Wild Food Foraging: Hunting Wild Game and Wild Game Recipes

James E. Churchill shares his food foraging tips for hunting wild game and recipes for wild greens, pigeon, deer, and snapping turtle.



Pigeon wild game recipe
Foraged fare from James E. Churchill. Here are some recipes for wild foods such as purslane, wild mustard, pigeon, deer, snapping turtles, and arrowhead tubers. 
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One good "greens" that probably is still harvestable is purslane, (Porlulaca Oleracea), a vine-like, always-tender plant with small elliptical leaves.
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Another plant that makes soup here in Wisconsin in November is wild mustard and I have a lot of affection for this hardy plant.
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In the fall, snapping turtles burrow into the mud beneath a lake, pond or spring to sleep out the winter. To find them, make up a metal probing rod about six feet long with a point on the end.
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I collect pigeons after dark with a good bright flashlight and my son, who's a speedy climber. After checking with the farmer (so we don't get shot for trespassing), we go into the farm buildings and shine our light along rafters until we spot roosting pigeons.  
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The soup course is followed by venison roast with a side dressing of arrowhead potatoes and a salad made from cattail shoots, dandelion crowns and sour sorrel.
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