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Old 10-14-2020, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Had a great trip out to Cold Bay, Alaska last week chasing brant and cacklers in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. We had great dog work out of the three pups we took with us and just had an amazing time. I am definitely going to be headed back there again (and again...and again). That place is flat out incredible. We ended up dropping 30 brant, 36 cacklers, 6 ducks (gadwall and bluebill), and I popped a fox that chose to commit suicide. We also saw 27 brown bears and a wolf, not bad for 3.5 days.













































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We ended up shipping home over 275lbs of dressed bird carcasses. Not too shabby.
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Old 10-14-2020, 01:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was wondering when you were going to start taking this Alaska stuff seriously...
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Every time you post about another hunt I wonder why I still live where I do.

Curious how the Brant taste. I kinda always lumped them in with Sea Ducks in my mind, but upon some very limited wikipedia research, it appears that they are mostly vegetarian.

I'm sure you have some masterful culinary plans for that haul of meat.
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E-P-I-C!

I've travelled lots of places chasing waterfowl, but Brant in Alaska is still on my bucket list, and right near the top of said list.

Thanks for sharing.
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Every time you post about another hunt I wonder why I still live where I do.

Curious how the Brant taste. I kinda always lumped them in with Sea Ducks in my mind, but upon some very limited wikipedia research, it appears that they are mostly vegetarian.

I'm sure you have some masterful culinary plans for that haul of meat.
I haven't eaten any of it yet, but I've got some plans. I did a full carcass pluck on a fat adult drake brant that I'm excited about. From talking to people that have eaten them, brant are downright tasty. They pretty much only eat eel grass, so we'll see.

I figure this winter I've got a few goose pastrami to make, some gumbo and maybe some bratwursts. Then sometime I'll do up a big ole batch of confit with the legs.
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Yep, I live in the wrong state!

Great job JC!
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Looks like a blast JC. Try this recipe if u haven't.

Pound out the breast flat, then spread some softened cream cheese on the breast. In the meantime split and seed jalapenos and roast them on the grill. Put roasted jalapeno slabs on the cream cheese and then roll up and pin with toothpick. Now, wrap all that with bacon, toothpick it then grill until the bacon is done and yank it. Some **** good waterfowl with this method!

You can marinate the breasts too if u want, but I find they're great even without the marinading.
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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JC,
Amazing hunt and awesome state but you are doing to Alaska what we all did to Utah years ago.
In hindsight we all should have never shared a single pic or story about good ole’ Utah.
We all ruined our our wintering areas, low traffic, and cheap land/housing.
Very soon southern Utah is going to be as crowded as northern Utah, even the areas you would never think would get trashed by population growth.
While there are some good things that come from growth, they do not outweigh the crappy stuff that comes with it.
Just my two cents but you should learn from our mistakes.
Looks like a great shoot!
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Nice pics Johhny! Looks like another cool adventure in the great white north!
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