It’s amazing that in this day and age were for the most part removed from our food sources. Sure I grew up eating meat, willing to bet you did too however I had no idea where it was coming from and to be completely honest it wasn’t until recently I started to care.
Most of us now pay attention to labels on our meat and chicken after seeing the recent food documentaries online (if your not sure what I’m talking about you may want to start here) and if I buy my meat or chicken from the store you better believe it’s going to be the free range, grass fed kind. But whats even better then buying this stuff from the store is actually going out and hunting it yourself.
How to Prepare Grouse
WARNING This is NOT for everybody, odds are there will be some of you that eat meat regularly that might completely get offended by this? Not sure why but here goes and remember when you eat meat, it was alive and living on this earth, yes actually breathing.
I found a video online that made cleaning and preparing grouse very simple. See below
Remember to save the legs too (buffalo wings) as some people like to call them. Wash the remaining feathers off and remove any of the tiny shotgun pellets the might be still lodged inside the breast.
Get a sharp knife, ideally one that is similar to something you would use to filet a fish. I like to use a 10″ Kilimajaro Kibo Knife to cut the meat off the bone and then another knife (typically a household knife) to cut the Grouse into smaller pieces for cooking fajitas.
How to Cook GrouseEnjoy..
Don’t forget to wash off some of the cooked grouse and give some pieces to your dog too..
3:45PM Left House
4:30PM Saw First Grouse
4:31PM Dead Bird
5:00PM Back in the Bronco
6:00PM Saw Second Grouse
6:01PM Dead Bird
7:15PM Back at the House
7:30PM Clean Birds
8:45PM Start Cooking
9:15PM Dinner is served
Not a bad way to spend 6 hours, as I type this the next day I am whooped, my dog is still sleeping (its 10AM) and I had a delicious meal last night and leftovers for easily 2-3 more meals. Be sure to give thanks to the birds…
Grouse Hunting Tips
The first step in Grouse hunting is to get a bird hunting dog, I have had good luck with German Shorthaired Pointers.
Step number two involves figuring out where Grouse and birds like to hang out, the time of day they come out, what the eat and where they sleep. Your not just going out killing..
An important and overlooked step, which should actually be #1 or #2 is to pick up a hunting license, in state residence pay around $20, out of state closer to $100. Keep in mind this is good for the entire season.
Before you head out in the field make sure you have the proper hunting clothing, notice we said clothing before gun, bullets etc.. Get some long pants and a long sleeve shirt (Grouse like to hang in terrain that tears at your clothes, if it’s not ripping at your clothes, odds are your hunting in the wrong place) I like to run the Craghoppers Bear Grylls line in the field. (This looks to be now called the National Geographic Collection)
Step #5, and this is especially important for hunting around Jackson, WY or anywhere for that matter is to wear some Bright Orange (Dick Cheney has a house nearby, seriously) ideally an actual hunting vest like the Filson’s oh so Classy Upland Vest.