What people are watching most this week
What people are watching most this week
Treestand accidents are common among hunters—but most folks have an “it won’t happen to me” attitude. Greg Litzinger was one of those outdoorsmen, who found out the hard way while in the middle of nowhere in southern New Jersey. When a throttling storm and crippling disaster struck and Greg realized no one knew where he was, his only option for survival was to blow up his spot. Even when help was on its way, there was still the threat of rising water, snakes, and paralysis. Listen to the story of his long road to recovery, which was chock-full of hard days that had him thinking he’d never be able to climb into a treestand again.
Part 2 of MeatEater's Season 9 is now available on Netflix! Make sure to tune in to follow Steve as he heads out on more adventures in Colorado, South Dakota, Alaska, and Montana.
We caught a big catfish and my buddy Ryan is going to teach us how to skin it right at the boat ramp. These flathead are renowned for their "belly meat." This is a big one, but you can use this method with any size catfish. It works best if you have a standard fillet knife and an electric fillet knife. Basically, you first take the two fillets off sides, and then the belly meat. Using the electric knife on the fillets, you cut a 90 degree angle to the skin then turn the knife and run it down the fillet just above the skin. This method doesn't involve pulling the skin off, but cutting it off. You'll need to cut the inner membrane and the skin off the belly meat. After all the skin is off the meat, put them in fresh water over night to draw out the blood and you're ready to cook. *Eating raw onion with all fried flathead is mandatory.
All across America hunters kick off the fall hunting season with a weekend of doves, friends, and food. Steve's lifelong friend, Ronny Boehme has invited Steve out to his digs in Virginia for the dove opener. To prep for opening day, Steve and Ron spend a day brushing up on their shooting skills on a sporting clays course followed by a pigeon hunt. Steve shares simple, delicious cooking methods for doves and pigeons.
The phrase “accidents happen” takes on a whole new meaning with hunting, the stories of which often have really bad endings. But thanks to his son’s quick thinking in the field, Joe Nowicki is alive today to tell this one about a fallen shotgun, a disengaged safety, and a misplaced paw. As far as Joey’s side of the story goes, in a landscape as monotonous and remote as that of rural Kansas, telling an ambulance where to go is harder than one might think. And what do you do when your best hack at first aid might cost your dad his entire arm?
Similar to any good Cajun dish, a successful duck camp requires preparation. The last day on dry land is filled with essential stops to get ready for 5 days on the Bayou. Whether making sure we have the right ingredients for our favorite meals, or getting the boats brushed up and ready for action, the day before can be just as important as the day of.
In the 1950s James' Lawrence's grandmother taught him how to cut the lower leg bone of a deer to make backpack straps out of the legs. In this video, Clay Newcomb shows how to remove the lower leg, while leaving the dew claws, then tie the legs together to be able to carry the deer out on his back. This is a great method for hauling out a deer or antelope when you don't want to quarter up or drag the animal out. Typically, it takes about 15 minutes or less to prepare the deer and then the hunter is off to the truck.
This audio is an excerpt from one of 16 harrowing tales featured in "MeatEater's Campfire Stories: Close Calls." In the audio book, you'll hear from seasoned hunters, anglers, and outdoor professionals who share their tales of perilous adventures in the natural world, from run-ins with black bears and grizzlies to bad falls and severe hypothermia. It's now available for purchase <a href="https://store.themeateater.com/collections/books/products/meateaters-campfire-stories-close-calls" target="_blank">here</a>. Sometimes, we don’t know just how close to serious harm we come in the heat of a stressful moment until long after the moment is over. For Arizona game warden Sam Lawry, it took several weeks before he fully realized his luck during an almost-encounter with a psychopathic poacher. One thing’s for sure: No routine patrol is routine when you're after someone who slaughters dozens of elk for fun.
Ryan Callaghan and Aaron Evans join Steve on an epic adventure in British Columbia’s Rockies to pursue grizzly bears. Steve has long desired to take a grizzly but only if he can do it in a way that fits his personal ethics. The hunt is dampened by frustrating weather but Steve finds a way to fix a tasty meal.
Steve is fed up with disrespect for one of the world's most unique game animals-the pronghorn antelope. Throughout the hunt, Steve shares antelope biology, hunting techniques, and meat care. Steve aims to make antelope lovers out of everyone and get pronghorns the respect they deserve.