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Great deer processing tips and gear articles, along with venison recipes to make your next meal a real trophy.

Once you put your venison on the grill, don't overcook it!

Grilled Venison: Healthy, Delicious and We Love It

There’s nothing better than firing up the grill and gathering family and friends to give thanks for what nature has provided. The “cook-out” tradition is one that lends itself well to celebrations and making life-long memories with those who mean the most to us, so why not take advantage of that as much as...

Venison has myriad uses including breakfast sausage or smoked links like this one.

Breakfast Anyone? Shine the Spotlight on Venison Sausage

With a whitetail on the ground, the first meals most of us immediately start thinking about are all the dinners to create from the prime cuts: pot roasts basted long and moist in the oven to tender perfection; chops grilled over glowing coals to medium-rare juiciness; steak strips seared with a little garlic in...

Scott Leysath's Lobster Minnesota, a great combo of delicious venison and lobster.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Delicious Lobster and Vension

If you’re feeling romantic tonight or on Valentine’s Day or, well, basically anytime, it’s tough to beat a great meal with venison and lobster with your bestie. Venison and lobster? Mmmm, what a great combination. If you don’t like lobster or can’t get it, perhaps you could substitute crab or crayfish. But most specialty shops...

Venison Butcher a Hindquarter

What You Don’t Know, but Can Learn, About Deer Hindquarters

Do you know how to efficiently and economically take apart a deer’s hindquarter, from top to bottom? If you’ve been processing your own deer for years then you likely have a method that is comfortable and works well for you. But it’s always good to maybe learn something new, right? One of our favorite...

Weston Venison Jerky

Make Better Deer Jerky With Weston’s Cutting Board Combo

Venison jerky is one of the easiest and most delicious snacks you can make, and it’s more fun to turn out some tasty batches with your own deer. Weston Supply’s awesome Jerky Board and Knife Combo combines a double-sided oak cutting board and stainless steel knife. Make precise cuts for slices of meat that...

Stephen Burchett with his opening morning Kentucky velvet buck. Great way to start the bow season!

Try These Foolproof Venison Burgers with a Tasty Kick

Longtime DDH fan Stephen Burchett of West Virginia dropped us a note recently about a nice deer he killed this season along with his easy deer burger recipe. We have to agree, this is pretty foolproof and sounds doggone tasty. Burchett is an attorney and longtime bowhunter. He also, like many of us, loves...

Venison is healthy, nutritious and many food banks will gladly accept donated meat through organizations that assist them.

The Truth About Cooking With Venison

There is little risk in eating venison, and the nutritional advantages of eating white-tailed deer meat more than cancel out any concerns. It was a most unexpected request. One of my best friends, Dr. W. C.Z. (his real initials), had tasted venison at dinner one night at our house. The very suave university professor,...

Venison Burgundy Stew CanCooker

The Magic of Venison Stew

Something about a savory stew warms the heart and soothes the soul. Maybe it’s the ingredients — meat tenderized by a few hours of simmering, hearty vegetables taking a natural place alongside the feature meat, a thick and rich broth that ties all of the flavors together but doesn’t overwhelm them. Maybe it’s the...

This pot of hot chili has beans and tomato sauce, both a point of contention in the chili world. What's your take on ingredients to use in venison chili?

Venison Chili: Flavorful Dish Comes From the West

Venison chili is a favorite of many hunters. It’s easy to make, you can use ground or chunked venison, and it is so doggone versatile it’s not even funny. Make it mild or hot, spoon it out of a bowl or eat on cornbread or spaghetti, beans or no beans … so many options. Brad Fresch,...