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How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« on: September 08, 2009, 04:36:01 AM »
Here is a how I have been cleaning our birds for many years. Not the only way of doing it, but a quick and easy way I have found to save every bit of meat on the birds with little fuss....pretty clean too;

1. Trim head, feet and wings at first joint.
2. Reverse the skin and feathers over the bird, starting at the neck and ending at the vent.
3. With pruners, or scissors, or game shears....starting at the neck, cut a 1 inch path thru the back and ribs to the vent.
4. Pull neck, vertebrae, and entrails all towards the vent until all hang from the vent, trim it all off.
5. Wash bird and toss on ice.
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009, 05:14:17 AM »
 :tup:

I like the idea of cutting the back bone.

should cme in handy next week. I saw 5 grouse behind ur camp durring scouting  ;)
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009, 05:43:49 AM »
Great stuff, Most guys just cut out the breast and toss the rest, I usually cut the skin and peel it off then try and get the guts out and make a complete mess of it so thanks for this tutorial it will come in handy for sure !!!  :tup:
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009, 06:16:05 AM »
That is a cool way.  I'll have to try it.  Thanks for posting that Ice.

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009, 06:22:24 AM »
No problem.

Forgot to add....it helps to have a great firewood round to clean them on..   :chuckle:   We have been cleaning grouse on that round for years at our favorite ridge top grouse camp site, probably atleast 80 grouse cleaned on it over the years.... Every year we return and use it, and not a single feather can be found from the previous year....
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2009, 03:59:55 PM »
Yup, my thanks as well. As a relatively new hunter (went from shooting with buddies who got to worry about all that to owning a dog and having clean my own birds), it helps to see how to save all the meat.

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2009, 04:06:05 PM »
Thanks for posting Ice.
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2009, 04:07:03 PM »
Great pictorial explanation!  Thanks for the post!   :drool:  Now I want some birds  :'(

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2009, 06:20:03 PM »
Good  idea Iceman, just goes to prove you can learn something new everyday.
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2009, 06:29:54 PM »
when first shot try stepping on the wings and poll on the feet all comes clean gust cut the wing off and you can take the legs but to tuff to eat for me grab the liver and giz to cook with the bird

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2009, 06:56:15 PM »
That is a great way to clean them.  Thanks, that will come in handy this season!
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2009, 08:06:00 PM »
Just to clarify, you first cut one inch down the back before cutting from the neck to the vent?

That is a much better way than I have been doing it. Thanks ICE.

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2009, 08:09:46 PM »
step on the wings and pull up on the feet

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2009, 08:32:17 PM »
Just to clarify, you first cut one inch down the back before cutting from the neck to the vent?

That is a much better way than I have been doing it. Thanks ICE.

I gathered that you cut a half inch on each side of the backbone (with a shears)from the neck to the vent the full length of the bird so all the insides stay intact and remove the entire spine along with the innerds ??  :dunno: sounds like a very clean way of doing it compared to what I have been doing !!!  :chuckle:
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2009, 09:16:41 PM »
Sportfury, robo was correct, I cut down both sides of the spine to the vent, then pull the neck/spine. The entrails often pull out with the backbone. If they don't, just sweep them loose with your fingers and the whole magilla hangs from the pooper. One snip and all is loose and falls away.....Sometimes a bit of lung to flick out with your fingers...not too bad...

Hey you guys who like stomping on the birds and yanking the wings/legs....lets see some pictures!  :chuckle:

Are they all pretty lookin when done?   :IBCOOL:
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2009, 09:27:55 PM »
Stomping and pulling works great as well and is very clean if you prune the wing bones as well.  Nice tutorial!
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2009, 09:33:40 PM »
I would have to agree with the boys on  stepping on the wings and pulling on the legs, And it's FUN!!!!!!!! :tung:

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2009, 10:36:32 PM »
Sweet, I use those exact same pruners on my critters, I'll have to try your method though
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2009, 07:30:32 AM »
Stomping and pulling works great as well and is very clean if you prune the wing bones as well.  Nice tutorial!

I had heard of this method years ago and attempted it on several occasions, the only problem I ran into is when I stood up I had both legs and nothing else, they just seperated from the bird and I had to skin and pluck anyhow. Since the bird has to have it's head still attached while in the field, it's almost impossible to use this method while the bird is still warm unless you get it right at the end of your day in the field and hunt close to home !!!  :dunno:
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2009, 07:44:03 AM »
Don’t you have to the head on the bird until you get it home? 

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2009, 08:28:36 PM »
Don’t you have to the head on the bird until you get it home? 

I thought that you only need to leave the head on turkeys to verify the beard  :dunno:
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2009, 11:43:18 AM »
Don’t you have to the head on the bird until you get it home? 


You are correct.

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/water/mwug2009.pdf

Page 21,
"IT IS UNLAWFUL TO:
• Possess in the field or transport game birds
unless a feathered head is left attached to each
carcass, except falconry-caught birds."

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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2009, 07:13:52 PM »
Never seen anyone in our group, or others do this since the beginning of time.

Similar to keeping the testes, or doe/cowhole attached to a quarter until it was processed. Never seen it.
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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2009, 08:27:16 AM »
Don’t you have to the head on the bird until you get it home? 


You are correct.

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/water/mwug2009.pdf

Page 21,
"IT IS UNLAWFUL TO:
• Possess in the field or transport game birds
unless a feathered head is left attached to each
carcass, except falconry-caught birds."


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Re: How To Clean Grouse, Duck, Pheasant....
« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2009, 12:16:33 AM »
ICEMAN I cant wait to trry this thankyou!  I have shot alot of birds and have never been introduced to such an effective way to clean birds! thanks! ;)

 



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