Stir-Fry Pheasant Recipefrom 

Add a little zest to your next cookout with this Asian-inspired wild pheasant recipe. Yum!

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 7 minutes. Serves 4.


1 lb. boneless, skinless pheasant breast
6 Tbsp. fresh orange juice, divided
4 Tbsp. dry sherry, divided
½ c. chicken stock, divided
4 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. cornstarch
¼ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. peanut oil, divided
¾ lb. snow peas, trimmed
½ lb. shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. fresh ginger root, grated
4 c. cooked rice

Cut pheasant into ¾-inch pieces. Mix with 3 tablespoons orange juice and 2 tablespoons sherry and set aside.

Combine remaining orange juice and sherry with ¼ cup chicken stock, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil in a wok or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot but not smoking, add snow peas, mushrooms, green onions, and ginger. Stir and toss everything together for 1 minute. Add two tablespoons chicken stock and continue cooking until liquid evaporates (about 1 minute). Add remaining two tablespoons chicken stock and cook again until it evaporates. Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of peanut oil to the pan and place over medium-high heat. Add pheasant mixture and stir-fry about 3 minutes, until pheasant is done. Stir cornstarch mixture well and add to pheasant along with reserved vegetables. Stir and cook about 1 minute, until sauce bubbles and thickens. Immediately transfer to serving bowl and serve with hot rice.


What Should Be in My Essential Hunting Kit?
The type of hunt you plan on should dictate exactly what you bring with you, but there are, generally speaking, some essentials every hunter should have.

  • Licenses (and possibly permits, depending on your state’s laws)
  • Required animal tags
  • First aid kit
  • Maps of the area and/or a GPS
  • Compass
  • Communication device
  • Sharp knife
  • Calls for your target animal
  • Backpack to hold your gear

You’ll need to bring along your preferred method of take (aka gun or bow), as well as any accessories and ammunition. (Remember, it is essential that your ammunition match your firearm, and that you inspect your arrows for any damage.)
Dress for the weather and the terrain. This typically will mean camouflage, sturdy boots, gloves, rugged pants, and under-layers. Waterproof or water-resistant clothing is useful in every environment, and moisture-wicking clothing will also help keep you comfortable. For warmth, seek wool or synthetic fibers; cotton will retain moisture and make you colder.
Be sure to wear the correct amount of blaze orange for your season and your area—it will keep you safe from other hunters, who may mistake you for game. It’s proven to be effective, and most game animals can’t even see it!
All of this equipment can be found online, in sporting goods stores, or perhaps as hand-me-downs from a family member or friend.
Here are some specifics you may need, depending on your hunting needs.

Game Care Kit for Field Dressing

  • Black pepper to repel insects
  • Cheesecloth bags for organs you plan to use as meat
  • Cooler and ice
  • Disposable plastic gloves
  • Fluorescent orange flagging
  • Foil
  • Gambrel and pulley system
  • Hand towels
  • Large bag for caped or trophy head
  • Plastic bags for cleanup
  • Plastic or cotton gloves
  • Salt (noniodized) for hide care

Survival Kit and Equipment

  • Base plate compass with signal mirror
  • Candle
  • Emergency high-energy food
  • Extra boot laces
  • Extra pair of glasses
  • Extra two-day supply of prescription medicine
  • Fire starters—waterproof matches, butane lighter, etc.
  • First-aid kit
  • Fishing line and hooks
  • Flashlight with spare batteries and bulbs
  • Folding saw
  • Iodide tablets for water purification
  • Knives
  • Map
  • Metal, waterproof carrying case that can double as a cooking pot
  • Nylon rope
  • One-sided razor blade
  • Plastic sheet or large garbage bag
  • Poncho
  • Signal flares
  • Small can of lighter fluid
  • Snare wire or twine
  • Thermal foil blanket
  • Tissues
  • Water
  • Whistle (plastic)

Equipment for Firearm Hunters

  • Ear protection
  • Eye protection
  • A cleaning rod
  • Swab
  • Gun case for transport

Equipment for Archery Hunters

  • Three-fingered gloves or finger tabs
  • Mechanical release
  • Armguard
  • Quiver
  • Broadhead wrench, if appropriate

If You Use an Elevated Stand

  • Safety harness
  • Climbing line
  • Haul line
  • Whistle

Hunters Using a Boat

  • A personal flotation device

Having the right gear can be the difference between a difficult situation and a perfect hunt, so always plan accordingly!

Have you seen the Dude Perfect “Stereotypes: Hunting” video yet? It’s pretty funny—we recognized more than a few of those characters in our hunting buddies!

Here’s the video, in case you haven’t seen it:

But there are also some safety issues that are no laughing matter.

Always treat a firearm as if it is loaded! During the “Noisy Ned” clip, “Ned” holds his rifle by the barrel, pointing straight up at his face. Woah! Noise violations aren’t his only issue!



We also noticed that the guys in the “Noisy Ned” sketch aren’t wearing any blaze orange. Blaze orange is required by law in most states, and is always a good idea (except when turkey hunting). A hunter who can be seen by other hunters is more likely to be safe from accidents.



Someone needs to tell “The Noob” he needs to wear shooting glasses! Even if he’s not ready for the recoil, his vision will be a lot better protected.


Woah! The “Sky Blaster” sketch is funny, but he’d make a terrible hunting buddy. That kind of indiscriminate shooting is very irresponsible.


It looks like the birdwatcher who ticks off “the Rage Monster” is also in danger: He’s not wearing a tree stand safety harness. Falls are the most common cause of serious injury or death. You should always be connected to the tree, from the moment you leave the ground until you come back down, even in a ladder-style stand.


Another violation of the 4 Rules of Firearm Safety: Watch that muzzle! Even though it’s only for a second, these guys in the “Box for a Bird” sketch put their buddies in danger—the rifle is pointed right at the guy on the left! You have to keep control of your gun, even if you’re just walking across a field.

watch that muzzle!

Plus, all throughout the video, the firearm hunters aren’t wearing hearing or eye protection! Perhaps they need to reach out to “Buy It All Bob” to see if he can pick up some clear glasses and earmuffs.

everyone needs hearing and eye protection!

And “Safety Orange Sammy” may have gone a little overboard, but we like his style! At least he’ll be easy to spot in the field.

We like Safety Orange Sammy!

Overall, we thought the “Stereotypes: Hunting” video was right on point, except for those safety issues. If the Dude Perfect guys ever want to brush up on their hunter education, they just need to let us know—we’d be happy to get them started on a hunter safety course!

Wild Dove Cacciatore recipe


Bring your doves to Italian night with this simple dish. Serve over spaghetti to complete your meal.

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 45 minutes.


4 doves
Salt and pepper
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. beer
4 medium onions, sliced
1/4 tsp. oregano
Garlic salt
3 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 green pepper, diced
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
Sprinkle doves inside and out with salt, pepper, and flour. Heat oil in skillet and brown doves on all sides. Add remaining ingredients, and stir to spread seasoning evenly. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat 30 to 45 minutes or until doves are tender. Serve over spaghetti.