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Red Curry Snow Goose

  • 2 lbs diced bite size Snow Goose Meat
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon mashed ginger
  • 1 sliced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon thai red curry
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • mix vegtables of snow peas, baby corn, and bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • salt to taste
    In a large pan, add oil and turn burner to high. Add your goose meat, garlic, ginger, salt and shallot together and stir til the meat is cooked around. Turn burner to medium and add Curry paste and mixed vegetables. After 2 minutes, add coconut milk and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add your cilantro and green onions at last minute and then squeeze lime wedges to taste. Serve over steamed jasmine rice or brown rice.
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Corned Beef Snow Goose Breast

Ingredients:
6 to 8 goose breast filets (4 to 6 lbs)

5 tablespoons Morton Tenderquick mix

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground paprika

1 teaspoon ground bay leaves

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Trim, skin, and clean up breast filets (or beef brisket or boneless cut of deer, elk, etc)
In a small bowl, mix Morton Tender Quick and remaining dry ingredients and spices (DO NOT SubstituteAny “MeatTenderizer” For Morton TenderQuick)

Thoroughly rub mixture into all sides of breast filets.

Place filets into a plastic bag and close securely. Place in refrigerator and allow to cure 5 days per inch of meat thickness (a week seems to work fine for goose breasts) Place filets in pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer until tender, about 3 hours

CARIBBEAN SNOW GOOSE

2 lbs. snow goose meat, sliced ½” thick

2 c. orange

6 tsp. green onion, finely chopped

½ c. rice wine 1 tsp. crushed red pepper

4 tsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. cloves

2 tsp. nutmeg Salt to taste

2 tsp. allspice

To make marinade: mix together orange juice, rice wine, brown sugar, green onion, nutmeg, allspice, red pepper, salt and cloves. Divide in half. Use half to marinate the goose meat for 2-4 hours.

Remove meat from marinade. Grill goose on medium-high barbecue until cooked to medium rare.

Cook the other half of the marinade in a saucepan on medium heat until it forms a thick sauce. Serve as a hot dip for the grilled meat

Snow Goose Kabobs

One of the largest segments of waterfowl is the snow goose. With very liberal bag limits taking lots of birds for consumption is easy. Most hunters make these into sausages and or jerky, however they are also very tasty especially on the BBQ. Fresh goose breasts are used in this Snow Goose Recipe.  Caution do not overcook waterfowl, it dries out quickly and very easy.

INGREDIENTS:

4 – 8 goose breasts (1 – 2 breasts per person)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
½ bottle Italian salad dressing
½ tsp seasoning salt
½ tsp black pepper
Fresh Vegetables: cherry tomatos, green & red pepper, onion, mushrooms
DIRECTIONS:
Cut goose breasts into ½ inch sized  cubes.
Place cubes in a zip-top bag, or vacuum-sealed bag.  Add all remaining ingredients except vegetables. Mix thoroughly.  Refrigerate mixture for 24 hours. Cut vegetables for kabobs and preheat grill to medium heat.  Place meat and vegetables on skewers cook until meat is medium rare.

NOTES:
The marinated meat can be frozen in marinade and taken out prior to eating.
Using a vacuum sealer can speed the marinating process.

Recipe: Snow Goose Hors D’Ou evres

Ingredients: 2-3 snow goose breasts 1 cup orange juice ½ cup balsamic vinegar ¼ cup honey 1 tbsp. garlic 1 tbsp. cracked black pepper

Directions: 1. Make an orange juice-balsamic vinegar marinade by combining the juice, vinegar, honey garlic, and pepper.

2. Marinate the breast halves. (I don’t know how long exactly. We brought the geese in at noon and ate them at 7:30, so I guess somewhere between 1 and 7 1/2 hours.)

3. Heat canola oil in a skillet. They grow canola around Coronation, but that’s not why Tim uses it. He specifies canola oil because you can heat it to very high temperatures without the oil starting to smoke and scorch.

4. Sear the breasts quickly in very hot oil. They should be blood-rare inside. If they are so rare you are slightly afraid to eat them, they’re perfect.

5. Slice thin.

6. Serve with a dipping sauce. Tim used a local favorite, Sawmill Sesame Steak Sauce, but he said another steak sauce or mango chipotle salsa or apple chutney would work very well, too.

Snow Geese – The Snow Storm on the Prairie

The snow geese fall from the sky like pelting snowflakes of a winter blizzard. Thousands blanket the ground already, but hundreds more fly in to join them.

