. So the antlers mean less to them, and outside of looking impressive, they don’t have a lot of personal meaning. Rather than let those sheds gather dust, here are a […]

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slow cooked venison

Scott Leysath

Cooking Wild Game – Fast or Slow?


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Tough, sinewy cuts like neck roasts, shoulders and shanks are incredible table fare when cooked slowly, at low temperature and with enough liquid added to a covered pan to keep them moist while on the way to tender. Just about any hunk of meat will eventually be fall-off-the-bone tender after it has been slowly simmered. […]

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shed hunting

Scott Bestul

Scouting For Sheds


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  *Late winter food sources: Standing or cut (unplowed) crop fields are a sure bet for shed-hunting success. Corn, soybeans and milo are among the top picks, but don’t overlook winter wheat or rye fields, especially in areas that didn’t get much snow. And don’t forget large food plots, especially those devoted to brassicas, turnips and beets. *South-facing […]

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Scott Leysath

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now


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Once hunting became an equally important part of my life, it seemed natural to try and make my harvested game taste, well, edible. I spent many years experimenting with ways to cover up the taste of game. Untrimmed deer steaks and waterfowl parts were soaked in powerful marinades for several days, the sole purpose being […]

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