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How to Dry Age Meat

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How to Dry Age Meat

Some of the most common inquiries we get at MeatEater involve aging wild game meat. Recently we tackled whether or not the process is worth it. It is, but we didn’t discuss how to do it. The majority of hunters don’t have access to a temperature and humidity-controlled walk-in-cooler, which is the...
Is Hanging Meat Worth It?

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Is Hanging Meat Worth It?

Hunters have been hanging meat from all manner of game animals for a very long time. Under the right conditions, hanging meat does a lot to improve the texture and flavor of game. At MeatEater, we hang whole and quartered big game animals on regular basis, and we can vouch for the fact that it...
Warning: You Are About to Look at a Picture of Food

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Warning: You Are About to Look at a Picture of Food

At MeatEater, we try to connect with, educate, and entertain our audience by sharing a regular dose of hunting and fishing related images on our social media pages. Obviously, some of these images document things like butchering a deer or cleaning a fish. At all times, we’re trying to share the...
Trophy Meals: A MeatEater’s Guide to Cooking Wild Turkeys

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Trophy Meals: A MeatEater’s Guide to Cooking Wild Turkeys

After a long winter, spring gobbler season is the hunting equivalent of spring break for college students. It is a great cure for cabin fever and offers hunters a nice change of pace from eating venison for several months. A single wild turkey can provide several meals and can be prepared using a...
Trophy Meals: Wild Game Processing Equipment Every MeatEater Needs

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Trophy Meals: Wild Game Processing Equipment Every MeatEater Needs

Butchering, processing, and packaging wild game at home is an important part of every MeatEater hunt. It allows us to customize our wild game meals in ways that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Caring for wild game and fish at home shouldn’t be intimidating for any hunter or angler, but without some...
Fish and Game Field Dressing Tips

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Fish and Game Field Dressing Tips

In Steve’s hunting guide books, on the MeatEater website and Youtube page, we’ve outlined the step-by-step processes of field dressing fish, small game, and big game. But over the years, we’ve picked up a few extra tips and tricks that will help hunters save a little time and produce better-tasting...
Trophy Meals: Maintaining a MeatEater Friendly Freezer

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Trophy Meals: Maintaining a MeatEater Friendly Freezer

Years ago, I killed my first elk, a large cow. I shot her after playing cat and mouse with a big herd all morning. When I walked up to her, the unfamiliar immensity of that animal immediately necessitated a dire need for a real freezer. Up until that point, I had barely managed to store butchered...
Small Game Field Care Tips

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Small Game Field Care Tips

A smart hunter who values their meat supply would never intentionally avoid field dressing a big game animal for an entire day. Quickly removing the hide and guts from big game animals cools the meat quickly, which prevents spoilage and poor flavors. Many hunters, however, are not nearly as careful...
Field Butchering Tips Part 3: Dealing With Damaged Meat

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Field Butchering Tips Part 3: Dealing With Damaged Meat

In parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part collection of field butchering tips, we discussed how to break down big game animals for packing purposes. If you’ve made a clean kill, field butchering animals is a pretty straight-forward process. But, not all kills are the result of a single shot to the vitals...
Field Butchering Tips Part 2: Quartering vs Deboning

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Field Butchering Tips Part 2: Quartering vs Deboning

Backcountry hunters often say that the real work begins after you’ve killed an animal.That’s certainly true. In places where you can’t get a vehicle near your kill, and you don’t have access to pack animals, it’s necessary to break down the animal and move it on your back. Before you even begin...