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I grew up in a household that lived off the land. I dined on duck, dove, and quail and had no inkling they were ‘gourmet’ food. We ate fish caught in my grandaddy’s lake: bass, brim and crappie. Sometimes, we had catfish. My mama would fry them and make hushpuppies and coleslaw almost every week.
All of this fresh meat and fish was possible because my daddy hunted and fished and still does to this day. I don’t think my family was unusual. Maybe we were or maybe it was a different era, but most guys I know have hunted (or fished) at least something in their life. In a sense, these activities are their rites of passage.
My daddy is primarily a bird hunter but my uncle hunted animals, mostly deer. My aunt and uncle’s house is where I dined on interesting meals like bear, deer (venison), rattlesnake, and I think, groundhog. At some point, I know I had rabbit and squirrel, too. One year, my daddy brought home bullfrogs and we had fried frog legs. Honest truth, they taste like chicken, if you can get over thinking they’re kicking in your mouth.
In the South, we refer to crayfish as crawdads, crawfish or mudbugs. This southern delicacy is used primarily in Cajun or Creole cuisine like jambalaya, etouffee, and crawfish pie. My daddy went out hunting for them one night and brought some home. My mama was cooking them in the kitchen but some escaped and went crawling down the hall. You should’ve seen us trying to catch them and get them back into the cooking pot! They’re tricky little buggers to pick up. If you’ve never seen one, they look like a small lobster, pinchers and all.
On the video, I say girls didn’t hunt in my day, but actually, some did. I didn’t though and Doodlebug had me taping the video at midnight. What can I say? I was tired.
Do you try to eat organic and live off the land? How do you feel about this new trend?
“The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.” Genesis 9:2,3a NIV Bible