Women’s Waterfowl Hunt Oklahoma

Join us as we head to Oklahoma for a 3-day guided waterfowl hunt!

Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Outfitter: Goose Reapers Guided Outdoors
Dates: December 14th-16th (Arrive the 13th, hunt the 14th, 15th, and 16th, depart the 16th)
Cost: $900 per lady
Call or Text (559) 709-1879 to reserve your spot!

Women’s Waterfowl Hunt

2-Day Guided Hunt
$400 per lady
January 4th – 5th, 2020
Location: Dayton, California
Nearest Airport: Sacramento, California
To reserve your spot call or text: (559) 709-1879

6 Myths About Eating Wild Game

Venison, rabbit, elk and even squirrel. Americans have a long history of dining on wild game since the first humans crossed the land bridge into Alaska. But just like any long-held tradition, plenty of myths have evolved that might make modern people hesitate to cherish those recipes passed down through the years.


The good news is most of those myths are nothing but fake news. We at Hen Outdoors want to encourage our readers to enjoy the fruits of their labors, so we’ve debunked six of the most common myths about eating wild game:

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So many people assume any wild game tastes, “gamey,” which they also equate with an unappetizing flavor. But it’s just not true. If cooked properly, venison, rabbit, turkey and the like taste absolutely delectable.

It’s true that wild game can carry an intense, almost metallic flavor as a result of high iron content. After all, compared to the sedentary lifestyle of many farm-raised animals, wild game lead an active lifestyle. An increased heart rate leads to more rapid blood circulation, and thus the increased iron.

But what does “gamey” even mean? Daniel Volponi, who helps restaurant startups through his Sacramento-based Big Fox Consulting, explains that the flavor is more accurately described as umami, the lesser-known fifth taste that humans can discern.

“Umami, in a word, is savory,” he told USA Today’s Eat Sip Trip. “You can compare it to any number of things, but it’s a mysterious flavor. Not salty, not sweet, but certainly robust in its own right.”

Call it savory, umami or gamey, but who says it even has to be an unpleasurable flavor?

“Gaminess isn’t a bad thing,” Volpini further explained. “Not at all. In fact, I think it’s being recognized more and more as not just a good thing, but a superior thing.

“The wild nature of the animal also makes for a potentially higher quality of meat, not filled with antibiotics or genetically-modified grains. If your food is finding its own food, then hopefully that food is pure and wild and clean as well.”

Regardless of whether or not you appreciate umami, it’s not difficult to remove the strong flavor. The key to reaching that tantalizing taste is knowing how to prepare the meat properly. Any food can taste bad if it’s not cooked well. The following tips can help:

  • Be sure the game has time to cook after it’s killed. Deer and elk, for example, need to be hung for at least 24 hours, if not four to seven days.
  • The gamey flavor often results from improperly cleaning the meat. When processing wild game meat, be sure to thoroughly clean the meat and keep it separate from the rest of the animal. Remove the innards as soon as possible upon dressing the animal. Also remove as much of the hair, bone, and fat as efficiently as possible.
  • When preparing wildfowl such as duck, pheasant, and goose, soaking the breasts in salt water or milk overnight will remove any unpleasant flavor. Larger game meat also can be soaked before freezing.

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Wild game has provided an excellent source of protein throughout time. And while medical professionals often advise people to cut back on “red meat,” this advice doesn’t necessarily apply to wild game, for a variety of reasons.

Most meat eaten by modern humans derives from commercially-produced animals, and it is full of antibiotics and hormones – obviously not the case in animals harvested from the wild. Wild game meat also carries far fewer calories and less saturated fat than commercially-produced meat.

Wild game’s active lifestyle and natural diet also result in meat chock-full of nutrients. Naturally-harvested game meat typically is high in omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Both help lower bad cholesterol levels, as opposed to commercial meat which can raise them, lowering our risks of stroke and heart attack.

Wild game is also rich in iron, niacin and other vital B vitamins at far higher levels than livestock.

