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Offline Natas5150

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Cleaning a grouse
« on: August 29, 2016, 05:38:52 AM »
So I read ICEMAN's post on cleaning a grouse and it looks fairly simple. My question is how come when I do a search on cleaning grouse I see a lot of video or read a lot about stepping on the wings of the bird and then pulling up on the feet? Is this a good way of breasting the bird? How many out there do this around here? Should I clean the grouse the way ICEMAN posted? I am just looking for a little feedback on what you all do in the field.

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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 06:08:42 AM »
The old stepping on the wing trick. Is not for me as I save everything I can for me and my dog.

Icemans way is great. I pluck my birds that are not too shot up.

If your worried about them getting hot while in the field you can cut around the anus and give it a squeeze and flick and get most of the nasty guts outs.


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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2016, 06:09:50 AM »
I just breast them out
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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2016, 06:29:09 AM »
I just pull the skin off the breast area and cut the breast meat of each side.   No sense in bringing home the breast bones only to do the same thing at the house.   

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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2016, 07:26:05 AM »
if I have weather, they hang for a while in the shade  before processing....
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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016, 07:56:32 AM »
I do the major cleaning of a grouse within 30 seconds of picking it up after the shot.  Pick up the bird head down with two hands and with whichever hand is holding the breast side, press that thumb under the end of its sternum (breastbone).  The thumb on the other hand presses down into the same soft body cavity toward the backbone.  Simply press down till the skin tears (very easy to do) and pull the whole breast and backbone apart.  It skins itself as the two major halves of the bird separate.  Cut off the wings where they remain attached to the breast, pluck or wipe off a few feathers that stuck to the breast meat and put the whole breast in a bag somewhere cool.  I either cook it that way or bone out the breast once home.

For me, it is faster and tidier than stepping on the wings and other methods.  It is easier to show than to describe, and takes seconds.   I used to pluck etc. but there is very edible to a grouse but the breast meat.  You can pull that off and leave the rest.




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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2016, 08:46:16 AM »
Tagging along.

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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2016, 09:14:41 AM »
Poultry shears snip off the wings cut under the breast on each side peel off the skin.

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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2016, 07:33:01 PM »
I do the step on the wing method. Most of the time, the only thing left is the breast and wings. Everything else pulls right out. Just cut the wings off and do a little clean up and thats it.

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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2016, 07:54:11 PM »
i've done the "step on the wings and pull method" but in the hunting regs it says "The feathered heads of game birds must be attached to the carcass
when they are in your possession in the field or are being transported."

can't find the definition of a "game bird" that it includes grouse or not...imho i would keep the bird intact until i'm out of the woods

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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2016, 08:55:26 PM »
I think once it's in the truck and butchered it's part of the possession limit. Not daily limit


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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2016, 05:41:24 AM »
I skin and save everything.  Liver, heart and gizzard included.
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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2016, 07:12:39 AM »
I do the step on the wing method. Most of the time, the only thing left is the breast and wings. Everything else pulls right out. Just cut the wings off and do a little clean up and thats it.



 :yeah:I have always done this as well very simple and quick and has worked for years why complicate the matter?

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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2016, 07:21:11 AM »
I skin and save everything.  Liver, heart and gizzard included.
:yeah: Minus the liver. Legs are by far my favorite piece.

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Re: Cleaning a grouse
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2016, 05:44:20 AM »
I do the step on the wing method. Most of the time, the only thing left is the breast and wings. Everything else pulls right out. Just cut the wings off and do a little clean up and thats it.



 :yeah:I have always done this as well very simple and quick and has worked for years why complicate the matter?

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