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Hunting in Louisiana


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Hunting in Louisiana


Professional Gator Hunting

On a near-empty stomach, on our first ever USA hunt, our hunters caught a 3-meter gator. We spent several days riding boats across the swamps, seeing the sun rise over the bayou, and watched an experienced man make his living in a way that was very foreign to us indeed.

Home to the Southern swamps, alligators are a traditional Louisiana delicacy. The hunting of alligators is a professionalized affair - this is not recreational hunting. The alligators are sold to gator plants for their meat and skin.

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From the Field to the Table


From the Field to the Table


Louisiana Squirrel Cookout

Squirrel Tradition

Our alligator hunter welcomed us to a squirrel cookout in the swamps, with the whole family. They served squirrel stew over rice and cole slaw, and to our surprise, it was indeed delicious - one of the best game dishes I've tasted yet. The taste lies somewhere between rabbit and game bird.

In certain West-Louisiana communities, the opening of squirrel hunting season is an affair that brings daily life to a halt. Elementary schools close, cause children and grandchildren are out hunting, en masse. People look forward to eating squirrel all year, as it's considered quite the delicacy.

Recipe: Squirrel in Red Gravy

-Enough squirrels to fill a pot (substitute rabbit where squirrel hunting is not an option)
-Onion
-Green bell pepper
-Celery
-Smoked sausage, preferably andouille

Skin, gut & clean the squirrels and chop them into even pieces. Brown them in some butter or oil in a Dutch oven.

Remove the squirrel, and fry the vegetables until tender. Add the squirrel and chopped smoked sausage (andouille is the Louisiana favorite).

Let the squirrel simmer on a low heat, adding water as needed, until tender. About four hours should do it. Season to taste and serve with rice and homemade coleslaw.

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Texas


Bigger, better and badder

Texas


Bigger, better and badder

Texas Hunting is All About Whitetail

Although a variety of species is hunted here, whitetail deer are what gets Texas hearts pumping and drives the hunting economy.

Fenced in ranches are common here, which means that deer are fed and bred to be big, healthy, and very pretty indeed. You'll not find bigger antlers on a whitetail anywhere, and that's what draws hunters from all over the country.

Fenced-in ranching is controversial, even among hunters. Many ranches hold exotic species that thrive there, while they are endangered in Africa - conservation can actually be a vital part of their policy. On the other hand, hunting a captive animal just doesn't sit right with many hunters.