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Ever hear advice never to eat a summer rabbit? Aside from the fact that bunnies are typically out of season during the warmer months, much of the legend is purely hearsay.

Sure, rabbits and other wild game can often have worms and other parasites living under their skin. But it’s highly unlikely for them to transfer to a human consuming the meat, for a couple of reasons.

For one, you can generally see the worms. It’s not as though they are microscopic creatures unbeknownst to the consumer. So if you field dress an animal, and it’s crawling with worms, you’ll know not to eat that animal.

Further, however, and more importantly, any worms remaining in game meat will be killed when it’s cooked. They don’t have extremely high heat tolerance. As long as the meat is cooked to about 160 degrees, any parasites will be dead.

Not only is it highly unlikely for parasites to transfer to a person who eats infected game meat, but wild game is certainly not the only type of meat that can contain worms.

Think about the popularity of bacon: Pigs commonly carry worms. That’s why it’s important to cook pork properly.

In fact, commercially-raised hogs are more likely to carry the trichinae parasite than wild game. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in a recent five-year study only 84 cases of trichinosis occurred in all of America, and only 43 occurred after patients ate wild game – 30 of which occurred in a single incident.

So, in a five-year span, only 14 separate incidents of trichinosis were the result of eating wild game – 14 out of millions of people who eat wild game each year.

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Like any other meat, wild game needs to be properly cooked for best results. Even chicken or the primest cut of beef steak can be dry and tough if it’s overcooked, so why does wild game get a bad rap?

At the same time, it’s important to remember not to cook wild game just as one would prepare commercial meat. Don’t expect your venison steak to taste as good as a ribeye if you cook them the same. With less fat content, game meat can become dry and tough without proper preparation.

To keep your wild game meat tender and moist, try cooking your venison with some bacon, pork fat or even butter. Likewise, covering goose, duck or other fowl with bacon and slow-cooking it will result in scrumptiously juicy breasts.

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Regardless of how you prepare it, don’t expect your venison roast to taste like its beef counterpart. As previously mentioned, the meat is leaner and higher in iron, while it also possesses its own unique texture.

Different birds can carry vastly different flavors. Sure, they might be similar, as waterfowl, pheasants, and chicken all can claim a common ancestor. Even certain reptiles can sometimes “taste like chicken.” But they too derive from a common ancestor – the dinosaur. Maybe instead of saying so much meat “tastes like chicken,” we should instead say it “tastes like lizard.”

Still, just because some wild game might taste somewhat like chicken, that doesn’t mean you can use the wild game as a recipe substitute – just as venison should not be prepared in a beef recipe. It just doesn’t carry the same flavors as grain-fed cattle.

In fact, one venison to the next can vary depending on the animal’s diet. Corn-fed deer will taste far milder than those who feed on acorns and roots. And that varying flavor requires different seasonings to achieve optimal results.

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Many deer hunters and conservationists are concerned with chronic wasting disease, a condition that affects the nervous system of infected animals.

Many hunters are further concerned that eating venison can transmit the debilitating condition to their friends and family – especially those who hunt in areas where CWD has been documented.

The good news is thousands of hunters and their families have eaten game meat from deer and elk harvested from CWD-endemic areas for many years without incident.

After all, according to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, even in the most impacted regions – Colorado and Wyoming – fewer than 30 percent of the cervid population ever become infected. Far fewer cases have been documented in other areas. Texas, for example, has only seen about a dozen cases in the past three years.

Even if you are hunting in an endemic area, safe hunting practices can all but eliminate any chance of disease transmission, including:

  • Familiarize yourself with the signs of CWD, and don’t harvest animals that appear to be symptomatic.
  • Wear protective gloves when harvesting cervid game meat.
  • Avoid contact with nervous-system tissues, particularly the brain and spine.
  • Do not eat cervid brain or organ meats, especially lymph nodes found in the head.
  • Clean meat-processing equipment and other dressing tools in a 50-percent chlorine bleach solution.

Don’t Throwout Your Turkey Feathers!

