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Skunting: The Ancient Art of Hunting on Skis

Small Game

Skunting: The Ancient Art of Hunting on Skis

Post-holing through knee-deep snow is the preferred method of winter hunting in America. On the other hand, skiing is generally embraced by those who lap groomed runs until the legs give out or the après booze starts flowing. There's nothing wrong with this contemporary version of skiing, but it's...
Dodging the Taxman: Keep Your Catch Clear of Sharks, 'Cudas, Pike, and More

Saltwater

Dodging the Taxman: Keep Your Catch Clear of Sharks, 'Cudas, Pike, and More

Line is peeling off the reel, but with one last violent pull, the fight dies out. A lifeless weight ensues, and what remains on the hook is merely stolen and shredded dreams. The taxman strikes again. Ernest Hemingway had his ways of dealing with sharks, included a Tommy Gun for a couple well-placed...
How to Spear Fish in Freshwater

Freshwater

How to Spear Fish in Freshwater

For coastal inhabitants, the dinner bell rings twice a day with the arrival of high tide. Many accept this invitation to eat with a spear. The further inland you travel, however, the less you hear that ringing until mountains and trees completely smother the noise. It's a shame that those far from...
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 Customary grazing rights have been lost or rescinded.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)

Recipes

Biltong (Traditional African Jerky)

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...