My son works at a game bird farm, here in Upper Michigan and last week he went to a Pheasant Shoot down near Petoskey. He had a great time and came home with 6 nice pheasant.
Some people brought their dogs for retrieving the birds and I would have like to have been able to watch, but I had to work.
After the hunt, they collected all the pheasant and divided them up equally amongst all the hunters.
Now that spring has sprung, the pheasant are laying eggs like crazy. James has been collecting eggs and they expect to start up their new incubator soon. It holds 21,000 eggs, so there should be lots of new baby pheasants in about a month.
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone can direct me to a site with recipes for preparing pheasant. I've never cooked a pheasant before, but I assume it would be like a chicken? Couldn't find any "Pheasant Helper" at the store, they only had Chicken, Hamburger or Pork Helper.
Also, maybe someone could tell me, when I cleaned the birds, I assume the holes are where the little lead BB bullets/thingys went into the bird. Was I supposed to remove them prior to freezing them? I am so pheasant illiterate, it isn't funny.
I'm used to the butcher shop cleaning, cutting up and wrapping the deer every year, I haven't a clue on how to do it myself. Gave all the birds a good bath in cold water to remove inside remains and feathers.
Should be interesting. I'm off to work now, but will check back later, hoping someone has some suggestions for me.
no phasant is not like chicken it can get hard when cooked if not cooked right also beforeyou freeze it you clean it and put it in salty water to help take out the game taste. it can be cooked in a lot of different ways. there is a place on the internet to get wild game cook books and other info.try wild game recipies.com and phasasnts forever they have recipies on there and cook books. I usually just type in wild game. or you came get in there and explorer the sights. if there is a hunting store like cabelas It will have it also. good luck with it.if you need more info let me know we hunt everything you can think of.
Couple things...pheasant is just awesome, can be prepared so many different ways...and no it does not taste like chicken..lol :).
Try FoodTV.net...the Food Network can get many good recipes regardless of main ingredient. Been to a few game farms..lots of fun for everyone except for the things getting shot...I can say that with a grain of salt since I'm a hunter.
Thankfully, most of the shot(BB's) that are used to take feathered creatures are no longer lead..in most states that is. More often zinc plated and tungsten matrix shot is used. Lead never seemed like a good deal....especially if it remained in an unkilled animal...frequent occurence, btw. Plus think of all the lead from shotgun shells that have wound up in wetlands and esturaries, et. CAREFUL...this new shot is much much harder than lead!!!
Thanks for all the suggestions about the pheasants. I'll have to be extra careful to pick out the little shots before cooking them. I haven't tried out those websites yet for recipes, but will tomorrow.
Also, I will welcome any other recipe suggestions.
James had a great time hunting for the pheasant. I've never seen it done, but hope to some day.
BTW, if I missed one of the shots/BB's when cleaning, and accidently cooked it, would/could that shot explode in the oven? I don't want to be doing anything dangerous.
Explode..no way Jose..unless you are using a darn blast furnace..just kidding. Lead is heavy and soft...the zinc and tungsten stuff lighter and harder and propelled by more gunpowder...lots of compromises. Punishes the hunter...nice for the environment..LOL. No just be careful...I mean it..chipped a tooth or two from shot. Any grouse, quail there?? Both good also but more delicate. Have a good time cheffing, e
Basset...My ex was an avid hunter..I have cooked all kinds of varmits..The thing to remember is that pheasent or any wild game bird have no fat like we are used to...so you must cook slow and in such a way to lock the moisture in. I have fried it..but slow and my ex used to say to cook a chicken with it..i dont think that is nessessary, myself..But..Good luck..I dont use recipes any more..just do your thing...just keep in mind it isnt forse fed and all fat so..enjoy..
obispo - you asked if there are grouse or quail up here. There is a game bird farm about 30 minutes from here that raises quail, partridge, pheasants and just about anything in between. I'm not sure if they offer hunts or not.
I do know there are wild grouse (that's partridge, correct?) up here on Lake Michigan. Many a time, we'd be riding horses through the woods, enjoying the peace and silence. All of a sudden, pppptttttttttthhhhhhhttttt, I don't know how to type the sound, but it sounds like a jet taking off, out of the clearing, a partridge would take off. For the size of the bird, they sure make a lot of noise when leaving the ground.
You had to learn to have super glue on your legs to hang on, because not only would the horse be spooked, you would as well. :)
The part of the country I live in has lots of National Forests, plus the paper mills own hundreds of thousands of acres of land. James (my son) likes to hunt in Mead's Forest, it is over 45,000 acres and most is open to hunters. I like to ride through the forests, either on a 4 wheeler or motorbike. I'm not much of a hunter, myself.
Are there many game birds in your part of the country Obispo?
Hey! Where in the UP are you from? I'm from Escanaba, it's just nice to see fellow Michigan people, I've been in the military and away now for over five years, but your story sure brings back memories of my Dad and brother's hunting trips :)
HAY>>im in Michigan too..and I think 2 or 3 others are as well..Seems Michigan is a hot bed for pet lovers..dickedodle...My hubby was a 20 year retiured Army guy too..He was in Columbus GA before he came back here and then we met. We live in the Thumb area...Good to have you..and thanks for doing a job for us all...
Hi Bassett...I live in N.Minnesota however UP gets a heck of a lot more snow..Haha on you guys. In terms of things with feathers I normally hunt mainly for pheasant, some quail...out west, waterfowl(nothing prettier and harder to hit than a Wood Duck), turkey and geese. However I'm often without a suitable sporting dog, though I've used some great "rentals" the last couple years..for upland game anyway.
Get a free catalog from Murray&McMurray Hatchery out of Webster City, Iowa, even if you are not a big time hunter they offer some absolutely incredible varities of game birds, heirloom turkeys, quail, partridge and many types of unusual ducks...among many other "farm" varities..Get a catalog and have fun. cheers e
***Edited By: obispo44 on 4/20/2005 9:12:13 PM*** Reason: can't spell
So much to answer, since I went to work. Am now home for 2 days. Let's see...
DooknDokkermom: Dook is beautiful. Nice choice in dogs. Make sure to take pictures of your new Schipperke puppy and share him with us. I've lived in Escanaba all my life. You may know my family name - my Grandparents started hand dipping chocolates in 1906, so it is one of the oldest businesses in Escanaba. Almost 100 years old and still the sweetest store in town. I'm not trying to advertise for the store, so I won't mention the name, but I'm sure you will know the store. :)
Catlover: I will accept all of the recipes for Pheasant that you can offer. We have 6 pheasants in the freezer, so I am sure to have many meals. Please share. I never got a chance to check out those websites for recipes yet, since I was at work till now.
Obispo: I live on the kinder Great Lake...Michigan. The north coast of the UP is where they get nailed with snow. Ever heard of the Copper Country? That's up on Lake Superior, which is a wickedly, wild Great Lake. Some winters they have so much snow that they can't go out their front doors, they have to get out of the house through their second story windows. We are in the "bananna belt" and are more sheltered from the winter storms.
As for game birds, I live in the city limits and we can't have any poultry or petstock in the city limits. How well I know that, but that is another story.
I also can't have horses here anymore, fought city hall over that in 1990 and eventually lost. Another story, pet related, of course. ;)
I'm full of stories, have a pretty good memory and was on the radio for 14 years, so you may hear me babbling on from time to time.
My sincere thanks to all that have helped me and are helping me to find recipes for these pheasants that my son brought home.
Guess that is enough for now, time for someone else to talk.