We journey through wooded lands, in pursuit of wild game, traveling along unfamiliar paths, known to only those who call the forest home. With each step taken, we neatly tuck memories in our packs, a keepsake to carry home. This memento is enough, as the hunt lives on and dwells in one's memories, impressed in the hunter's thoughts for years to come.
For the hunter who carried home more than just memories, the recollection of last season's hunt comes flooding back with each winter meal. The smell is mesmerizing. One taste and you can't help but smile. Thankfulness overflows as you acknowledge the strength and nourishment it provides; a healthy meal placed before you. The hunter is reminded again of the path traveled, and the pursuit's reward.
Yes, each meal prepared in winter months, reminds us of our journeys from the previous year, and brings new hopes of replacing retrospection with new destinations. An upcoming adventure that fills the freezer once again!
For those who are fortunate to have wild game in their freezer, dig out some breakfast venison sausage, or sweet Italian elk sausage, and find out what happens when homemade biscuits, gravy and elk sausage collide ..
WHOLE WHEAT BISCUITS
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup regular flour
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup cold butter
1 egg beaten
1 cup milk
In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cream of tartar. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Add egg and milk. Stir quickly and briefly. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead lightly (do not over mix). Roll or pat gently to 1-inch thickness. Cut into the desired size biscuits (don’t worry about being perfect – the unique shapes are the best)!
Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes.
Prepare a basic white gravy by melting 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add several tablespoons of floor (one at a time), mixing well with each addition. As the mixture thickens to a spreading consistency, slowly add 1 1/2 cups milk. Whisk to combine the butter / flour mixture in with the milk. Continue stirring with a spatula over medium heat until gravy thickens. Season with pepper.
Fry breakfast sausage until browned. Add to gravy, and heap generously over biscuits fresh from the oven!
Then sit back, and let the recollection of your last hunt flood your memory as the biscuits, sausage and gravy collide and dance over your taste buds.
When first shooting a bow there is a lot to learn ... stand this way, find an anchor point or two or three, back tension, don't punch the trigger, level, breath, etc.
The list goes on and on.
I remember getting so frustrated with my husband when I was first learning because he wanted me to get everything right. Now don't get me wrong, he had my best interests in mind which is admirable. While I appreciate his concern for my accuracy and desire for excellency, it can also be exasperating when you are trying to remember everything and your spouse is whispering in your ear, "You did it wrong, again." I know he was just trying to help, but I felt like he was secretly enjoying pointing out my errors. Ugh. I wanted to throw an arrow at him, and since I'm confessing, I think I chased him around with one at some point. Don't worry, a broadhead was not fixed to the tip of my arrow!
Gals, if you are just learning to shoot, here's a piece of advice: Find a non-biased friend or someone from a local pro-shop to help with your shooting technique. I've found that it is much easier to hear constructive criticism from a non-husband source.
With that being said, after years of shooting a bow, I am still working on perfecting my shot. I know there is always room for improvement. Sometimes a minor adjustment here or there can bring you to that next level of consistency in your shot. Since we are now in a hunting off-season where most deer hunting has come to a close, don’t put your bow away! I would encourage you to take a look at your form. Is there any room for improvement in your shot? Video yourself and evaluate your form. Have someone else give you a second opinion.
I know what I’ll be working on … how I hold my bow, specifically loosening my grip. I need to make sure I’m holding it correctly with the bow grip in the meat of my palm, letting my fingers relax, and trusting my bow sling. After a missed shot this last year, I can almost guarantee it was because I was so excited that I gripped my bow which ended up giving just enough torque to throw my shot off. So, I know I need some work in this area. I’ve asked a friend at a Pro-Shop to make sure I’m holding my bow correctly. I know it will take practice… I can consistently shoot 20 yard shots all day long, but I quickly learned the hard way that if I haven’t formed the habit of consistently holding my bow correctly, it is way too easy to grip and torque your shot during the heat of the moment when the shot counts. I have a date with an elk in about 9 months from now, and I’m not going to make the same mistake twice!
What about you? Are you taking strides this winter to improve your shot? What areas do you need to improve on?
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