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Two Videos, “Road Kill Deer Cleaning: The Graphic, Unedited Video,” and “Hunting, Cleaning and Cooking Swan”

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A typical road-killed deer. Some will have more damage, some less; but this is about average.

  (Swan Hunting and Cooking – 8-Minute Video and Road Kill Deer Gutting -3-Minute Video are now posted on my site http://www.hoveysmith.wordpress.com. as well as an earlier video on deer cleaning.)

  Two new videos, one on cleaning a road-killed deer and the other on swan hunting, have been done; but both files are too large to post. The road-killed deer video is about 30-minutes long and the one on swan hunting is about 15 minutes.

  I did not edit the road-kill video so that the viewer would have an accurate and realistic view of  a 68-year-old guy (me) sometimes struggling to  skin and gut a road-killed deer by himself. Everything is there but the smell, and I describe that as best I can.   The reason I did this is to show that salvaging a road-killed animal requires considerable effort. By the time a person has done everything necessary to gather, skin and clean that deer; I feel he (or she) has earned the right to keep it – despite some states’ laws to the contrary.

 Should anyone want a one-off copy to help convince state legislators to change their laws on utalization of  road-killed animals, I will produce and mail a copy for $25.00.

 In my opinion anyone who goes through this much trouble to salvage meat from a dead animal lying beside the road and accepts  any risk of  feeding it to their families should be allowed to do so. In times when  unemployment is high and people are going to bed hungry there is no reason not to utilize the meat from a dead animal found beside the road.  From a health point of view, there is no practical difference between salvaging a road kill and a hunter cleaning a gut-shot animal.

  The meat, bones and organs that I cannot use are often boiled for my pets. What is left is put in an open field for the buzzards.    

Send the request and payment to Whitehall Press – Budget Publications, 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd., Sandersville, GA 31082.

Swan from a January, 2010 hunt at Lake Mattamuskeet, NC taken with an original 1842 British musket and load of non-toxic shot.

 I will make another attempt to  reduce the photo sizes on the Swan video to get something up for those who are interested. I will also post some photos on Flickr when they are ready.

  A video on my blog, http://www.hoveysmith.wordpress.com , (look back in the archived sections) has a narriated slide show on using road-killed deer, and my book, Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound ($19.95)  pictures and describes the processes of retrieving, cleaning and long-term storage of  road-killed deer.

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January 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

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Coot Soup & Carp Salad for New Year’s Eve

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Coot soup and carp salad with a bottle of $3.00 wine for the author's New Year's meal.

To bring to end what has been a year where the nation has been battered by economic woes and wars, I could think of a  no more fitting end-of-year meal than coot soup and carp salad.

Three coot. They even look a little like over-stuffed brokers.

   I take the grey-feathered coot to represent the Wall Street wizz-idiots whose greed took the nation to very-near  financial failure and the carp salad to be congresses’ “carping” about every  issue, rather than producing much in the way of actions to benefit the average American.

  Coot, skinned and the external fat removed, can be  boiled with some garlic, rice and a handful of vegetables to make a tasty soup. I use the entire carcass along with the cleaned gizzards and hearts.

  The carp salad is made from baked carp that is de-boned,

Bottom-feeding carp were an appropriate addition to the meal.

mixed with mayonnaise, pickles and a bit of dill weed along with an egg. The result is a better product than typical tuna-fish salad as it does not have the oily aftertaste.

  I found the preparation of this meal very satisfying, particularly boiling of the coot and stripping  the meat from the bones. The limit on coot is 15 a day, there is no limit on carp; and the result was a good and inexpensive New Year’s meal – ironic through it might be.

   They may be celebrating on Wall Street tonight, but the only cause for joy for many, many more of  us is the thought that, “We got through this year.  Let us take whatever pleasures that we can find from simple food and $3.00 wine.”

  For more recipes go to  http://www.hoveysmith.wordpress.com . There are also recipes in my books, Practical Bowfishing, Crossbow Hunting, Backyard Deer Hunting:Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound and in X-Treme Muzzleloading: Fur, feathers and dangerous game with muzzleloading rifles, smoothbores and pistols.

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January 1, 2010 at 12:55 am

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