RECIPES from New Mexico Wildlife - Dutch oven doves, elk stew and more for your table

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April 2020

To our readers,

Many of us are looking for activities to occupy our time at home. For some of us, it may be time to take stock of what's left in our freezers. Maybe you'll find frozen walleye or trout, a one pound block of ground elk or some doves from your last successful hunting trip or fishing excursion. 

Here at the Department, plenty of our staffers are not only hunters and anglers; they're also avid cooks who have been spending a lot of extra time in the kitchen. We asked around for some of their favorite recipes. Everyone was eager to share their favorites. 

We hope you find something here you'd like to try out in your kitchen. Visit us on Facebook to let us know how it went, or, better yet, share one of your go-to fish or wild game recipes. 

Alexa J. Henry
Editor, New Mexico Wildlife


Learn how to make a New Mexican hunt camp staple. 


Dutch oven doves

If you had a good hunt last season, you may still have a package of dove breasts waiting for just the right recipe. Try this one.


Cooking "Ribeye of the Sky"

Often called “Ribeye of the Sky” by hunters, sandhill crane is a terrific game meat. Here's a simple recipe


Elk stew

Prepare this delicious stew using a few wholesome ingredients including some of last season's elk.


Video: Grilled trout

Use a whole trout that has been gutted and cleaned or just the fillets. Watch the video or view the recipe. 


Comfort food: Cast iron cooking

Put your cast iron pan to good use with these tasty recipes for
wild turkey nuggets and onates, a local New Mexican favorite.