Best Illustrated Book For Skinning, Butchering & Cooking Wild Game & Birds

Learn How To Process An Animal Once You've Killed It

Dressing & Cooking Wild Game: From Field to Table shows any hunter how to dress, clean, cook, and age wild game.

Dressing & Cooking Wild Game: From Field to Table: Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds & Waterfowl (The Complete Hunter) Hardcover

If you are new to hunting, one of the most important skills to learn is what to do with the animal once you've killed it. You can buy the best guns and hunting gear, but then be lost about what to do to process the meat and cook it.

This exceptional book has outstanding recipes, and shows any hunter how to dress, clean, cook, and age wild game, with plenty of do's and don'ts. is reader-supported. When you buy via the links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. Learn more.

Why you might need it

Knowing how to dress out and clean all kinds of wild game is an important skill to know in a Doomsday survival scenario. Dressing & Cooking Wild Game: From Field to Table: Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds & Waterfowl (The Complete Hunter) is a great book with beautiful step by step illustrations that give you the skills you need to get your wild game from the field to the table. If you prefer DVD videos, Outdoor Edge has them available in a 4 volume set (approximately 9 hours of video) or you can buy them separately.

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"Wonderfully creative game cookbook for all experience levels. Not only does this cookbook give valuable tips on the handling of game in the field and while butchering, it gives great recipes for the kitchen. All of the pages are filled with very useful photos. This book can be useful to a hunter of any level of experience."

"Holy cow! Amazingly graphic and step by step. Wonderful buy!"

"This is a great book for any hunter! It shows you step by step how to do it all. A must have for any hunter."

"We love this book so much, purchased a couple as gifts."

"The best on the subject....The book has everything you need to know about getting the wild game from bagging it, dressing it out, hanging and aging, equipment you will need, do's and don'ts, and proper handling of wild game meat. Now this may sound like something anyone who hunts may know, but there is lot's of info even the long time hunter will find useful....The recipes are awesome and cover birds, rabbits, deer, elk etc. This is not only a great book to own but to give as a gift."

"A Real Wild Game Cookbook. The information on dressing wild game would be very useful to a novice hunter. I am a veteran hunter, and it is the recipes that I applaud. These are real wild game recipes, not chicken and beef recipes converted for use on game birds and venison. I have tried several of the recipes in the book and every one I tried produced gourmet results. We especially like the Basque Pheasant and Pheasant Pot Pie. The color photos would make even a vegetarian's mouth water."

"I have been using this guide to Dressing & Cooking Wild Game for several years. I bought it when I was first starting hunting big game to assist me with dressing and preparing the meat for storage or cooking. The detailed photos and descriptions helped guide this novice through the processing of Wild Game by showing many tricks I would never have found on my own. Birds, small and big game, field dressing, to cooking, to the table. This guide is a must for any sportsman's library. AND IT HAS SOME GREAT RECIPES AS WELL."

"One of the most comprehensive books I've ever owned on the subject. This book covers everything from how to sharpen a knife to skinning and butchering deer, rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, quail, and coon. There are also several recipes in the back for each of these animals. Good pics, good information, good book."

"Has amazing easy to follow recipes for all type of wild game!! Highly recommend this book to all avid hunters."

YouTube Videos

The following video is a Cooking Book review of Dressing & Cooking Wild Game: From Field to Table: Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds & Waterfowl (The Complete Hunter)

The following videos are demonstrations of how to skin, field dress, butcher, freeze, and/or cook various wild game (Warning: Graphic videos):


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