Author and hunter Jackson Landers unexpectedly comes from a vegetarian household. It’s unexpected because Landers is making a career for himself as one of the most prolific meat-eating enthusiasts and as a champion of hunting. He particularly specializes in making delicious meals from “alien” catches: those weird-looking, often feral or invasive species. He has great recipes for Canada geese, iguana, lionfish, feral hogs, snakehead, and so on.

An upcoming documentary by Helenah Swedberg slated to be released this fall, Close to the Bone, explores Landers’s pioneer, but oftentimes controversial work battling invasive species and promoting hunting to adult beginners. Watch the indiegogo campaign preview here (donations are already closed).

Close To The Bone (Trailer) from Helenah Swedberg on Vimeo.

Editor’s note: This article originally referred to Landers as the maker of Close to the Bone. This was incorrect, Helenah Swedberg is in fact the producer and director of the film. The article has been changed to correct this.

Image screenshot of the film Close to the Bone on vimeo

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  • 4511-21

    They are not “Canadian” geese. They are Canada geese. Unless you can prove they were born in Canada I guess. And Canadas are native to North America.

  • Anonymouse

    FYI, Jackson Landers is not the filmmaker. Rather, he is the subject of the documentary. Helenah Swedburg is the producer and director.

  • Helenah

    The geese that Jackson hunt in this film are resident Canada geese that don’t migrate like the are supposed to. They descend from former captive geese and they spend all year in the same small area where they have a constant effect on the local food sources.
    It is still fully possible to contribute to this film, go to Huge thanks to anyone who might be interested in helping out!

  • I’m far from being the first to point it out, but it seems like a sensible next step to set up some kind of system for using as much as possible of the meat from feral hogs, etc., to reduce the problem of hunger in America. For that matter, it seems like something that could become a good source of meat for school cafeterias.