Turkey hunting is an exciting challenge for many hunters. A successful hunt leads to wonderful dishes that can extend to several meals. Don’t miss out on additional ways to enjoy your harvest by creating ways to utilize your spring turkey feathers! From interior design to tools for the outdoors, we are excited to highlight just a few of our favorites!

To use your turkey feathers after a hunt, pull from the base of the feather, or the quill. This will remove the feather in its entirety. You will want to clean the feathers to eliminate any pests that came along for the ride. One method is to store them in a Rubbermaid container with moth crystals to kill any mites.



It’s easy to show your passion by decorating your home with feathers. Tail fans are just one of the ways you can display your successful hunt. Turkey feather wreaths are increasing in popularity. Wing, breast and tail feathers all make wonderful additions to a display. Personalize it even further by adding feathers from other species you’ve harvested!

To begin, select a grapevine wreath (you can purchase these at many home goods stores), then add any number of turkey feathers to create a design that fits your style! Accessorize it with ribbon, garland or flowers. Hot glue and florists wire helps keep everything in place.

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Create an elegant dream catcher or a child’s mobile. Start the next generation off right by giving them a glimpse of the wonders the future will hold.

Take an embroidery hoop, feathers, thread and you’re set! Add in beads and charms for additional flare.

To make this DIY Turkey Feather mobile, tie one end of the string around the quill of the feather, and the other end of the string around the hoop. Add in beads if desired. Feathers can be dipped in gold or other paint colors to brighten a room!

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Accessorize your wardrobe by adding a lovely turkey feather necklace or earrings! Breast feathers work well for this option in both size and color! Visit your local hobby store to pick up material. You will need, round-nosed pliers, two crimp beads, two eye pins, two French hook earrings, and your feathers.

Strip the ends of the feathers for an easier attachment to earring hook (about ½ inch).

Add a crimp bead around the quill of the feather and insert an eye pin into the crimp bead. Use pliers to tighten the crimp bead around the feather. Make sure the feather and eye pin are secure.

Open the bottom loop on the French hook earring with pliers. Next, slide the loop of the eye pin onto the French hook earring loop. Close with pliers. Now you’re ready to create the second earring!

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There’s nothing like fresh cut flowers to brighten your day. Turkey feathers add an extra pop to any floral arrangement. Throw in a wing feather or two to really help your bouquet shine.

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How about fishing with feathers? You can create simple flies from your spring bird to land multiple species of fish! Visit Wandering Root’s blog for a how-to on tying a turkey tail nymph!


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Planning on bow hunting in the fall? How about creating new fletchings for your arrows out of turkey wing feathers? Useful, personal and beautiful! Add a little paint to make them easier to find!

To accessorize your arrow, start by cutting off the bottom part of the quill and split the quill in half lengthwise. This can be done with a sharp blade or scissors. Sand the bottom of the quill, making the front edge of what will become the fletching very thin.

Cut the fletching to the specific length and shape you want. 4-5 inches is a good start at an approximately ½ inch wide.

Place three fletching’s around the arrow, spaced evenly. Utilize a strong super glue to hold the fletching in place securely. Allow ample time for the glue to set.

Finally, the true test. Send that arrow out!

There is no lack of art and purpose that a turkey feather holds. These are just a few examples of some fun and useful ways to make the most of your harvest!

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Five Amazing Hunting Dog Breeds

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Hunters and their dogs have an amazing bond. When in action, they partner together in a smooth and seamless dance. Each one reading the motions of the other to function smoothly.

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Watching a dog perform the work that he was bred specifically to do, a dog who had those dominant traits honed in with precise training – it’s genuinely a beautiful sight. Every fiber of that dogs being is engaged and devoted to not only hunting but ENJOYING it. And ultimately, that’s one of the reasons why we hunt with dogs. They live for it just like we do.

