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14 responses to “Roast Snipe and Slow Days”

  1. thart

    Holly’s photos are wonderful! BUT, could you add a little something for scale, especially with the snipe or other small birds? Fork? Napkin? A raw veggie that can be identified in the photo? Grain? Anything really.

    Thanks!

  2. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I had no idea that they were a real bird. Color me corrected. Congratulations on your tenacity and resulting appetizer. It’s gorgeous. I agree that it would be fun to be able to really feel the size of the bird.

    PS: Have I ever mentioned how much I hate captchas? Here’s try #2

  3. Peter Arnold

    For those whom this great article of Hank’s may be encouraged to go after snipe for the first time, I’d appreciate the opportunity of adding my $.02 worth. That is, when you down a bird, mark it well, for once dead a bird can melt into the vegetation like no other I have ever hunted. They can be so hard to find that I long ago gave up trying to shoot doubles if the opportunity arose. It was just too hard to mark both, and more than once I failed to find one or the other.

    As an example, I remember snipe hunting with a favorite uncle. At some distance from me he put down a bird, We both walked to where we thought it had fallen, and started searching. After three or four minutes of fruitless effort he dropped his hat about where he thought it might be, and then we started circling it. No snipe. Finally after about ten minutes of both of us looking and looking with no luck, in disgust Egbert went back to his hat , picked it up – and there, under the hat, was the snipe.

    Fortunately for the hunter, if the snipe is not dead when it falls it will almost invariably make its presence known by moving about, easy to see. This is in contrast to almost any other game bird, which usually stays still in hopes it won’t be seen.

    I look on snipe as just about my favorite game to hunt, but most probably I have shot my last, for it is difficult at my age to negotiate swampy bog areas any more. But what wonderful memories I have of going after that great bird. Hank, I think you are right a jumping snipe says exactly that: “Sca-i-i-p!” in that grating voice.

    And what great table fare, too!

  4. Holly Heyser

    Thart: Funny, I’d thought about including something for scale, especially after we started joking about trying to make it look like a turkey in the shot. A snipe would make a large (think 20-pound) turkey for a Barbie family.

    For clearer context, though, the middle board in the top photo is 3 and 3/8 inches wide.

  5. Kyle

    Fascinating read Hank. I’ve never hunted snipe; where would you consider the best place near sac? I’m going scouting for bigger creatures up at Spenceville…guessing those ponds won’t provide the right habitat for snipe?

    Thanks.

  6. mike

    love hunting snipe, but water levels were up on the flats this year so they went elsewhere. do you have coot there?

  7. Michael Sal.

    I have been checking in on your website for years and have recommended it to many, So let me thank you on creating a great place for information that I can use. I am a hunter, fisher and forager(mainly mushrooms) in Colorado. I have hunted snipe here close to 20 years. It is a little different hunting them here, I use a Brittany and a Labrador. The birds have not been shot and hold well for a point and I’m not walking in the mud. It is great to check in and see what you have up new each time. Would love to hunt with you any day! I have an Antelope and an Elk as well as a variety of ducks, mainly mallards in the freezer to play with. I have made my first sausages this year with Elk and Antelope..Wow! Italian Sausage cut with some lightly smoked bacon when I ground the meat. I have been making a large amount of jerky with all of the meats too on my smoker. The mallard jerky turned out to be an awesome surprise, good flavor, great consistency. Amazed some hunting partners with the duck! This is the first time I have commented but I have been reading for a long time. Thanks Hank.

  8. Henry Chappell

    Many thanks for this. I’m wondering if woodcock would work just as well. They’re fairly abundant right now in East Texas.

  9. Jack

    I note that you sprinkled salt into the cavity of your snipe before roasting it which indicates that you ‘drew’ the snipe. In the British Isles snipe are generally eaten entire.It is said that the birds have a clean intestinal tract because they ‘squit’ as they take off. Maybe the reason it is safe to eat entire is that roasting at a high speed kills any bacteria. A friend says that his favourite breakfast is cold roast snipe with a glass of champagne.
    p.s. I laughed at you recommending Andrew Pern’s ‘Loose Birds’ book as ‘High-end British cooking. Really’. Yes, it really exists. His restaurant, The Star in Harome, is my second favourite, second only to Le Gavroche in London

  10. Swamp Thing

    Hunting for downed birds, ummmm, we use dogs.

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