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Old 08-26-2008, 06:54 PM
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Maybe it's just me, but I'm not going to go all out with bird feeders and stuff... The hummingbirds I saw were attracted to a natural flower, and it was cool to see them. I will feed the ducks, geese and swans if they happen to swim by while I'm outside on the deck, and have some stale bread available. Gulls get the remnants in the clam shells when I'm fishing, or a almost whole bunker when I'm casting and not paying attention... The little woman used to have bird feeders at her place in NW Jersey until the bears started coming back several years ago. They cleaned them out, and would hang up the hill from her place if she cooked on the grill, ready to swipe what was on there if unattended (one took a chicken off the grill when she went inside once ). She learned her lesson. No bird feeders, watch the grill when you are cooking... She still feeds a couple squirells that visit her deck each morning...
They are pretty capable of fending for themselves. They dont need me...
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I also hear that bird seeds (for song birds) attract rodents. Makes sense, since squirrels seem to take to them. No bear issues here in SE Penna., but lots of deer. I don't think they bother with the bird feeders though.
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No, deer might eat bird seed or grains if the set up is far enough from a home but most of us want to have birds in our window so that precludes any deer coming that close. As a hunter, I have no interest in bears. I like bringing game home to eat; kind of a part of the overall ritual. Meat balls, sloppy joes, burgers, Venus de Milo soups, chili, steaks on the grill. I love animals. They're delicious.
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I love animals too--right next to the mashed potatoes.
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Deer love flowers and vegetables.

Rodents of most kinds love bird seed.

I'm w/ Merlin and Frank... I'm a member of People who Eat Tasty Animals
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I've always wanted to pick my own mushroms, but I don't know the species and they say you can get stomoch clapp from eating the wrong ones. Mushrooms fried with onions and venison, splash a small amount of black coffee, make a nice sandwich.
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I've always wanted to pick my own mushroms, but I don't know the species and they say you can get stomoch clapp from eating the wrong ones. Mushrooms fried with onions and venison, splash a small amount of black coffee, make a nice sandwich.
I would avoid picking your own mushrooms if you dont know what you are doing. I was just reading in the North Jersey paper yesterday that a few people got really sick (I think one died) from picking mushrooms and eating them that they found in their yard. I like mushrooms, but not enough to go pick my own... I'll settle for the ones from the grocery store...
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I agree with the mushroom statements. Even books you can get the pictures are not a 100% guarantee. If you pursue find a person who knows and go picking with them. Of course this comes down to your spot my spot thing.

I have heard that some species will kill you dead never mind make you sick.
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If you want to raise your own mushrooms, I recall seeing an ad for this company that sells a kit to do so. If I remember correctly, it came with a log with predrilled holes, some type of mulch materiel and a box, along with the mushroom spores. Moisten the mulch, add the log, and sprinkle the spores in the holes. Close the lid, and wal lah! Mushrooms!
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I'm still ascared of mushrooms except from the store or can.
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C'mon Frank, from the can?
When I was a kid, a treat was having canned mushrooms, with a chuck steak. My father would divide them up between the two of us (mother, sister and brother didn't like them), and it felt special, even if they did have the texture of rubber... When I got older and started cooking on my own, I found the fresh ones. What a difference! Sliced, with some onion, with a little olive oil wrapped in foil on the grill is the best! Add them to whatever you are making, steaks, burgers etc.
I have a great recipe for stuffed mushrooms, with seafood or not. Whenever I get invited to one of those bring a dish bar b ques or dinners, thats always what I'm asked to make...
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I agree, Rags, that the fresh are better but we keep a can in the closet in case we want a venison sandwich and don't happen to have fresh. I know some here will puke but I do a lot of whack-job things with food. Examples:
I like diet Spam.
I smoother a salad with sardines.
I use coffee grounds as a rubb on red meats before grilling.
I make Puerto-Rican lemonade -- an inch of RealLemon, a packet of Equal, water.
I love bean sandwiches but skip the bananas.
I would never embark on a hunt or fishing trip without Nabs somewhere in the gear.
I eat the entire lobster, sans shells. Left overs are tails and claws.
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[quote=Frank Daignault;I eat the entire lobster, sans shells. Left overs are tails and claws.[/quote]

Do you eat the tomally? How about making a bisque from the carcasses?

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I know some here will puke but I do a lot of whack-job things with food.

One of my favorites is a diced clam and peanut butter fig dip.

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I agree, Rags, that the fresh are better but we keep a can in the closet in case we want a venison sandwich and don't happen to have fresh. I know some here will puke but I do a lot of whack-job things with food. Examples:
I like diet Spam.
I smoother a salad with sardines.
I use coffee grounds as a rubb on red meats before grilling.
I make Puerto-Rican lemonade -- an inch of RealLemon, a packet of Equal, water.
I love bean sandwiches but skip the bananas.
I would never embark on a hunt or fishing trip without Nabs somewhere in the gear.
I eat the entire lobster, sans shells. Left overs are tails and claws.
Nothing wrong with Spam, in moderation. Spam burgers with a slice of cheese and tomato are great!
Sardines? You should hook up with Jo. She likes an Italian sauce with sardines. Next time she makes it, I'll send you my share...
Lemonade sounds good, and easy to make.
Pass on the bean sandwiches, with or without bananas... I produce enough methane without any help...
Nabs, or something similar are always in the buggy in case I get the munchies.
Lobster? Tails are good, claws are good. The rest is like crabs, too much work to pick apart...
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