Wyoming, Brian says, offers a season for one of the two truly free ranging wild bison herds left in the Continental United States. It’s a once in a lifetime kind of hunt. Brian says hunters can apply for an “any tag” which permits the harvest of any bison a hunter wants to take, or there is a cow/calf only tag. If a hunter shoots a bull, that is a once in a lifetime harvest, and if the hunter shoots a cow or calf it affords them the opportunity to apply again, although drawing another tag would likely take years. Brian was fortunate enough to draw a tag this year and recently got a last minute call to let him know the herd was in the area. From there, he went on horseback and was able to tag a nice big cow. Unlike other game animals, Brian says when walking up on a bison there is no ground shrinkage and in fact it looks even bigger. Brian says he plans to have a shoulder mount done for his home and he plans to tan the hide and have it made into chinks. As for the hundreds of pounds of meat, Brian is ready to start experimenting and making all kinds of delicious food. He says that jerky, snackin’ sticks and summer sausage are on his list. Beyond that, he’s excited to get a feel for the flavor profile of wild bison and see how it differs, if any, from store bought bison.
Finally, with hunting seasons largely wrapped up across the country and freezers full, now is the time to try new flavors and experiment with new ways to prepare your wild game. Brian says hunters need to look beyond the normal preparations, step out of the box and try something new. Jerky, sausage, pepperoni - you don’t have to be a pro to make and enjoy these foods. With step by step instructions included in every kit they make, Brian says Hi Mountain Seasonings can make any first time jerky maker feel like an expert. New for 2020, Brian says they just launched a new Pepperoni kit that accommodates any kind of game meat and makes delicious pepperoni for your pizza, sandwiches and more. Use deer, antelope, waterfowl, rabbit or any other game meat in your freezer - choose a protein, follow the directions and it will turn out great. Brian encourages everyone to try something new, experiment with a new flavor, and think outside the box when it comes to wild game preparation.