Spring Wild Turkey Hunt, Over the Fire Cast Iron Cooking 

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I have a few close calls before connecting on a wild turkey in the hardwood forests of Canada. After the hunt, I break down the turkey and braise it with vegetables in a cast iron pot on a campfire at my off-grid wilderness homestead.
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Jane Ashton
Jane Ashton 7 hours ago
This is very interesting I watch you're video's.
Chris Goodman
Chris Goodman 19 hours ago
I don't think there's anything more magical than riled up gobblers on a cool morning. Well done!
Jay Olson
Jay Olson Day ago
The bones in the wing make an awesome Turkey call.
clint mink
clint mink Day ago
do you think turkey populations increasing hurts other native wildlife? turkey populations exploded here in nebraska, and pheasant numbers went down.....all are eating the same things.
clint mink
clint mink Day ago
no shot footage?
shartne Day ago
I love to eat turkey.
bgurtek Day ago
Do you also have a fall turkey season in Ontario?
Susan Sheppard
I see you take the skin off. How do you keep it cool or refrigerated?
Susan Sheppard
Do you pull those feathers dry? My dad used to soak chickens in boiling hot water first.
Debra Chalfin
Question, since you live on the land that you hunt on and turkey, deer, bear, moose are your means of eating arenโ€™t you allowed to hunt all year round?
Kekoa Mauna Kea
Turkey hunting by crossbow is pretty popular up in Northern California, like Canada turkeys were introduced to several places up in Northern cali where you would not expect to see them, in fact I believe in one county up north the turkeys multiplied so fast that turkeys were showing up in residential areas causing a commotion. Lol!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐ŸฆƒโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿก๐Ÿ ๐ŸฆƒML&Aloha Your Boy Kekoa&Ohana.
craig wooden
craig wooden Day ago
2 per year? That is ridiculous.
scott lomas
scott lomas Day ago
I didn't realize I missed this episode. Sweet I'll run this now.
Jason Herriott
Jason Herriott 2 days ago
Did you test that water at all? I'm just curious if that is something that should be done before using and washing food?
Francilene Servolo
Olรก boa noite tudo bem com vocรช que Deus abenรงoe vocรชs todos beijos xau ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™
Zak B
Zak B 3 days ago
Dude those turkeys were going off, Iโ€™ve been Merriam turkey hunting with a recurve for the first time this year. Itโ€™s incredibly fun I got a shot off at a gobbler from pretty far and missed last weekend. Gonna go these next two weekends aswell and hopefully bag one. Might have to bust out the shotgun if I miss again
Gary Morley
Gary Morley 3 days ago
Great Vid Shawn.. awesome camera work. I can smell it cooking from it here in England. Man I'd love those long feathers for my trad arrows.. what do you do with them?
VividLane 3 days ago
So, he might have talked about this at some point, but how does he keep meat fresh over a period of time, especially from spring to late autumn?
Barry Hope SGT Hope
I see this all the time and on other sites, subtitles. I was watching you stalking the birds and calling them in. In the corner was the subtitle " music" I am sure turkey calls is music to a hunter's ear.
Sam does 3D
Sam does 3D 4 days ago
Its funny to think a teen age girl lives in a forest with her mum and dad, who makes US-first videos that get seen by loads of people all while making amazing videos and building a homestead from scratch. Dedication gets you everywhere!
John 4 days ago
Turkey population has exploded here in Massachusetts. They are literally almost everywhere.
Gooberhamm Trollinski
I think I smelled that pot cooking from down here in Minnesota.
Ann Koehler
Ann Koehler 4 days ago
Shawn, your integrity is so refreshing to see. You are alone, and by yourself, with no one watching over your shoulder, and you obey the laws of the land in turkey season. Such a breath of fresh air to see this. Thank you so much for your example to us!
Arielle-Viking Venturer N Victuals
A really enjoyable video and truly amazing how you can call in these birds just by voice. ๐Ÿ’ฏโค๐Ÿ‘
Kenneth S
Kenneth S 5 days ago
Perfect now for the ram pump clack valve if needed.
Kathi Pauling
Kathi Pauling 5 days ago
So if your wife got a license she could kill two more?
yveskc1 5 days ago
I sometimes wish we had them here in New-Brunswick ๐ŸŽฏ
CATherine _
CATherine _ 5 days ago
I have wild turkeys walking onto my patio all the time. Unfortunately in NJ they are riddled with ticks and no one really bothers with gaming turkeys. How are the tick situation on wildlife in Canada?
