Wild Game and Greens

Typical dinner around here:

Caribou steak (broiled in the oven with salt and pepper), sauteed greens, corn on the cob.

A Little Mountain Goat Stew

img_0749Got out the crock pot to make a meal yesterday. Chopped up organic veggies that I picked up at the Safeway in Fairbanks while we were there over the weekend. Then went to the freezer to see what meat I should add.

Picked a package of mountain goat stewing meat. Yes, mountain goat. And I have to tell you, I much prefer mountain goat to moose or caribou although caribou does come in a second.

“So where did you catch this mountain goat?” I asked, kidding around with my husband since I know the proper way of saying it isn’t “catch” a mountain goat but “harvest” or simply “get.” (Note how hunters do not say kill, murder, bump off, etc.)

“I can’t tell you,” he said, looking up from his bowl of mountain goat stew.

“What? Why not? I want to put that into my blog,” I said.

“Exactly. Hunters never reveal where they hunt,” he replied.

Interesting. And I thought he was just being secretive because his wife is a blogger.

What is your wild game preference: mountain goat, caribou, moose or…?

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Road Kill Sandwich

caribou21I heard an interesting story the other day.

Two guys were driving down the road near Tok and happened upon a road kill caribou with a tie down strap around it’s neck. Curious, they slowed down to take a closer look. Headlights approached, and the other truck slowed down, too.

In the other truck were two old men. One of the older guys said that he was trying to get the caribou into their truck and had just gone to town to round up some help. Some of the young men in town they spoke with weren’t too keen on heading out in minus 50 degree weather. He was only able to rustle up the help of another guy who was even older. The two of them hadn’t been able to lift the 250 lb.-plus adult cow.

“I’m on the list,” he said. “Would you help us?”