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November 2019 Quail Club (Costa Mesa)

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You guys really showed off last night. The food that was shared was downright unbeatable and the crowd was filled with some of the best people I know, and a bunch of new faces of people who share our love of wild game and good conversation. For starters, there were over 60 people packed into Sean Woolsey's studio and parking lot last night for a shared feast. Just off the top of my head, I ate elk sliders, fish tacos, dove, lobster ravioli, homemade sourdough, loaded up salad, impossibly tender elk steaks, seared yellowfin tuna, and I know for a fact I missed out on like 2/3 of the incredible things you guys shared. After dinner, we moved inside where...

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September 2019 Quail Club (Costa Mesa)

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September’s #wildfishwildgame dinner is at wrap here in Costa Mesa.  Fortunately for all of us, this month's dinner just happened to take place 3 days after the recreational lobster season opener here in California and several of the dudes in the club were exceptionally generous with their time and lobsters.  The contributions were plentiful.  Last night we were treated to: an abundance of fresh California spiny lobster a bison brisket lobster rolls (recipe available here) ceviche home-made Cole slaw home-made biscuits home made tortillas quinoa broccoli grilled zucchini fried walleye beers courtesy of @latitude33brew  Not to mention, a whole bunch of great friends, new and old.  We discussed the results of the survey we sent out last month, which helps paint a clearer picture...

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Recipe: King's Hawaiian Lobster Rolls

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Lobster season opened last Saturday morning locally. A crew of the guys have been logging a ton of late night, chilly, hours in the water in an effort to bring home some of the most prized meat in the sea—the California Spiny Lobster.  Zach Rose limited the night before Quail Club met, and was generous enough to prepare this incredible take on a Lobster Roll.  California Lobster Rolls (Sous Vide)  Ingredients:  ½ of lobster meat.   2 tablespoons of butter 1 teaspoon of garlic powder 1 teaspoon of black pepper 1 cup of mayonnaise - ¼ cup of squeezed lemon. 2 tablespoons of Siracha (Rooster) sauce.  1 teaspoon paprika  1 teaspoon of chipotle seasoning. 2 diced serrano chilis.  1 diced celery stick. ...

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SoCal Doves (Part 1)

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As a life-long midwestern bird hunter, my expectations for hunting in California were extremely low.  I moved West late last summer with a chip on my shoulder, ironically from a “flyover state”.  I had written this state off to surfers and beach bums with little idea of what California has to offer outdoorsmen (and women).  Fortunately, California has been quick to proven me wrong.  September 1st, 2019 and I found myself with my shotgun loaded in the back of my electric car heading to meet a fellow member of Quail Club, and my newfound friend, Matt Rose. Matt, is what some might expect to see when you describe an outdoorsman who lives in SoCal. His hair slightly bleached from the Californian sun,...

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[REDACTED] Mountain

Posted by Dave Allee on


The first time I started writing down notes of my Dad and my experiences on [REDACTED] Mountain was 2006.  It was August which from a purely hiking and scouting standpoint is my favorite time to be in the woods.  Since then, I have attempted to document the animals we run into on all of our countless sunrise jaunts to the top and back. During our most recent trip we spotted: 3 cow elk 1 small-medium white-tail buck 2 big, huge, giant bucks 1 hen turkey and her poults 1 bull moose 1 cow moose 6-10 grouse 1 ominously fresh mountain lion track at the trailhead that hadn't been there on the way up. [REDACTED] Mountain is the backdrop behind my...

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Tagging Along

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The first rule when you're tagging along on a hunt is be the quietest one in the group.  The second rule when you're tagging along is don't quack like a duck when your friend is hunting for elk. My friend Patrick had put plenty of offseason work into his archery elk hunt,  and was kind enough to invite me to join him for a day while my wife and I were in town.  I wasn't sure whether he would fill his tag that day, but I knew damn sure I wasn't going to be the one who blew the elk out by breaking branches and stumbling through the woods. For simplicity's sake, I won't even mention which state Patrick lives...

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August 2019 Quail Club (Costa Mesa)

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The wide variety of dishes and impeccable execution made last night's Quail Club gathering another new bar-raising feast. Off the top of my head, we were privileged to: Smoked Yellowtail Collars Venison Heart 6.5 hr Smoked Pork Shoulder (pulled for tacos) Bourbon Rub Tri-Tip Homemade Tuna Poke Steven Rinella's Coleslaw A stack of fresh tortillas that was taller than a 1990's phonebook A Yellowtail/Brussells Sprout/Potato Medley that has me inspired to try to copy it sooner rather than later. All of this was the result of the generosity and hard work of you guys—the members that make this club possible.   Sharing a meal that is primarily centered around wild fish and wild game is simply a venue for the friendships, knowledge,...

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First Yellow(s)

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Twin brothers, Matt and Zach Rose, headed out patty-hopping on Saturday morning with Connor Van Orden at the helm of their outboard powered vessel. The goal was to search for kelp patties between Newport and Catalina Island, and check under each stand of kelp with the hopes of finding schools of Yellowtail.  Even from the deck of a boat, you can often see the flash of a passing school of yellows swimming beneath you. Having had success over the last several years on Sheepshead and Sea Bass, neither Rose brother had yet to take a Yellowtail. On this morning, not one but both Roses were able to seal the deal on fantastic specimens in open water, diving on separate kelp...

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July 2019 Quail Club (Costa Mesa)

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I honestly wasn't sure we would ever top June's installment of Quail Club—but you guys blew me away.  Incredible turnout of outdoor-appreciating, wild game eaters. On the menu were: lobsters that Bortch pulled out of the freezer, yellowtail, tri-tip roasts, whole sea bass, pickled vegetables from our head culinary mentor Jesse Inman, and plenty of beers from our new beer sponsor: Latitude 33. We closed out the night by watching Steven Rinella's new film Stars in the Sky, as the Meateater crew analyzes the complex relationship we have with hunting.

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Hand-Shot or Store Bought?

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A ton of preparation goes into the front-end of a hunt—between gear, species, maps, draw-odds, and calendars, executing a successful hunt is a puzzle that often takes years to perfect. There is so much excitement over harvesting a game animal, whether it be a dove or an elk and then you realize that you have a whole new set of challenges ahead.  From field dressing to transporting, from breaking-down into manageable parts, to cooking a meal. A game animal, particularly a big-game animal will provide many months worth of meat, and generally a bunch of cuts of meat that are unfamiliar to city-dwelling grocery store shoppers.  Not everything that comes off a cow, elk, deer, or wild pig is a...

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