Marlene Jones
Marlene Jones 5 days ago
I'm assuming that water is safe to clean fresh game in? I suppose it's coming from higher elevation to the woods? I know cooking will help kill anything nasty.
Brent Sutherland
Brent Sutherland 5 days ago
Hello from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada. Thanks for sharing your great videoโ€™s please keep them coming.
Outdoors Forever
Outdoors Forever 5 days ago
I like the fact during your hunt you held out with consideration of your surroundings and natural obstructions for the best shot. So many hunters get so anxious and just blast away at first sight not thinking about branches or other birds (animals) nearby. This is the best scenario for a hunters successes and a swift clean kill for the bird (or animal). I also love the fact you werenโ€™t shy about admitting you missed the first one. Things happen despite everything being just right. Again with consideration for your game plus surroundings and background of the area. It would great if you could show some of your tried and true recipes for your catch and cook wild game. I bet you could write a book on them. Awesome work as always.
Hmong survival channel
Wow, you have experienced trekking and your delicious food ๐Ÿ˜‹
John Tatum
John Tatum 6 days ago
Turkey smells good! My nose is extremely sensitive...:)
Southern Belle
Southern Belle 6 days ago
I hope you enjoy turkey meal maybe you have said but I'll have forgotten how close will this Greenhouse be to your cabin
Van Go
Van Go 6 days ago
โ€œToo nice of wood for that...โ€ Shawn proceeds with his intention.... in all seriousness really great to see the family working together. J
Brandon Kwan
Brandon Kwan 6 days ago
Nice to see more in depth coverage of your hunts
jeff haayema
jeff haayema 6 days ago
Hey Shawn if you don't mind me asking what was the brand of camo you were using for the turkey hunt , it looked like very good camo .
jeff haayema
jeff haayema 6 days ago
@Shawn James Ok thanks Shawn .
Shawn James
Shawn James 6 days ago
Itโ€™s Cabelas rain gear but I donโ€™t know what pattern it is
LilLatidah 6 days ago
That looked so yummy!
tt kk
tt kk 7 days ago
Why donโ€™t stop hunting wild animals and buy your meat from the market?
Donna Bowers
Donna Bowers 7 days ago
Catch, clean and cook best way to eat. Interesting how weโ€™re all going to be living off the land like our forefathers did. I hope more folks get on board with it.
nickma71 7 days ago
Have you considered a hydro-electric power unit? You need running water, as you know. It just makes far more power than solar. One thing I was thinking about in the comfort of my home drinking bourbon is you don't need a freezer or refrigerator for a good portion of the year, so the water being frozen is ok. I don't mean for A/C, just to keep meat longer
sid costello
sid costello 7 days ago
How about a little time discussing your shotgun, and rifles you have and use, calibers, loads etc. Thanks
Melissa Hoffman
Melissa Hoffman 7 days ago
How did you learn to do these calls?
FJ B 7 days ago
As a kid, i's read a letter from a feller who said when cleaning a turkey, cut the muscle at the back of it's throat and it'd relax the bird so you'd just about be able to run your hand along the feathers and they'd slide right out. Never have been fornunate enough to give it a go, and never heard anyone else ever say this. Just wondering ...
Joseph Richardson
will you be having videos on prescribed burning in your area or is it not that type of area?
Teutonic Nordwinds
Wish I could give two thumbs up! Thanks for taking us along and for keeping it real, Shawn. Sometimes the hunt includes missed shots. Missed opportunities. Mistakes. Your area looks awesome. Such diversity in the terrain. We've got some great hunting but so much of Michigan is flat or just gentle rolling.
Fabi Coelho
Fabi Coelho 7 days ago
amei o video o dog esta cada dia mais lindo quero ver como vai ficar esse trabalho
Sandra raimunda Oliveira
O velhinho nรฃo tem medo de ladrรฃo morando sozinho nessa mata? Se fosse aqui no Brasil jรก tinham levado ate a cabana na cabeca kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
City Bush People
City Bush People 7 days ago
Great to see your process of hunting turkey, we don't know much about this and it's great to finally watch it in action and learn more
lr 21
lr 21 7 days ago
Milena Pantovic
Milena Pantovic 7 days ago
๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹Prijatan ruฤak! ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆƒ
Propheci 8 days ago
I live by North Bay and the Turkeys are everywhere this year. It's wild how many I've seen and twice they've tried to fly into my car on the highway.
