Troutbirder II

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Troutbirder Favorite Recipes

Today, as I’ve noted being done in other blogs, I’m going to share some of my favorite game, fish and fowl recipes. When first married my spouse purchased "Cooking The Sportsman’s Harvest" from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (Published in 1974) I hunted upland game and waterfowl in those days along with bow hunting deer. So with slight tongue in cheek, I present some of the top items to prepare mentioned in the book. It will soon become obvious that in the Dakotas (both North and South) it is legal to shoot anything with four legs (including a table), flies or swims. Please note in the comment section those items of which you would like to see detailed recipes.

I will gladly post them later.


Baked Paddlefish Squares

Carp Chowder

Fish Egg Soup

Pickled Bullhead

Prairie Seafood:

Mossback Turtle Steaks

Turtle Pie

Crayfish Etoufee


Snipe Burgers

Sandhill Crane Pie

Coot Stew

Small Game:

Pressure Cooked Coon and Dressing

Fricassee of Young Racoon.

Woodchuck In Sauce

Marsh Rabbit (muskrat)



Let me know now. I'll provide the recipe. You provide the "fixins."


  1. I grew up on this fare. We tried most everything.I like to buy most of my meat from the store now.At my local Ikes we have a feast each year.

  2. Boy, there sure is a variety there!

  3. Some years ago I found a book printed by the Canadian Gov't entitled "Northern Cookbook" (I think, haven't looked for it lately). It had recipes for things like braised seal, jellied moose tongue, etc. It seemed to be aimed at the new wife living in the far north with no supermarkets.

  4. I can't say that I've ever eaten anything hunted (unless it's along the aisle of the supermarket - and that's a lot of meat!)but it is great that you know how to cook what you hunt!
    Okay... now that I ponder it...I have eaten hunted food. Rabbit made with Cinnamon and lots of fish (do they count?)..oh, and snails (but they are gathered, not really hunted!). Anyway...there you have it!
    Anther very interesting post from you!
    Blessings to you and the Mrs!

  5. I will pass..I do like Venison when it is is very tender. I have eaten rabbit, duck and quail. I hope some day I am in a fancy place and I can order Pheasant under that might be an experience:)

  6. You have piqued my curiousity, but I don't have a burning desire to go further than that. lol Mr. Shady hunts a variety of "game." We do eat venison, turkey, duck (sometimes), goose (hardly ever), pheasant, and quail (a rarity these days!), as well as panfish! I guess that's about it - and probably enough! ha. :-)

  7. Any good recipes for squirrel or creek chubs? I hunt squirrel once and a while for fly tying purposes... but I don't have any good recipes...just curious about creek chubs....they can't taste too bad....maybe....?

  8. I collect cookbooks and have for years but you have me on this one. My husband's grandma was from Germany and cooked many of these types of recipes for him.

    Wishing you a very nice weekend.

  9. It's legal to shoot just about anything in Utah, too, but I don't think our Division of Wildlife has put out a cookbook!

  10. I'm very impressed with the wide variety of these recipes. I imagine you had a lot of good eating from them.

  11. We'd love it if you posted a recipe or two on our Facebook page.

    Very much enjoy your blog.



  12. Aunt Cecil (Gramps' sister-in-law) was always overjoyed when we'd bring her a plump young coon. Tried it a few times, but never quite got a taste for it. Snipe, on the other hand, are a true delicacy ('bout same as woodcock).