Welcome back the Hunt Gather Talk podcast, Season Two, sponsored by Filson and Hunt to Eat. This season will focus entirely on upland game — not only upland birds but also small game. Think of this as the podcast behind my latest cookbook, Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail, which covers all things upland.
Every episode will dig deep into the life, habits, hunting, lore, myth and of course prepping and cooking of a particular animal. Expect episodes on pheasants, rabbits, every species of quail, every species of grouse, wild turkeys, rails, woodcock, pigeons and doves, chukars and huns. Today we talk about a near mythic bird, the snipe, Gallinago delicata.
In this episode I talk with Floridian Scott Lindars of Marshdoodle all about the Wilson’s snipe.
Scott and I are avid snipe hunters, part of a small group that chases one of the last shorebirds we can legally hunt in the United States. (Woodcock are in the same family.)
In this episode, we go over all kinds of things surrounding these mysterious birds, from folklore to the word “sniper” to the all-important guide to identifying the birds, to hunting technique, gear, dogs — as well as how to pluck, prep and cook your birds.
For more information on these topics, here are some helpful links:
- Another good snipe hunting resource is TheSnipeHunter.com
- What snipes sound like.
- A guide to identifying snipe.
- Some of my favorite snipe recipes, including roast snipe, French salmis of snipe, and fried snipe with hot sauce.
- I have several more recipes for snipe in my book Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail. You can buy a signed copy of that book here.
I am bringing back Hunt Gather Talk with the hopes that your generosity can help keep it going season after season. Think of this like public radio, only with hunting and fishing and wild food and stuff. No, this won’t be a “pay-to-play” podcast, so you don’t necessarily have to chip in. But I am asking you to consider it. Every little bit helps to pay for editing, servers, and, frankly to keep the lights on here. Thanks in advance for whatever you can contribute!