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Each year, the summer heat lifts and the first fall breeze fills my head with excitement. This is a time for hunters, near and far, to dial in their groups, rig decoys, ready their best four-legged friend and put the finishing touches on the gear. Yes! This is a magical time — when we reflect on seasons past and prepare with anticipation for this years harvest.

With the 2011 hunting season upon us, there’s no better time then RIGHT NOW to start setting goals.

Having yearly goals is a great way to achieve success.

The same principles translate to everyday life. When we focus on something important — something we really want to achieve and work hard towards, we truly maximize our potential. From a hunting standpoint, you’ll soon realize that by doing this, you gain much more from the experiencee of planning. Before you know it — your skills, knowledge and overall enjoyment of the outdoors has also increased!

The goals you set — whether it’s herd management, shot proficiency, gaining greater knowledge or simply forming a better attitude; the fact is…it makes you a better hunter! The next step is to recognize what’s realistic (especially with the amount of time you have to invest with each goal).

For as long as I can remember, I’ve set goals for each season. Because I have new goals, I’ve matured as a hunter and a man. I remember some of my earliest goals: “Shoot my first grouse” or “hear a buck grunt.” Even as a bright-eyed youngster, I became less concerned with killing the buck I saw chasing a doe, but rather —  THRILLED with seeing the whole experience! I realized that it isn’t so much about the destination, as it is the journey getting there.

There are many ways to measure success. If you fall short of reaching your goal — what matters most is the experience you gain and lessons learned in the process. It will certainly give you a sense of accomplishment and a better outlook on what it means to “pursue game.”

Whether you enjoy chasing fur, fins or feathers — start setting seasonal goals and before-long, you’ll start to experience what I like to call, “Increased Hunting Success!”

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Shish “Kid” Bobs

Whether you’re grillin’ in the backyard or camping in the backwoods, one quick and tasty recipe for kids is shish kabobs! What’s great about these tasty favorites is that they’re so easy to make and the clean-up is close to “null.” Plus, you can make them with anything you like — pleasing even the most finicky eaters (especially kids)!

  • Start with about 3-lbs of wild game, such as: venison, goose breast, duck, grouse, pheasant, turkey, porcupine, opossum or whatever happens to be sneakin’ around or hiding in your fridge. If your kids aren’t keen on coon, you’ll be wise to use farm raised chicken from the local COOP. Simply, cut the meat into 1.5-inch bite-size chunks.
  • For fat and additional flavor, you can add strips of bacon. Wrap the cuts of meat and use the skewer to secure in place.
  • Here’s where you and the kids can get creative — add 1 large onion, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes (fruit is a good option too!). Whatever the pallet prefers! Slice the veggies into roughly the same size as chunks of meat.
  • All of this can be chopped and prepared before you head outdoors. Put cuts of meat and vegetables into sealable Zip Lock® bags or containers. This way, when it’s dinner time and your exhausted from hiking, canoeing or biking, all you and your little helper have to do is assemble the kabobs!
  • Make sure to soak the bamboo skewers in water so they don’t burn. Also, clip the sharp ends off so that no little hands or fingers get poked.
  • Now, you and your helper can slide any combination of meat/veggies onto the skewers that you want. Kids love being involved and get-a-kick out of the whole process! Don’t be surprised if some pretty “interesting” creations are made! Sometimes this ends up being the only way to persuade your picky eater into eating a nourishing meal. Often kids feel like this is a snack — and we all know how much kids love snacks! Couple this with the fun they will have making their own kabob, you may be surprised how much they’ll eat!
  • Once your skewers are assembled, season with a little coarse sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and garlic powder, along with any other favorite seasonings! Feel free to use homemade or commercial marinades that you enjoy as well (ex. Italian Dressing). You can get a head-start by marinating the meat overnight at home.
  • Now it’s time for the grill or grate. If using charcoal, I prefer real wood charcoal. If you’re cooking over a campfire, first build a fire.  Be patient — hold out until you have a nice set of coals, then rake a bed of coals under your cooking grate. This will depend on cooking temp, but as a general rule cook for 4 to 5-minutes on each side. Turn kabobs with long-handled tongs. Once done, let set for a few minutes. This will leave those glorious juices inside the meat, as oppose to flowing out onto your plate.

All that’s left now is to savour the sensations of outdoor cooking with your family! Serve with salad, wild rice or potatoes. Enjoy!

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