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Location: Middle Tennessee
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bowhunting turkeys

How many of you bowhunt turkeys? The only time I do is when deer archery season is the same as fall turkey hunting. Ive shot two, but could have shot more. I just dont like cleaning turkeys. Ive shot 3 nice toms in the past few years with a shotgun but dont turkey hunt that much anymore. I would rather just call to them and watch.

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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Turkey are a bitch to clean. I plan on hunting them this fall with my bow. I wish my hand would hurry up and get better so I could draw my bow! It got crushed while I was moving 8X16 oak posts.

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Location: calif.
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bowhunting turkeys

i hunt turkeys with a bow .. its fun hard and really takes a little magic to get to full draw without the bird seeing you do it lol

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Location: Pennsylvania
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I don't usually hunt them with a bow but in the fall of 03' deer and turkey were coming to one of my hunting spots every day so I took the bow since it was archery deer and turkey was also open. I killed my first (and only turkey with a bow). I have taken alot of turkeys with the shotgun though(9 or 10 anyway).
I don't pluck them. I just peel the skin back away from the breast and carve the breast out on both sides. Pull the skin back from the legs and cut them off too. There isn't too much other meat on the bird and your done in 5 minutes. I cut the breast into cutlets (and fry) and the legs go into a red sauce in the slow cooker.

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Location: Kentucky
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this will be my first

The past 3 years me and my caller (dad) have taken some great toms with a shot gun but i just purchase a new hoyt bow and started bow hunting deer, but i so this spring i will be in the turkey woods with my bow. There is nutting like harvesting a deer with a bow and i bet it will be the same way with a turkey

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Location: Washington, MO
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How many of you pluck your birds? I've had alot of people tell me they just cut off the breast, but I want to smoke one (whole turkey that is) and I'd also like to try frying one. Does anyone know of any reall easy ways to get the pluckin done?

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I just breast them out.

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So I guess thats a big fat '"NO" to my question ,
you dont know how to get the pluckin done, in a relatively easy fashion?

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Pluck it while its still warm. The feathers will come out better. You'll have to get the little tiny ones (feathers) out too. It's pretty easy if the bird is warm, it should take 10-15 minutes to do. I have a friend that dips his birds in hot water for a minute then pulls the feathers out. Hope this helps.

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Yes that helps thank you very much.

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I hesitated to mention how we used to pluck birds (chickens & ducks) since I'm not sure if this method is used any longer.

In my younger days (meaning a long time ago lol ) I can remember dipping the birds in melted parafin or some type of wax mixture. We had to be very careful, its hot and can cause some nasty burns. However I recall that the birds got plucked pretty cleanly. We let the wax cool, then peeled the wax with feathers off and sometimes we had to redip, but for the most part they came out pretty clean.

Does anyone else remember cleaning birds like this? Not sure if it would work on turkeys or not. I'm guessing if you try, you should probably remove the largest easiest to pluck feathers first and use the wax on the smaller feathers.

Also if you do try melting wax be VERY careful. Use a double boiler if possible.

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