|North Dakota pheasant|
But our wildlife is also beautiful which I was reminded of as I took a country drive recently. First it was the pheasants alongside the road that caught me by surprise. Before I could stop and get my camera, the pheasants flew. They seemed to sense it is hunting season and I like to cook them.
But I was unarmed.
Then far ahead once I drove through the prairie road I could see what looked like a dog laying in the road. But then she stood up and I drove slowly towards her.
In the background of the photo there is another figure on the road. It was a dead coyote. I believe this one was hanging around because of the dead coyote. She had little fear of me. She seemed to be protecting her lost friend.
What she didn’t know is I have fear of her. The coyotes yelp and howl just outside our house at night. There seems to be more and more of them around and they need to be hunted. Because I don’t want them to eat our cats! Or our neighbor’s cattle. But for a moment, this North Dakota coyote and I visited. I felt a sort of peace with her. She knew her space and I knew mine. We peacefully moved on from each other, her mourning her dead partner in crime and I, reminded that wildlife can be vicious yet beautiful.
We hunt pheasant. We eat pheasant. We hunt coyotes. We don’t eat coyote. But our favorite hunting is deer hunting and this little guy was not too scared of me either along the prairie road. I’m not much of a threat apparently.
judi @ farmnwife says
Val Plagge asked a similar question about recipes on twitter. I suggested she check out pinterest to search for wild game recipes.
Have you ever tried roasted coyote?
YUM, pheasant in the birds, elk for red meat. Grew up on deer, antelope, pheasant and some goose and duck (the latter two just aren’t my bag). Since moving to MT though I became an elk snob and prefer that over deer BUT I certainly won’t turn down venison jerky, salami or burger! 🙂 I’m with you on the coyotes, have them around my house and they give me (and the little dogs) the creeps!
good luck w/ deer hunting! our coyotes have been much more vocal again since it has gotten cooler here.
We eat a lot of deer around here! My favorite is in stew or slow cooked deer roast! Those coyote pictures are priceless, I’ve never seen one so close before, I can’t believe she let you get so close!
Annie, Morning Joy Farm says
I could do an Orange Pheasant recipe…
now to get John and Duke out there to get one!
April S. says
When we have it we eat almost exclusively venison. First one is in the freezer here and hubby has next week off to hopefully stock it up some more. I’ll be posting some recipes on my blog – I’d love to guest post. 🙂
We hear coyotes around us at night, too. Hubby said they never used to be around here when he was growing up.
Looking forward to your recipes. :o)
Rhubarb and Venison says
I echo Linda’s comment – bring on your fav game recipes!
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