"A Huntsman and Dogs", 1891, oil on canvas by Winslow Homer (1836–1910) [Public Domain]

"A Huntsman and Dogs", 1891, by Winslow Homer (1836–1910)

"Casting, Number Two", 1894, by Winslow Homer (1836-1910)- [Public Domain]

"Casting, Number Two", 1894, by Winslow Homer (1836–1910)

Wild Game

"The Wild Harvest Table" web site was created by Mo Tidball of Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources to "celebrate the culinary bounty represented by wild game and fish in the Finger Lakes."  It provides information and links to resources about hunting and fishing, and many recipes for large and small game, fish and fowl, including Venison Pot Roast, Duck Pizza, Goose Jerky, and Squirrel Derby Pie. You'll also find educator resources, and a link to find nutrient contents for various foods at FoodData Central.

"Game from Farm to Table" - this PDF from the USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service includes information on various wild game species and how they taste, how some game is farmed, whether game is inspected by the USDA, foodborne bacteria that may be associated with game, how game differs from domestic meat, how to handle game safely, removing the "gamey" flavor, suggested cooking methods and temperatures, and how long you can store game in your refrigerator or freezer.

"Proper Processing of Wild Fish & Game" - this free 20-page booklet from Penn State University Cooperative Extension covers the importance of temperature control, methods of processing (aging, cutting/processing, curing, smoking, canning, jerky, and the importance of cooking with a meat thermometer), nutritional information, and 5 pages of recipes.

North Dakota State University Extension - find many free publications to download on how to handle game meats and fish, plus drying, freezing and canning wild meats.



Last updated December 4, 2023