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Hawaiian Venison

March 15th, 2015 by ironcooker

A great recipe to treat yourself that night you are all alone in deer camp

What better way is to show everyone what they missed out on
Grab that old cast iron skillet and your camera and show them what the lone hunter has for dinner.

Yield: 1 servings
1 lb boneless elk/deer round stk
1/4 c flour
2 tb margarine or butter
1/2 c boiling water
1 ts salt
2 or 3 green peppers
1/2 c pineapple chunks
2 1/2 tb cornstarch
1/2 c pineapple juice
1/4 c vinegar
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tb soy sauce

Cut steak into 1-inch cubes and dredge with flour. Brown meat cubes on all
photo (5)sides in hot fat. Add water and salt. Simmer gently until meat is tender.
Clean green peppers and cut into 1-inch squares. Boil 10 minutes and
drain. Add pepper squares and pneapple chunks to browned meat. SAUCE:100_1276
Combine cornstarch, pineapple juice, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce and cook
until sauce is clear and thick. Pour sauce over meat mixture and simmer 5
minutes. Serve over Chinese noodles or cooked rice.

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How to Choose a Hunting Knife

March 15th, 2015 by ironcooker

The type of knife that you select for your hunt really depends on what you’re hunting.

In general smaller knives are used when hunting small game and larger knives are used when hunting larger game.  It’s important that your knife be equipped to handle the game that you are hunting.  Your knife should be sharp enough to skin it  and heavy enough to cut through bone.

There are different types of knives such as folding knives and fixed blade knives to choose from.

KabarStag1986GrizzlyFoldingHunterFolding Knives – Folding knives have a blade that is connected to the handle by a pivot point.  This allows the blade to fold in and out of the knife handle making it extremely convenient to access and carry.  The folding knife has a hollow center that is used to house the knife blade.  The hollow center and pivot point make the knife less sturdy than a fixed blade knife.  Folding knives are a convenient and useful, but not as sturdy and reliable as a fixed blade knife.

Fixed Blade Knives – Fixed blade knives are one piece of metal surrounded by a handle.  The handle is not hollow and there are no pivot points making this an extremely durable knife.  Any serious hunter had at least one genuine fixed blade knife.101_4774

Knives also have different blades to choose from. Some of the most common knife blades are listed below:

The Straight or Plain Edge Blade – The straight edge it one piece if sharp metal without interruption.  The blade looks the same all the way through and the angle of the blade is the same throughout.  These blades give you a longer cut and more consistent cut because the blade is uniform throughout.

Serrated Edge Blade.   The serrated edge is rigid at the bottom and acts like a saw.  It is useful for cutting through materials that do not cut well with a straight edge blade.  The rigidness of the blade allows you to cut through tough materials that might give the straight edge blade some difficulty.

Clip Point Knife Blade – The clip point knife comes to a point at the end of the knife where the blade curves in.  The clip point knife is very useful and handy to do all your hunting activities.  It is extremely versatile and a standard among many outdoorsmen.

Drop Point Knife Blade – The drop point knife is thick and curved on both sides and does not come to a point.  It is especially useful for skinning the animal.  The blade makes it easy to skin because the knife is the same on both sides.

Once you have figured out what type of game you want to pursue you can focus in on the size of your knife.  Depending on what you need to accomplish on your hunt you have several types of blades to choose from.  The most important thing is that you have a reliable knife that provides you with the most utility.  You always want to be prepared for any task when hunting.  The knife you bring with you should never hold back your hunt.

Article source: Expert Articles

By: R Highland

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Videos: How to Use and Tune Your Duck Call

January 8th, 2014 by ironcooker

How to Use and Tune Your Duck Call
Some of our readers look forward to some of the fun outdoor winter activities, including duck hunting.  It seems like every type of game has a special type of lure or consideration when you’re on the hunt, and for ducks the iconic duck call comes into play.  But if you don’t have much experience with one, they can be a little difficult to use well.

Here are a couple of videos to help you come to terms with your duck call and hunt like a pro!

