Unfortunately for me, success was three more seasons away because I would only see two jakes(young male birds) all spring & it wouldn't be until my third year hunting that I would harvest my first gobbler.
2011 is my eighth season hunting turkeys and although I also hunt in the autumn for deer & small game, I always look forward impatiently for the first signs of spring to arrive. I'm sure it has to do with being cooped up all winter and this past one was definitely cold and snow-filled.
It certainly was worth the wait though. On my second day out in the field, I was rewarded with my third tom turkey. I had hours of work ahead of me but, I could already taste the turkey breast cutlets that would grace tonight's dinner table.
There were many plans ahead for this bird.
The biggest tasks were going to be a batch
of sausage, half being smoked and then a wild-
turkey stock which for some reason I have not
done before with other game birds.
Tonight however, will be simple, just a light
coating of panko crumbs and sauteed in a mixture
of olive oil & butter. So simple and plain in fact,
the Mrs. pretty much inhaled what I served her,
and shes not that keen on eating game meat.
Pick up some hog casings and dust off the meat grinder. Time to try another hand at game sausage.