Wild Turkey

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by jlloyd99, May 8, 2006.

  1. jlloyd99

    jlloyd99 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Hello all, hope everyone had a great weekend. Ben had a lot of fun, he got a turkey while out hunting! This brings me to my question. I've read alot on here about smoking a domestic, butterball type turkey, but has anyone ever smoked a wild turkey? The main thing I'm concerned about is the fact that with wild turkeys you don't keep the skin when dressing it (from what I hear it's pretty nasty stuff). Without the skin on poultry I'm not sure how I would keep it moist in the smoker. The two things that immediatly come to mind are of course brining it (which I plan to do) and wrapping it in bacon. If anyone has any other suggestions I would love to hear them.
     
  2. salmonclubber

    salmonclubber Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hi jlloyd

    i havent tried this yet but as soon as i kill a turkey i am going to soak the turkey breast in buttermilk overnite wrap with bacon and smoke it tastes a lot like a butterball turkey hope this helps
    salmonclubber
     
  3. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. bekellog81

    bekellog81 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Thanks Dutch,

    The hunt was not as much of a challange as one may think. First off I killed a jake, which was in a group of 3 other jakes. They flew off of the roost and walked right toward my buddy and me. I had the trusty Winchester superX2 and my buddy had a bow. They were close before I could see a beard and waited to see if my buddy was ready, he could not draw so by this time they were real close. I shot it at 16 steps--they were 11 from from my buddy. Talk about exciting!!!! Can't wait to smoke it!!!!!!!
     
  5. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    is that 86 or 101 proof??
    both will get the job done.
    the 86 takes a little longer,
    but not much.
     
  6. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yo ben,
    whats a super x 2---
    a rifle or a shotgun??

    is a step 3 feet??

    how long and what choke is barrel if shotgun?

    also what size pellets do you hunt turkey with??
     
  7. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Larry, the Winchester Super X2 is a semi-auto shotgun. As for the particulars of the gauge, barrel length and choke I'll let Ben answer them since it's his gun.
     
  8. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yo dutch,
    that national turkey federation website
    you posted-----its way cool!!

    once again-
    you have shared information
    thats MOST EXCELLENT.

    thank you!!!
     

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