Hunting has a euphemism; it is called harvesting, as harvesting deer instead of hunting deer. I think the sport is still called hunting and those that participate are still called hunters not harvesters, but I am not sure.
We have a neighbor who loves to hunt. He keeps fit all year so he can track wild animals for miles. Unfortunately he suffers from high cholesterol so he is basically a vegetarian. I eat meat and love wild game so I am the recipient of most of his harvests!
If you are not familiar with hunting it is very regulated. Hunting tags have to be bought and many are a lottery to hunt in certain areas. This year the neighbor got a tag for deer in Eastern Oregon. He was thrilled; it was a lottery tag win! He went, he hunted, he harvested a deer. This was the first time in 10 years he has got a deer.
We sharpened knives, got out freezer bags, and cutting boards and waited for the arrival. This deer was a bit bigger than what we were used to cutting up, but we got in there and harvested over 30 pounds of deer meat. We cut up the ribs and made barbequed deer ribs. They were delicious. I had to serve them on platters they were so big. It was very Fred and Wilma Flintstone!
2 weeks later the neighbor drove to Wyoming to antelope harvest. We have received antelope from him many times. He has the antelope quartered before he drives home so they are much more manageable than a big ole deer. Still the hindquarters of 3 antelope are a lot to cut up and package!
Our freezers are full with 50 pounds of wild game. Since we are not professional butchers or processors, it is all for quick stir fry and steaks. The antelope is too lean to cook into anything but a rare grill or stir-fry. The deer had no fat either so I am thinking it will be cooked similarly.
My favorite thing to make for company, if they are wild game worthy, is cutting the steaks we grilled rare very thin and making a bruschetta with slices on top of a green onion sauce over the grilled bread. Thin slices in a salad are wonderful too for a steak salad.
Do you enjoy wild game? Is someone you know harvesting?