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#1138074 - 01/20/09 02:49 PM Re: After the Shot ? [Re: megalomaniac]
Lawrence
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look it up online
Im sure the NWTF has a link on how to dress a turkey.
Oh, just a little hint on after the shot
Always pick him up by his neck and not his legs. Those spurs
will wear out a new pair of gloves
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#1144698 - 01/23/09 07:20 PM Re: After the Shot ? [Re: venator]
Gravey
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If I'm by myself I get to the bird as quick as I can in case he decided to try and get away. If I'm with someone and there are multiple longbeards, sit tight. I learned that the hard way. The 2nd one may come back and start trying to whip the dead one and then he can join him. \:\)

I only take the breast meat out. Just split the hide right up the bone, peel it back, and cut it out. No need to pluck it unless you want it with the skin on to smoke.

You can pull the beard out without cutting anything. Grab it at the base where it goes into the body and pull. It will pop out clean as a whistle. I use a hacksaw to cut the spurs off. It makes a cleaner cut. Then fold the fan up and grab it at the base. You will feel where everything comes together and can just cut if off from there. If I keep the fan, I spread it out on cardboard like in DA's pictures and pin it open. Pour borax around the base where the meat is and leave it for a week. This will dry it out. I then flip it over and pour some on the back too. Probably overkill to do that and leave for a week but it works for me.

Good luck.
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#1145002 - 01/23/09 10:08 PM Re: After the Shot ? [Re: Gravey]
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I would highly recommend NOT stepping on his head, grabbing his legs and jerking them real hard.
Good way to get stitches in your hand from his spurs.
Just stand on his head till he quits moving, THEN pick him up.
Grab him between his feet and his spurs, NOT below the spurs.

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#1145116 - 01/24/09 02:26 AM Re: After the Shot ? [Re: RUGER]
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Just standing on the neck has always worked for me also.
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#1145667 - 01/24/09 01:51 PM Re: After the Shot ? [Re: CopperHead77]
Young Buck
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Registered: 05/07/00
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If you'll sit on him and put forefinger and thumb over his nostrils he won't flop as long.I dress mine by making a small incision starting in his anus and going towards his breast,doesn't have to be very long,just long enough to get your fingers underneath his skin.Then peel his hide back far enough to expose his breast,then fillet it.I prefer to soak in salt water.Also,I cut fillets into strips,marinate in buttermilk overnight,roll in either flour or breadcrumbs,season and fry. MY FAVORITE WAY!
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