How to hunt with a flintlock musket

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Fieldsports Nation member Joe Wood is a black powder enthusiast. He owns a reproduction 18th-century Brown Bess muzzleloading flintlock musket, and he wants to take it mooching for a rabbit or a pigeon. First, though, he needs to set up a target and check everything is working as it should. Put your fingers in your ears. This could get noisy.


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Joe's rabbit recipe:
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Joe Wood hot smokes rabbit loins over an open fire. Firstly, he cures them, sprinkling on a mixture of salt, sugar, star anise, bayleaf and black pepper.

Cure the rabbit for 15 minutes, rinse off the cure and get the smoker going, using Half a cup of rice, 3 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tbsp Lansang Souchong tea. Fifteen minutes later the rabbit is cooked through and smelling delicious. For the saucee, chop up parsley, basil, mint, garlic, capers, anchovies and add olive oil. Joe serves it on bread with a sauce he prepared earlier, washed down with blackberry wine.

That’s just for starters. Next, Joe fries up muntjac and roe fillets. He covers them in foil and leaves them to rest for 10 minutes while he fries an onion and stirs in a few spoons of home-made plum jam to make a chutney. Then he serves it all up in pitta bread.



  • Rabbit fillets 


For the marinade

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Star anise
  • Bay leaf
  • Black pepper


For the smoker:

  • Half a cup of rice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lansang Souchong tea


For the sauce:

  • Chopped parsley
  • Chopped basil
  • Chopped mint
  • Chopped garlic
  • Capers
  • Anchovies
  • Olive oil


For afters 

  • Roe and muntjac fillets
  • Chopped onion
  • Plum jam
  • Pitta bread
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