Trophy Whitetails and the Best Venison You’ll Ever Enjoy

We’ll always have a debate among deer hunters about trophies and meat, and there’s absolutely no getting around it whatsoever.

CanCooker Braised VenisonSome guys hunt old, mature bucks and have specific antler requirements that fit their personal goal. Usually, it’s a specific inch-minimum or “bigger than my last one.” Others go by the old “I don’t shoot it unless I plan to mount it.”

If you’re in that trophy camp, good for you. Just remember that not everyone is there with you and trying to tell everyone else that they should change just simply ain’t cool. Not everyone hunts that way.

Some other guys hunt deer, period, and don’t have any specific antler requirements. Their personal goal is to put a buck or doe in the freezer. They hunt for meat. They may mount one if they kill a big one, but they’re not burning tags or worried about someone else’s notion of how they “should” hunt. They’re stocking a freezer.

If you’re in that meat camp, good for you. Just remember that not everyone is there with you, and trying to tell everyone else that they should change just simply ain’t cool. Not everyone hunts that way.

Point being, we have divergent ideas about hunting. From trophy deer to freezer deer, we’re all mixed in together. Some of the biggest problems we have is when the various factions — our own hunting brothers! — start sniping and getting pissy with each other, and that ain’t good.

One upside to deer hunting, no matter how you hunt, is we can agree that venison always is a lip-smackin’ good dish to put on the dinner table. And one of the easiest ways is with a CanCooker Jr., and we’re not lying. It’s a trophy among the herd.

The simplicity is flat-out crazy easy. Put in the rack, add your venison, vegetables and spices, and then at least 12 ounces of fluid. Some guys use water, some use beer, others maybe a mix of water with red wine. You can be creative. Different beers, for example, may provide different flavors, such as with a lighter ale versus a hearty stout.

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You also can make a simple roast or loin, without the veggies in the CanCooker, have it seasoned and tender in no time for dinner, and be the toast of the family. And it doesn’t matter if it’s from a mature buck or a nanny. It’ll be succulent. Here’s a fantastic recipe from CanCooker to try:

1-pound venison roast cut in half
24 ounces of Abby Ale
1 small onion, cut into pieces
CanCooker Butter Garlic Seasoning

Spray CanCooker with non-stick cooking spray, add venison and onion, and pour in liquid. Sprinkle CanCooker Butter Garlic seasoning on top and salt and pepper to taste. Close lid and put on medium/low heat, when it starts steaming cook for 90 minutes. After 90 minutes remove from heat source and let stand for 10 minutes.

Remove lid, and serve using some of the remaining liquid from cooker as gravy. Add your favorite sides dish to complete the meal.

Note: You can increase or decrease the amount of ingredients in this recipe but please make sure to use at least 12 oz. of liquid.

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Amazing Secrets of the Best Trophy Whitetail Hunters!

Trophy Whitetails with Pat and Nicole Reeve by Duncan Dobie takes a page from the Driven TV stars’ book, guiding you through their history and making suggestions for effectively hunting trophy whitetails.

Trophy Whitetails with Pat and Nicole Reeve


As one of the most knowledgeable bowhunters in the industry, Pat has plenty of experience to pull from, including time as an expert videographer and renowned hunting celebrity and producer. Let Pat and Nicole’s journey guide your own as their stories help form hunting tips and advice for your own experiences.

Get an inside look at the big game successes of Pat and Nicole’s whitetail hunts, childhood moments and early life experiences, a five-year adventure hunting bucks in Saskatchewan, and much more, complete with photo documentation. Explore a range of the duo’s hunting exploits throughout their lives, their journey to the creation of Driven TV and its success, how the couple makes hunting a family affair, as well as hunting tips and techniques directly from Pat and Nicole.

Take your deer hunting to the next level with this exciting book from the Driven TV team, and enjoy thorough documentation of their successful hunting strategies.