It can be quite the production, hunting for ducks and geese. Scouting for the birds. Training the dog. Heading afield to toss out the blocks and set up the blind. Waiting. Shivering in the damp morning cold. And calling. Then come the flights. Ready now. Wings flare. Bang! One for the pot. Bang! And another. On it goes. Magnificent meals for months to come. Worth every shiver.

Bonus recipe for an easy meal:

When I’m at hunt camp and heading afield for the day, I like to return to a ready-made meal of Canada goose. Simply remove breast and leg meat, cut into bite-sized pieces and place in a slow cooker. Add 2 large cans of cream of mushroom soup, 1 package of onion soup mix, 2 cups of sliced mushrooms, half a Spanish onion (sliced) and ½ cup of sour cream; season liberally with Cajun spice. Leave on low heat all day long. When you get back to camp, just cook up a big batch of mashed potatoes and pile on the concoction from your slow cooker. It’s to die for. —Ken Bailey