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The English Springer Spaniel is a small compact dog with a beautiful shaggy coat.  They grow to about 20 inches tall and weigh up to 45 pounds.  Springers have a lush, double coat that is white and brown. The field-bred in this breed differs from the show-bred in that the field-bred tends to be slightly smaller and have more white in their coat. The AKC considers them the very same, though the gene pools have been segregated for over years. The field-bred also tends to have a shorter coat, shorter ears, a more pointy nose. While both are great at hunting, the field-bred will out hunt the show-bred.

Spaniels originated in Spain. There are even accounts in Welsh law documents in 300 A.D. where spaniels were mentioned. There is artwork in the 16th-century artwork of hunting scenes with spaniels that closely resembles the English Springer Spaniel. Then, the spaniels were used to flush out the birds from the dense brush so that the hunter’s falcon could catch the prey. It wasn’t until 1903 that the England Kennel Club had a classification for the breed.


These dogs were bred with the endurance to enjoy long days in the field. English Springer Spaniels are high energy dogs, but they are not typically considered hyperactive.  This means they don’t make very good house dogs, but they do good with children. They need room to run. When in the field they run across it in a zig-zag pattern with a smooth stride.

They received their name from the way they “spring” at the game – flushing it out of hiding. That’s where the Springer Spaniel really shines: flushing out birds that prefer dense covers such as pheasants, bob-white quail, ruffed grouse, and woodcock. They can duck hunt, and retrieve open country birds, but the English Springer Spaniel is phenomenal with pheasant hunting.


Springers are easily trainable and considered people-pleasers. They love company and participating in family activities. Designed to hunt at close range, typically no more than 30 yards, they do need to be trained on a few command words. English Springer Spaniels can be just as stubborn as a Chesapeake but most tend to be very eager to please and happy to be helping. English Springer Spaniels need a gentle hand in training and they have a tendency to sulk. But like many other high bred hunting dogs, they are known to reach a point in their life where they will test you and in such times a more firm response is recommended. Thankfully, this isn’t often a situation you’ll see a repeat of. But just like other spaniels – they bounce out of their bad moods quickly.

English Springer Spaniels are also used frequently as therapy dogs because of their compassionate eyes and disposition to please. They are great therapy dogs especially for the sick and elderly. My grandparents had an English Springer Spaniel named Champ who was extremely intelligent and loved dove hunting. It was always amazing getting to watch him run.



Chessies are affectionate, sensitive and stubborn. They can get up to 26 inches tall and up to 80 pounds. They are known for their distinctive coat: wavy and oily to the touch. This oil slick helps them to shed water and be able to tolerate cold waters. Their jaws are strong enough to carry heavy game birds and they can be gentle enough to carry an egg. They also have webbed toes. This is an ideal combination for a duck hunters companion. Chessies come in three colors, Brown (of the chocolate variety), Sedge (a reddish brown), and Deadgrass (tan). Their eyes are bright amber.

Chessies are very trainable, but they have a mind of their own so training may take longer with them than with other breeds. They are not overly friendly to strangers and are extremely protective of their owners, which makes them great watchdogs. Chessies are highly intelligent and courageous. Training requires a gentle hand as they surprisingly get their feelings hurt pretty easily.


Many trainers say that Chessies have to understand why they are doing the task before they will do it – or else their independent streak will take over. The key to training a Chessie is consistency. They are good with children and other animals. Chesapeake Retrievers are determined dogs – they work hard and are quite powerful.

The breed originated in 1807. The story goes that a pair of Newfoundlands were found in an English shipwreck near the Chesapeake Bay. These two dogs bred with other retrievers, English Otterhounds, Irish Setter, etc. After a couple of years, the Chesapeake Retriever was created. in 1878 the breed was recognized by the AKC



John Byrne of Virginia is the man most responsible for the Appalachian Turkey Dog. Mr. Byrne passed away in 2012. Just over 40 years ago, he bred several great hunting dog breeds and came out with a dog that is considered one of the best dogs for hunting turkey in the world, especially for fall turkey season. The Appalachian Turkey Dog may have feathering on their hindquarters and tail that they inherited from the English Setter. It got its genes for tracking, barking, and chasing from the Plott Hound and has the drive, speed, and stamina from its Pointer ancestors.

