Recently, I went rabbit hunting with Delbert Dudding of Botetourt County and several of his friends. When Delbert picked me up for the outing, he brought Elaine and me a package each of antelope burger and mule deer steak. Over the course of the next week, Elaine and I dined on these exotic for us meats as of course neither creature lives anywhere near our Southwest Virginia home.
I enjoyed both the burgers and the steak, especially the former as I found antelope meat very mild and similar in taste to venison. The experience caused me to think about other unusual wild foods I have dined on. My dad, for example, told me that as a boy growing up in the Great Depression his mom fixed "fried possum" - a repast that dad does not remember fondly.
But I have enjoyed a number of atypical game meals. Once in Summersville, West Virginia my host served grilled alligator - an extremely tasty dish. Another time a friend brought Elaine and me a stingray which Elaine baked - again another delicious treat. A number of times I have consumed grilled frog legs and yes they do taste like chicken.
I admit that I have not yet tried fried opossum, and really have no desire to do so - based on dad's accounts of the meat's greasy nature. But I am game for just about anything else.