Stories

7 Best Exercises for Bowhunters
By Chris HeskettHere on the east coast, we’re about to enter spring. For some, that means gearing up for turkey season. For others, that means getting food plots ready and getting plans ready for the upcoming fall. There are so many things...
Wild Game Cooking: Essential Hardware
By Liz Lynch When I shot my first deer, I decided to bring it to a wild game processor to have everything but the backstraps and tenderloins turned into different types of sausages. It was, unfortunately, a disappointing experience, and...
A Tale of Two Whitetails: How a husband and wife harvested their first bucks
By Tom Walton As a new hunter, it didn’t take me long to learn that hunting partners share a unique bond only time spent in nature can forge. Whether it’s the reward of gazing across a vast mountain vista after...
Gender and the Outdoors: Hunters Benefit from Diverse Mentorship
By Casey Pelzl, Cindy Stites, Gabby Zaldumbide, Liz Lynch, Mahting Putelis, Paul McCarney “Diverse” is more than just a description of how a population looks. When we ensure and promote diversity, we open the door for more creative problem-solving, a...
Cooperative Conservation Defines the Hunting Narrative
By Paul McCarney The hunting story I was told was somewhat incomplete. More accurately, if hunting stories are the ones that we tell friends and family about our own experiences, the hunting narrative is the collective history we tell as a broader...
Catching Up to Change: A sportsman’s perspective on climate change
By Matthew Robbins Several years ago, while conducting fisheries research in the backcountry lakes of northern Ontario, I struck up a conversation with a couple of local hunting guides. We had commissioned their lodge for flights to and from the...
Hunt To Eat Supports Black Bear Hunting in California
At Hunt To Eat, we were pleased to hear the news that Senator Scott Wiener withdrew Senate Bill 252 (SB-252) that would have banned bear hunting in California. The withdrawal of the bill is good news for hunting and conservation...
Florida Battles Invasive & Non-native Species
By Chad Rischar My first encounter with an invasive/exotic species in central Florida is still vivid in my mind. In 2000, a small group of friends and I were canvassing Osceola County after a typical late afternoon thunderstorm searching for...
Hunting for Effective Post-COVID Wildlife Policies
By Garrett Boudinot, Paul McCarney, and Gabby Zaldumbide In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, China banned the consumption of wildlife. While the media focused on the impacts to wildlife farming and trade, the policy also bans wildlife hunting. In the...
Good Advice for Hunting in Bad Weather
By Derek Edwards Some of the best hunting can come in the worst weather. People who don’t hunt may think we’re fanatics for heading out in snow, biting rain, or brutal heat. But it’s easy to make the weather work...
Top 10 Blogs of 2020
By Gabby Zaldumbide Stories from the field, digestible science, family-based expeditions, and tales of personal empowerment were just a few of the types of articles shared by our community in our blog over the last year. Here's a look at...
Top 10 Hunt to Eat Designs of 2020
By Gabby Zaldumbide Although 2020 was made difficult due to the political, societal, and environmental climates of the United States, that sure as hell didn’t stop Hunt to Eat. In 2020, we came out with some of our best hunting...
Ice Fishing is Dumb and I’m Hooked
By Shawn Hines Visualize grossly overdressed anglers toting super-sized drills and kid-sized rods, waddling around an ice hole, attempting to coax out unseen fish. This sight is not only ridiculous; the activity is absolutely addictive. Growing up in Texas, the...
Call It In: Hunters don't tolerate poachers
By Tom Walton When I was a kid, I spent time hiking in the woods by my house. I’d look for snakes and other critters, enjoying watching them and learning about them. Today, my wife gives me a hard time because...
Jolabokaflod: The best holiday you’ve never heard of
By Chris Gavin The holidays are a special time of year with so much to celebrate. Many of us observe several celebrations this time of year: Hannukah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, New Year’s, Christmas Eve, Kwanzaa, and more. A few years...
Mary’s First Dove: An Interview
By Michael Cravens I’ve always considered myself an exceptionally lucky husband. On top of being a fantastic mother, a hard worker, and my best friend, I have a wife that loves to camp, backpack, and explore the great outdoors almost...
I am a Hunter
By Asha Aiello Do you ever feel like an imposter? Did you know there’s a whole syndrome for that? It’s characterized by feeling like everyone around you knows exactly what they’re doing, and that at some point, you’ll get called...
The Mislabeled, Misunderstood, and Mistreated Javelina
By Michael Cravens It happens far too often. I’ll be talking with another hunter and the subject of javelina hunting comes up. It doesn’t take too long before I find myself being educated on how these animals are not actually pigs,...
Slippery Slopes: Climate change has dire consequences for Chugach Dall Sheep
This blog post inspired a Hunt to Eat design; check it out here! By Paul Forward Growing up in Eagle River, Alaska, the Chugach Mountains were literally in my backyard. My parent’s house was the last house on the street...
Shadows Below the Ridge
By Taylor Donner When the treetops mimic the black of the night sky, though a single shade darker from envy of the stars and the residual glimmerings of sunrises and sunsets, the experience of a hunter is reflected brightly within...
Why Winter is the Best Season for Hunting Deer
By Derek Edwards As we round the corner into winter, some people start to pack it in, or at least start complaining about the cold, damp weather and snow. But there are those of us who know better. Winter is...