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Mmmmm ... dove!

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Football_Bat, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    This morning marks the start of gun dove season in Texas ... which means the distant sound of popping shotguns started filling the air about 15 minutes ago.

    Why the hell hunt doves? What do they taste like? Are doves just the unwitting victims of a bunch of gun nuts who are out of patience and have a woody for busting some birdshot?

    Or do they, you know, taste good?

    Just wondering.
  2. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    from what i hear, they taste like oil.
  3. audreyld

    audreyld Guest

    I think they're very tasty.

    In fact, if you'll go shoot some, I'll cook them and we can eat.
  4. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Why can't we have more women like this, who enjoy a good ol' dove roasting?
  5. Platyrhynchos

    Platyrhynchos Active Member

    They are, indeed, very tasty birds. Thing is, they're so small you need a bunch to make a good mess. I pop the breast on them, then filet the meat away from the bone. These go into a bowl of salt water in the fridge for a couple days, after which they can be cooked or frozen.
    Best recipe I've run across is to dice bacon, green pepper and onions and fry those until they are about done. Dredge the dove breasts in flour, toss them in the skillet and cook them until they're done (about four minutes per side).
    It just doesn't get any better than that. With, of course, the exception of roast duck.
  6. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    They had dove one night on a cruise I went on and it was easily the best meal they served, better than the lobster and steak and all that shit. It was amazing.

    That said, I hunt doves often and rarely get around to cooking them. I think done poorly, they suck. Done well, they are awesome. They're a lot of fun to hunt, though. We also hunt a lot of pheasant. We eat those guys. They're also delicious.
  7. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    Ask this guy:

  8. Platyrhynchos

    Platyrhynchos Active Member


    Virtually all wild game, if not properly cared for, will taste like crap. If you take care of it prior to cooking, it will turn out well. For instance, don't go dove hunting in the morning and decide to clean your birds at sunset that night. Doesn't work. You wouldn't leave a steak out in 95° temperatures for 12 hours, would you? Of course not. Same thing with wild game. You take care of it, and it will be tasty.
    That said, try the dove recipe listed above your post. You won't be sorry.
  9. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Dove're mighty tasty. My mom used to slather 'em in cream of mushroom soup and bake 'em til they were falling off the bone. Mmmm, dove.
  10. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    My parents' cat love to hunt them too. 20 doves and counting ...
  11. joe

    joe Active Member

    Make sure you have your migratory bird hunting stamp. And lead 'em, cause they're fast as shit through Jones' colon.
  12. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    That's a recipe that works for pheasant, too.

    Good eats.
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