Archive for September, 2006

Salsa Venison Roast…

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Here is another great recipe from my wife.  I wasn’t sure I would like this the first time she made it, but it is fantastic!  Try it out for something a little different.

3 lb. Venison Roast
1 Garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. oil
1-2 Onions Sliced
1-2 green and/or red bell peppers, sliced 
16 ox. jar salsa
2 14 1/2 oz. cans Mexican-style stewed tomatoes

Brown roast and garlic in oil in skillet.  Place in slow cooker.  Add onions and peppers.  Pour salsa and tomatoes on top.  Cover and cook on low in slow cooker for 8 hours.  2 smaller roasts can be substituted for 3 lb roast.

If you have any left overs from this roast, it makes great fajitas!  Just slice up the roast and add in some of the sauce, with a little cheese and sour cream.  Enjoy!

Eating Cockroaches…

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

PETA has now gone to the greatest extreme of protecting the “rights” of animals.  They are upset by the newest campaign by Six Flags’ newest Halloween themed contest.  Any customer willing to eat a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach will be allowed to jump the line. 

A spokeswoman for the animal rights organization says the contest at the amusement park’s FrightFest is “gratuitously cruel.”  Now, the question is:  is this “gratuitously cruel” for the cockroach or for the people challenged to eat them?  After all, this is a cockroach!

The good news here is that if PETA is busy fighting the cockroach eating at Six Flags, maybe they will be far away from my treestand come the middle of October.  So, thanks to Six Flags, and whoever is willing to eat one of those nasty things to be able to get to the front of the lines there at the park.

By the way, Six Flags defends its choice of “menu”…”Amusement park officials are defending their menu choice. Great America spokesman Jim Taylor says the bugs are nutritious, high in protein and fat free.”  Makes me want to get a whole plate full for supper tonight.  How ’bout you?

Source: The Washington Post

Attack of the Killer Teddy Bear…

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

It appears that someone has maliciously murdered 2500 trout.  That’s right, 2500.  Some devious, destructive person has discovered a plan to wipe out a whole pool of trout destined for stocking.  They evidently snuck into the hatchery under the cover of night and cast the unsuspecting Paddington Bear, complete with raincoat and hat, into the stock tank.  This heartless act clogged the drain, leaving the poor defensless trout without much needed oxygen.  There were no survivors.

This account has caused the New Hampshire Fish and Game to issue the warning:  “RELEASE OF ANY TEDDY BEARS into the fish hatchery water IS NOT PERMITTED.” I guess that warning is a day late and a dollar short. 

Was this the action of a crazed animal rights fanatic, determined that if these poor fish could not live free, they were better off dead?  Or was it the actions of misguided sportman, determined that stocked trout harm the natural fisheries, and therefore he was determined to stop the madness?  Maybe it was just a little girl in pony tails, who accidently dropped her teddy bear…but then where’s the fun in that option?

So, no teddy bears in the New Hampshire hatcheries now.  What’s next?  No liquids on airplanes?  What’s the world coming to?

To see the whole story click here

High Tech Scouting…

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Remember when hunting was a stick and string, and camo was a tree branch cut off and set up in front of you?  Ok, you probably don’t remember that, and neither do I.  And, I guess it is inevitable that technology will continue to creep into the world of the outdoors.  But, sometimes, I think it goes a bit far.  Case in point:  the SmartScouter Trail Camera. This may be a great idea (I’m sure it is), but it just goes against my instincts as a hunter.  It is the next step in the evolution of the trail camera though!  The SmartScouter Trail Camera wirelessly sends photos to you from any where in the world.  You only need your internet connection.  Their advertisement in Field and Stream Magazine states that there are only 3 easy steps needed to get started:  1)  Purchase a SmartScouter, 2) Register Camera and Purchase plan, 3) Attach to tree and turn on.  Simple as that!  You can sit back in the comfort of your home and check out the monster bucks as they pass by. 

There are some benefits I see to this new gadget.  Once the cameras are set up (I guess you would need several), you wouldn’t have to contaminate the hunting area with your scent ever again.  You could just sit back and check out the pics, then decide which stand to hunt on opening day.  You ceratinly wouldn’t have to head out on those dreary cold mornings to retrieve film, or download digital shots of those big boys.  It cuts down on the leg work involved in every aspect of the scouting process.

I do wonder, however, if this is a feasible gadget for the “average joe” (read, “me”!)  I visited the website to try and figure out what the costs were going to be on this thing, but was not able to find out much information.  There is a note informing me that the SmartScouter is on backorder, but that I can sign up to be on the waiting list.  I guess that is a sign that the product is doing well–it evidently has outsold production. 

I like to think of myself as “old school” when it comes to hunting, but the truth is, I am not.  I have the rangefinder.  I have the GPS.  I have Goretex and Thinsulate.  When does it go too far?  I guess when you run out of money to buy the new stuff coming down the line.

On a personal note, it turns out that two of the guys that started the SmartScouter company, Jake and Justin Roach, went to High School with me way back at Mill River High School in Rutland Vermont.  Small World!  Wonder if that’s worth a free sample?