This article is to help young hunters who are just getting into the duck hunting and don’t want to go through the trial and error of cleaning birds the wrong way. Hopefully this article/ video helps you not go through some of the nightmares I’ve encountered while cleaning my ducks and geese.
STEP 1) De-Feather
Find the upmost part of the breast and begin grabbing the feathers and keeping them in your hand to dispose of quickly into garbage bag.
One of the nightmares I’ve had to deal w
ith is the millions of feathers blowing all over my suburban neighborhood. Grabbing the feathers in a fist ensures that 99% of the feathers end up in the bag.
STEP 2) Separate The Fat
Now that the feathers are off of the breast, take your index finger and thumb and stretch the fat away from the sternum. Take the knife and cut right down the middle of the bone so you can separate the fat from the breast. Take the fat with your hands and tear it away from the breast.
This ensures that all the loose feathers still connected to the bird are not going to get stuck to the weirdly sticky breasts. Nightmare #2, not pulling the fat far enough away from the breasts and all the extra feathers are stuck to the meat. This now requires a lot more work with cleaning the feathers off the breast after its in water, unless you like the texture and taste of feathers in your mouth.
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