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Episode 064: Bozeman. Steven Rinella talks with Kevin Murphy, the world’s greatest small game hunter, along with Helen Cho, Brittany Brothers, Michelle Jorgensen, and Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew.

Subjects discussed: the MeatEater crew’s favorite things about The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game; Kevin’s rotating trophy; Sylvalagus aquaticus; just one more gobble: boss toms, rope draggers and missed turkeys; squirrel-hunting war horses for the armageddon; Land Between the Lakes; the novelist Larry Brown; Conrad Richter’s The Light in the Forest; Steve’s kids are way-ass pro-hunting; unknown squirrel locales in the Rocky Mountain West, and more.

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How To Skin a Squirrel Using the Tail Method With Steven Rinella and Kevin Murphy

Recipe for Chicken Fried Squirrel from The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game Vol. 2

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Kevin Murphy shares his Cat Head Biscuits Recipe

  • Preheat your oven to 465 degrees

Ingredients:

  • Add 2 cups of self-rising flour to a large mixing bowl
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Add 1/2 to 1 TBS of sugar (depends on how sweet you want your biscuits).
  • Add 1/2 to 1 TBS of lard, shortening or butter to dry mixture. The more lard you add in, the fluffier biscuits you’ll have. Cut into dry ingredient mixture. When you get done it should look like course corn meal.
  • Start with 1 cup of Buttermilk, and add more as needed. Knead it to where it feels and looks like brick mortar (firm, but wet where it can still flow).
  • Place on a floured, hard surface. Pat the dough out to about 1 inch high, flour the top; cut biscuit rounds starting from the outside of dough using a mason jar.
  • Grease up a cast iron skillet and lay a biscuit in middle of skillet and place others around it leaving about a 1/2 inch gap between biscuits. Add a little melted butter on top of biscuits, if desired (will make them a golden brown).
  • Place in pre-heated oven. In about 10 minutes, turn oven light on to check biscuits (don’t open oven door and lose your heat). All ovens are different, but Kevin’s takes about 13 minutes for his biscuits.  If you think the bottom of biscuits are done, you can turn your broiler on for 30 seconds or more to brown the tops of your biscuits.

Books by the squirrel-hunting novelist Larry Brown: Father and son, Big Bad Love, The Miracle of Catfish, and On Fire 

Outdoor Life’s The Python Hunt: Searching the Everglades for giant, invasive constrictors.  You’re gonna want to watch this guy grab this big ass python.

Linnaean taxonomy– it doesn’t go further down than trinomial nomenclature but check out how it works.

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