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Fall Turkey - help on field dressing and best use for the meat?
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:00:52 PM »
I've raised my own turkeys and butchered them.  But never dealt with wild turkey.  What is the most common approach?  Treat like a typical thanksgiving turkey and clean and pluck and then cook the same? 

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Re: Fall Turkey - help on field dressing and best use for the meat?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 12:17:00 PM »
I cleaned/plucked (using the wax bath method as it's easier) then put in the freezer.  I brined my wild turkey from April's spring hunt over Labor Day weekend for 2 days, then smoked it in my outdoor smoker.  Turned out very well.  Was my first wild turkey.  The breast portion tasted just like a store bought bird.  The legs were a bit tougher and you could tell the wild birds have some thicker tendons and silverskin in those legs.   

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Re: Fall Turkey - help on field dressing and best use for the meat?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 04:18:50 PM »
Normally I filet out the breast.  Cut them into chunks and bake them.  I have seen them done into turkey strips.    Legs throw them in a crock pot and cook them down.  The meat will fall right off.  Make soup or stew out of it.

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