NWTF Announces Recipe Contest Finalists


EDGEFIELD, S.C.—From dozens of delicious recipe entries, the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 2021 Wild Game Recipe Contest has been whittled down to the final five best recipe submissions.

Between recipes featuring grouse, elk, wild turkey and more, the 2021 contest received more than 60 wild-game-inspired dishes, ranging from classic game dishes with a twist, to completely original culinary creations. Eligible recipes were to be completely original, accompanied with a story and photo and include at least one wild-game ingredient as the highlight of the recipe.

Eligible recipes received points for various criteria by a committee of NWTF staff and wild-game enthusiasts who judged based on uniqueness of cooking methods, creativity and assemblage of ingredients.

“Our Wild Game Recipe Contest is a fun, creative and, of course, delicious way to engage our audience and share our love for the outdoors lifestyle,” said Pete Muller, NWTF director of digital communications. “There was a lot of tough competition this year, and we truly appreciate everyone who participated.”

Over the next week, the top 5 recipes will be judged on how well the instructions yield the product illustrated in the photo, the flavor of the game component as the highlight of the dish and the overall taste and flavor of the entire recipe.  

The top 5 recipes are (in no particular order):

  • Lemon garlic wild turkey by Joe Foster
  • Pistachio 'n chicharrón crusted duck breast by Chad Gault
  • Venison bahn mi by Jessica White
  • Wild turkey carnitas by Kat Brown
  • Wild turkey ramen by Greg Maher

The winner of the contest will receive a prize pack loaded with items from events sponsors (MEAT!, MeatEater, Meater wireless thermometers, Mossy Oak, Mossy Oak Gamekeeper Butchery, Mossy Oak Wellness and The Hunter Chef), be recognized as the 2021 winner on NWTF’s digital channels and have his/her recipe immortalized on the NWTF’s website. Prizes will also be awarded to first- fourth place runners-up.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals of conserving or enhancing more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining more than 1.5 million hunters and opening access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreation opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our great outdoors in the final years of the initiative.