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MeatEater Mailbag: Virgin Elk Hunters and Cooking Morels

Elk

MeatEater Mailbag: Virgin Elk Hunters and Cooking Morels

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers—and if we don’t, we make ’em up. Every day fellow MeatEaters send us more than 100 emails and direct messages. Some are excellent questions, and we have to think real hard (or get real creative) to answer them. So, we decided to publish a series of our...
Season 8, Episode 6 Gear: Borderland Bucks

Coues Deer

Season 8, Episode 6 Gear: Borderland Bucks

In this episode, we head to Mexico to hunt the elusive Coues deer. These desert whitetails will test the skill of any seasoned hunter and require specific gear to get the job done. The rugged landscape makes for a great hunt, and the bounty of the land makes for great eats. Here’s the gear we used...
The Worst Dick Moves a Hunter Can Make

Big Game

The Worst Dick Moves a Hunter Can Make

According to the Urban Dictionary, a dick move is defined as “an action by one male to another male friend which violates understood social expectations, especially where the transgressor obtains a slight advantage in comparison with a relatively large inconvenience imposed upon the aggrieved party...
Tips for Handling Wild Game Meat in the Field

Big Game

Tips for Handling Wild Game Meat in the Field

Caring for meat is of utmost importance when hunting. Many hunters struggle with meat care on day hunts let alone in the backcountry. When hunting in the backcountry meat could be exposed to the elements for days on end. Make sure to follow certain rules to mitigate meat loss. When caring for...
How to Skin Big Game for Taxidermy and Tanning

Big Game

How to Skin Big Game for Taxidermy and Tanning

Occasionally a hunter will be lucky enough to harvest an animal that inspires such strong emotion, they want it to live on through taxidermy.  When the time comes for you there is a certain process that needs to be followed so that the taxidermist can do their job properly. It’s important to skin...
A Guide to Hunting Moose

Moose

A Guide to Hunting Moose

Moose are huge and excellent to eat. Once you have successfully put a moose on the ground from a hunt, you’ve earned yourself a year’s worth of wild game meals that are unsurpassed in quality. For many hunters who live in moose country, where the animal is associated with abundance and good living...
How to Skin a Deer on the Ground

Big Game

How to Skin a Deer on the Ground

The hanging method is often out of the question for backcountry hunters due to either a lack of suitable trees or an animal that is too heavy to budge let alone hoist into the air. This method uses many of the same techniques as the hanging method, but the animal is obviously positioned very...
A Guide to Hunting Black Bear

Black Bear

A Guide to Hunting Black Bear

Famed hunter and explorer Daniel Boone once killed 155 black bears in a single year. He brined and smoked the meat and sold it as “bear bacon.” Today, most American hunters who do hunt bears will kill only one or two in their lifetimes. For them, bears are regarded as a novelty species, something to...
How to Hang and Skin a Deer

Big Game

How to Hang and Skin a Deer

As long as you’ve got a place to hang it and the muscle-power necessary to lift it, the hanging method is a clean and simple way to skin your big game animals. Unless you’re saving the cape or hide for taxidermy purposes, use the following procedure. Hang the animal by the neck or the base of the...
A Guide to Hunting Wild Pigs

Wild Hog

A Guide to Hunting Wild Pigs

There are two competing narratives about wild pigs in America. The first is from landowners who are quick to cite the growing abundance of wild pigs that are wreaking havoc on their properties by causing extensive crop and landscaping damage. The second is from would-be hog hunters who can’t seem to...