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cleaning a turkey?

Postby turkeydude » January 25th, 2009, 5:50 am

New to hunting this year.  Excited to get out there, but what do I do with it when I get it?  Not much of an eater, just looking for a tail on the wall.

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RE: cleaning a turkey?

Postby Cut N Run » January 25th, 2009, 6:48 am

You don't know what you're missing by not eating Turkey.  It is orders of magnitude better than that fake-hormone-filled crap they sell as turkey in stores.  My wife is not a huge fan of wild game, but I almost have to fight to keep her from eating all the wild turkey as soon as it comes in the house.
I'm sure there are places you could get a fan, if that's all you're after.  Shooting one for the feathers alone seems like a huge waste to me.
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RE: cleaning a turkey?

Postby turkeydoghunter » January 25th, 2009, 7:29 am

andy ....thats a ratty looking fan[:D]

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RE: cleaning a turkey?

Postby silvestris » January 25th, 2009, 8:57 am

Is selling a fan a violation of the Lacey Act?
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RE: cleaning a turkey?

Postby wisturkeyhunter » January 25th, 2009, 9:24 am

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Is selling a fan a violation of the Lacey Act?

I don't know I just figured if all he cares about is a fan on the wall he'd do us all a favor by buying one of ebay.

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RE: cleaning a turkey?

Postby greyghost » January 25th, 2009, 9:24 am

Deep fry that bird[;)], then invite me over. You will not be disapointed with the taste or flavor of it deepfryed. Forgot, google Midwest Turkey Call Supply they have some nice fan mounts for displays.


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Is selling a fan a violation of the Lacey Act?

Great question, this is the Virginia Lacey Law, I think each State has a break down.

I am no lawyer and usally cannot figure out lawyers meanings or translations of the law. Reading the below I get an idea it is a no no here in Virginia.

To offer for sale, sell, offer to purchase, or purchase, at any time or in any manner, any wild bird or wild animal or the carcass or any part thereof, except as specifically permitted by law, including, but not limited to, subsection D of § 29.1-553. However, any nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under § 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which is (i) organized to provide wild game as food to the hungry and (ii) authorized by the Department to possess, transport and distribute donated or unclaimed meat to the hungry, may pay a processing fee in order to obtain such meat. Such fees shall not exceed the actual cost for processing the meat. In addition, any nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under § 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, that is (a) organized to support wildlife habitat conservation and (b) approved by the Department, shall be allowed to offer wildlife mounts that have undergone the taxidermy process for sale in conjunction with fundraising activities. A violation of this subdivision shall be punishable as provided in § 29.1-553.

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RE: cleaning a turkey?

Postby Gobblerman » January 25th, 2009, 10:16 am

Turkeydude, first things first.....welcome to the forum.  I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that.  Hope you find your time here informative and enjoyable.
Secondly, since you are a brand new hunter, I hope you were just testing us with your comment "not much of an eater, just looking for a tail on the wall".  As other have suggested, I would discourage you from approaching hunting from the standpoint of not caring about the utilization of the meat of the animals you harvest.  That should be the foremost thought on your mind, even if you do not care to eat wild game meat yourself, ...not to mention that wasting game meat is illegal in most, if not all, states.  You should make every effort to insure that, with any edible wild game you harvest, the meat of that animal is properly cared for and fully utilized by, friends, or charitable organizations.
Having said that, I can also state that it is okay to want to preserve the parts of a turkey, or other game, that are considered to be "trophy" characteristics.  With wild turkeys, those could be the tail fan, the wings, the legs or spurs, the beard, or the entire cape.  Some of us even have even gone so far as to take up turkey taxidermy in order to preserve the entire bird, sans the removed meat products. 
In your post, you asked "what do I do when I get it?".  The first step is field-dressing the bird, which is very simple, and consists of, essentially, just making an incision between the "vent" (anus) of the bird and the lower breast bone, and reaching into the body cavity and removing all of the organs and entrails.  The actual processing of the bird for consumption, and the preservation of the tail, feathers, etc., is also pretty simple, and I'm sure we can give you more detailed information on that if you want it.

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RE: cleaning a turkey?

Postby GobbleGobble » January 26th, 2009, 7:43 am

I find that when I clean my turkey...I like to use Johnson's Baby Shampoo. Those silly birds are terrible about not closing their eyes when I bathe them, and watch out if soap gets in them!!!

As for eating them...I am a breast man- TURKEY BREAST that is- and breading strips in a cajun or other spicy breading and cooking in oil is ''Spot On'' as the kids say.
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RE: cleaning a turkey?

Postby tracebusta32 » January 26th, 2009, 8:01 am

I don't know why everyone seems so appalled by the fact this kid only wants to hunt for a "trophy"...isn't that what all the shows gear towards?
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