Use a Duck Call

How to Use A Duck Call

This is sort of an introductory/orientation type of clip.  Here are a few of the takeaways:

  • Cup with your off-hand.  By cupping the end of the barrel with your off-hand and moving and adjusting it, you can manipulate the tone, volume, and direction of the call.
  • Loose, casual lip contact.  The instructor uses the metaphor of bringing the call to your lips as if you were drinking a soft drink.
  • Stay practiced year-round.  You can keep your calling sharp by practicing with the call anytime.  Try mimicking natural duck calls you hear, recording the calls to get a better idea of what it sounds like from the other end—even enter into duck calling contests so you’ll stay motivated to keep sharp.

Duck Calling For Beginners

Veteran duck hunter Jim King gives some tips and perspective about using a duck call for beginners.

  • Let it sound natural.  Jim runs through a couple of the types of calls and what they mean to the ducks.  This is definitely one of the most important parts, because you’re trying to speak the duck’s language in a very literal sense.
  • Practice makes perfect.  Jim advocates for practicing duck calls all the time—he says he got in thousands of hours of practice by the time he was thirty.
  • Make it look real.  The call is only one part of expert duck hunting.  Jim and his partners create an entire setting and scene to convince ducks that it’s safe to land in their area.

Have you had any experience with a duck call?  Do you have any pointers?  What challenges did you face?  Let us know in the comments section!

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Camping in the mountains

December 4th, 2013 by ironcooker

A Guest post by Holly Anderson

Camping in the mountains…..Are you Bear aware?

The mountains… pristine, so beautiful. Uncorrupted by humans in their goal to make this landscape more people friendly with architectural design and development. Here in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, as in any heavily forested area, is a place where one can find their inner soul and grow. Not a place to try to make your environment adapt to you but with that peaceful and proud moment of knowing that you have adapted to your environment instead.

black bear

If one goes into the bush thinking that they can change it to suit themselves, there’s a good chance they will not survive long enough to make it out…Deep woods camping is fun but, do not suddenly decide to go into the mountains without having some outdoor experience first..

A guide is best, but remember he/she is not your babysitter. Everyone must be willing to pitch in if you are to achieve a memorable experience. If you cannot pull your own weight, then do not step up to the challenge…Your guide’s job is to lead you to wonderful places to enjoy and to lead you out .To make you aware of the dangers that are ever present and to teach you how to avoid them and prevent them when possible .Your guide is NOT your cook, servant or responsible for setting up your camp. If he/she tells you no cooking bacon, as tough as that may seem, they have good reason. Do not argue. You may be in bear country and to do so may bring the bears in fast and hard. Your guide has done this trip before and survived.

I have seen bears come in just from the smell of grilling burgers and this was at my home. They came down off the power line trail and into the yard. Not all bears are afraid of people. Just because he ran into the bushes does not mean he is gone. Black bears, especially, will sit and watch just out of sight, waiting for an opportunity to come in and look for where that delicious smell is coming from. Most times you will not even see them. But you will smell them. Guaranteed. They smell like wet, rotten wood. Kind of like sour earthy smell. Once you have smelled a bear you will never forget the odor .It has saved me more than once from stumbling upon one laid up in the poplar grove….

My friend likes to joke and say I am a bear whisperer in the making but it is no joke. Hah! Couldn’t be farther from the truth. When you share an environment with something that can eat you without a moment’s hesitation, you tend to count on common sense and pay attention. They are beautiful animals and I love to watch them, and I would like to continue to do so….so I try to keep my head. They are not called the black ghosts for nothing…..I hollys black male have seen a very large male (called a boar) run thru the Saskatoon berry bushes and not make a sound and he seemed to vanish. His odor told me otherwise, though try as I might, I could not see him. Not a branch moved nor a single blade of long grass. Very much the black ghost his title is earned and well deserved.

