Venison French Onion Sliders

2 lbs Ground Venison
2 TBSP Beef Bouillon Base (Better than Bouillon)
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
Kosher Salt & Pepper
1 stick salted butter
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
2 Medium Sweet Onions
24 Slider buns ( I used sesame buns)
12 oz Gruyere cheese or Shredded White Cheddar or both

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Line the baking sheet with the bottom halves of the slider buns. They should cover the pan.

In a large skillet add 2 TBSP of the salted butter. Thinly slice both onions and place into skillet on medium heat. Cook until onions are caramelized …about 20 minutes. While the onions are caramelizing prepare your venison in a separate bowl. Add 2 lbs of ground venison, 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce, 1 TBSP beef base and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Once the onions have caramelized add in the venison. Cook until the meat is nice and browned.

Melt the remaining stick of butter in a small bowl. Add in 1 TBSP beef base, 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce and at least 1 TSP each of the onion and garlic powder. Set aside.

Once the meat is fully cooked add in your chopped Gruyere cheese or shredded white cheddar cheese with the onions and mix well. The cheese should melt nicely and hold the venison together. Scoop the meat, onion and cheese mixture over each of the slider buns on the greased cookie sheet. Cover with the top buns. Using a pastry brush, brush the buttery mixture over the top of the buns. Sprinkle the buns with onion and garlic powder.

Bake the sliders for about 20 minutes until the buns are browned and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

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The Game Hauler – Product Review

I came across a pretty cool hunting accessory called The Game Hauler.  The name says it all.  It was designed with hauling big game in mind but the design makes it so much more versatile.  Basically you can use it to haul anything that you can strap it to.  I decided to order a few since I knew a few people who could take advantage of such a handy tool.  This accessory comes in different camouflage options as well as blaze orange.

This product is great for everyone but let’s face it I think it will particularly benefit women.  With less upper body strength than most men The Game Hauler is leveraged to give you a hand.  For women who hunt on their own this is the product for you.  I know there has been a few times when a extra set of hands would have came in handy.  This will make those times seem like a distant past.

Check out the product for yourself @ http://www.thegamehauler.com and on Twitter @TheGameHauler

The Game Hauler

Turkey Fan

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(Photos courtesy of Iowa hunter Kelly Prymek)

Recommended use for the turkey fan is in a private land hunting scenario where you know there are no other hunters in the area.  Perfect for a close encounter spot and stalk that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.  This is a great way to see just how close you can get to a wild turkey and a experience of a lifetime.

The Turkey Fan has proved itself over and over this season as I was able to successfully spot and stalk a Eastern in Ohio, getting within 30 yards of the bird before my hunting partner was able to get a safe and clear shot.

The fan is so lifelike that we closed in on a group of unsuspecting Tom’s before we proved the deadly force of my newest favorite toy.  Check them out yourself at http://www.turkeyfan.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/turkeyfan.  You will be glad you did!

Preserving a turkey fan made easy

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Once you have cut the fan from your turkey to preserve it you have several days before the drying process begins while in the folded position.  I would recommend setting the fan as quickly as you can in most cases though.  With these two Rio fans I waited approximately 4 days before I was able to set mine after my travels.

To preserve the fan you will need a flat surface for the drying process.  Cardboard is ideal for this as you need to use push pins to hold the fan in place.  Cardboard will be the easiest method for applying the push pins with little to no effort other than placing them in position.

What you will need:

Find a box or piece of cardboard that is big enough to hold your fan.

Salt (idodized table salt is okay to use as pictured above) to cover the areas of exposed fat tissue.

A cardboard platform to hold your fan.

Push pins to hold your feathers in place during the week long drying process.

How to preserve your fan:

Place cardboard in a safe area for drying.  You will need to leave your fan for at least 1 week.

Have your push pins and salt handy.  Trim away as much fat from where the fan was cut away as possible before pinning the fan down to the drying board.

Start by placing the fan on the board so that all of the feathers are on the board as pictured above.

From either left to right, or right to left depending on how you work start with the first feather making a straight line across the bottom of the board.  Place your first pin into the feather closest to the quill as possible as to hold the feather in place.  Take the next feather slightly overlapping the first feather and place a pin just as you did with the first one.  You will repeat this process with each feather until all feathers are pinned down and your fan should be full with no gaps between the feathers.

Once the fan is in place and you are happy with the way it looks cover the area where you cut the fan away with salt.  Don’t use the salt sparingly.  Make sure to cover the entire area for the curing process to begin.

Leave fan in place in a cool, dry area for one week to dry.  Once dry you can remove each of the pins from the fan and carefully lift and dump the excess salt.  You a small paint brush to remove excess salt as needed.

Your turkey fan is now preserved and you can find your favorite mounting piece to display your trophy.

To preserve your turkey beards simply place them in a zip loc baggie with salt and leave while your fan is drying.

