The topic of conversation at dinner tables all across Jackson is quickly changing from trout to big game. Local sporting goods stores are decked with camo and ammo. Soon, fly rods will be put away to make room for bows and rifles. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing hoofs and antlers peeking out of truck beds. Restaurants and bars throughout town will be filled with thirsty camouflaged hunters, chatting about their day in the woods and planning their next one. It’s almost time, folks. Hunting season is right around the corner.
Last year, I had the privilege of cooking with Wyoming’s wild game for the first time and hearing my friend’s magical stories of hunting in Jackson Hole. I’ve been waiting for this season with great anticipation ever since. In this column, you’ll read about my experiences hunting and the meals that follow. I truly believe in living off of the land as much as possible. What better place to do it in? Since moving to Jackson Hole a short time ago, I’ve already enjoyed some of the best meals of my life using ingredients we have here at our fingertips. I’m about to embark on a new and amazing adventure and I’ll share every bit of it with you.
I’ve been anxiously tapping my toes, practicing my shot, and learning from experienced hunters in my free time. I’m growing herbs for marinades and dreaming of what I’ll set on the dinner table after my first successful hunt. For some, the season has already begun. The rest of us have to wait just a little longer. You can visit the Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s website for more information on dates and areas. I wish all of you hunters a lucky season filled with good times and memorable meals.
Here’s a recipe perfect for early mornings out hunting or scouting.