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Wild Turkey Cutlets by Chef Randy King

April 13, 2014 - 10:16pm -- idfg-vosborn
Wild Turkey Cutlets

Once you harvest your turkey, the next step is preparing the meat and cooking up a great wild meal. Idaho chef, Randy King, not only has turkey recipes to try, but also tips on how to prepare turkey meat to get the best taste and texture from your bird.

For the spring turkey hunt, King offers up a recipe for Wild Turkey Cutlets. For other wild meat preparations, see Chef King’s website: http://chefrandyking.com/

Let's Talk Turkey

The total mass of a turkey is always surprising to me. I shoot other big birds like geese and sage hen often but a turkey is just a totally different ball game, and as such needs to be treated that way.

Turkeys consist of 5 cuts of meat in total: the breast, the tenderloin, the wings, the thighs and the drumsticks. Each of these bird parts beg for a separate cooking method. It is not wise to just roast a wild turkey like a butterball. The breast will probably be dry, the drumsticks will be good for dog chew toys and the thigh meat will require a steak knife.

This month I will concentrate on the breast meat of a turkey, by far the biggest bang for the buck.

Turkey breast meat is not as soft and juicy as store bought, but it has a ton more flavor. Think elk meat vs. beef – similar but still different. But like store bought meat it still needs cooked to 165 degrees to be safe to eat. Be careful when cooking meat to this temperature, it can be very dry. To avoid dry meat make sure to remove it from heat a whole 10 degrees before it reaches 165 degrees on the inside. Carry over cooking will finish the job of getting the meat to 165.

Breaded Turkey Cutlets with Oil Poached Garlic and Tomatoes served with Pan Roasted Orange

This recipe calls for turkey “cutlets” AKA  slices of turkey breast. Lay your breast out on the counter. It will make half of a heart shape. Cut across the grain of the meat in about ¼ inch sections. You will get quite a few. It is even a little easier to cut when the meat is frozen a little.

Take those slices and place them between two sheets of clear plastic film about an inch from each other. Use a mallet or the bottom of a pan to hammer the slices into almost see through thin sections. You now have turkey “cutlets” and they are a transformed piece of wild game meat. Bread them and fry them, add a squeeze of lemon, and you have the German classic schnitzel. And that classic dish is what we are having fun with today. Replace the sour lemon with a sweeter caramelized orange and add the roasted garlic and tomatoes – bang – a whole new take on a classic.

Oil Poached Garlic and Tomatoes

E.R. Kammerath - Deputy Game Warden, 1931.

February 5, 2014 - 1:13pm -- idfg-vosborn
E.R. Kammerath Deputy Certificate

In 2005, Idaho native, Jennifer Jackson, began her career with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a Regional Conservation Educator in the southeast region.  Part of a long line of outdoorsmen, she thought she held the distinction as the first Fish and Game employee from her clan.  Not so.

A Christmas present from her mother the first year of her employ revealed a part of her family’s history that Jackson had not known.  Wrapped in a cardboard box were three family mementos— nine old metal deer and elk tags from the 1950s, a deputy game warden badge, and a certificate assigning Jackson’s grandfather the commission of “Deputy Game Warden without pay” signed by former State Fish and Game Warden, M.P. Bailey, in 1931.

Jackson’s grandfather, E.R. Kammerath, was the first family member to work for the early version of what became the Idaho Department of Fish and Game —even if without pay.  His full-time job was working as a jeweler at Christman’s Jewelry Store in Montpelier, a store he later purchased and operated under his name.  Kammerath was also an official Union Pacific Time Inspector.  Railroad engineers were required to have their time pieces checked for accuracy by Kammerath when they came through town.  But, as Jackson discovered, he was not only responsible for helping keep engineers on time, Kammerath helped keep hunters and anglers in line.

Today, Kammerath’s badge, certificate, and some of his old unfilled deer and elk tags sit on a bookshelf inside his granddaughter’s office at Fish and Game.  Jackson, who never knew her grandfather, says that she feels a strong connection to him because of his early role in wildlife management and conservation.

“It is one thing to see pictures of him fishing with my mother and hear stories of how he loved upland bird hunting with his dogs.  Those are special traditions for sure,”  Jackson says.  “But, I feel something else when I hold the very badge he used to wear when he was out in the field as a deputy game warden decades ago.  It reminds me that we are connected by another important family tradition—that of working for Idaho’s wildlife resource and the people who cherish it.” 

Drive Safely! Watch for wildlife on Idaho's highways

December 20, 2013 - 11:52am -- idfg-bstuder

As you're travelling around the state in this winter season, don't forget to pay attention to wildlife on Idaho's highways and roads.

There has apparently been a noticeable increase in elk collisions in Blaine County. Read more here: http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2007149863#.UrSPbRxDt8E

 

Here's some advice we pulled from our files if you're travelling. Take a minute to review it.

