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

How to Make Your Best Venison Sausage Ever

I remember my first batch of venison summer sausage. This was back in the “olden days” of the early 1980s, when I was fresh out of college and poorer than when I was in it. But true to form for a young hunter with boundless energy, I had a good autumn of deer hunting...

This Could Become Your New Favorite Venison Recipe

One of the best things to order at our local Indian restaurant is Chicken Tikka Masala, mainly because they prepare it well and regularly enough that in my opinion it’s difficult to screw up. It’s one of those dishes I’d tell someone to order if they might be wrinkling their nose over the menu....

Fast and Easy Venison Breakfast Burritos

I woke up in a strange Mexican hotel, groggy, clothes strewn about, wondering where the heck I was in the darkness and what I was going to do for food since I only knew a couple of other people in the entire country. There was no food in my room. Water? Sorry, not drinking...

Taking the Game Out of Your Deer Meat

Meet the turnip-patch doe. It happened back when my middle son Ethan was just a boy. We were on a special youth hunt not far from the west bank of the Missouri River in South Dakota. The youngster was working like a trooper through some rough, cold weather in an attempt to kill his first...

Best Beers to Drink With Your Venison

Malt and hops are strong enough to stand up against the bold flavors wild game is known for. Plus, carbonation is a natural palate cleanser and few ingredients cut through fat like hops can. What does all of this mean for the meat eater? The right beer just might be a better accompaniment to...

From the Turkey Woods to Your Table

Domestic and wild turkeys actually have very little in common — one was bred for the table and the other evolved to escape predators. No, the wild turkey is in a category of its own, but that doesn’t mean it’s not great on the plate. It just takes a little different care, from the...