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I assume that you eat these critters?

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I don’t think I’d be braggin’ ’bout runnin’ over a bunch of baby pigs, those P.E.T.A. folks will set their sights on You and it will take all the sport out of (what You call) “hunting”, for You . They’ll put You in the media like they did that dentist, “big game hunter” that shot that pet lion a few years ago and We all know what happened to Him. I hope You’re making use of them.

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Dave K. said
I assume that you eat these critters?  

I absolutely do eat the wild hog meat which I harvest.  Primarily in 4 different dishes.  The meat make fantastic “pulled pork” for sandwiches which I have never had any complaints of.  The other three are Italian dishes which are more for a sit down dinner with fine wine.   One is a meat sauce, bolognese that I usually use the neck meet which is ground and sautéed.   The other two are more of a “pot roast” style of dinner.  The first is Cinghiale (chin-GYAH-lay) a traditional Tuscan wild boar meal with a tomato based sauce.  The second is Cinghiale Agro Dolce, or a sweet and sour meal but not like Chinese sweet and sour.  All of these are fantastic and with the marination time can take a few days to prep and then finally cook.  They also make for wonderful “leftovers” and freeze well.  

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Tuscan Cinghiale above.  Browning the meat ( a rear ham) and then simmer for two hours while covered.

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Cinghiale Agro Dolce above, prepping the loins, browning and the results.  Had about 30 for dinner that night.

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What time should we be there for dinner?

 

Laugh

 

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Count me in too!

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What time should we be there for dinner?

 

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Michael, you are a man of many talents…………….

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Dave K. said
I assume that you eat these critters?  

Of course! I make a pretty awesome Italian sausage and a version of Alton Brown’s breakfast sausage. Unless they’re really big and stinky, then I just whack them for the fun of it. 

 

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BACON!  ????  

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BACON!  ????    

Huck,

I have never tried to reserve bacon cuts from the hogs.  I think that the reality is the wild animals are too lean for much fat along the stomach.  I also have never bothered to try taking the rib racks and using them.  I leave them intact to hold all of the “insides” of the pig because I never gut any of these animals.  My butchering process comes in from the “top” of the animal by cutting the hide along the spine and skinning it down the shoulder, abdomen, and ham and then remove the shoulder, loin, and ham.  You hardly get any blood on your hands doing it this way.  My work area is the front bucket on my John Deere tractor.   I then go dump the remains of the carcass and then plan the evening coyote hunt depending on wind direction.

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 Michael, My hat’s off to your choices, shoot it with a Model 12 and butcher it on a John Deere. That’s as classic as it gets! T/R

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Makes sense on the bacon.  When you have to fight for a living, there won’t be much fat.  On the other hand, the meat is probably better for you.  I like pulled pork too, with a good sauce, so there’s that.  I just think we’d have peace in the Middle East if everyone would just settle down around a mess of good bacon and black coffee.  But I reckon that ain’t gonna happen.   Smile

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When I worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the far north we sold salt pork in wooden barrels to the natives. Other than the Beluga whales and seals there wasn’t enough fat on any of the critters that were available. 

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 Michael, My hat’s off to your choices, shoot it with a Model 12 and butcher it on a John Deere. That’s as classic as it gets! T/R  

I like that too, wish I had my tractor handy when I shoot a hog. OTOH since it’s a Kubota I’d probably have to shoot it with a Mirokou. ?

 

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A running tractor makes pretty good cover for pigs and coyotes.  They see and hear that tractor going in the field and never pay it any mind even if you stop.  So long as you dont throttle down, they wont pay you much mind. 

Have a game camera pic (below) from long ago getting out of the tractor after shredding all day and happened to look up as I was stepping down and there was a herd of about 20-25 heading to the feeder (off to the right).  Managed to get back into the tractor and shot 5 of them–confirmed kills.  Who knows how many others were gimping around as coyote bait.

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Great picture. 

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