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So we were chopping wood yesterday and heard some rummaging from a pile of dead blackberry bushes.  Jase jumped on top and flushed out a very large townsends vole, which I whacked with a stick (dubbed Butch).  Here he is baked and seasoned with rice oil, salt, and pepper.  Tasted like a gamey, funky smelling chicken.  I thoroughly enjoyed it as did my housemates.

Skinning it was easier than I thought.  The hide is drying and i will make a medicine pouch from it after we tan it with the brains (which are in a glass jar in the fridge).
 
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Hey, that totally beats squirrel melts! Or crickets! Way to go guys!

Next, I think "somebody" offered fifty bucks if one of you catches, kills and skins that racoon that was under the cabins last fall....
 
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cool! I love trying new things. what was the texture like? how do you plant to preserve the pelt?

my new food... I recently tried a freinds homemade pickled quail eggs and i was thoroughly impressed! never even though about pickled eggs before what a great home grown, home preserved protein source.
 
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Steve, where's the pic?
 
                      
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Well done!  I'm disgusted and envious at the same time.  I found this forum as I was seasoning some cast iron and it seemed pretty good.  Yours was the fist current post I read.  That was enough to get me to setup an account. 

Thanks for posting.

Rick
 
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hahaha! welcome aboard! yeah we might be a little on the unconventional side, but hey, conventional is so boooooring. 
 
              
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Wow, I guess there is never a shortage of voles.  Though I'll pass on them and let my cats have them.
 
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Thats great steve.I got two roadkill deer this year and this week im going to eat some of it raw(after defrosing it and soaking in a vinigar  brine).
  Im really interested in the potential of rodents as a food sourse.I catch mice in a live trap and feed them to my dog(he was born in the wild so he knows the value of such things).I have trapped stellars jays in live traps using a pile of hazel nuts but once again,I just fed them to my dog.So I got post collapse dog food figured out but still havent braved any of those items myself.Kodos
 
                          
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All my voles were abut 2 oz. Even in Texas.
 
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