In episode 7 of American Airgunner 2013, Steve Criner hunted a horse ranch in Missouri where he had permission from the land owner. It should be noted that while sparrows and starling are considered a nuisance and are considered pests (their waste can foul the farmer or rancher’s feed and their nests can be fire hazards), house (or English) sparrows, pigeons and starlings are not protected by federal law. Many people do not recommend eating them, because over the generations these species have adapted to eating from landfills, garbage cans, and city streets; however, below are a few recipes you might enjoy if you harvest this quarry. At the bottom of this page are some websites for additional information.
ALWAYS check your federal, state, and local government’s Game & Fish regulations before hunting any quarry and do so regularly as laws, ordinances, and regulations do tend to change from time-to-time. Click here to find the Game and Fish websites for the different U.S. States.
One of the traditional ways of cooking starling is to remove the skin from their breasts and bake them, covered in bacon fat. Pepper is also recommended.
Starling Stew with Olives
“Fry some chopped turnips and carrots. Add a little stock and a glass of red wine. Place some starlings or other small birds in the pan. Add a thin purée of boiled potatoes mashed with beaten eggs, dry mustard, and some stock and a little beer. Cover with stock and cook for about 30 minutes, adding some ripe olives near the end.”
12 sparrow breasts… 1 can of mushrooms w/stem’s and pieces . 1 can tomato soup . 2 stalks diced celery . 4 diced green onions. 1/2 tsp dry sage. Braise the bird breasts in bacon grease till golden all over, let cool and shred meat off bone with a fork. Mix everything together and spoon into 2 Unthawed frozen pie crusts in pie plates. Top with leftover mashed potatoes. (Or mix up instants.) Bake 35-45 min @325 till potatoes are golden.
ADDITIONAL BIRD INFORMATION: