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Hunger Games Recipe? How to make squirrel (or small game) stir fry

Can a hit book and movie get young adults interested in squirrel hunting? I hope so, and right now, I’m playing “The Hunger Games” for all it’s worth.

by Leon Pantenburg

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A popular movie and book are exposing the idea of small game hunting to viewers’ attention.

Squirrel hunting is a great way to introduce newcomers to hunting. This squirrel recipe is good for stretching food resources when you don't have much meat, or only harvested  one small game animal. (Pantenburg photo)

Squirrel hunting is a great way to introduce newcomers to hunting. This squirrel recipe is good for stretching food resources when you don't have much meat, or only harvested one small game animal. (Pantenburg photo)This squirrel recipe is good for stretching food resources when there isn't much meat. (Pantenburg photo)

 

“The Hunger Games” was originally published in September, 2008. The movie came out several months ago.

The story is narrated by 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed.

According to the book description:  Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, (which is located in the coal mining areas of Appalachia.)

Long ago, the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated.  As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.”  The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change, but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.  When Katniss’s younger sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.

But Katniss’ survival skills give her an edge:  She is a subsistence hunter with several years experience as a poacher on Capitol lands, using snares and archery gear. Squirrels are one of her mainstays, and she is known for shooting them in the eye. Squirrel hunting is the best training for stalking and still hunting big game, IMHO, and Katniss is able to adapt her small game hunting skills to much larger game.

“The Hunger Games” is an adventure tale, and I hope some young people will be motivated to explore hunting as a result of this movie / book.  Starting out squirrel hunting is a great choice.

But once a squirrel is harvested, it needs to be cooked so it is tasty.  Here is one of my go-to recipes – it is easy and tastes really, really good!

Squirrel Stir Fry

1/2 pound wild game meat (from any small game animal,) cut into short thin strips: (I like to marinade most game meat for several hours in a mixture of 1 C milk, 1 egg, garlic powder and salt and pepper. This mixture will soak out the blood and “gamey” flavor in many cuts.)

Katniss Everdeen is the heroine of "The Hunger Games" and learned her survival skills, in part, through squirrel hunting with a bow and arrow.

Katniss Everdeen is the heroine of "The Hunger Games" and learned her survival skills, in part, through squirrel hunting with a bow and arrow.

1 Tbl oil

1 small onion, chopped

3 to 6 snow peas

salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp soy sauce

1/4 C water

1 small tomato, peeled and cut into chunks.

1 C cooked rice

In large skillet or Dutch oven, heat meat in oil over a high heat, stirring constantly, until the meat is browned.  Push meat to one side.  Add chopped onions, green pepper, and snow peas, and stir for abut two minutes.  Add salt, pepper, soy sauce and water, stirring to blend all ingredients.  Cover and simmer three minutes.  Stir in tomato.  Cook one more minute, or until the tomato is hot all the way through.  Spoon over hot rice and serve at once.



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6 Comments on "Hunger Games Recipe? How to make squirrel (or small game) stir fry"

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  1. Mark Powell says:

    Thanks for the article, Leon. I hunted squirrel and rabbit when I was a kid and, though I haven’t done so in a while, I have a nice CZ 452 .22 with a Mannlicher stock and intend to hunt some up soon. My grand-dad used to make us a “Squirrel Mulligan” with the meat just stewed in with potatoes and onions. That was sure good!

  2. Jeff Scott says:

    Don’t know about stir fry, but breaded and fried, squiirrel is as good as it gets.

  3. Michael Horn says:

    not alot of meat on them…i prefer groundhog…great in a stew

  4. Denise Baker says:

    its a great thing,but inless you have been raised real country they wont try it…

  5. mmkkpro says:

    Sounds good but  if things get like the movie “THE ROAD”there aint going to be all them good condiments,my impression of a post disaster aint going to leave a whole lot of extras,even now we are in the midst of a massive animal die off,look at the oceans around the world,the pacific is full of radiation from fukashima,sunken neuclear vessels,oil,plastic,and who knows what else,i like your recipe sounds good and im country to the bone,the survival thing doesent bother me,im not scared but am concerned,hopefuly humans will learn tha nature is paramount for our survival,the massive greed,militaryism,the changes are here now but most people dont have a clue,we have lost touch with spirituality and nature,my hope is humanity will wake up before its to late ,everything we need is in nature,i dont know guys but all the signs point to a white nuckle ride soon,i cant understand the mentality of wanting more,more,more,and the control of the masses,im trying to keep a positive out look but if you connect the dots it dont look good for mother earth,if you study the actions of tptb,destruction is on the menue,one thing is for sure common folk are going to have a hard time of it



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