|Daniel doesn't hunt but does|
get a bit of supervised target practice.
My barn turns into “deer camp” this time of year, usually populated by brothers, nephews and a few friends. I love it.
We've rigged up a pulley in the rafters to hoist up deer for skinning and I have a home made skinning winch I use to pelt out the fur bearers I catch on my trap line. There are bows and guns and camo clothes intermingled with tools, welders, ATVs and a smattering of fishing gear.
This past weekend was my nephew Daniel’s first visit to deer camp. At 8 years old, he’ll get to accompany hunters, but not carry a gun. In another couple years we’ll see. It’s fun to watch Daniel experience all the “new” things that go on at deer camp.
This is just setting the scene.
Brother John and nephew Noah are hoisting a deer on the rafter pulley. Daniel is dividing his time between helping pull the rope - he probably weighs about 52 pounds - and watching me remove the pelt from an opossum.
Deer hung, possum skinned, John asked what everyone wanted for lunch. I suggested possum.
“Can you eat possums,” asked Daniel?
“Sure,” I said.
“Have you ever eaten possum,” asked Noah?
“No, I never have, but I know people who have and know in some places eating possums is quite common,” I answered.
John said, “We have chicken or beef burritos.”
“Or possum,” I chimed in, jokingly.
At 8 years old and new to the game, Daniel didn’t realize I was being jocular. "I want possum."
So I went to the house, put a bit of Frying Magic seasoned coating mix in a plastic bag and returned with a skillet containing a bit of vegetable oil. I cut a few chicken nugget-sized chunks off the fresh possum carcass, dusted them liberally with Frying Magic and dropped them into the hot skillet, now on the stove.
Once they became, as Food Network star Alton Brown would say, “golden brown and delicious,” I pronounced them done.
“Possum does not taste like chicken,” I stated.
“It’s not gamey tasting,” John said.
Noah sampled his first bite and said, “I don’t know what it tastes like.”
Daniel nailed it as he reached for his second nugget, “It tastes like possum!”
Not only that, we all agreed, it was very tasty.
Will I be filling the freezer with possum meat this fall? “Possumly!”