So I would like to share with you the safety precautions that I have taken, and they have worked, for I am here to talk about it. Always make sure you make noise when walking a heavily bushed area or trail. Remember we are in their home. Sing, talk out loud even if it’s just to yourself. It may seem a little silly but it could save your life. Most bears will avoid you if they hear you coming. On very rare occasions, when bears are extremely hungry or have learned to associate humans with having food, they will come into your camp. Black bears have been known to track a hunter by circling up behind them, stalking to try and claim his animal that the human has taken. Especially when the hunter is packing out the meat. In some cases the hunter has had to shoot the bear for his own safety.

Under no circumstance is running from a bear going to help you if it has seen you….It will trigger a natural instinct within the animal to chase. It cannot be helped. It’s like asking a river not to flow. If you run, you are now prey. Should you encounter one on the trail, or on a hike, try to back away slowly calling out. For example,” Whoa bear, easy bear” as you continue backing up. Use a firm voice but not aggressive and continue to back away ,keeping your eyes on his movements at all times, until you are at a safe distance to go back the way you came, or to make a very wide berth around him if you must continue. Continue to call out to warn him of your presence and never, ever turn your back on a bear.

A lot of bears will do what is called a false charge. They will do this to encourage you to leave them be. DO NOT RUN. Swallow down that fear and back off as described above. Remain calm (even though you may be terrified) Mother bears with cubs however, are a different story.  They are not known for the false charge. If she charges, she will keep coming and she is intent on taking you out. To her, you are a threat to her cubs. Avoid bears with cubs, as cute as they may be, it’s not worth it when momma has gotten ahold of you…..

Young cubs, like two year olds, instinctively know about the charge as a defence, but as they haven’t matured yet, have not come to realize that the false charge is very effective to run off something they feel is a threat to them. They will follow thru and keep coming if provoked. A misconception is that a bear will attack for no reason, for sport even. This is false. Two main reasons, and there are variables to this, is (1) they feel you are a threat and feel backed into a corner, or (2) starvation that has led to desperation.

Keep all foods in a tied plastic bag (garbage bags will work if you triple up) and hung up out of reach. Do not leave in cooler or car as this poses no deterrent to bears. One case in Alaska states that a pontoon plane was destroyed by a bear as it sat on the beach. It had contained bait fish that had been removed while fishermen were fishing and the smell lingered inside the aircraft……Please pack out all cans, bottles, and plastic from your site when leaving so they will not hang around for the next group of campers that come in. And of course make sure your fire is completely out before leaving……..

This section is for the ladies. So excuse us gentlemen as they need to have this information.

Ladies, if it is the time of your monthly visitor, it might be wise to postpone your camping adventure in the deep wilderness, particularly if you are planning to sleep in a tent. If in a cabin, be sure to burn all toiletries immediately after use. Bears do not understand that you are not wounded. There gentlemen, that wasn’t so bad was it?

I do not claim to be an expert on bears or their behavior .These tips are from my own personal experience. I lived with a very dense population of bears in the interior of British Columbia and as I am a 5’3″ woman that weighs in at 130 lbs, a black bear can outweigh me by at least 6 to 700 lbs and outrun me within seconds and climbing a tree won’t help. Blacks can climb too, and fast. Trying to stop a charging bear without a fire arm is like trying to stop a train with your bare hands .The best advice I can give is to try and avoid them at all costs. Try not to draw them in to you or your camp. NEVER be aggressive towards them and DON”T RUN. Think about everything you do before you do it in bear country. They are a BIG predator.

Now that you are more bear aware, enjoy your nature adventure…Be safe, Be smart, Be alert.  And Happy camping!!!!




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November Updates

November 3rd, 2013 by ironcooker


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  Iron Cooker has expanded

We have moved our merchandise into two new locations. You can now find products such as Dutch ovens & cast iron skillets at Roys general store
Roy’s general store on 3 mile & Hammond road crossing in Traverse City. For you hunters that enjoy cooking on an open fire, look in our new location at
Up Your Attic Consignment on Woodmere right next to the Trophy Trolley in Traverse City. You will find an assortment of bread pans, cookie sheet pizza pan,
Up Your Attic bacon press tea kettles & Skookie skillet cookie mix combination for Christmas gifts at both locations. Stop in and check out their many other store items and tell them that
Iron Cooker recommended them to you!


