RE: Turkey-- dark meat
The color of the meat is determined by whether the animal actually uses the
muscle or not. Blood enriched tissue is determined by the use of the
tissue and is going to have more blood vessels to provide the nutrients and
oxygen needs by the frequently used muscle. White muscles are not used as
much and the body does not supply a great deal of blood vessels; it would
be wasteful. Turkey legs are dark because the animal uses them a great
deal, while the wings of captive birds breed for human consumption are not
used. Wild turkeys are all dark meet. Not sure where you live, but......
When and Where to Find in Washington
The distribution of Wild Turkeys throughout Washington is spotty due to introductions. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife can provide more detailed information about release sites. The Rio Grande subspecies can be found in Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties. The eastern subspecies has been released west of the Cascades in Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties. The Merriam's subspecies can be found in Ferry, Klickitat, Pend Oreille, Skamania, and Stevens Counties, and is well established and numerous in the northeast corner of the state (Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties).