Western hunters tend to be reluctant to hunt rabbits and hares. Maybe it’s because western provinces are blessed with a plethora of big game, waterfowl, and upland game birds that this small game is overlooked. Compared to the eastern provinces and states—which have seasons, bag limits and many active rabbit hunters—we’re still myth-busting.
For instance, it wasn’t that long ago waterfowl hunters referred to snow geese as inedible, but thankfully opinions change. We’re starting to embrace the native rabbits and hares that have always been valuable to those living off the land. Alberta has snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbits and jackrabbits. All are good to eat with their tender, light-coloured meat. If you’re lucky to have them in your neck of the woods, get out there and experience the fantastic resource.
And…the cooking part! This is Alberta’s spin on chicken and waffles—a famous dish in the southern U.S. The waffles are made with carrots and sweet potatoes, a natural addition to those rascally rabbits that are often associated with getting their fair share of garden vegetables!
8-16 hrs (includes marinating)
16 hrs 30 min
For the Marinade:
For the Coating:
For the Waffles: