Lone Doe Osso Buco Recipe by Margie Nelson

Margie’s  Osso Buco Recipe Shanks cut 1 1/2 inches thick from one whitetail or mule deer flour and salt and pepper for dredging (I use a little Cavender’s greek seasoning) Avacado or olive oil 1/2 Cup diced Pancetta one diced sweet onion 4 cloves garlic (I put them through a garlic press) 4 medium carrots diced 4 sticks celery diced 5 sprigs of fresh thyme 2 springs of fresh rosemary 2 springs of fresh oregano 28 oz can of diced fire roasted tomatoes 1 cup red wine 5 cups chicken stock Dredge the shanks in flour and seasoning and brown in the oil on all sides. Remove and place in the bottom of large roaster. Add more oil to the same pan and add pancetta, onion, garlic, carrots, celery and cook until slightly tender. Using a slotted spoon take out of the pan and put over the top of the meat. Add the wine and chicken stock to the pan with the fresh herbs and simmer for about 15 minutes. While simmering add the can of tomatoes to the rest of the dish in the roaster Remove the herbs and pour the liquid over the all other ingredients. If the liquid doesn’t cover everything, add more stock. Put the lid on the Roaster, set at 250F and walk away from this for about 4 hours and then turn it down to 150 for another 4-5 hours. Fall apart goodness in your mouth right here. You can serve this with mashed potatoes, rice, risotto, polenta…what ever floats your boat! And if you’re feeling really fancy, and want traditional Osso Buco top this all off with. Gremolata 1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped zest of one lemon, finely chopped Serves…a bunch of hungry folks! ENJOY!! The Hunt… Last year was a banner year hunting…for my friends! I took 6 different fellas hunting over several outings on some private, but mostly all BLM land and they harvested two nice bull elk, two mature cow elk, a tender calf and one very nice 5×5 whitetail buck. I got a doe! A tender yummy, didn’t know I was there doe! Here in Montana the elk are plentiful and the hunters are too. BLM lands have a reputation for elk being there, and they certainly are by the hundreds. But then that also brings out every kind of hunter.  So, I went to private land for a last ditch effort. I have friends that have always been gracious to allow us to hunt on their property and the elk were around because shots were being fired at the neighboring State...

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Thankful for Hunting- Guest Blog

  Autumn begins its approach towards winter. The days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to drop. The crunching of the leaves echoes loudly through the silent forest. As I make my way through the woods to my hunting stand in the pre-dawn hours, the bite of the frosty air and the dark stillness around me breathe excitement into every ounce of my being. Sitting motionless in the cold awaiting the first glimpse of daylight, all of my senses are on high alert. I try to control the racing of my heart. I am thankful for this magical time…it is hunting season in Pennsylvania!! Each time I enter the woods to hunt, I detach from the fast-paced chaos of everyday life, push pause, and step into the moment. The soothing of my soul begins as Mother Nature reveals her wonder and beauty in the most magical and glorious ways. Whether it is the gift of a buck that fills the freezer with meat, a noisy squirrel that keeps your nerves on edge, or a cold soaking rain that chills you to the bone; Mother Nature never fails to amaze and educate. These lessons I am thankful for. I did not grow up in a hunting family, but I was fortunate to marry into one. My husband grew up a farm boy, and naturally a hunter. Over the years, I assisted my husband with preparations for his hunting trips with the men in the family. I shared in both the anticipation and rewards of each hunt. But, every time my husband went off to hunt, I found myself longing to be part of the family hunting trip and the secrets it held.             After some time, the demands of life began to alter the family hunting trips. The hunting party decreased in size. While these changes took place, the desire within me to hunt continued to burn even brighter. My husband could not help but notice. The day finally came and I was invited on the family hunt. I don’t think everyone was as happy to have me in the hunting party as I was to be there. I was put to the test, over and over again. I rose to each challenge. I would continue to hunt. How could I not? That first trip to the woods left me with an addiction to hunting that couldn’t be ignored. Not to mention, a whole lot of experiences that I am most grateful to have had.             My love for hunting has never waned. My husband and I continue to hunt together. Our family hunting party is now made up of...

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There is No Glass Ceiling in the Woods
Nov18

