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I have only eaten rabbit once and I didn’t love how it was cooked.  I’ve been wanting to try it again and this looks like a pretty good recipe.  However, if you have a great rabbit recipe, I would love to hear about it and would also be happy to post it on my blog if you’d like!

One, 2½ to 3-pound rabbit, bone in, cut into serving-size pieces

Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
About 3 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup canola or peanut oil
4 medium carrots, chopped
1½ medium onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 tsp of dried thyme
1 cup red wine
1 cup water
Rice or noodles
Chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish

Spread the flour in a shallow dish. Season the rabbit with salt and pepper, and dredge it in the flour. Shake off the excess flour. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil over high heat. Add the rabbit, and cook it for 5 to 6 minutes, turning until it is lightly browned. Lift the meat from the pan, and set it aside.

Add the carrots, onions, and garlic and thyme then cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onions are lightly browned. Reduce the heat, and cook the vegetables over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rabbit, wine and water and cover the pan. Cook over low heat for about 35 minutes until the rabbit is cooked through.

Using a slotted spoon or spatula, remove the cooked rabbit from the pan and set it aside. Purée the pan’s contents with an emulsifier, food mill, food processor or blender. Return the rabbit with sauce to pan, add the rabbit, and bring back to a simmer. Serve the rabbit and sauce over rice or noodles and garnish with parsley.

For more wonderful small game recipes, visit the Ohio Dept of Natural Resources website.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Ingredients

1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 cups shredded peeled apples
2 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon ground mustard
2 pounds ground venison

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble venison over mixture and mix well. Pat into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 239 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 367 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.
Originally published as Apple Venison Meat Loaf in Country Woman December/January 2010, p65

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Winner will be drawn by Oct 28, 2013. Only One Entry Per E-Mail Address Per Week. Must be at least 18 years old to enter (19 or older if a resident of AL or NE) and a legal resident of and currently residing in one of the 50 United States or D.C.

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Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Last night I got out my Cabela’s Big Game Hunter for the Wii and started playing it.  I started with some target practice.  It starts you out with easier targets and they get harder and harder.  You can shoot all kinds of geese and ducks and then it moves you to rabbits and deer before you start getting attacked by mountain lions and bear!  It’s very addictive and fun!

Finally, once I had the controls down and was confident about my shooting abilities, I moved on to the hunts.  Again… the first hunt is simple and walks you though all of the controls which it actually does a very nice job of.  Each hunt consists of hunting for several animals.  And then there are a dozen different hunts that get more and more difficult.

I’m don’t play video games very often.  I’d rather spend my time doing something a bit more useful.  But I will have to admit that Cabela’s Big Game Hunter is a surprisingly fun game and a bit addictive.  If you like hunting you’re going to like this game.  I had a great time playing it and highly recommend it.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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It’s time for a break.  Let’s go shoot skeet!

See more fun shooting & hunting games at HuntingNet.com

Have fun and Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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MP900390515Water Temperatures

Water temperature has a major affect on game fish activity in both fresh and saltwater. All fish species have a preferred temperature range in which they are most active and, therefore, more susceptible to being caught. Here are ideal water temperatures for the most popular species of freshwater fish:

Ideal Conditions Chart
Plus or minus 3 degrees of “Most Active” water temperatures is prime fishing.

Fish                                 Lower                    Most Active                 Upper

Black Crappie             60°F (15°C)          70°F (21°C)               75°F (24°C)

Bluegill                        58°F (14°C)          69°F (20°C)               75°F (24°C)

Brook Trout               44°F (7°C)             58°F (14°C)               70°F (21°C)

Brown Trout              44°F (7°C)             58°F (14°C)               74°F (23°C)

Carp                             74°F (24°C)           84°F (29°C)             88°F (31°C)

Chain Pickerel           60°F (15°C)           66°F (19°C)              74°F (23°C)

Catfish                         55°F (13°C)           82°F (28°C)              89°F (32°C)

Chinook Salmon       44°F (7°C)             54°F (12°C)               60°F (15°C)

Coho Salmon             44°F (7°C)             54°F (12°C)              60°F (15°C)

Green Sunfish            73°F (23°C)          87°F (31°C)              91°F (33°C)

Kamloops Trout        46°F (8°C)            49°F (9°C)                57°F (14°C)

Lake Trout                  42°F (4°C)           54°F (12°C)               62°F (17°C)

Lake Whitefish          43°F (6°C)            51°F (11°C)               63°F (17°C)

Largemouth Bass      50°F (10°C)          70°F (21°C)             84°F (29°C)

Northern Pike            56°F (13°C)          63°F (17°C)              74°F (23°C)

Rainbow Trout          44°F (7°C)            61°F (16°C)              75°F (24°C)

Sauger                         55°F (13°C)          67°F (19°C)              74°F (23°C)

Smallmouth Bass      60°F (16°C)         67°F (19°C)              73°F (23°C)

Spotted Bass              71°F (22°C)          75°F (24°C)             80°F (27°C)

Steelhead Trout        38°F (3°C)            50°F (10°C)            60°F (16°C)

Sunfish                       50°F (10°C)          58°F (19°C)             68°F (20°C)

Walleye                       50°F (10°C)         67°F (19°C)             76°F (24°C)

White Bass                 62°F (17°C)         70°F (21°C)             78°F (26°C)

For more info on the actual water temperatures near you, visit OurdoorLife’s Water Temperature page and insert your state.

Happy Hunting (and Fishing)!

– Marci

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