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Pheasant piccata

Plate of pheasant piccata, with sauce and capers poured on top and garnished with fresh herbs Pheasant piccata is a quick-to-assemble dish that has bright, zingy flavors to balance the buttery sauce. Delicious served over pasta, roasted potatoes or wild rice.

Smoked trout

Several smoked trout on a grill Smoking meat over fire is one of the world's oldest food preservation methods, and smoked trout is a dependably delicious way to preserve and serve your catch. Especially when the whole family reels in their limits at your favorite fishery!

Stuffed, bacon-wrapped deer or elk tenderloin

Wrapped elk tenerloin on a plate DWR Depredation Specialist Shay Farnsworth shared one of his favorite recipes for tenderloin, which he prepares with either elk or deer. The combination of stuffing the loin with cream cheese — and wrapping it in bacon — adds layers of flavor to the roast and keeps it from drying out while roasting. It's also pretty tasty.

Game & Guinness pot pie

Elk pot pie in a pan The filling of this pot pie is essentially a hearty game and vegetable stew, which can be made with any kind of big game chuck or trim. I used pronghorn shoulder and elk trim for the batches photographed here, but it's equally delicious with mule deer or even goose.

Goose chorizo

Cooked goose chorizo wrapped in a taco shell with lettuce strips, tomatoes, avacados, lime and eggs, all on a plate If you're lucky enough to bag your limit of wild honkers, this savory and spicy sausage is a terrific way to make sure that all of the edible parts of the bird go to good use.
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