Reclaiming Valentine’s Day for Love, Badlands Style

Reclaiming Valentine’s Day for Love, Badlands Style

Reclaiming Valentine’s Day for Love, Badlands Style

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day of love, romance and… BS.

Yes, we’re calling out this bogus, consumerist, made-up “holiday.” That’s right Hallmark, we know you invented this excuse to sell a ton of cards.

So we’ve come up with a few ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Badlands style. In fact, we want to rebrand this day and move it away from candy hearts and horrible Reese Witherspoon movies, and make it more about what is in our hearts… Hunting.

Here’s how we’re gonna celebrate Valentine’s Day with our loved ones, and we invite you to join in!*


Nothing says love like the heart. And nothing says delicious eats like venison heart. Set the mood right from the start with one of our favorite ways of preparing the heart.

Venison Heart Teriyaki
  • 4 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 venison heart, cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pull out the big cast iron skillet and heat the butter, oil and teriyaki sauce over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender. Place slices of heart in the pan and cook 2 minutes on each side. For the love of Guy Fieri don’t overcook it! Salt and pepper to taste. Serve and bask in the glow of love.

Cupid Challenge:

The only thing we dig about Cupid is that he’s a trad bow guy. Mad respect.

But his whole schtick of randomly shanking people to force them into love is a bit intrusive. We’re not legal scholars, but we’re pretty sure there’s an 8th Amendment violation here.

So, after dinner we’re heading out to the range with our beloveds (and our spouses) to take the Badlands Cupid Shoot. You and your sweetheart can play along at home by clicking this link to download and print your own target. Give that little bugger a taste of his own medicine!

Romance Movie Night:

Feel free to accidentally delete “Sweet Home Alabama” from your queue. Badlands’ Valentine’s has no time for manufactured fake love movies.

We’re all about pure love and true passion. We want to watch films where the heart and soul is genuine and obvious. Sorry Jake Gyllenhaal, your services are no longer needed. Same goes for you, Emma Stone.

After we get done sticking Cupid, it’s time to cuddle up with our sweeties, a big ol’ bowl of popcorn and the best bottle of wine $4.95 will buy as we screen the 2022 Badlands Film Festival.

These films are dripping with heart, passion and love. Our filmmaking friends put everything they have into these films, and it shows.

* WARNING: Following this plan may result in awkward silence, strange looks, and lonely nights.