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WV Wildlife: Wild Game Cooking

Any wild game is usually lean, which requires some sort of fat to be added in the process. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Holidays are now here, and that means some home cooking!

While our traditional favorites are still on the table this year, you may be thinking about cooking some wild game after the hunt.

Mark Scott, Assistant Chief of Fisheries Management with the West Virginia DNR, says that wild game can be very tasty if cooked right.

"The key thing to remember with wild game is it's typically lean--and with lean meat, you've got to provide some fat to cook with, or else it's going to be dry or stick and burn really quickly", said Scott.

And not to make your mouth water more, but adding bacon is a good way to lessen this--which makes the taste even better!

Seasoning can do the trick, too.

"For cooking blackened anything, you want your skillet to be pretty hot--smoking like it's starting to now. Put a little spray oil in it and get it smoking--then you know it's going to be ready, because it's going to sizzle and smoke when you put it in usually", said Scott.

Take care of your game before you cook it, too--this goes a long way in preserving the meat says Scott.

"Put it in a cooler. If you're going to hunt in warm weather, you really need to be prepared".

And make sure to cook the game enough to prevent food-borne illness. It's a fine--but important--line between taste and health.

"Remote controlled thermometer. I stick a probe in it, and set it for what temperature I want it to tell me--and then I stick it on my belt and then it says your entre is done. I think everything tastes better over a fire. It's hard to go wrong with wild game as long as you don't overcook it--that's the big key”.

Scott certainly didn’t overcook the samples Brad and I had—they were terrific!

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