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An ideal dinner for the hunters in your party is a pan filled with thick fish fillets that may have been forgotten. Yet don't forget about the leftovers, a few simple alterations can create the perfect meal. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Hunters can try fish as a meal option

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Hunters can try fish as a meal option
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Fall is the epicenter of hunting. With ducks, geese, grouse, pheasants, deer, bear and all the critters trappers encounter available, a commonality between game-seeking groups is formed; food.


Now, we all know those game selections are tasty on the plate (though I'm not so sure about the trapping fare), but if you look in the freezer for that Ziploc bag with Sharpie writing on it, possibly even split open after adding too much water, there's probably a few forgotten fish waiting for dinner.

Hunting season is the perfect time for a fish dinner because it's a gathering of reflection. Everyone looks back on the previous years of hilarious stories, trophy racks that still hang outside the cabin, even a new champion of the big buck award, even though the trophy might be made from a combination of leftover antlers and aluminum from the past.

But think about it, those cold finger tips, icy toes and leftover hand warmers are also good reason to reflect upon the prior season of fishing.

Maybe it was the school of crappies sitting in your great-grandfather's old fishin' hole that he showed you 20 years ago ... almost like he smiled upon you from above that day.

Maybe it was the only fish caught, a pike, but happened to be your fishing buddies first and they wanted you to have it to say thanks.

Maybe it's because you forgot about one package of Canadian walleye fillets from a fly-in that eventually wriggled their way to the bottom of the chest freezer after pizzas, chicken nuggets and half-eaten pails of ice cream forced them to the bottom rung of the family food chain.

If you do happen upon some fish while cleaning out the freezer to accomodate recently acquired game, consider these options for a hunting party feast.

Fried fish. Easy enough, place the fillet in an egg wash, coat with a breading (the local Irvin's Magic Fish Breading is a sure bet) and fry in hot oil. Hot oil is the key.

That's nothing new, but use the leftover fillets that have already been fried for a breakfast omelet.

Prepare the omelet as usual, adding cheese, onions, peppers, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste, but crumble the fish fillets and add them to the mix. The combination can only be described in one word; heavenly.

A fish sandwich is always welcome for a mid-day lunch (right after you return from the duck blind or deer stand and just before the early afternoon nap) but be creative in additives.

Spring mix lettuce, gourmet cheeses, multiple choices of lightly toasted rolls and, to top it off, several secret sauces are an easy solution for grumbly tummies.

Yet my gluttonous favorite is a fish wrap. The formula provides plenty of calories to sate you until dinner; a fish fillet delicately placed on a sandwich wrap (the bigger the better), curly fries and coleslaw all folded together. Just don't forget the antacid on your way back into the field!