When I got back to the apartment I weighed the jackrabbit and it weighed 7 pounds! This seemed big to me, but from what I understand is normal size for North Dakota jackrabbits. I did some looking up online on how to skin one and found there are about 8 different ways people are showing, so I decided to try it how my grandfather told me to, but modify it so the meat was boneless. I don't think I did to bad for my first time skinning jackrabbit, but I didn't get as much meat as I could. I got most of what Uncle Ted would call bountiful back straps and some hind leg meat. I made a pretty decent mess in the kitchen and decided that the sink was not the best place as the jackrabbit kept sliding around. I have no learned and will be able to do a better job and get more meat next time. After I was done cleaning up I put the meat in a bowl of saltwater in the fridge and went back out hunting for a while.
I didn't see anything else out hunting the second time that day, but I almost got my car stuck on minimum maintenance road. When I finally got off the road my car was so loaded up with a dirt/clay mix that I had to get most of it out from the parts of my car by hand. That wasn't fun. Anyway, after that mess I went back to my apartment to get my jackrabbit ready.
I follow the way my grandfather, you know him as Old Man Rounce, told me. I seasoned the meat with garlic salt, salt and pepper. Then I shook the jackrabbit meat in a bag filled with flower. Fried it on the stove in butter and olive oil at medium low for about 12 minutes, with a cover on it most of the time. Then I took a pot put some butter in it added half a cup of water and a few shots of Brandy (the Brandy was my choice). I set the oven to 350, put the meat in the pot (I don't own a dutch oven or I would use that) put a cover on it and let it cook for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remember that rabbit is an extremely lean meat with nothing but really protein in it, so you must keep it as moist as possible and use lots of butter to give it more flavor, and keep the meat from getting to tough. When the food came out of the oven it look pretty good. It tasted not bad either, but Patty said it didn't have much flavor, which it didn't so for next time I have to add more spices and probably use real butter (Patty doesn't like real butter so it's almost never in the apartment). So everyone make note of that use real butter not fake butter.
Patty went out hunting with my the next day, but we didn't see anything. Below are some pictures of the weekend.
|Getting ready to skin it|
|When it says Town Car for the name I guess it means Town Car|
|Sunset ending the first night of hunting|
|The jackrabbit after it was cooked. Some of it was already eaten by me I was hungry.|
|The second day of hunting.|
Also last weekend I guess Eric went salmon fishing in Wisconsin. He sent me a picture with no details on if he caught this fish or not, but I'm sure if he actually contributed to this blog he would have some good stories for everyone to read. It looks like he or someone did well salmon fishing though. Here is the picture below.