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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:12 AM 04/29/14 (CST)
I have to admit that turkey hunting has never toped my list in the spring time.It turns out I have a healthy population of turkeys up here in the big town of Grasston. The best thing would be that they are really not hunted at all! This year I had a picked corn field that added sweetness to the pot! My son Quinn has shown a huge interest in shooting a turkey this year so we set out to make this happen. Our time was limited to get the job done so he had to do some ground work himself. I sent him out the two weekends ago to attempt to get a turkey close to him all by himself. I didn’t let him carry a gun it was more of a self-learn situation to show him how hard it can be. He had decent success but failed at getting one that he thought was close enough to shoot. I told him we would work on it.

Fast forward one weekend and it was Saturday morning and he had been watching all week and I had been listening in the mornings. We knew where they were roosting and we picked a spot to sit. We heard them fly down and head the opposite direction…. Dang birds. We waited it out because I knew they would end up in our location. Sure enough they worked their way back and were heading straight at us. Unfortunately they were just out of range. It was a great way for me to teach and learn why we thought they didn’t come in.


That evening we had the path that they were taking marked to a “T” and decided to hunt it. We got out there early and waited for the magic hour. They showed up a little late but the big boys were there and tailing up at the end of the group. They started to veer off toward the field again but I gave it a few clucks and the Toms were on their way! There were three toms and they all looked the same size and beard to me. They were within 5 yards of the decoys and I told they boy to pick one kill it! It took a few shots but he got the job done! I was so proud of him! End result was a 25lb, 1” spur and 9” beard. Enjoy the pics!

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:08 PM 04/29/14 (CST)
Well done - to both of the gentlemen!




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:30 PM 04/29/14 (CST)
Congrats to your boy. Nice bird. What is your favorite way to cook wild turkey?
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:32 PM 04/29/14 (CST)
pretty much a rookie at cooking them. Any ideas?



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:16 PM 04/29/14 (CST)
Very nice bird. Do you have any more up there? Really!!!!

Cooking bird is my deal. First off, they taste just like the store bought ones! But without all the fat! Especially spring birds, very lean! My favorite way to cook any turkey is in my smoker! I have a Masterbuilt from Cabella's. I like to just simply part them out, rack them up, smoke them for about 3 hours at 250, using any kind of wood from hickory to cherry, or combine them. You can brine them too, but I really don't find it necessary. The thing about smoking them is that they just stay so darn juicy! And that can be tough with a wild bird with no fat. This way you don't have to be all that fussy with the plucking either. Since you are just going to toss the darkened smoky meat anyway.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 07:25 PM 04/29/14 (CST)
Nice! Never cooked a wild one but my favorite method for tame ones is to put them into a brown grocery bag breast side down, roll up the end of the bag and cook in the oven in a turkey pan with a little water. The breast meat stays moist from cooking in the fat and the rest of the meat falls off the bone.

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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:43 AM 04/30/14 (CST)
How many kitchens have you burned down Odin? grin smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:14 PM 04/30/14 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:51 PM 04/30/14 (CST)
Including the last one? That was a grease fire, no matter what the fire department says. They lie. It didn't spread to the neighborhood and the Philadelphia cops who burned down MOVE's headquarters and several other city blocks didn't call asking for tips. (BTW, the experts are right, never use water to put out a stove-top grease fire. It not only doesn't work, it makes things worse. I just flicked a few drops on it and it flared up so much I had to burn up a good t-shirt smothering it to keep it from reaching the cabinets.)

In my experience as long as you keep the bag from touching the heating elements and sides of the oven, everything goes great. I've cooked dozens of turkeys using the method and never a problem, except the couple of times I underestimated cooking time and tore open the bag too early. Now I add 10-15 minutes to the cooking time to avoid that. It's also a good idea to add a little water to the pan about half-way through to help with the steaming.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:54 AM 05/01/14 (CST)
Smoking it sounds good. I need a smoker. My brother in-law smoked a pork shoulder for pulled pork sandwiches over the weekend and damn it was good. I'm surprised no one said deep fryer.

Odin, Is the bag for steaming? If you had a roaster with a lid would it do the same? Never heard of the brown bag. I have heard of turning it over, wrapping in cheese cloth and it was a moment where I told myself "glad I only eat turkey once or twice a year".
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