U-Slide Bow Holder – Product Review

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So here is my latest purchase.  The U-Slide Bow Holder.  As you can see it serves several purposes.  Most archers and especially new archers will run into the issue of what to do with their bow when retrieving arrows.  Do you lean it against something trying to prop it up awkwardly risking that it falls over?  Stand it up on the cams?  Lay it on its side and risk moving the housing on your site.  There’s lots of scenarios for why I had to find a solution to this problem.

This is the best solution I have found for long and short term use that is easy to travel with and is fairly compact.  Let me explain.  The photo pictured in the article is me using the U-Slide as a bow stand.  This is great when slinging some arrows at home and you are going to be stationary for the most part.  You would use this same set up for ground blind hunting.  This is perfect for being in the seated position ready to slide your bow to the left or right depending on your set up with very little movement or sound.  

The second solution which could be more long term is fixing the U-Slide near your tree stand.  The U-Slide is adjustable to work with you whether you hunt the ground or from a tree.  This is a great solution for the hunter that’s always trying to find the perfect place to set the bow for those long hunts.  You can position the U-Slide to minimize your movement in the tree and maximize your potential of laying down your prey. 

If you find yourself running into these same problems I highly recommend that you check out U-Slide Bow Holder for yourself.  You can find them on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/uslide or visit their website at http://www.u-slide.com.  Tweet to U-Slide @USlideBowHolder

Venison Loin Chop Kabobs

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Start with a good Marinade. If you’re not confident in your own cooking skills go with your favorite 30 minute steak marinade. Slice Chops into nice sized cubes. Place in a container with Marinade and refrigerate for 30 mins.

While the venison is marinating prepare your veggies. For the pictured Kabobs I used several different veggies. Yellow & Green Zucchini Squash. Red Onion. Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers and Baby Portabella Mushrooms.

Skewer veggies first so that your protein is grilled between the veggies to help infuse the flavor. Add Venison and fold meat in half if cooking to rare meat temperatures to avoid overcooking. Spray veggies with fat free butter spray or olive oil.
Place on grill over med-high heat for at least 8 minutes and turn once. Grill for an additional 8 minutes for medium to med-rare.

Best Venison Burritos

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Easy meals made at home. 1 lb ground Venison. 1 package Old El Paso Chile & Roasted Garlic Mild Mexican Cooking Sauce, 8 oz. Brown Venison in skillet and add in the Old El Paso burrito sauce. This is the best burrito sauce I have ever tried and I’m hooked. For toppings I use fresh Avacado, raw bell peppers (yellow & orange), tomatoes, Spanish rice, black & pinto beans, sour cream and light cheese topped with the amazing Sriracha hot sauce. Enjoy!

Venison Loin Chops with Roasted Carrots, Spinach & Mushrooms with Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Venison Loin Chops with Roasted Carrots, Spinach & Mushrooms with Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Venison Loin Chops with Roasted Carrots, Spinach & Mushrooms. Side of Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus drizzled with olive oil, sea salt with cracked pepper and fresh garlic cloves. Protein packed meal for someone looking to cut down on carbohydrates. This is a healthy and delicious pairing of meat and veggies.

Venison Chili

This recipe will light you up like a Christmas tree!

This recipe will light you up like a Christmas tree!

There are a million ways to create a great chili. This one is not for the faint of heart. You may want to wear gloves when preparing this dish to avoid burning your skin or eyes later on. Don’t learn the hard way. Trust me on this.

What you will need:

  • 3 Green Bell Peppers
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Whole White Onion
  • 6 Habanaro Peppers
  • 6 Poblano Peppers
  • 6 Jalapeño Peppers
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1/2 TBSP Cayenne Pepper
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt or Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • 1 Fresh Whole Garlic Clove
  • 3 46 oz bottles of Tomato Juice
  • 2 16 oz Bag of Uncooked Red Kidney Beans
  • Shredded cheese (Mexican style or cheddar)
  • Sour Cream to dollop on top
  • 2 LBS Ground Venison
  • 1 Lb Hot Sausage

Preparation:

Chop all peppers into small pieces. With the Habanaros you may want to just half them and sauté later with the meat. Do the same with the Onion unless someone you’re cooking for doesn’t like them then you can puree it with some of the tomato juice. They’ll never know. Reserve a little for the side to sprinkle on top when you’re ready to eat.

In large cooking pot slice half the garlic cloves and heat over medium heat with 3 TBSP Olive Oil.  Once the garlic is starting to sauté add in the venison and sausage. Cook over medium heat until almost brown. Slowly add in some of the Peppers and tomato juice to get the heat going. Generously salt and pepper meat while adding in the Cayenne Pepper and Chili Powder. Continue to add in the remaining Peppers, garlic and onion as well as spices and tomato juice until your pot is full. Add both packages of kidney beans and stir. Turn to medium-low and cook for 2 hours or until beans are cooked completely. Stir frequently.

Spice it up a bit tip: Top chili with Shredded cheese and remaining raw Onion. Add a scoop of sour cream to mix it up. 

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!