Enjoy Your Deer Hunt Long After Deer Season Ends by Reliving Your Deer Hunt at the Dinner Table

by Marty Prokop

Picture yourself sitting on your deer hunting tree stand. You breathe in the fresh autumn air. You feel the crispness of early morning on your face. Sitting in your tree stand you watch animals like squirrels, grouse, snow shoe hares and the occasional eagle flying overhead.

You hear a twig snap off to your right. Your eyes search the woods for the source of the noise.

“Is it a deer?”

You wonder, as your eyes keep looking for a glint of an antler or a brown patch of hair in the early morning light. You hear leaves rustling, the sound getting closer.

Then, about 65 yards into the brush, you see a deer’s leg. Just a couple more steps, and the deer will be in plain view. Seconds seem to last an eternity. The deer moves into the shooting lane you cleared in front of your deer hunting tree stand last summer.

It is a nice buck. You raise your rifle. Steady your aim and squeeze the trigger.

Minutes later you are standing over your trophy. You give thanks.

After field dressing your deer, you drag it back to camp and hang it on the camp meat pole to cool.

The next morning you pack your gear into your truck and head home. Your thoughts turn to all the great venison feasts you will enjoy with your family.

One of the best ways to relive your deer hunt is to prepare a meal from the deer you harvested. With each bite of tasty venison you can re-experience the day you harvested your deer.

Free Venison Chili Recipe from Marty Prokop

When I was growing up, my family would process deer, beef, pork and chicken — often in large numbers. Many times we could get extra helping hands if we promised they could eat as much of Mom’s chili as their stomachs could hold.

Mom would make a big batch of chili to feed the crew. Here is her chili recipe.

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • ˝ large green peppers

  • 2 cups chopped celery

  • 2 cloves garlic minced

  • 2 pounds venison (You can use ground venison or choose steaks or chops cut into ˝ inch cubes.)

  • 4 cups stewed tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • ˝ cup water

  • 4 tablespoons sugar (optional)

  • 4 cups kidney beans (optional)

11 Easy Steps to the Best Venison Chili Ever
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Place a large cast-iron Dutch oven on stove top. Substitute any large sauce pan if you don’t have access to a cast-iron Dutch oven.

  3. Turn heat to medium high.

  4. Add 2 tablespoons oil to Dutch oven.

  5. When oil is hot, add 2 cups chopped onions and 2 cloves minced garlic. Cook until soft. Remove onions and garlic and place into bowl.

  6.  Place venison into hot Dutch oven. Brown on all sides of meat.

  7. Add cooked onion and garlic, celery, tomatoes and water. If you have chosen to add the sugar and kidney beans, add them now.

  8. Stir all ingredients well. Bring chili to a slow boil. Cook for about 10 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid chili burning on bottom of Dutch oven.

  9. Place cover onto Dutch oven and put chili into pre-heated oven.

  10. Bake at 325 degrees for 60 to 90 minutes or until the venison is tender.

  11. Remove chili from oven. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

This recipe makes great tasting venison chili. For an even better tasting chili, let the venison chili cool in the refrigerator over night. As the chili “rests” in the refrigerator over night, the flavors become stronger.

Be sure to remove the chili from the Dutch oven before you place it into the refrigerator. A large glass mixing bowl or sealable containers work very well for storage. After you put the chili into the glass bowl, cover the bowl with a cling type plastic wrap.

If you are making a meal for your deer hunting party, make a batch of venison chili before you head to deer hunting camp. Your hunting buddies will love it.

Good Luck and Great Hunting!

Marty Prokop


About Marty Prokop

Deer hunting expert Marty Prokop reveals closely guarded deer hunting secrets on how to get deer every time. Get his Free Deer Hunting Tips Newsletter, free deer videos and free online deer hunting game at Free Deer Hunting Tips.com

Marty Prokop has 24-years experience deer hunting, processing deer for deer hunters and venison sausage making.  Marty Prokop teaches deer hunting, hunter safety, deer processing and deer sausage making classes. Marty Prokop has processed 7,805 deer, field dressed 422 deer and made over 991,990 pounds of sausage, smoked meats and jerky. Marty Prokop worked with Minnesota DNR programs. His deer hunting videos are used in statewide advanced hunter education classes. Marty Prokop is a successful speaker, outdoor writer and published author.

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