"A Huntsman and Dogs", 1891, oil on canvas by Winslow Homer (1836–1910) [Public Domain]

"A Huntsman and Dogs", 1891, by Winslow Homer (1836–1910)

"Casting, Number Two", 1894, by Winslow Homer (1836-1910)- [Public Domain]

"Casting, Number Two", 1894, by Winslow Homer (1836–1910)

Wild Game

The Wild Harvest Table

The Wild Harvest Table web site was created by Mo Tidball of Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension in conjunction with Keith Tidball with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to "celebrate the culinary bounty represented by wild game and fish in the Finger Lakes and across New York State."

It provides information and links to resources about hunting and fishing, and many recipes for large and small game, fish and fowl, including Venison Pot Roast, Duck Pizza, Goose Jerky, and Squirrel Derby Pie. 

You'll also find on the website an "Educator Resources" tab at the top to be used by CCE Educators and 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers. There is also Nutrition information for wild game and fish species, including a chart for nutrition information on wild game and fish: Wild Game Nutrition Chart 

"Game from Farm to Table" - this PDF from the USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Service includes information on various wild game species and how they taste, how some game is farmed, whether game is inspected by the USDA, foodborne bacteria that may be associated with game, how game differs from domestic meat, how to handle game safely, removing the "gamey" flavor, suggested cooking methods and temperatures, and how long you can store game in your refrigerator or freezer.

"Proper Processing of Wild Fish & Game" - this free 20-page booklet from Penn State University Cooperative Extension covers the importance of temperature control, methods of processing (aging, cutting/processing, curing, smoking, canning, jerky, and the importance of cooking with a meat thermometer), nutritional information, and 5 pages of recipes.

North Dakota State University Extension - find many free publications to download on how to handle game meats and fish, plus drying, freezing and canning wild meats.


Moira Tidball
Nutrition Issue leader

Last updated September 19, 2022