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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2018

- EDITOR'S NOTE -
 
No Wires Over Thanksgiving Holiday
The Outdoor Wire Digital Network will not be publishing any of our services one Thursday, November 22 or Friday, Nov. 23 as we take time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Releases received after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, will not publish until Monday, November 26 when we resume our normal schedule.
- ARCHERY -
Featuring the greatest stiffness-to-diameter performance in the 40-year history of Easton carbon stabilization systems, the new Halcyon features a wind-beating 14.7-millimeter diameter, light mass weight and extreme stiffness, providing an ideal aiming solution for both compound and recurve competitors.
- BIRDING -
Sandhill cranes have returned to southeastern Arizona and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s live-streaming camera is again trained on their wintering grounds at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. Viewers this year can now watch thousands of the large migrating birds in high-definition after the department recently upgraded its live-streaming camera.

- BOATING -
Over the last five years more funding to dredge and maintain the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway, the 1,100 plus-mile coastal waterway from Norfolk, Virginia to Miami, Florida, for both recreational and commercial vessels has made shoaling less of a problem, but navigational issues remain. This was the focus at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) annual meeting held recently in Charleston, South Carolina.
- CONSERVATION -
The first phase of construction on Texas’ newest artificial reef concluded this week when a barge load of giant granite blocks and other concrete materials joined a sunken barge at the HI20 site off Sabine.
- EVENTS -
The monthly Salamonie Senior Luncheon will be on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center.
The fine folks at Cabela's have invited "Bro," one of the ice fishing industry's most successful guides, out November 23rd. Come out from 4-7pm to "Meet the Bro" and talk about Frabill Ice Fishing Products.

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever is excited to announce Steven Rinella will be a featured guest and keynote speaker at the 2019 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic banquet on Saturday, February 23rd at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center Hotel.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Great American Outdoor Show, scheduled for February 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
- FIREARMS -
FM Products Inc. has partnered with Primary Arms to offer an exclusive feature rich FM Products 8.5” Pistol, sold exclusively by Primary Arms.
Thompson Auto-Ordnance is excited to introduce the “Airborne" M1 Carbine (AOM150C1), featuring an 18” barrel, walnut folding stock and wood handguard.

- FISHERIES -
A 40-50 pound male tarpon (ID #15923) tagged in the Lower Keys with a Bonefish & Tarpon Trust tag on May 12, 2017 was detected near Ocean City, Maryland this summer, on July 24, 2018.
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
Mexico’s Lake Cuchillo is a big fish haven. David Fritts of the USA Bass team was ready for the challenge. The USA Bass team used Fritts' crankbait expertise to propel the team to World Championship Gold.
- GEAR -
Mossy Oak has teamed up with Heybo Outdoors to bring hunters and those who love the outdoors new outerwear. The new apparel is immediately available and season appropriate.
- HUNTING -
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting accident which a hunter in Switzerland County accidentally shot himself on November 18, near Dillsboro.

Nebraska’s muzzleloader deer season opens December 1 and those shooting black-powder firearms are gearing up.
The hunting of all mountain lions in south-central Montana hunting district 580, which includes portions of Meagher, Park, Sweet Grass and Wheatland counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018.
- INDUSTRY -
B&T USA landed the recent RFQ to supply the Westchester NY Police Department with rapid deployment 9mm carbines. B&T USA’s LE Division won the contract with the integrally suppressed APC9-SD Carbine equipped with Glock lower receivers.
Mammoth Coolers is proud to announce that their complete line of coolers, drinkware and accessories, as well as collegiate licensed products are now readily available at all 85 + Bomgaar’s farm and fleet stores chain wide.

- NEW PRODUCTS -
Bear OPS, the tactical brand of Bear & Son Cutlery , has expanded its popular Bold Action series of automatic knives with the recent introduction of the Bold Action IX. It comes with a White Smooth Bone and carbon fiber handle for a comfortable in-hand feel and balance.
Clenzoil announced their newly developed gun cleaning kits. In response to customer demand, Clenzoil has made several adjustments and added several key products to their entire gun cleaning kits line.
- NEWS -
Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Great American Outdoor Show, scheduled for February 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
- ONLINE -
The Online Holiday Sportsman Show is officially open for business. Tour the virtual exhibit halls for fabulous savings from the comfort of your home.

