When we think about wild game we often think about meat with a strong flavor and can be difficulty to prepare and cook. I think I would have to become a vegetarian! Talking with men like Charlie Thompson and David Spencer have been hunting and trapping wild game since they were young boys.
Mr. Spencer said that he was twelve years old when he started coon hunting. He was taught how to train the dogs for coon hunting season. He told us that he used to eat possums until he saw the possums eating the carcass of a cow and that was the end of his possum eating days. He compared the possum to a scavengers, a possums reminds me of a vulture that can be seen on the side of the road eating dead animals.
One thing that all the men pointed out to me, they all said that they wouldn't go hungry. They know how to trap, hunt and plant their own food. I asked if they think that today's young people would know how to survive and the reply from all of them was no they wouldn't know what to do.
|Charlie Thompson-Grilled Wild Hog|
In the mean time, Charlie Thompson and Joel Ramsey get up and check the meat on the grill. It's time to take the wild boar off the grill and put the venison on. Mr. Spencer gazed the meat with and eye to see if it looks like it is ready. He appeared to be the master chef in charged.
I thought like so many others people that this type of food was a slave diet, I learned that both black and white people in the deep south ate this kind of food because that what they had to eat if you couldn't afford beef and chicken.
I could have sit there all day and talk with these men about hunting and planting food. This oral history should be recorded and preserved. It is oral history like this that can help us understand the way of life before fast food restaurants and precooked food. Like Ferrie Blackmon said, " everything had to me made by hand, planted by hand and grind by hand."