I am the Deerslayer’s Wife. I did not start out as the Deerslayer’s Wife. I started out as a second-grade teacher who loved shopping and cities and wine. Then I married a man who kept carrying carcasses home and filling the freezer with them. I did not know what they were or what to do with them, and frankly, they freaked me out. But he kept bringing home more and more in various shapes and sizes. I reeled at the thought. Staggered. Guh.
I grew up in a household where meat was shaped like patties, fish was square (or stick-shaped), and everything was accompanied by pasta. In the years since, I have learned to appreciate the ways of the game hunter. Many years of research have provided me with countless reasons to prefer wild game over more processed meats. While you may never hear me refer to it again, it fits quite nicely into the concept of a green lifestyle. From this point on, however, the word “green” will refer to a color. I like lime green and chartreuse particularly.
I know that I am not the only deerslayer’s wife out there. There are countless numbers of us (many of whom started out as something very different), and I would like for all of us to embrace the benefits of our families’ hunting lives. I have adapted numerous recipes, invented a few more, found out many things about how to cook various types of wild game, will try to explain the healthy benefits, and hopefully provide a mindset that will enable every deerslayer’s wife to come to terms with the occasional need to grab her boots and jeans, hop in a pickup truck, and spend a few days in the freezing cold with your nearest and dearest, a rifle and a blazing campfire. (Don’t forget the marshmallows and hot coffee. And perhaps some wine.)