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It’s time to enjoy some of that venison

By Kurt Krueger

IF ENJOYING the fruits of Wisconsin’s wild outdoors is part of your deer hunting heritage, now is the time to dig into those select steaks and roasts that were held back from the cuttings that went into sausage and hamburger.

I’ve always considered winter to be the ideal time for eating from the freezer.  The combination of short days and lower outdoor activity, at least for the scribbler, gives me more time to cook and eat regular meals.

My waistline doesn’t tell the whole story, but I’ve missed a lot of scheduled meals in recent months due to May/June walleye fishing, summer crappies and an entire season of late afternoons and evenings spent chasing deer, grouse and pheasants.

There’s really no venison stockpile this year for most of us, as the freezer isn’t nearly as full as it was just a few years ago — the good ol’ days of North Woods deer hunting. So what we do have needs to be savored.

On a recent weekend night, family and friends continued a tradition shared with many deer hunting camps, putting to use a commercial-type meat grinder to make our own venison burger. We found a good one at Nelson’s Ace Hardware right here in Eagle River.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:43 PM

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