A Big Mac Made From Wild Game

"Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame-seed bun."

This jingle about the famous McDonald's "Big Mac" hamburger first graced the airwaves in 1974, and continues to be a cultural phenomenon to this day. Since hitting the market over 60 years ago (at a staggering 45 cents per burger), the classic American fast food chain makes an estimated 550 million Big Macs every single year. 

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Big Mac from McDonald’s? Whether you’re driving back home from the lake or the backcountry, nothing quite hits the spot like some tasty fast food. But wouldn’t it be great if you could make a Big Mac at home, and better yet, with meat you harvested yourself? Hunt to Eat ambassador Michael Cravens attempted to do just that.

Hunt to Eat is a hunting and fishing apparel company based in Denver, Colorado. The company is built on three pillars: community, real food, and conservation. Michael took these pillars to heart when he decided to recreate a Big Mac with ground elk. He participated in Arizona’s wildlife conservation efforts when he decided to go elk hunting and a successful hunt meant he had pounds and pounds of ground meat to experiment with in the kitchen. Let’s just say all of this effort greatly paid off.

With this excess of ground meat, Cravens decided he wanted to have a competition with the national fast food chain. He went to McDonald’s, got a Big Mac, and paid attention to how it had been assembled. Then, he got to work making elk Big Macs at home for a panel made of distinguished guests: his kids. Which is better, the homemade wild game version, or the classic fast food burger? Watch his YouTube video to find out!

Unsurprisingly, the ground elk was the winner. It’s hard to beat some fresh wild game that you harvested yourself when you compare it to something that had been frozen for weeks, origins unknown.

Do you harvest your own meat? If so, check out Hunt to Eat’s recipes for meal ideas for elk, venison, catfish, trout, and so much more. Subscribe to the Hunt to Eat YouTube channel and get more wild game cooking updates from ambassador Michael Cravens as well as how-to videos, hunting and fishing tips, and more. Most importantly, good luck out in the woods and on the water this fall.

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GOOD. Water stained; 58-63 degrees; 0.84 feet below pool. Full moon this weekend will draw the fish up shallow with the best bites in the morning and late afternoon. The water is muddy north of the Texas State Highway 147 bridge and clearing south of the bridge. The grass lines are in 6-12 feet grass of water. Male bass are moving up shallow in the grass, but the females are holding in 12 feet of water. Cast soft plastics and rattletraps. Crappie are moving into creeks to spawn with very few on main lake brush piles. Catfish will follow soon. White bass are good up the river and can be fun to fish as they put up a good fight. If there are high winds it will stir the water up, cooling the water in the pockets. Water is being released as work continues on the dam. Report by Captain Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service. Water conditions continue to rise with large rains this past weekend. Murky water continues to head south from the Angelina River inflow of water and major creeks water temperature ranging from 54-59 large populations of fish can be found shallow in the mouths of the creeks secondary points and drains. Rattletrap and chatterbait up shallow, Alabama rig, Damici rig, jig, and crankbait out deep. Report by Captain Hank Harrison, Double H Precision Fishing.

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