Indiana's "CookIN Gone Wild" video series now teaches viewers not only how to prepare their wild game, but also how to harvest it.
The video series launched last year on Indiana DNR's YouTube channel and initially focused only on cooking. Now it also includes everything viewers need to know to harvest the featured fish or game animal, a format called field-to-table.
The first episode in the new format highlights steelhead trout and coho salmon fishing on Trail Creek in Michigan City. Viewers will learn some steelhead and salmon biology, equipment requirements and fishing techniques, including some insider secrets.
Each video ends with a recipe for the harvested game. The steelhead episode offers a healthy, open-faced steelhead salad sandwich.
"We really wanted to offer viewers the entire experience," said Michelle Cain, DNR wildlife information specialist and host of CookIN Gone Wild. "Showing that anyone can try new outdoor adventures is important to the future of hunting and fishing. These videos give you everything you need to know to try it yourself."
"CookIN Gone Wild" episodes are at youtube.com/idnrvideos . New episodes come out every other month.
A downloadable cookbook and recipes are at wildlife.IN.gov/7562.htm. A selected recipe also appears in each issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine.
Next in the series is ice fishing at Trine State Recreation Area in Angola.
Future episodes will feature dove hunting, squirrel hunting, wild edibles and urban fishing for catfish.