Media Lodge announced the launch of new Original Hunting Video Series Fieldcraft: Destination Africa, now streaming on GetZone.com. This 5-episode series explores how the hunt of a lifetime can be within reach for the average hunter.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is pleased to announce that it has awarded its highest Five-Star rating for range excellence to Kings Gun and Archery Center of Hanford, California.
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, the world leader in saltwater flats conservation, has launched a new brand campaign to grow membership in the organization.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of it's Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat Advisory Panel on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Council office conference room at 4107 West Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, EST.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of it's Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter-For-Hire Advisory Panel on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Council office conference room at 4107 West Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, EST.
- POACHING -
Michigan conservation officers in the northern Lower Peninsula are investigating the illegal killing of two bull elk, north of Atlanta. Both elk were shot, likely sometime around Nov. 15.
- PROMOTIONS -
Steyr Arms USA announced a five-day web sale that will run from Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, through Cyber Monday, Nov. 26. The sale will include all four of its brands: Steyr, Merkel, JAGDHUND and X JAGD.
- RECREATION -
#OptOutside on Black Friday, and enjoy free admission to Michigan state parks all day long.

- RETAIL -
Make your holiday shopping quick and easy with sure-fire gifts from Rapala® & Respected Rapala Brands meticulously designed to stand up to the demands of saltwater fishing.
- SHOOTING RANGES -
The DNR Dansville, Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake and Sharonville shooting ranges will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23.
- STATE PARKS -
The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and the Friends of Negwegon State Park are working together to help raise funds for the park through a special fundraising event: Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan 2018 (or #GivingTuesdayNEMI), set for Nov. 27.
- STATES -
Governor Kay Ivey announced on Monday the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has approved more than $48 million for eight new projects, which focus on the restoration and conservation of Alabama’s natural resources.
- TELEVISION -
Alberta's Half Hitch Brewing Company has become the official beer provider for Rawhide Hunting's second season of programming on Canada’s WildTV.
- WILDLIFE -
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a potential Black Bear sighting after a motor vehicle accident involving a large animal on Interstate 64 near mile marker 121 Sunday evening.
A black bear was hit by a motor vehicle on Interstate 64 near mile marker 121 in the New Albany area at 8 p.m. Sunday night.
 

Editor’s Note: Today, one more suggestion to help make your Thanksgiving feast even more special from our friends at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.

FWC photo by Andy Wraithmell.

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for all who cherish its traditions involving friends, family and food. Some love preparing dishes from recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Others enjoy experimenting with new flavors. An interesting culinary trend is using organic ingredients, and serving wild turkey for Thanksgiving is a delicious, clean-eating option.

“Florida’s abundant wild turkey populations can provide the ultimate locally-sourced, organic Thanksgiving feast when knowledge, skill and good fortune come together for a successful hunt,” said Chef Justin Timineri, executive chef and culinary ambassador for Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “We’ve developed several mouthwatering wild turkey recipes for the big day and ways to serve leftovers using a variety of Fresh from Florida products.”

Wild turkey is a tasty and versatile protein. Fresh from Florida chefs adapted several recipes to use wild turkey ranging from Tikka Masala (below), an Indian dish traditionally served with chicken, to wild turkey quesadillas and wild turkey cottage pie (a take on shepherd’s pie). Because wild turkey meat is low in fat, techniques for cooking them differ from domestic birds, and the Fresh from Florida chefs provide recipes and tips on how to prepare tender, juicy meals.

The Sunshine State is home to robust populations of two wild turkey subspecies: the eastern and the Osceola wild turkey. Florida is unique because the Osceola subspecies lives nowhere else in the world but on the state’s peninsula.

“Turkey hunting in Florida is a chance to experience the outdoors in a very special way,” said Roger Shields, wild turkey program coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “However, wild turkeys are extremely wary and possess sharp eyesight and excellent hearing so hunting them is a challenge.”

The FWC uses scientifically proven wildlife management strategies and professional expertise to meet conservation objectives and perpetuate sustainable turkey hunting opportunities. You can learn more about wild turkeys, including their behavior, habitat needs, and where they live in Florida at MyFWC.com.

 

 

RECIPE: FLORIDA WILD TURKEY TIKKA MASALA
Recipe Content

Ingredients:
2 Florida wild turkey thighs (skin removed)
5 Florida tomatoes, diced small
½ cup Florida bell pepper, diced small
½ Florida onion, diced small
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
3 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
Oil, for cooking
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Preparation:
Preheat a large pan to medium-high heat and add 1 teaspoon oil. Season the turkey thighs with salt and pepper and sear on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add 1 teaspoon oil. Sauté bell peppers and onion for two minutes, then add garlic and ginger. Sauté for one more minute. Stir in tomato paste and mix well. Next add all the dry spices and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes (do not drain) and broth, stirring to combine. Place the turkey thighs in the sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and cover for two to three hours (cook time will depend on size of turkey thighs). Stir every thirty minutes. Add stock or water if liquid evaporates or gets low. When meat is tender and ready to serve, stir in heavy cream and cilantro. Serve over noodles or rice.

Fresh From Florida food fact: Tikka Masala is an Indian dish traditionally served with chicken as the protein. We have adapted this recipe to use Florida wild turkey.

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