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29 days.....

29 days till the turkey opener.  Actually, only 22 till the youth weekend.  I don't like California for a number of reasons, but we do have long and frequent hunting seasons.

Maybe this year will be the year I finally get one of those butterballs..... Thumbs up

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I sure would be nice if they

I sure would be nice if they were like a butter ball turkey instead of a tendon filled piece of meat.  But then the breast are very good and if you make soup out of the rest of the bird you will end up with a very nice meal. 

Good luck on the hunt.

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Thanks! I've got a turkey pot

Thanks!

I've got a turkey pot pie recipe that I have held onto for 2 or 3 years, just waiting till I get one... lol

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Yum!

I don't have a LOT of turkey hunting experience - just a half dozen birds over the last three years - but I think wild turkeys taste AMAZING.  Other than moose, there is no wild game that I would rather eat.  I have not taken immense gobblers - they may be like taking an old mossy horned buck, but jakes, hens, and young gobblers taste fantastic and as you noted the breasts are tender and juicy if cooked right.

This will be your year.  Go get them!

Good hunting and good eating!

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I have to agree with critter

I have to agree with critter in that the breast is the great eating as far as I'm concerned and the rest goes into soup, which I let simmer for about 40 days so the leg meat is edible, LOL!!!

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You don't need to let it cook

You don't need to let it cook that long.  ::confused2   Just until the meat falls off of the bones and tendons.  I remember the first turkey that I had mounted.  The taxidermist was about to throw the legs and wings into the trash when we stopped him.  The soup out of them was just about as good as the breast that we slow cooked on the BBQ.  Now you are making me hungry and I may just need to go out and buy a turkey tag. 

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If I am fortunate enough to

lol

If I am fortunate enough to get one Critter, I will have to pick your brain for the soup recipe. Wink

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There is really nothing

There is really nothing special about the soup, that is unless you have never made home made soup before.  Just start out with onions, carrots, and cellery in a large stock pot.  Put the legs, wings, and what ever else you want into it and let it simmer for an hour or so.  Season to your taste and your done. 

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