Jack Hennessy

Jack Hennessy grew up in the South Suburbs of Chicago and didn't start hunting until he attended graduate school in Spokane, Washington, at the age of 26. Hennessy began work in professional kitchens in high school but didn't start writing wild game recipes until he joined the Spokesman-Review in 2014. Since then, his recipes have appeared with Petersen's Hunting, Backcountry Journal, Gun Dog Magazine, among many others. He now lives with his wife, daughter, and Wirehaired Vizsla, Dudley, in Wichita, Kansas.

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A partially plucked chukar partridge rests on a stack of bricks
Game Meat Profile: Chukar Nutrition, Cooking Tips, and Handling

Chukar meat makes fine table fare, especially when it is seasoned with hard work and…

Grilled lemon and honey quail on a platter
Honey and Lemon Grilled Quail

Celebrate summer with this bright, flavorful dish that is easy to prepare and is best…

A whole, trussed pheasant roasts in a pellet grill.
Pellet Grill Smoked Pheasant

Though pellet grills are the trendy way to prepare many types of meat nowadays, you…

Firecracker chukar sits atop a bed of lettuce.
Firecracker Chukar Salad

A Fourth of July classic from the Elk Public House kitchen ready for your Independence…

Grilled quail served atop a fresh tabbouleh salad
Grilled Quail Tabbouleh Salad

Marinated quail sits atop a fresh Mediterranean salad with bright, bold flavors Tabbouleh salad, also…

Raw upland bird tenderloins on a plate
The Complete Guide to Upland Bird Tenderloins

Tips and tricks for processing and cooking the most tender cut of meat on any…

wild turkey kebabs on a plate with a turkey fan
Wild Turkey Kebabs

Lean turkey breast benefits from being grilled in smaller chunks to cook evenly In most…

A partially plucked ring-necked pheasant
Game Meat Profile: Ring-necked Pheasant Nutrition, Cooking Tips, and Handling

A versatile meat, pheasant can be used in many different dishes The venerable ring-necked pheasant, the…

Smoked pheasant salad served on a toasted bun
Bleu Cheese and Bacon Barbecue Pheasant Salad Sandwich

Nothing says summer like BBQ, outdoor dining, and a delicious smoked pheasant salad atop a…

Prairie chicken breast meat tenderized by a meat tenderizer mallet
How to Tenderize Upland Game Birds

When, how, and why you might choose to tenderize the meat of your upland game…

A plate of pomodoro topped with medium-rare prairie chicken breast with fresh ingredients in the background
Prairie Chicken Pomodoro

Fresh ingredients with bright flavors pair well with the red meat of the greater prairie…

Raw meat from a greater prairie chicken on a plate
Game Meat Profile: Greater Prairie Chicken Nutrition, Cooking Tips, and Handling

Learn the basics of greater prairie chicken meat, the typical flavor profile, and techniques for…

a bowl of pheasant pho with chopsticks.
Easy Pheasant Pho

This quick adaptation of the classic Vietnamese soup uses a couple shortcuts to turn the…

Upland game meat and a knife ona cutting board to remove shot from meat
How to Avoid Serving Shot in Your Upland Bird Meals

Use these techniques when hunting, preparing, and cooking your upland game birds to avoid encountering…

Upland meat sticks on a table after dehydrating
Make Upland Bird Meat Sticks for an Easy, Wild Snack

Preserve your upland bird meat into these delicious, easy-to-carry snack strips or sticks. This recipe…

Wild turkey meat in a bowl.
Game Meat Profile: Wild Turkey, Nutrition, Cooking, and Handling

Learn the basics of wild turkey meat, the typical flavor profile, and techniques for cooking…

Slow cooked shredded rabbit in lettuce wraps on a plate
Braised Barbecue Cottontail Lettuce Wraps

Cooked low and slow, shredded rabbit meat makes an excellent filling for healthy lettuce wraps…

Quail poppers roasted in a cast iron skillet
Quail Jalapeño Poppers

Love dove poppers? Try this twist on the popular upland bird snack for your next…

Shepherd's Pie, Upland-Style in a cast iron skillet
Shepherd’s Pie, Upland Style

More aptly called Bird Dog’s Pie, this savory dish uses any upland bird meat Despite…

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How to Take Better Food Photos with Just Your Phone

Capture your wild game dishes in a way that honors the hunt, the game, and…

Three pulled-pheasant tacos on a colorful plate
Pheasant Thigh Tacos With Mango Salsa

Upland game bird thighs make perfect shredded taco meat when slow-cooked and braised Bird thighs…