Lincoln County Sports Club is hosting a learn to hunt program that pairs first time turkey hunters, like myself, with an experienced hunter as a mentor.
First time turkey hunter, 12 year old Cole Hauser says this is something he's been looking forward to, "I really wanted to hunt turkeys. I come from a hunting family. I watch my dad hunt turkeys a lot and it's really fun so I want to try it this year."
We were put through an educational workshop that teaches the biology of a turkey, and what is legal to shoot. Our educational process then put us through a live scenario to teach us how to react in different possible situations in the woods.
Mentor Ken Neff says that this is an important process in learning how to turkey hunt, "We have been teaching them all different techniques on how to call a turkey in and what to do when a turkey does come in and things to watch for, things to do, things to not do."
This is just the beginning of preparations, and Cole says he can't think of anything else he'd rather do on his spring break. "There are a few kids that I know that will just sit down and play video game all day till one in the morning. This week is spring break so I get to spend it scouting all week."
It's not the killing of the turkey that has him excited, "The great taste of turkey fingers is what we make."
Here is the Hauser family recipe:
Barbeque Turkey Fingers
3 tbls Onion, Chopped
2 tbls Sugar
1 tbls Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Ketchup
1 tsp Dry Mustard
2 tbls Butter
2 tbls Vinegar
¼ cup Lemon Juice
½ cup Celery, Chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Melt butter in skillet and sauté onions and celery until tender.
Add remaining ingredients and cook about 15-20 minutes so flavors blend.
Cut turkey breast into finger sized pieces.
Marinate in sauce for 2-6 hours.
Cut bacon into pieces that can be wrapped around the turkey once and secured with a toothpick.
Grill on open fire or grill until bacon is done.