Thomas Thompson
Thomas Thompson 8 days ago
George Doan
George Doan 8 days ago
Awesome show
Elvisneedsboats Bennett
i worked as a wildlife biologist's assistant in the Florida gulf coast and my area of the reservatioin, turkey hunters regularly pulled turkeys with 14-16 inch beards and the largest spurs i ever measured were inch and 3/4. beautiful birds.
Cindy Patterson
Cindy Patterson 8 days ago
Nice shot I live in Ohio weโ€™ve some many turkeys and now black bear both are almost as bad as the coyotes
Cindy Hofer
Cindy Hofer 8 days ago
Turkeys were introduced in eastern washington state in the eighties too. There are so many where I live I watched from my backyard earlier this spring as the males were dancing and strutting. Beautiful to watch. I counted around eighty.
jeff adamson
jeff adamson 8 days ago
I cant believe you killed that majestic animal.... Haha..just kidding. Good shooting
jason burly
jason burly 8 days ago
I live my" maybe one day" dream through you shawn, Thank you for that.
Anna R
Anna R 8 days ago
Curry Turkey,big pot one week, ๐Ÿ‘
Jรคtski.fi 8 days ago
consider "head trapping", those annoying rule makers, there is enough for all
Lynn Mckenzie
Lynn Mckenzie 8 days ago
I had no idea that was a turkey making that noise, then the spooky scene, I was wondering what was happening...lol...then Shawn started calling the turkey
Mike Love
Mike Love 8 days ago
Hey Shawn, ever considered a sous vide prep on a wild turkey ? I'm thinking you would need to break it down into sections like you did for separate bagging, including the breasts. It can be done in an insulated cooler so you have more volume, and that way you can get a really tender bird for conventional oven cooking.
Mysterious Whitey
I guess before you make garden boxes you could make a large area that's caged in with some kind of wire. chicken wire, fencing if you had the money to get it. It would be really useful to know how to make your own wire fencing. I don't know if you could get a machine that could do it or not. Probably not the right plan. Where would you get the wire material. I think the whole garden area should be surrounded by that though. not the plastic stuff. Well that might be useful too but whatever keeps out the small rodents and chipmunks too. So maybe like gridded wire of some sort. That's if you can't build yourself another greenhouse but a whole lot larger one that has solid wall sides to it. There's got to be a way to protect your plants from all sorts of things. Flooding too. The garden box idea I had would protect plants grown in that from flooding unless Flood waters rose more than 3 and 1/2 foot above the ground.
Mysterious Whitey
I can imagine building some kind of frame to staple a bunch of gridded fence wire onto and even build a roof like that on the ground and then attach a pulley system to it to lift the whole roof frame up and then have frame posts that are maybe notched or have some kind of fasteners on them that would attach the roof to them. Building a big outdoor garden cage. The problem would be making or getting enough metal wire fencing material though. I wonder how wire fencing would be made primitively.
gabriel gervais
gabriel gervais 8 days ago
16:54 that.. smells like.. one of us... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Powder 8 days ago
I am sitting here in Southeast Texas eating a big grilled turkey leg that came from our festival this weekend while I watch you. Been watching and eating since the beginning and it just dawned on me I was eating what you hunted and are dressing lol
Dale W Miller
Dale W Miller 8 days ago
We used to camp near Horicon Marsh in East Central Wisconsin - turkeys roosted in the woods behind our campsite. I remember hearing those early morning gobbles as they started their day, usually an hour before I was ready to start mine! The stewed turkey looked good!
Terrance Miller
Terrance Miller 8 days ago
I absolutely love wild Turkey.
Kjell Adrian
Kjell Adrian 8 days ago
It makes me so hungry to see that boiling turkey. There must be a big difference in taste to eat a wild turkey than a "factory" produced one?! Personally I find all wild game is more tasty than farm meat; probably more healthy as well. And so much better for the animals living full quality lives as long they live. I usually think of the chicken you can buy at the supermarket for like four five, dollars (translated currency from prices in Sweden). How much of living space and life quality do they have during the few months they live! I just can't buy and eat them.
25 acres and a cabin
Nice bird Shawn, we've got them up in Rutherglen now also. enjoy
OffGrid Wanabe
OffGrid Wanabe 8 days ago
I wonder if the Moose we traded for the Turkeys did as well I see Turkeys everywhere these days
michael dowson
michael dowson 8 days ago
Climate change means more species moving northwards.
