Nicky Whitney - Field Op - Sportsman's Box

Nicky Whitney - Field Op

Most Memorable Hunt: My most memorable Hunt would have to be my most recent hunt in Georgia with several of my girl friends. Being out in the woods and knowing you are going to provide for your family is gratifying, but being out there with other women close to you brings the experience to a whole new level. Nothing is better than the memories and bonds you build on a hunt with friends.  

 

Favorite Game to eat and how to prepare it: my favorite would have to be venison. I love making slow cooked venison.  

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 4-pound venison shoulder
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 12-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dried porcini or chanterelle mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Dash of sugar

 

PREPARATION

  1. Season the venison generously all over with salt and pepper. In a cast iron pot, heat the bacon drippings over high heat. Add the venison and sear on all sides until golden broth, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the venison from the pot and set aside.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the pot and cook until they turn a rich mahogany color, stirring frequently. Add the flour and stir until well combined. Add the tomatoes, dried mushrooms, and garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil and slowly stir in the beef broth and red wine.
  3. Raise the heat and bring to a boil. Add the thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, sugar, and venison. Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook for about 1 1/2 hours, until the meat pulls easily from the bone. Taste and season well.
  4. Transfer the venison to a cutting board and remove the bone. Slice the meat into rough chunks and return to the pot to warm. Discard the herb sprigs and bay leaves.
  5. Serve the venison in shallow bowls over Louisiana rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.

 

Favorite Game to Chase: I've only ever chased turkey and deer up until my most recent hog hunt which was so fun! I think deer is my favorite, although having the opportunity to be in the woods chasing any game feels like the ultimate blessing.