Ice-fishing Friday: 4 wild fish and game lunches to heat up days on the ice

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Recipes & photos by Cameron Tait

When you’ve been fishing hard all morning, punching holes, working the electronics and jigging up a storm, nothing beats a well-deserved lunch break—especially when something extra-special is on the menu. Take your midday meal up a notch with these four tasty dishes for four. Your fishing buddies will love you for it.

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SPICY MOOSE CHILI

  • 2 lb moose shoulder
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 14 oz can maple-style beans
  • 19 oz white kidney beans
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  1. Dice the moose into half-inch cubes. Heat a large pot on high, add the oil and sear the moose until light brown. Add the onions and garlic, then sauté for another 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring often.
  3. Adjust the seasoning and reheat if necessary before heading out, placing the hot chili in a vacuum-insulated travel container.