Sweet potato fed venison
"We're going to have to
do something about the deer," I told Mark over lunch. "They're
getting in the garden again."
Fast forward ahead an
hour and I hear a gunshot that sounds awfully close. I run outside ---
"Honey, are you okay?!"
"I killed it!" my
It turns out he hadn't
quite killed it, though he had knocked it off
its feet. Mark had to rush inside and reload before putting the
anterless buck out of its misery. But then he was the king of the
farm for the next two days, having saved the garden and
killed his first deer. By local standards, Mark had also beaten
my record from two years ago since my
first (and only) kill had been a
I can be awfully
competitive, though. Two days later, as I talked
to Daddy on the phone, I saw a deer walking right down the garden path
as if headed for our front door. "I've got to go," I told my
father. "There's a deer in the garden." "Kill it!" he
I crept down the hall and
picked up the loaded rifle. Slipping
off the safety, I eased open the front door and steadied the gun
against the door frame. As Mark likes to say, he could see the
deer fall to the ground right outside his window --- my shot had
severed its spine and the youngster died almost instantly. Once
we dressed them both out, my antlerless buck was just a hair bigger
than my long-suffering husband's. I told him he was just going to
have to get another deer to even the score.
Which is all a long way
of saying --- this week's lunchtime series is
all about venison. Is it cost effective to hunt your own?
How do you butcher it? How do you eat it? Stay tuned for
the answers, including a special guest post on chimney top smoking.
(If you're a vegetarian,
or just disgusted by pictures of meat on the hoof, I apologize in
advance. You might want to steer clear, at least until we reach
the kitchen on Thursday.)
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