Dennis Anderson: Modern Carnivore aims to get non-hunters to embrace hunting

By Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Outdoors

Ryan Monaghan was living in New York City in February when the coronavirus threat arose. Able to work remotely, he sought relative safety at his parents' home in New Hampshire.

"I'd never spent any considerable amount of time outside the city during spring, and I wanted to take advantage of the hunting, fishing and foraging opportunities around me," Monaghan said by telephone this week.

New Hampshire's turkey season would soon be open, he said. But he had never hunted turkeys. Searching the internet, he found Modern Carnivore's webinar series on the subject.

After scouting, patterning a shotgun and practice-calling as instructed by the tutorials, Monaghan went afield with his father, and in a storybook ending to what had begun as an online information quest, both men harvested toms.

As a capstone to the experience, Monaghan prepared and served a Sunday appetizer of turkey liver mousse with a charred ramp-apple-maple chutney.


All well and good. But not every novice hunter has a relative or friend to hunt with.

"That's why in these lessons, such as those on, we partner with conservation groups such as the Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever and others," Norquist said. "I call myself a solo entrepreneur. But I couldn't do it without partners who believe in the mission - our food bloggers, video production people, mentors and organizational partners."

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