We couldn’t resist sharing this wild turkey recipe, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner—where has the year gone?! The best part about wild turkey hunting is easily the delicious meal you get out of it, turkeys taste so dang good. Just wait until you try this go-to wild turkey recipe that always hits the sweet spot. Read on after the recipe to learn 3 valuable turkey hunting tips, including why all hunters need the Cargo Hitch Carrier.
Garlic & Herb Wild Turkey Recipe
What you’ll need:
- 1 onion
- 1 lemon or lime
- Fresh herbs of your choice (1/2 cup chopped)
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- Salt + pepper
Side note: Once the turkey is rinsed and pat dry it can sit in the refrigerator for a day or so before you prep and cook it.
- Create your own seasoning by combining: 4 cloves mashed garlic, the juice of 1 lemon (or lime), 1/3-cup butter, ½-cup finely diced onion, ½-cup fresh cut herbs of your choice, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Mix ingredients to create a paste that you’ll apply to the turkey in the next step.
- Carefully separate the skin from the meat using your fingers, then use this space to stuff the garlic and butter paste evenly throughout. Cover the top of the bird’s skin with any remaining paste; add salt and pepper as desired.
- Roast your bird breast side down to keep white meat ultra-moist. Use carrots, potatoes, celery, plus more garlic and onions to create a base that’ll help support the breast and prevent it from falling over. If your turkey does not want to stay up, try to flip it back over after it cooks for 45-mintues or so.
- Pour 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth in the pan.
- Cover with foil and bake at 325°. If you want a golden-brown skin, uncover the turkey for the last 30 minutes or so.
The exact time it takes to cook a wild turkey varies based on size. Generally, it takes around 3-1/2 hours. You’ll know your turkey is done when the internal temperature on a cooking thermometer reads 180°.
Want a creamy sauce to go along with your savory wild turkey recipe? Mix together:
- 2/3 cup labneh (you can usually find this product in the yogurt section)
- The juice from 2 lemon slices
- 1-2 cloves smashed garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
Note from Vault Cargo Management’s Pro Staffer “The Upland Hunter” – If you’re going to be storing your turkey for any length of time in the freezer, be sure to use a good vacuum sealer. Having your wild game vacuum sealed will preserve the flavor that you’ve worked so hard for. You can check out their list of the top vacuum sealers on the market today here.
3 Turkey Hunting Tips That’ll Help You Score the Perfect Bird for Dinner
Tip #1: Create the Perfect Set Up
The night before you go hunting, check out the area and find out where the roost is. Once you know where turkeys are spending the night, Bonecollector.com recommends using a crow or owl locator to get a tom to gobble on the roost just before full darkness. As a result, you’ll know exactly where you need to be the following morning.
Early in the morning, before the first glimmer of light, go back to your pre-selected location. Make as little noise as possible as you create a hideout near the roost; you don’t want to spook the turkeys. When the tom goes out on top of the roost, use a hen call to attract him in your direction.
Tip #2: Take Aim, Carefully
Turkeys can fly and move fast, which makes hitting your target a little more difficult. The last thing you want is to shoot a turkey that escapes. Not only did you just miss a meal, but that turkey is going to suffer for no reason. Head-shooting typically results in an instant kill or a miss. If you go for the body, aim for the drum stick. A common mistake is to shoot at a bird’s wing butt or breast, in which case you’ll miss all vital organs and the bird will likely get away.
Tip #3: Use The Cargo Hitch Carrier
How do you bring back turkeys after a long day of hunting? The Cargo Hitch Carrier makes transporting turkey easier than ever before. No need to put them in your car, or even in the back of your truck. The Cargo Hitch Carrier is the perfect spot to safely secure hunting gear and wild turkeys. The convenient carrier platform offers 500 additional pounds of hauling capacity for all your adventures. Plus, the mesh flooring makes it super easy to clean up. After all, it’s made for adventurers, by adventurers.