Monday, March 3, 2014

Hunting zeppelins - a column for Shotgun Life

Photo by R.J. Waldron, Northwind Outfitters
I think it's safe to say that most geese I've killed in my eight seasons of hunting have been crips - birds injured by someone else that then either flew or swam near me in their debilitated state.

Mercy killings. I put them out of their misery, and the hunting gods showed mercy on my pathetic self by putting those birds in my path.

On the rare occasions I've paid for a goose hunt, it's usually been a spectacular failure.

Between that and the fact that I think duck hunting is just more exciting, I tend to run around saying things like "I hate goose hunting."

But I might not be saying that anymore, and you can find out why in my latest column for Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Extreme bird hunting - a column for Shotgun Life

Photo by Ayla87 via stock.xchng
I've wanted to hunt sandhill cranes for years now, and this season, I finally got my chance.

Unfortunately, it wasn't the experience I'd hoped for, or even braced for, and that is the subject of my latest column in Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Goddess for a day - a column for Shotgun Life

This is not my clothing and these aren't
all my ducks, but you're going to have
to read the column to find out why.
In a rare turn of events, I found myself last month at a rather exclusive duck club in the Butte Sink, where spectacular success and spectacular failure trumped my garden-variety insecurity to make me a goddess for a day.

You can check out the whole story in my latest column for Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2014

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Two new videos: how to fillet a duck, and how to cook a duck fillet or duck breast

I'm obsessed with using as many parts as possible from the birds I kill, so I came up with a filleting method earlier this year that uses ALL of the meat and skin, and is easy to eat, too. The first video shows you how to cut a duck into two boneless fillets, and the second shows you how to cook those fillets (though, conveniently, the technique is the same for cooking breasts alone).

If you watched the PBS Food/Original Fare video in which I took a newbie duck hunting then cooked up a pintail for her, this is the method I used.


© Holly A. Heyser 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hunting like a guerrilla in a ballroom - a column for Shotgun Life

I am in my eighth season of hunting, so you'd think by now I'd know how to calm the hell down when ducks take me by surprise.

Apparently not.

Read all about my latest adventure in spasticity in my latest column for Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2013