Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Skunk Stew




   You may not believe this but skunk isn't bad eating. They have a really dark red neat with very little fat like most wild game but a good flavor. Depending on how hungry you are.. The hard part is killing them without getting sprayed. Regardless of what Jimmy Bales and some other folks down home might think I can do this,,,,sometimes.

  Anyway, once you get them skinned they're not bad just roasted over the camp fire. Yes, they do get a little dry because of the lack of fat but they do hit the spot when you're hungry. The best way (to me) is to make them into a stew/soup.

   Cut them into a few pieces by cutting off the legs, split the ribs down the backbone. You can toss the head in for flavor or if you like the brain. I'm not supper crazy about the brain but when you get really hungry it's not that bad. You have to have something to go with it besides water and the few times I've done this I was lucky enough for cat tails to be up and doing well. If you can get them pull tem up, don't cut! You can use the roots like potatoes, (their not, but when you're hungry you can convince yourself they are close. Peel the potter leaves and cut the stalk into one inch pieces. Depending on where you're at if the ct tails are up then you should be able to find come clover. The bitter flavor goes well. Salt and pepper to taste if you have it, if you don't, and you can find them add a few dandelion leaves to your stew.  Cook your stew over a bed of coals for a few hours until the roots are tender, adding wood around the pot as needed.

   I'm not going to lie to you and try to pass this off as a great meal, but it will fill you up and keep you going till you can find something better.    

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bird Surprise

Bird surprise!


   So, I'm sitting in my normal spot at the window watching TV and glancing out to watch the birds out by the pond and feeder. There were a lot of them out there including a few Stellar Jays and several doves. Dorris said something about feathers and birds and when I turned to ask what she'd said there was a really loud thump as something hit the window! I turned back to the window and saw this guy looking lie he was trying to land on the porch but instead he went out to the tree by the pond and landed.













 My first thought was that he was the one who had run into the window and I grabbed the camera so I could get a close up look to see if he was hurt. As I was checking on him, Dorris came over to look and said she didn't think that the hawk had the window. She looked out the other window and told me to look on the ground next to the porch. It took a minute for me to see what she was pointing out but I finally saw this dove.


   We figured out that the hawk had been trying to catch one of the smaller birds and scared all of them so bad that this dove had hit the window and broke it's neck!













   I got a few good pictures of the hawk in the tree. I may not have seen the dove right off but you could tell that the hawk knew where it was by watching him plus he came back down to the porch to get it!


   He's sitting on top of the dog statue that's at the edge of the porch, looking at the dove. We were sure he was going to hop down and get the dove but Joey scared him away. Even then, he wanted that dove and didn't go to far.

   I guess he didn't trust the dogs because he finally left without getting his dove. It didn't go to waste though, Dorris got to have fried dove for lunch!