Hunting turkey is an adventurous and thrilling experience. But the real challenge comes after you have successfully hunted a turkey, it is important to know how to properly dress it. Dressing a turkey can be intimidating for many hunters, but with the right tools and techniques, you can do it like a pro.
Before starting the dressing process, make sure that you have all the necessary tools handy. You will need gloves, knife (preferably fillet knife), sharpener/honing stone, cutting board or table covered in plastic wrap/paper towels or newspapers and trash bag to discard unwanted parts of meat.
Clean The Turkey:
Once you are ready with your tools, start by cleaning up feathers from the body of turkey using water or dry towel as per preference. After that rinse off any remaining dirt debris and blood from inside-outside cavity thoroughly using cold water.
Now its time for dressing! First remove legs by making incisions around joints where they connect with body then snap them backward till they separate completely from bird’s torso. Similarly detach wings same way at shoulder joint putting pressure on wing bone until it dislodges completely out of socket; if this doesn’t work cut through muscles attaching arm bones & shoulders together using fillet knife.
Next step is removing breast meat which needs more precision because there’s not much margin for error so use extremely sharp blade here otherwise chance ruining entire bird’s flesh with one bad move. Start slicing horizontally along breastbone to loosen flesh then guide blade underneath each side gently separating skin tissue connecting underlying muscles without cutting through either preventing loss meat juices flavors nutrients while handling raw protein material.
Finally when all desired cuts made grab neck area pull head off & dispose appropriately along rest carcass refuse that isn’t edible such as guts internal organs etc into disposable bag.
At last clean up everything properly using soap warm water or disinfectant cleaner and sanitize tools for next time use following the manufacturer guidelines. Now you have successfully dressed a turkey after hunting! Your freshly dressed bird is ready to be cooked & served as per your preference. Good Luck with your next hunt!