“It’ll be difficult competing with a flock that big,” the snow goose hunting guide says. “But some should fly over us on their way to that flock, and maybe we can coax them into our little spread of goose decoys instead.”

“Little” does not accurately describe the group of goose decoys in which we lay. There are more than 1,000 goose decoys, including full-body models and white trash bags draped over soybean stalks to imitate a flock of snow geese.

The snow goose hunting guide is correct, nevertheless. It will be hard to coax birds their way when 10,000 live, calling snow geese are feeding nearby.

In many parts of their wintering range, it’s possible to see thousands of snow geese each day.

For the first hour after dawn, the goose hunter  lies on a sheet of plywood in the field and watch as geese skirt our spread to land with the flock. The scene seems surreal—eight goose hunters wearing long white smocks and white toboggans laying amidst 1,000 trash bags. It looks like a late-season Halloween with everyone dressed as ghosts.

In the distance, the goose hunter finally see snow geese making a bee-line their way. Their snow goose hunting guide sees them, too.

“Wave your flag!” the snow goose hunting guide calls. His partner raises a white flag on a long pole and begins waving it.

The snow geese come straight on. At 100 yards, they cup their wings and begin swinging back and forth in the air. The snow goose hunting guide and his partner lower their flags and begin goose calling with tube calls.

Too late the birds realize the ruse. “Now!” the snow goose hunting guide shouts. A barrage of shots rings out. The goose hunter swings on a white bird and fires, then swings again and shoots a blue. The snow geese hit the ground with hard thumps as the goose hunter tries unsuccessfully to get another bird in his sights.

When it’s over, the goose hunter realizes he is shaking. Excitement does that to some hunters, and this snow goose hunting certainly is exciting.

The snow goose hunting guides gather the snow geese while the goose hunters chide each other on shots missed. The shooting has stirred them. They’re ready for another flurry.

The winter staging of snow geese in the South is one of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles. In prime snow geese hunting areas, it’s not unusual to see tens of thousands of snow geese daily.

The synchronicity of their movements is unforgettable: skeins of white, some more than a mile long, highlighted against bluebird skies or black thunderheads as the birds ride the towering wash of winter winds. Mere inches separate the individuals, yet one never touches another.

Snow geese once were much less common in this region, but populations mushroomed in the 1990s as winter wheat plantings expanded. Biologists now worry that snow geese are so numerous they’re deteriorating breeding-ground habitat in the far north.

Despite the abundance of geese, however, there still are relatively few serious goose hunters in most Southern states. Some duck hunters have switched part of their attention to snow geese, but it’s still a fledgling sport in many areas, and for the most part, the vast flocks of birds go about their daily business with little attention from hunters.

Keys To Snow Goose Hunting Success

There’s no such thing as a casual snow goose hunt, one reason many goose hunters don’t participate. This sport requires huge goose decoy spreads and a substantial investment of time and effort.

First, you must study movement patterns of geese where you want to goose hunt, then secure permission to goose hunt where concentrations are located. (Most goose hunting is on private lands.) When geese start using a field, they stay until the food supply is exhausted. Being there after they’ve started using the field and before they’ve eaten it out is the trick.

Hundreds of goose decoys are needed to attract the birds. Most goose hunters use commercially manufactured goose decoys supplemented with white trash bags or cardboard silhouettes. When the spread is arranged, the goose hunters, in dressed snow-camo clothes or white smocks, lay down right in the goose decoys. A waving white flag creates movement in the spread. This and good goose calling attract the birds’ attention and draw them near.

Guns and Snow Goose Hunting Guides

Don’t go in undergunned. Use a 10-gauge or a magnum 12-gauge with large shot. Nontoxic shot is mandatory everywhere, and most goose hunters opt for sizes BB, BBB or T.

If you’re new to the sport, consider hiring a snow goose hunting guide. These guys can show you the ins and outs of snow goose hunting, and after you’ve experienced a hunt first-hand, you’ll know whether you really want to make the required investment in time and equipment to hunt on your own. Best of all, snow goose hunting guides do all the work. The goose hunter need not spend hours scouting, gaining hunting permission and setting and retrieving goose decoys. For a reasonable fee, reputable snow goose hunting guides do all this and clean and pack your birds, too.

Although snow goose hunting is a time consuming, it’s a sport many of us find irresistibly attractive. Snow goose hunting allows you to perfect your skills with a shotgun and to go afield with men we enjoy and admire. But most of all, it gives you another excuse to be outdoors on those cold days in January and February when common sense dictates it might be best to stay home. Until you have laid in a goose decoy spread beneath a sky full of living snowflakes, you have missed one of hunting’s greatest pleasures.