wild duck slider recipe

Recipe and food photography from Wildfowlmag.com 

It’s easy to get in a roast duck rut. Try something new with these little burgers featuring ground duck.

Cook time: 5-7 minutes. Serves 8.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground duck
1-2 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
8 slider buns or potato dinner rolls
8 slices of your favorite cheese
pickled onions or sliced sweet pickles
mustard, ketchup, or barbecue sauce

Hint: You can prepare ground duck by adding pork fat. For every 3 ½ to 4 pounds of duck breasts, add 1 pound pork fat (ask at your supermarket meat counter).

Sprinkle chili powder and salt over ground duck and mix well with clean hands. Form the meat into patties the size of slider buns. Make a small indentation the size of a quarter in the center of each patty.

Fry or grill duck burgers on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes for medium doneness. Toast buns and slightly melt cheese, then build your burger with your favorite condiments. Enjoy!

recipe pan-seared teal breast

Recipe from Ducks Unlimited. Image from Simply Recipes.

You worked hard to bring down those teal—now serve them up well with this classy dinner.

Cook time: 20 minutes. Serves: 2 as entree, 4 as appetizer.

Ingredients:

6 teal breast fillets, skinned or 2 large duck fillets (e.g., mallard) cut into 6 pieces
1 heaping tsp. steak seasoning (such as Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Steak Magic)
3 Tbsp. whole butter (divided)
4 oz. dry red wine
6 oz. chicken stock
1 heaping Tbsp. apricot preserves

Lightly season all fillets with steak seasoning. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in an 8-inch saute pan. After foaming of butter subsides, add duck, skin-side down, to the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes until breasts are seared and well-browned; turn and cook other side.

Remove breasts from pan, place on a warm plate, and cover with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes.

Deglaze saute pan with red wine and simmer until the sauce is reduced by half. Add chicken stock and reduce by half again over high heat. Stir in apricot preserves until melted. Add any remaining juices from the resting plate and 1 tablespoon butter to the pan and swirl. Turn off heat.

Slice duck and fan out on warmed plates. Pour sauce over the slices and serve at once.

 

hunting dog with hunterHunters have many different strategies, but one is as old as mankind itself: having a dog as a hunting partner.

Now there are 30 officially recognized sporting group breeds, according to the American Kennel Club, and many dogs—of any breed!—can be taught the essentials to be an excellent hunting companion.

But when did hunters begin using dogs?

An Ancient Friendship

Dogs may have been used for hunting as long as 20,000 years ago, when early humans were still hunter-gatherers and agriculture had not yet even been invented! In fact, dogs are thought to be the first animals humans domesticated, before cows and sheep.

Archeological evidence suggests that several species of wolves, coyotes, and jackals may have begun staying near human camps. Some theorize this nearness to humans led to the domestication of dogs: friendly, submissive wolves and wolf-hybrids were allowed to stay near the camp, eating scraps and breeding with other friendly dogs, while bold and aggressive wolves were driven away.

Either way, humans and dogs evolved in tandem. Dogs appear alongside hunters in ancient cave paintings all around the world. Evidence suggests that dogs were used as hunting partners, guard dogs, and even to haul heavy items, from about 12,000 years ago. Selective, intentional breeding likely came about 9,000 years ago, as herding dogs began to appear. Not every dog was ideal for every type of prey or job, and over time dogs diversified into the hundreds of breeds now available.

Types of Hunting Dogs

Today’s hunting dogs fall into three main categories, with several breeds belonging to each category based on appearance and abilities.

Terriers

Terriers are small dogs used to hunt small game, such as birds or rabbits, as well as to track wounded large animals such as deer. These dogs are still commonly hunting companions in other parts of the world, but they have largely become house pets in the U.S. Examples include Airedales, Jack Russell terriers, and rat terriers.

Gun Dogs

A gun dog’s job is to pursue game animals that are hidden. They are able to find a prey animal’s scent in the air at close range, will flush birds and small game, and some retrieve downed animals. Gun dogs are particularly useful when hunting upland and wetland game, birds, and small mammals. Examples include Labrador retrievers, English pointers, and the English springer spaniel.

Hounds

A hound needs to be built for stamina, as its task is chasing running game. They typically have loud barks and excellent noses; some specialize in treeing game such as squirrels, raccoons, and even bears until their hunter arrives. Hounds excel at hunting deer, coyote, wild boar, rabbits, and foxes. Examples include the mountain cur, the black-and-tan coonhound, and the American foxhound.

Learn More

As with any “tool” in the hunter’s kit, it’s important to do your research before you bring home a hunting dog. Learn more at the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, United Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club, or pick up a copy of Gun Dog Magazine when picking out your new best friend.