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Turkey hunters- let's see your 2019 thunder chickens!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by FL-NC, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. FL-NC

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    Our spring season opened up last Sat. I had the opportunity to go south of the Ocala national forest and try my hand at Osceolas this week. Tried to seal the deal on a monster of a bird that must have weighed 20 lbs with spurs that looked like sinker nails and a beard that looked like a paint brush, but no joy. I guess he didn't get that big and old by being stupid. At one point I had 7 hens in the pasture in front of me, one was feeding 10 feet from me. In the end, I got this jake. Gun is a Mossberg 930 with Remington nitro 3" #4's. Next eastern I go for here is going to be with my crossbow.
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  2. Shanghai McCoy

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    Nice bird,congratulations. :thumbup:
    The season doesn't start here until April.
     
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  3. Captcurt

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    You will have to wait about a month for mine. Our season opens mid-April and I usually don't get on the best farm until the last weekend. I have hunted it for 4 seasons and have taken 4 birds. Yes, Grasshopper, it is that good.
     
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  4. DM~

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    Lots of those glorified buzzards on my place, here's a pict. out my dining room window,

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    I haven't shot one in years, I can buy a big good tasting turkey just for what the license cost! lol

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  5. Armored farmer

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    Son #3 took a jake Saturday, opening day of youth season here in illinois.
    #1 son accompanied #3 son this time. It was raining pretty steady, so I didnt mind staying home.
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    When they flashed the Turkey fan....a whole group of Jake's came runnin!
     
  6. eastbank

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    our season doesn,t start until may first, here is my last spring,s turkey and I know where its brothers are.
     

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  7. Paul7

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    Are wild turkeys not good tasting?
     
  8. DM~

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    To each their own, but personally, I don't much care for them...

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  9. Armored farmer

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    Oh for shame DM.
    Have you not had fried Turkey nuggets with honey mustard dipping sauce?
    ...or smoked wild Turkey breast?
    ...or pan fried Turkey liver?
    ...or buffalo turkey wings and thighs?
    You poor thing! Too bad.
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  10. DM~

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    Geee, you didn't even give me time to answer your question, before you condemned me!

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  11. eastbank

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    no condemmation here, only pity.
     
  12. Captcurt

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    You will have to teach me how to cook the legs and thighs. Mine turn out like rubber. Fried breast ranks at the top in my book though. Those nuggets and baked beans look fantastic.
     
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  13. Armored farmer

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    Not the legs...just the thighs.
     
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  14. Duster340

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    Deep fried Panko crusted strips with breast meat, fall off the bone leg/thigh meat barbacoa and wing bone calls from last season's kills. Gotta wait until May 8th for my shot at a few gobblers this season ;( 20190101_181722.jpg
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  15. Paul7

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    Have you tried slow cooking the legs and thighs?
     
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  16. Armored farmer

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    The drumsticks have those big tendons in them . Pheasants have them too. But much worse in wild Turkey drumsticks.
     
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  17. Duster340

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    Yep. Gotta cook them drumsticks low, slow and long. But definitely worth the effort! I use the whole bird. Some delicious meat on the backs too. ;)
     
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  18. Captcurt

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    I'll stick my next ones in my smoker for 6-8 hours and see what happens.
     
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  19. Captcurt

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    Started hunting birds back in the early 70's and got pretty serious with them in the 90's. Hunted 21 out of 28 days in two states in 93. That is about as close to divorce that I have been so far. Mastered most of the different types of calls except the wingbone. Still can't use one. My hat is off to anyone who can.
     
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  20. Armored farmer

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    We smoked a wild Turkey breast and thighs yesterday. 20190406_170930.jpg
    Among other things
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  21. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Looks tasty, Armored Farmer!
    Gotta ask what is it you have wrapped in bacon strips and the white and yellow objects on the grate with the turkey?
    Gettin' hungry!
     
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  22. Armored farmer

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    Ok, I had read that smoked eggs were good. Mrs farmer has chickens, so we always have plenty of eggs. We tried them, that's what you see on the grill. They were ok...barely. (the dog got the last two).
    The bacon wrapped "pig shots" were a big hit! Bacon wrapped around a slice of smoked sausage, then topped with cream cheese and a jalapeno slice. And a sprinkle of bbq rub.
    Google 'pig shots'.
    The smoked wild Turkey breast was the star though....as soon as the thermometer hit 160, we wrapped it in foil and rested it for 30 min.
     
  23. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Thanks Armored Farmer!
     
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  24. Armored farmer

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    #1 son got a nice bird on 4/9/19 with his bow.
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  25. FL-NC

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    Very nice! Our season ends next weekend- I'm trying for a second bird with my Xbow.
     
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