Boykin Spaniels and English Setters are often used for hunting turkey, but for many hunters, they can’t hold a candle to an Appalachian Turkey Dog. Though the Appalachian Turkey Dog is not officially recognized by the AKC, it is still worth considering when looking into a hunting dog. The American Wild Turkey Hunting Dog Association does recognize them. Since it isn’t an “official” breed, there are not a lot of stats on the dog’s size, but generally, they are smaller dogs.


Turkey Dogs cast ahead, keeping an eye on your position, and find flocks of turkey. When the dog finds the turkey flock, he flushes at them, getting them to scatter. As the dog is getting them to scatter, the hunter sets up where they were gathered. Then the dog comes back and waits patiently while the hunter calls the turkey. Turkeys are social creatures. They want to be in a group and will call one another in an effort to locate each other. The hunter calls and lures the turkey towards the blind so that they can be harvested.

So while the Appalachian Turkey Dog may not be on the AKC registry, if you are an avid turkey hunter, you may do well to consider one of these for your hunting companion.

(Thank you http://turkeytrotacres.com for the picture of dogs Shot and Kelly!)



Blueticks are beautiful dogs with a musical baying bark. They are fantastic hunting dogs that do well on nocturnal hunts. They can grow up to 27 inches tall and weigh up to 80 pounds. They got their name from the “ticked” or mottled black and blue coat pattern.

The breed began with General George Washington. He received 5 hounds from the Marquis de Lafayette. These dogs were Grand Gascon Saintongeois and Grand Bleu de Gascogne. They bred and then later were mixed with the fast running English Foxhound to create what we know as the Bluetick around 1900. It wasn’t until 1945 that they were recognized as a breed by the AKC.

Blueticks excel at night time hunting with their sharp eyesight. They can track in bad weather just as good as pleasant weather. They have an unshakable tracking instinct. Though slower than other types of hounds, their determination and instinct to chase stands out. The Bluetick is fantastic at finding the game on trails thought to have “gone cold.“

Interestingly Blueticks not only bay when they tree their prey, but they bugle throughout the hunt. Hunters can learn what each of their distinctive calls means to know how to partner with his hound better when hunting. Blueticks are absolutely fearless and will even pursue bear.

When training a Bluetick, they are headstrong and a little obstinate like other hounds – so strong consistency is key. They are highly intelligent and are good at figuring things out. All hounds have a bit of a sense of humor – they can be slightly clumsy and always want to know “what’s in it for them” during training. But the Bluetick on average is less clumsy than some other hound breeds. Blueticks are deeply devoted to their owners and are quite affectionate. They tend to be wary of strangers but do well with children. They tend to not do well with smaller pets. Like all working dogs, they need to have their energy used or else they find ways of getting into trouble.



German Shorthaired Pointers are often called regal looking. They have friendly dark eyes and their coat can come in Liver, Black, Roan with white. They can grow up to 25 inches tall and weigh up to 70 pounds. They were bred with a great deal of endurance, and speed. They are extremely loyal dogs who develop a deep bond with their owners.

The breed developed in the 17th century in Germany. They are a cross between German tracking hounds, a Spanish Pointer, and an English Foxhound. They have an extraordinarily keen sense of smell. in 1925 Dr. Charles Thornton brought the breed to American and began breeding them.

The German Shorthaired Pointer makes a great family pet. They do well with other pets, children and even do well indoors – as long as they received daily exercise to burn off their high energy levels. They learn fast and are relatively easy to train. German Shorthaired Pointers have a strong prey drive and retrieve well. They also point beautifully.

An all-around versatile hunting dog, one that is said to almost “hunt straight out of the box.” They remain one of the main dog breeds in various hunting contests. It will hunt upland gamebirds, waterfowl, and even rabbits and other small game. The German Shorthaired Pointer is quite brave and will track wild boar, fox, and even a wounded deer.