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What Cowboys Can Teach Us About Cooking Testicles

Butchering & Processing

What Cowboys Can Teach Us About Cooking Testicles

The American cowboy is a dying breed. Customary grazing rights have been lost or rescinded. Homesteads have been sold to the wealthiest bidder. All the while, beef production has increasingly been shipped overseas. Yet, some traditions of the West refuse to die off. Annually, ranchers across the U.S...
Elevated Fishing: How to Catch High-Mountain Trout

Fly

Elevated Fishing: How to Catch High-Mountain Trout

Summer is around the corner, and the last memory of winter will be the ice melting off lakes high in the mountains. When the water is finally exposed, anglers can return to these high places from our inferior dwellings to hunt for gorgeous, delicious alpine trout. For the last five years I’ve...
Should Hunters and Anglers Buy Bitcoin?

Freshwater

Should Hunters and Anglers Buy Bitcoin?

On Episode 265 of the MeatEater Podcast, the crew began by addressing the value of Bitcoin and whether Chester “The Investor” Floyd would eventually reach Nirvana by purchasing a pristine walleye boat with the cryptocurrency he’s acquired. On the other hand, Steve had received strict orders from his...
How to Make Caviar

Cooking Techniques

How to Make Caviar

It’s the choice hors d'oeuvre of Russian oligarchs, the final touch on a Japanese sushi roll, and an ingredient that demands respect and regard. For myself, eating caviar is like sitting down at an “old money” dinner table when I am “no money.” However, this animal product is largely a farce in the...
How to Restore an Old Gun Stock

Firearms

How to Restore an Old Gun Stock

Synthetic stocks and stainless steel barrels have rightfully earned their spot on contemporary hunting firearms. MeatEater fully supports the rifle revolution, as you can see in our collaboration with Weatherby. That being said, hunters tend to be a nostalgic bunch. Geriatric shoulder mounts, honey...
Biltong (Traditional African Jerky) Recipe

Recipes

Biltong (Traditional African Jerky) Recipe

Steven Rinella recently posed a thought-provoking question: “It would be interesting to know how many pounds of game meat get turned into jerky every year in the United States.” I don’t have an answer, but I bet the quantity is enough to tire as many tastebuds as mandibles. As temperatures dip and...
How to Preserve Bird Capes for Fly Tying and Decoration

Upland Birds

How to Preserve Bird Capes for Fly Tying and Decoration

When the gun smoke settles and the bird is in hand, I often find myself staring at the intricate patterns and surreal colors that enrobe our avian prey. It pains me to sit on the bank of the river plucking beauty from skin only to watch the plumage float away into the void. Bringing those feathers...
Advice from Pro Anglers: How to Out-Fish Your Friends

Freshwater

Advice from Pro Anglers: How to Out-Fish Your Friends

There’s often one guy or gal in a group who puts twice as many fish in the boat as anyone else. Through a combination of skill, ambition, networking, and maybe a little luck, some of these talented folks reach the point where they get to fish for a living. But it usually started with working hard to...
Blood Thirsty: Everything You Need to Know about Collecting and Cooking with Blood

Butchering & Processing

Blood Thirsty: Everything You Need to Know about Collecting and Cooking with Blood

A Scottish breakfast typically includes eggs, beans, bread, and, if you’re lucky, some tomato. It’s a simple dish (some might say boring) that doesn’t reflect the rich history of castles, whiskey distilleries, and regal stags associated with Scottish culture. But redemption for this tired dish sits...
One Man’s Quest to Spear and Eat Alpine Trout

Freshwater

One Man’s Quest to Spear and Eat Alpine Trout

The pre-sunrise darkness condemned me to my truck. Bored and eager to fish, I picked up the only entertainment in my vicinity, a Wyoming fishing regulations pamphlet. I aimlessly thumbed through pages before stumbling onto a section titled “Underwater Spear Gun Fishing.” The coffee-stained paper...