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Tried rabbit for the first time this week

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Joe Link, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've eaten all sorts of stuff, escargot and crispy calves brains, and this week I finally got to try rabbit. I've been looking for it on a menu for quite some time now with little success, until this week. I'm not sure which part(s) are generally eaten, but this was the hind quarters, deep fried. It was one of the most delicious meals I've ever had, and now I'm thinking I may need to take up rabbit hunting (though I've never hunted before in my life). I can't wait to have it again :thumbup:
     
  2. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    It's good stuff! A good preparation is to marinade the quarters in crushed garlic, salt, pepper and red wine, then braise in the marinade. Add a little crushed tomato, olive oil, and have it over pappardelle.
     
  3. ArgyleAdams

    ArgyleAdams Portland, OR Active Member

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    As my dad would say: rabbit's good eatin'.

    Sent from my phone; typos likely.
     
  4. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    You don't have to start hunting even though it's fun All you have to do is keep an eye open on cl for free rabbits:paranoid:
     
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  5. aflineman

    aflineman Both South of Eugene and East of Portland. Active Member

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    We used to call it "broke leg chicken" to get my sister to eat it.
    I however, do enjoy a good fried rabbit.
     
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  6. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    What kind of Rabbit are you talking about? That's like saying "I ate some duck". I wanted to try a hair I shot last winter but it just felt like bones in a fur bag so I gave it to the coyotes.
     
  7. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    peter cottontail
     
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  8. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Wait till you try squirrel!
    Seriously, there's lotsa smaller critters that are delish when prepared right.

    Glad you liked it. Time to get that hunting license!
     
  9. beavertonbuck

    beavertonbuck Beaverton Active Member

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    Rhinelanders always has braised rabbit on there menu and it is delicious. Not exactly hunting for your food but a lot more consistent.
     
  10. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My folks raised rabbits as a food source when I was a kid. Good stuff! You have to be careful when you cook them because they are so lean that it's easy to dry them out! That's why the Germans and a lot of other cultures use braising.
     
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  11. OEDub

    OEDub SW OR Coast Active Member

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    Rabbit can be quite delicious! Davemata's cooking technique (above) sounds great!
     
  12. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    LOL - early one Sunday morning one of my brother's friends shot a squirrel off the roof and suggested to a KY redneck friend that he should cook it up for them - his response was - you can't eat that - em's city squirrels - em's full of toxins"
     
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  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Hard to find good rabbit areas around here,but I will try raising them. They will produce more meat than just about any other animal.

    Next projects are chicken coops and rabbit coops

    What type dish was it? First I had was Indian (India).Again,braised in something.
     
  14. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I had a college roommate who's brother raised rabbits commercially as meat and whenever his family came to visit they brought "chicken hind quarters" cooked with shake-n-bake bbq style. I visited their place one summer and out is the barn there were several rows of cages with white fluffy bunnies in them. Still good eating. I would certainly try it again. Deep fried would be tasty.
     
  15. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    Years ago I shot a rabbit in our garden. When I brought it in my dad said: "where did you find that old buck rabbit?" I said, "in the garden, I want it for dinner tonight." Dad said, "Not tonight, go soak it in milk overnight, then give it to your mother, she will prepare it for you for tomorrow night." Dad said it had to "relax" first, that is why the soak.

    When it comes to wild rabbit...dad was right. Cook as you will, but soak it overnight first.

    That said: Our third daughter raises rabbits...they live in a pen and are fed, watered, and butchered like chickens...no need to pre-soak them.
     
  16. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    my roomates and i were out rattlesnake hunting a couple years ago in south junction and got our first bunny rabbit. we covered it in teriyaki sauce and threw it on the bbq, best chicken we ever tasted! there were a couple bites that tasted a little gamey but the rest was delicious.
    from what i understand it was not the best time of year to hunt them and there is a risk of sickly bunnies during the summertime, we must have gotten lucky because none of us got sick but for now on all our bunny hunting will be after the snows hit and kill off all the sick ones.
    we didnt get a chance to go back out this year but are hoping to go again next year.

    good stuff!
     
  17. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    easiest way to remember when rabbits are good is wait till the first hard frost then you are pretty safe
     
  18. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    How does the bunny hunting go here?
     
  19. mosinguy

    mosinguy by the ocean Member

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    small game license an season is Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare 5/day, see
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    Statewide: Sept. 1, 2012 - Mar. 15, 2013 Possession limit: 15 straight or mixed bag
     
  20. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I am going to take a couple of the silver grey squirrels that are all over my property this fall and give them a try - heard they are delicious!