 

Motorists:  Slow Down and Watch For Wintering Wildlife

elk on the road

With deer and elk wintering along many of Idaho’s roads, Idaho Fish and Game encourages motorists to slow down and be on the lookout, especially during the dawn and dusk hours when wildlife is most active.

Motorists should also:   

  • Always wear your seat belt – it’s the law. 
  • Don't swerve or lose control of your vehicle.  Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. You risk less injury by hitting the animal.  
  • If you see one animal cross the road, look for a second or third to follow.
  • If you spot an animal ahead, slow down immediately and honk your horn.
  • Pay attention to Wildlife Crossing caution signs. They are there for a good reason. 

Updated Idaho Wildlife Management Area App and Maps

December 12, 2013 - 12:43pm -- idfg-pbond

Looking for a great place to fish, hunt, or watch wildlife? Check out one of Idaho's 32 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA).   Each WMA has been set aside to protect wildlife habitat and provide the public access for fish and wildlife related recreation. Maps specific to each WMA have been revised and are available on the IDFG WMA webpage http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/.  Here you will also find information on how to get to the WMA and what kind of wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing and other activities are unique to each WMA. 

 

Also, check out the new WMA viewer app http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/wma/.  This map application allows you to interactively discover WMAs near you and explore the land within each WMA. It also provides all of the same information as the IDFG WMA webpage, just click on one of the WMAs on the map and an information box will appear.

 

Seeing Through the Smoke

August 13, 2013 - 2:02pm -- idfg-bthomas

Fire is again having a big impact on Idaho's landscape. 

To assist in your hunting, angling and outdoor adventures this late summer and fall, Idaho Fish and Game will be working with the Boise National Forest and other Wildfire Teams to keep you up to date on fire closures. We are compiling the latest fire activity and closures from InciWeb and making them available as real-time maps and downloads on our website.

 

Web maps to view real-time closures, fire activity with hunt boundaries.

To view closures in real-time on-line we have added fire closures and fire activity to two web applications:


IDFG Fire Map

This tool is optimized for mobile viewing and allows you overlay hunt boundaries on current fire activity from satellites and fire emergency closures. Fire activity is updated every two hours.

fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/realtime/fire

 


Huntplanner Map Center

We've added wildfire layers for fire activity, perimeters, closures and historical fire activity to the Huntplanner.  View these layers alongside trails, campgrounds, hunts and other features.

fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/mapcenter

 

 

Fishing Idaho: A Live Chat with Fish and Game

May 23, 2013 - 1:39pm -- idfg-bstuder

Fishing Idaho: A Live Chat with Fish and Game

 

Free Fishing Day!

Chat Live with F&G about Fishing in the Gem State

Anglers were invited to join an online chat with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and ask questions, give feedback, and learn more about fishing in the Gem State.   

More than 100 anglers chatted live with fisheries and hatchery staff, along with enforcement officers, from 6 to 8 p.m. (MST) Wednesday, June 12. 

You can review the live chat below.

 

 

Visualizing Your Next Hunt

October 18, 2012 - 12:03pm -- idfg-bthomas
Trails and Campgrounds in the MapCenter

This year we have added two new features to the Huntplanner to enable you to better scout for your next hunt. Google Earth (KMZ) files are now available for each hunt area let you better explore the terrain online and in your GPS. Photographs, campgrounds and trails information help you better understand the landscape and access.

Are any hunting units being closed this year due to wildfires?

September 17, 2012 - 1:11pm -- idfg-bthomas

Fires burning in Idaho's backcountry have raised concerns about public safety and hunter access, and some roads and trails have been closed.  In order to view the impact of fires with hunt areas, IDFG has made fire activity and closures available in two mapping applications, the Idaho Huntplanner MapCenter and the IDFG Fire Map.  For your GPS Unit the fire closure layer and the hunt areas are available as KMZ downloads.

Idaho Fish and Game does not recommend closing hunts or altering season dates in response to fire restrictions. Most fires are not large enough to affect an entire hunt unit. Hunters affected by a fire closure can adjust their schedule to hunt later in the season or exchange general tags to hunt in a different area. But tags must be exchanged before the season begins.

Hunters with controlled hunt tags may exchange them for general season tags before the controlled hunt begins. But controlled hunt fees would not be refunded. Fish and Game will consider requests for rain checks or refunds in the event that access to a hunting unit is blocked by fire. Hunters requesting a rain check will be required to submit their tags and permits with a letter describing the conditions of their request. Rain checks would be evaluated case-by-case at the end of the hunting season. Rain checks will be valid in 2013 and offered only for the same species and hunt area as the hunter held in 2012. Written requests should be sent to the license section at Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25, Boise ID 83707 when the season is over.

Hunters and anglers, and anyone else heading into the backcountry, are advised to check with Forest Service ranger district offices or county sheriffs' offices before heading out.

Photo Credit: Group Torching on McGuire Complex by Shawn Pearson

 

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