Fall turkey hunting season got underway today (Oct. 27) in most parts of the state. The exception is locally in Wildlife Management Units 5C, 5B and 5D. The reason these areas are closed for fall turkey hunting is because reproduction is not at hunt able levels, says the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Open it now and the spring season would see few mature birds.
In addition, dove hunting reopens for its second part of a three-part season. A few dove breasts wrapped in bacon and grilled are a dark meat delight. Just be careful of biting into any unseen #6 shot or you could have an unplanned visit to your dentist.
As for fall turkey, it’s become mostly a Pocono Mountain, North Country pursuit. There are larger expanses of land to hunt there like those in Monroe, Pike and parts of Carbon counties. And there’s also the Delaware Water Gap State Forest, the state lands adjacent to Camelback ski area, SGL #221 in Monroe County and other Pocono woodlands.
And for a change of turkey dining taste, you may want to try an award-winning recipe from a wild game cook-of held recently by the Alabama Wildlife Federation and the Alabama Army National Guard. It’s called “Tom On A Limb,” and its recipe is as follows:
One wild turkey breast, 3 cups buttermilk, a cup hot sauce, 1 tablespoon of seasoning (of your choice), all-purpose flour, cornmeal and peanut oil.
For an accompanying sauce it’s: 1/8 cup lemon juice, 1 stick butter, ? cup honey, 1/8 cup hot sauce, 1 cup bleu cheese crumbles.
For preparation, cut the turkey breast across the grain into 1-inch chunks. Soak overnight in buttermilk, spicy hot sauce and seasoning mix. Bread the breasts with a mixture of all-purpose flour and cornmeal and deep fry in peanut oil.
For a dipping sauce, combine lemon juice, butter, honey and spicy hot sauce to taste, in a pan over low heat. Once on the serving dish, sprinkle bleu cheese crumbles over the meat.
As turkey meat is customarily dry, this recipe should make your fall gobbler a zesty gourmet delight.
WEEK FIVE RUT REPORT
Bob Danenhower, our field rut reporter from Bob’s Wildlife Taxidermy in Orefield, said this past weeks warm weather didn’t do much for the deer harvest. However, he says one of his friends had six bucks chasing the same doe last Saturday. His friend arrowed the best buck in the pack. Then on Monday, the friends’ brother-in-law went out on the same stand and had a repeat performance by arrowing another nice buck that was chasing does.
Reports of other bucks being brought in for mounting were allegedly lured in by fresh doe-in-heat and buck-in-rut urine from Danenhower’s recent supply. Danenhower claims that both scents are creating amazing results so far this year. In addition, the Orefield taxidermist said hunters are also having success by rattling and decoying and combinations of all three.
Unfortunately, the oncoming storm we’re expecting the early part of next week, will make hunting a bust. But with cooler temps forecasted during the latter part of the week, Danenhower thinks hunting will improve.
And lastly, he strongly recommends keeping your nose to the wind.
Speaking of bucks chasing doe’s, the Pittsburg Post Gazette this week reported that a doe crashed through the windshield of a UPS delivery truck near Greensburg, PA. It then proceeded to thrash around inside the cab causing the driver to lose control and cross lanes into oncoming traffic where the vehicle flipped onto its side. Troopers said the driver was disoriented but not seriously injured.
CABELA’S HOMETOWN HEROES CELEBRATION
Cabela’s in Hamburg is honoring the service of our hometown heroes by offering employee discounts on in-store merchandise to active military, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel on November 11 and 12.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued recalls for Crush Series Perch, Stoop and Ledge treestands manufactured by Summit Treestands, LLC. The recall affects about 2,900 units. They’ve also recalled the Big Foot, Lite Foot and Baby Foot treestands manufactured by Rivers Edge Treestand Company. This recall affects about 14,000 units.
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