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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Rooster pheasants aging in front of license plates in the background
How and Why You Should Age Your Upland Bird Meat

Aging upland birds tenderizes the meat and concentrates the flavor, taking your wild game cooking…

Mesquite barbecued pheasant on a cutting board
Kansas Mesquite Barbecued Pheasant

True barbecue is done low and slow; try this smoked pheasant recipe to elevate your…

Game bird pieces on a cutting board ready for cooking
How to Butcher an Upland Game Bird

How, when, and why to break down upland game birds for cooking, along with instructions…

Turkey Tikka Masala plated with basmati rice
Wild Turkey Tikka Masala

Tackle turkey legs with a long marinade and a low-and-slow simmer to get a tender,…

Upland Biscuits and Gravy
Upland Biscuits and Gravy

Enjoy this quintessential breakfast classic with wild, upland bird sausage In my opinion, a good…

A chukar roasts on a seltzer can over a fire
Seltzer Can Chukar

Beer can chicken finds new life in this wild game recipe adaptation that uses a…

Canned quail stew in a bowl with a spoon
Preserved or Canned Quail

Preserve this year’s bird count by canning your quail to enjoy the rich flavors throughout…

Rabbit gnocchi with mushroom cream sauce
Braised Rabbit Gnocchi with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Bring some variety into the kitchen with this versatile mushroom cream sauce that pairs well…

Four cranberry glazed quail on a cast iron skillet with a basting brush
Spicy Brandy Cranberry Glazed Quail

Add some spice to your holidays with this celebration of roasted quail paired with seasonal…

An upland burger sits on a table ready to eat.
All-American Upland Burger

Bring this summer cooking tradition into hunting season with this recipe for upland game hamburgers…

Seared pheasant breast with bourbon rosemary glaze
Cast-Iron Pheasant with Bourbon and Rosemary Glaze

Get a perfect, crispy skin on your pheasant with this cast-iron searing technique and finish…

Maple smoked pheasant on a fall-themed plate
Maple-Smoked Pheasant

Demystify the perfect smoked game bird with this easy recipe for smoked whole pheasant I…

A roasted pheasant with cornbread stuffing and gravy ready to serve for dinner.
Roasted Pheasant with Gravy and Cornbread Stuffing

Make your Thanksgiving dinner a wild game feast with this recipe for roasted wild pheasant…

Two halves of stuffed acorn squash on a seasonal plate
Upland Stuffed Acorn Squash

This versatile recipe combines upland birds with the best of winter ingredients Aside from cold…

A cast iron skillet of squirrel cacciatore
Squirrel Cacciatore

Got squirrel? This comfort food recipe will make squirrel meat approachable for anyone hesitant to…

A plate of dehydrated pheasant jerky for a wild game recipe
Apple Cider Pheasant Jerky

This fall treat is no trick when it comes to preserving wild bird meat and…

Pumpkin pheasant sage pasta on a fall themed plate
Pumpkin Sage Pheasant Pasta

Embrace the season with this crowd-pleasing wild game recipe that pairs pheasant with pumpkin and…

Wild bird meat in a vacuum sealed bag
Removing Freezer Burn from Your Upland Birds

Tips for Saving Game Meat and Avoiding Waste in the Kitchen What is the best…

A plucked game bird on a plate ready for cooking
How to Pluck Game Birds, Technique, Time, and Merits

To pluck or not to pluck? Learn how to decide when a bird is worth…

Pheasant schnitzel with beurre blanc sauce on a floral plate
Pheasant Schnitzel with Lemon Beurre Blanc Caper Sauce

Celebrate Oktoberfest with this wild game take on a German and Austrian staple food The…

a pot with wild game birds in brine
Brining Game Birds for Grilling

Want to learn how to properly brine those game birds for more moist meat? Between…