There is No Glass Ceiling in the Woods

It is not hard to recognize that women hunters are on the rise and on the rise at a rapid pace.  Depending on where you are located,  finding  a woman hunter can be like finding a unicorn; they simply don’t exist and in other areas, it is so common, it is like “ so what”?  Woman are showing just what they are made of.  They are skilled, experienced, and passionate about hunting.  There are no barriers when it comes to women in the woods.   They are on equal footing with men and many times have advantages over their male counterparts.  Maybe it is patience.  Maybe it is determination.  Maybe it is just down right honed skills.  Truly, hunting transcends most barriers, even age and socioeconomic factors.  It is never too early to be exposed to hunting and rarely too old to actually hunt if the desire is there. I am a proud member of the Hunt Staff for Prois Hunting Apparel and Gear for women founded by Colorado native, Kirstie Pike,  In her neck of the woods, woman hunters are part of the landscape.  It is truly a way of life.  Since I became a member, I have networked with women hunters across the country and I can tell you they are the real deal, not just girls looking for a photo opt.  They are passionate, skilled, and experienced women doing the work of hunting.  They scout, they track,  they go into the backlands to hunt sometimes for a week at a time.  They field dress their kill and pack it on horseback for the long ride home.  I am so impressed with the knowledge and the contributions these woman make to conservation, education, and  the charitable contributions they make in their communities. They come from all walks of life… stock brokers, draftsman, hair stylists, stay at home moms, caregivers, chiropractors, paralegals, web consultants, waitresses, home schoolers,  nurse practitioners, Clerk of Court Officers, attorneys, ranchers, farmers, orchard owners, professional  shooting/archery instructors and professional hunt guides, and so many more hard working, amazing women! The most apparent common link with all these woman, besides their love to hunt, is their desire to protect our resources and their commitment to conservation so that their children and the generations to follow will have the same opportunity to love the outdoors and preserve the heritage of hunting. Here in the low country of SC, woman hunters have been here right along, but maybe not as noticeable as in other parts of the country.  With social media, more and more women are showing their passion for the outdoors.  There are a lot of...

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Wading through dark, murky water and then…
Nov16

Wading through dark, murky water and then…

It was to be my third duck  hunt at DW Outdoors Mallard Preserve and it became very obvious the first two were very tame compared to this one!  This was the real deal… I was wading through dark, murky waters before daylight unaware of all the perils such as unexpected tree roots, and sudden drop-offs.  I held on to my new 12 gauge Benelli for dear life fearful I would fall into the water and ruin it.  I had no idea when my husband instructed me to go out and buy chest waders that I would really end up needing them.  I thought I was just dressing the part,  all camo cute in my matching  jacket and hat.  That is not at all what it was.  Instead of sitting in a comfy blind in a nice bench seat like last year, I was standing up trying to keep my balance while being tucked in behind branches and bushes.  I was a bit out of my element to say the least.  I was told to move to a different spot so that I could get a better angle and I was completely convinced I was stepping on an alligator.  It was terrifying!!!  Of, course, it was a tree stump, but it was very disconcerting.   I made the stupid comment that I thought the swamp smelled really nice and there must be cedar trees all around but then realized I completely forgot my husband clipped my Thermacell on me earlier.  Geez!!!  I ended up actually downing 4 ducks but I think my husband may have helped me with a second shot on one. All in all, I would not have changed a thing, While my husband and Tripp III have been going to DW Outdoors for years, Lindsay and I add a lot of fun to the excursion!   Our host, DW and his staff were amazing as usual-  Frank was as helpful as could be – While we were there, we took advantage of the rifle range and got some great tips from Frank.    Jeff… what can I say?? Besides his big fun personality,  his skills at calling in the ducks is unsurpassed. You must call DW and hunt this amazing facility.  He is the perfect host and cannot do enough to make your hunt more fun and rewarding.  The lodge and the grounds are superb- but be ready to eat incredible southern cooking that you will talk about for days to come!!!    Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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10 Tips for Hunters Who Wear Contact Lenses
Nov13

10 Tips for Hunters Who Wear Contact Lenses

I absolutely love wearing contacts. I have been using mono vision lenses for years.  Even though most people have two eyes that work together like binoculars , one eye is usually dominant over the other. When looking at far away objects, the dominant eye is the one that is actually seeing more.  Here are some points to take into consideration:  If you wear mono vision contacts, establish which eye is your dominant eye.  Discuss this with your optometrist to make sure you are using your dominant eye for distance.  After struggling to see distance when hunting, It became apparent that my prescription had my reading lens in my shooting eye!  Looking back, I am amazed at how well I hunted turkeys and deer with that disadvantage. If you hunt birds, you may have some additional issues with depth perception with mono vision lenses.  Talk to your eye doctor to see if there is a way to work through this when hunting birds possibly with another set of contacts specifically to help with this problem.     However,  if you are making a change in your lens correction, it takes a good week to get your brain to adjust so you need to consider that before you change up your correction to hunt birds. I am the first to admit that I have a real problem when hunting doves, ducks, and quail because of the problem with depth perception. When getting ready to hunt, avoid the eye area as much as possible with sunscreen, moisturizers, or anything that can migrate onto your lenses and cloud your vision.  It is near impossible to change out your lenses while in a deer stand or turkey blind! If you are using a Thermacell, be mindful of the smoke and heat drying out your eyes. Remember to stay hydrated!  Make sure you drink more water in colder months as most of us tend to drink less water when it gets cold. Take a break from your contacts as often as possible in your daily use and switch to using your glasses.   Contacts tend to dry out your eyes so give them a break. If you don’t typically wear disposable contacts, I would have some on hand when you hunt.  It is so much easier if you go on a hunting trip not to have to worry about cleaning and storing your contacts Have a back up plan.  Just in case you have an issue with your contact lenses while hunting, have a spare pair of glasses in your backpack so you can continue hunting. A full hunting day starts before daybreak and ends after dark. You might consider...

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