Cool Stuff – Hunting
“Hog Hunting”

Welcome to my three part dinner series. In part one, we go on a hog hunt, very early… The owner of Hidden Valley Ranch, Tim Haley, and his foreman Craig, and I hopped into the jeep and drove through some very chilly winds… But the ranch was so beautiful as the sun came up that it was a lovely distraction from the cold. Pretty soon after we set out, we saw […]

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“Bringing Home the Bacon”

Today I am off to a place called Hidden Valley Ranch. I’m pretty sure it’s not the salad dressing place because I am going there to hunt wild pig, and that would be strange… This is my schedule for Saturday: Out of bed before sunrise, hunting at daybreak with the ranch owner and ranch foreman. Come back from the morning hunt for breakfast. Afternoon hunt for quail and wild pigeon […]

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“Girl Hunters”

The coolest thing I’ve seen in recent months… … is a father teaching his daughter how to properly clean a bird for dinner. Wanting her to understand what it is to be a meat eater and how to be a fair and honest meat eater at that. Hunting is not about male bonding in the woods anymore… it’s about understanding how to participate in nature, how to hunt for food, take only […]

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“14 Dove Puttach”

Over the weekend, my new friend Michael from New Orleans taught me how to make Puttok. If anyone can tell me how to spell it properly I’ll give you a gold star sticker. It’s a lovely stew of tomato, rosemary, vinegar (or in our case red wine) and braised meat. It’s that silver pot in the left corner, see? Of course I was too distracted by the ambient smells of a good cuban […]

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“Dove Hunting: 8am – 9am”

When the sun comes up, the socializing begins. This consists mostly of hanging out in the corn on the back of a four wheeler sipping a soda, and staring blurry eyed in front of you… Stragglers come in from the fields little by little, trying to hold out for just one more… someone insists they bought bad shells… someone lights a cigar…. Someone rolls up their sleeves and takes to the […]

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“Dove Hunting: 7am – 8am”

Soon there’s some action. And the earplugs come in handy as shots fire across the field… The doves start to descend en route to breakfast… And Buddy is thrilled to finally get some action… Where’s the dove?… Sniff, sniff, circle, circle… I just saw it here… where did it go?… I’ve been waiting all morning for this moment! AHA! Yihaw! Yippi! The sweet payoff of a dove hunt at daybreak… I don’t think so […]

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“Dove Hunting: 5 am – 7 am”

Dove hunting starts a little later than most hunts. 5:30 am to be exact. It’s a social affair… a cooler full of beverages, talking, laughing, dogs running around in circles. And some good ear plugs. It takes place in the fields not the woods. The doves come down at sunrise to feed on the corn, sunflower seeds and wheat. And we wait. And wait… Entertain the impatient dogs… March around […]

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“Off I Go!”

It’s time for the big dove hunt in Lake Village, Arkansas! I plan to eat a lot of roasted dove this weekend. And tamales. But I will only be hunting for dove, not tamales. Those will come from Rhoda who ties them up in perfect little corn husks. Yes, she and I will be eating roasted dove and warm tamales by this time tomorrow. And I can’t wait. I will be sending […]

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“Turkey Hunting”

It’s 4:30am. I’m scarfing down banana, cereal and black coffee. Freddie Black is on his way to pick me up. He’s the chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, which down here is bigger than the President of the United States. Within a few minutes we’re riding along the levy of the Mississippi river in the pitch black, the truck stereo is crooning country music. “See this wind blowing […]

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