KYH...I'll have to try the venison forest pie too. Have you got any tips?
To show you how long this sort of thing has been going on, Mary Randolf has a recipe in her 1823 book, The Virginia Housewife. Historically, many of her recipes go back at least to the last third of the 18th century; from it's phrasing this is likely one of them:
A Nice Little Dish of Beef
Mince cold roast beef, fat and lean, very fine, add chopped onion, pepper, salt, and a little good gravy, fill scollop shells two parts full, and fill them up with potaotes mashed smooth with cream, but a bit of button on the top, and set them in an oven to brown.
I merely adapted that recipe, using venison instead of beef, for my
2-3 cups cooked venison, diced small
4 slices bacon
2 onions, chopped
2 carrots, shredded
1 cup thin brown sauce
1/4 cup red wine
Salt & pepper
2 cups mashed potatoes
Put venison in a baking dish. Fry bacon, crumble it, and add to venison. Cook onions and carrots in bacon fat over medium heat until onions are soft. Add to meat.
Mix red wine with sauce and pour over meat & vegetables. Cover mixture with a layer of mashed potatoes, leaving an open circle in the middle. Dot potatoes with butter and bake at 400F for about 25 minutes, until top is browned.
I bet here it might rejoice in the name of poacher's pie!
Mebbe so, Ishbel. Which merely demonstrates that we are two people separated not only by a common langage but by cultural differences as well.
In America, game belongs to the people as a whole, rather than to the landowner. So anyone can hunt deer, subject to rules established by the individual states. Such rules apply primarily to seasons and bag limits.
To be sure, there is poaching in the U.S. But poachers, here, are considered to be criminals, not folk heros.
Oddly enough, outlaw gunning in America is mostly associated with waterfowl, rather than big game. But there are historical antecedent for that as well.