Stephen Riley
Stephen Riley 8 days ago
Shawn, Great to cook with wild ingredients. We have just had two days straight rain and hale, 5ยฐc. Everything growing is behind. Vowed I'd get my potatoes in this week. The weather has other ideas. The bargain fruit trees arrived today. Bought from an English company, but appear to have been shipped from Holland. They are very nice trees, one apple, one pear. Looking forward to getting them in too. They are still dormant. That makes four new trees this year. Cover up from those flies! Regards Stephen.
Albert Hendriks
Albert Hendriks 8 days ago
Tja.. why??
Chris Is
Chris Is 8 days ago
De-bone those legs, cut the meat in dices about a cubic inch, brown them in butter with some bacon, put them in a stew with lots of good vegetables and simmer for about 2 hours... you'll love it :).
Victor Benner
Victor Benner 8 days ago
Nice hunt. So you have turkeys, so I'm now guessing you're not in BC. Anyway looking forward to seeing the greenhouse finished. Have a great day.
Jojo Lav
Jojo Lav 8 days ago
Hahahaha Shawn is that you gobbling? Not bad!
Thor Eric
Thor Eric 8 days ago
super great sound capture and editing. a huge joy to watch these
Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith 8 days ago
I have wild turkeys on my property almost every day but never hear them. Just watch them through the windows
Northern Retreat
Northern Retreat 8 days ago
Nothing like the sound of a Spring turkey looking for a mate. Good video.
Debbie Varela
Debbie Varela 8 days ago
A lot of work went into that pot. Impressive, not to mention tasty.
Alvin Dueck
Alvin Dueck 8 days ago
We don't have black flies out YET in southern Manitoba, but the tics are out. I found a few on me Sunday after a hike
Poverty Hill Adventures
I had to watch the footage from your turkey hunt several times. As a turkey hunter for the past 40 years, I am impressed with your calling and filming those gobblers responding to your calls. What a hunt you had! You calling a gobbler away from a live hen is very hard to do. I would love to see you put together a turkey hunting tips video sometime if you can fit it in your busy schedule.
James Clinton
James Clinton 8 days ago
Great format, I liked the talking and cooking at the same time
Karen Lobb
Karen Lobb 8 days ago
Do you let Cali eat any of what you kill? My Golden eats raw plus veggies and fruit. He gets a Turkey foot once a week (that might have been what you gave Cali).
Joan Gibson
Joan Gibson 8 days ago
Turkey season is on in WV. Chris Lawrence's WV Outdoors program airs on radio Saturday mornings at 7:00 am. I am his "botanical expert" but I tell Chris I am vastly underutilized as the show is hook and bullet. Must admit I bug out when it is an hour of turkey calls and turkey callers. However, he did interview the young man who killed turkeys in all 49 of the States where they occur. Amazingly, they are in Hawaii, but not Alaska. That fits with your comments on Ontario.
chru cas
chru cas 8 days ago
Elli1960 60
Elli1960 60 8 days ago
Der Mann ist toll er macht alles nicht schlecht
Elli1960 60
Elli1960 60 8 days ago
Wie wรคrโ€™s mit deutschsprachig Untertitel
fracture 42
fracture 42 8 days ago
Commented before watching all of the video
NewLife Newfuture
I condemn the killing of animals and the US and CANADA are as murderous as Asia. !!!!!!!!!!
fracture 42
fracture 42 8 days ago
What do you do with the leftover carcass to discourage vermin big and small?
We Dem Goyz
We Dem Goyz 8 days ago
burn/dig it
James Dawson
James Dawson 8 days ago
Hi Shaun, thank you for all the great content on your channel. I watch it avidly. I have always been fascinated by bushcraft and the Canadian wilderness. As an English man living in Wales I can only dream of what it is like to live it. I rely on books. I have read Dick Pronnekes' book which how I found out about your channel when you went to his cabin. To see it made the words in that book come to life. I am currently reading Cache Lake Country (as I saw it on on of you videos) and am really enjoying it! I was wondering what else you would recommend in a similar vein? Thank you in advance and keep up the great work! James Dawson.
Ertin Parandzem
Ertin Parandzem 8 days ago
Waaw very good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•
Clips Of My Garden
Can you tell me how someone is walking in my house stealing from me and not using the front or back door? Where could the secret entrance be hiding at?
Jonny B Kuehl
Jonny B Kuehl 8 days ago
Nothin like livin off the land!!
West Fork Woodsman
Great episode. Congrats on a fine harvest!
Ercan Demir
Ercan Demir 9 days ago
Hello Greetings from Turkey ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Carolle Enkelmann
those wild turkeys are beautiful birds. I am so glad there are restrictions. I wonder if there are any controls on how many are shot?