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    Screwball sparrow debate

    So I hunt deer some. A successful businessman from DM is in the group and after a good day of hunting and then lounging in the lodge later on and a few brewski's,the intelligent debate was centered on how times have changed from years past and how tough it used to be. This guy claimed his mother grew up in the depression and it was so tough that they went out at night with a sack and captured roosting sparrows off rafters and then prepared them in different ways to eat. My BS radar went into overload as I had never heard of such a thing. There can't be an oz. of meat on a sparrow and they would be impossible to gut & skin. We got all over this guy but he would not budge and claimed it was a true fact. Anybody out there an "expert" in wild game preparation? I find this tale impossible to believe.



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    I would think the amount of food you would get, wouldn't counter the energy you would use to get it.



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    I'm sure there are very small beasts that can be cut from a sparrow, but it would probably take a dozen or more to make a meal for 1. and as was stated above I don't think the time and energy you'd put into doing this would be worth the tiny meal.

    you'd think in the depression, if they were truly that hungry they would go after larger animals that are just as easy to catch such as racoons, pigeons, cats or whatever other animals people eat out of desperation?



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    Quote Originally Posted by st8 View Post
    I'm sure there are very small beasts that can be cut from a sparrow, but it would probably take a dozen or more to make a meal for 1. and as was stated above I don't think the time and energy you'd put into doing this would be worth the tiny meal.

    you'd think in the depression, if they were truly that hungry they would go after larger animals that are just as easy to catch such as racoons, pigeons, cats or whatever other animals people eat out of desperation?
    Larger animals are recession food, by the time you're in a depression you're plumb out of 'em!



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    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    Larger animals are recession food, by the time you're in a depression you're plumb out of 'em!
    well that explains the look my neighbor gives my dogs every time i let them outside.



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    Quote Originally Posted by st8 View Post
    I'm sure there are very small beasts that can be cut from a sparrow, but it would probably take a dozen or more to make a meal for 1. and as was stated above I don't think the time and energy you'd put into doing this would be worth the tiny meal.

    you'd think in the depression, if they were truly that hungry they would go after larger animals that are just as easy to catch such as racoons, pigeons, cats or whatever other animals people eat out of desperation?
    We cannot dismiss the possibility that his mom's family was stupid.



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    How many brewski's into the conversation were you? Squab (pigeon) is probably what he was thinking of. I'd be surprised if a person could catch many sparrows...

    Might be good in a soup though.


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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    I don't think Sparrows roost in a barn in a way you could catch them. I would also bet he meant pigeons. I have eaten squab several times and it's not bad. There is about as much meat on a pigeon as there is on a quail, maybe more.

    Also, I wonder why that recipe is called sparrow quiche but calls for 12 starlings. I believe a starling is maybe 20% larger than a sparrow and I always thought of starlings to be gross, stupid, dirty birds and sparrows to be at least somewhat clean and nice. (although a pigeon isn't exactly widely considered a clean type of bird).



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    Food items, like much else, are a relative matter. A couple of years ago I ate grasshoppers a number of times in Oaxaca, Mex. The issue was more visual than anything else because I could not sense any strong flavor--they were salty, and that's it. When my granddad started commercial fishing way back in the 30s, Americans hardly ate much tuna fish; they called the fish "tunny," but I cannot tell you how they became more popular, so that now tuna stocks around the world have become seriously depleted. Doubt that will happen to sparrows; they eat pretty well around my house in the winter--lots of bird feeders keep em fat.



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    soup or pie would would about the onlything it would be worth making with.


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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    We were for sure discussing the famous common English Sparrow. Believe me he was the subject of much ridicule and would not back down. Of course his mother grew up in desperate times and her parents were living in the coal mining area of Iowa and her Dad, when he could, worked as a miner (Lucas Co. area). He said they went into small sheds and the sparrows were sleeping along the edges of the walls where the roof hangs over the top. And, yeah, these kind of important discussions occur during alcohol enhanced brilliance, but I do have 100% recall of the conversation because of its incredibility.



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    I wouldn't put anything past the people of those times. Very desparate for sure. I was watching a show about the "dirty 30's" and the dust storms in western kansas. They had to resort to eating the tumble weeds by soaking/boiling them until they were soft enough to eat! Just the same, sparrows is pretty hard to believe, I would thing Pigeons, but you never know.



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    Re: Screwball sparrow debate

    Your hunting companion probably meant Bald Eagles, not Sparrows. They caught Bald Eagles in sacks, stunned them by slamming them on the ground and then prepared them for a delicious, pre DDT, Bald Eagle meal.



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