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Campers and Hunters: Why Dutch Ovens Are Your Best Friend

July 18th, 2013 by ironcooker

Dutch Ovens for Campers & Hunters - Featured
For our regular readers and those who do a lot of family camping, you know that a Dutch oven is your most utilitarian campfire cookware. Whether you are backpacking, hunting, or just camping with the family, a good Dutch oven can be used for all kinds of campfire cooking.

In fact, you can prepare most kinds of camp meals in a Dutch oven: from a side of beans to a hearty hunter’s stew, or even the king of comfort foods,  chicken with dumplings. Cast iron cookware is ideal for camping because it’s rugged, easy to care for, and cooking with iron gives you a more even cooking heat. And one-pot meals are a great way to cook while camping since you can prepare tasty meals, often with ingredients at hand, and you don’t have to worry about spreading your cookware over a single fire or not having enough burners on the Coleman stove. And cleanup is a snap!

So what do you look for when hunting for the perfect cast iron cookware for camping? There are some basics to remember:

1. Gotta Have Legs

Got to Have Legs Stand Dutch OvenIf you are going to do cast iron cooking over an open fire, you need to be able to distribute the heat evenly around the pot. Some Dutch ovens designed for stove-top cooking have flat bottoms; for campfire cooking you want a Dutch oven with sturdy legs. That way you can nestle the cast iron pot into the fire’s coals to get even heat across the bottom.

Flat Iron Lid Dutch-oven

2. Flat Iron Lid

Some Dutch ovens come with a glass lid, which is fine for cooking at home but useless on the trail. Others come with a domed iron lid, which won’t break but is less useful for camp cooking. For campfire cooking, a Dutch oven with a flat, lipped lid with an iron rim is perfect. The lid needs to have a good fit, and once you place the Dutch oven in the fire you can shovel hot coals onto the lid so you get even heat from the top and bottom. It’s great for baking cobbler or fresh game.

3.  Get a Handle On It

Dutch Oven HandleAlmost all Dutch ovens come with a bail handle, like the handle on a bucket that runs from loops on the side. The bail handle is extremely useful for removing a hot pot from the fire, or if you prefer, suspending a cooking pot over the fire on a cooking tripod. You also can get an oven with a wound wire bail handle to make it easier to manage when the pot is hot.

4. Size Matters

Size Matters Multiple Dutch OvenDutch ovens are generally round, but they come in different sizes from four the 12 quarts. Consider how you plan to cook. If you are cooking for a family then a larger Dutch oven of 8 to 12 quarts can cook a meal for everyone. If you’re hunting and plan to cook your kill, consider how big a pot you will need for stew or cooking your game. If you are camping solo, backpacking, or have to pack in and out to your campsite, consider a smaller Dutch oven to save on weight.

A good Dutch oven can be your best camping cookware investment. Use your camping experience and think about how you are going to cook with it, and you’ll be able to find the perfect Dutch oven that will last a lifetime.

Do you use a dutch oven when you’re out in the wilderness or on the trail?  Do you have any tips for choosing a pot that works best?  Or a favorite recipe to prepare while you’re camping out?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Hawaiian Venison

Sunday March 15th, 2015 in Iron Cookware Recipes | No Comments »

How to Choose a Hunting Knife

Sunday March 15th, 2015 in Hunting & Fishing Life | No Comments »

Videos: How to Use and Tune Your Duck Call

Wednesday January 8th, 2014 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 1 Comment »

Camping in the mountains

Wednesday December 4th, 2013 in Family Camping | 10 Comments »

November Updates

Sunday November 3rd, 2013 in Iron Cooker Updates | No Comments »

Campers and Hunters: Why Dutch Ovens Are Your Best Friend

Thursday July 18th, 2013 in Campfire Cooking | 12 Comments »

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