Sunday, November 11, 2012


So you've shot yourself a game bird.  Now what?
Here are step by step instructions on how to clean a typical game bird.

If you plan on getting into bird hunting, this is an excellent, must-have tool.  
This kit from Kershaw Knives contains game shears and a very sharp knife.

The knife, scissors, and carrying case.  
The scissors have a special notch near the hinge to easily cut through bone.  They also disassemble for easy cleaning.

Shown here is a ruffed grouse, a forest bird that we often hunt for.

Using the notch in your game shears, hold one of the legs and cut just above the knee joint.

Repeat on the second leg.

Position the bird on its back.

Grab one of the wings and again using the notch in your game shears, cut the wing off at the 'shoulder' joint.

Repeat on the other wing.

With the bird still on its back, hold the body of the bird in one hand and with the other hand, carefully grab and pull out some of the breast feathers.

After pulling some of the breast feathers, you should be able to see the skin that the feathers were attached to.  When you see this, gently tear the skin to expose the breast meat.

Continue peeling the skin with the feathers attached.

Removing skin and feathers from the neck.

Trim up some of the feathers on the head.

Cut the airway.  Do not cut off the neck and head.

Cut off the tail feathers at the base.

With the spine facing up, using the tip of your shears, insert them on the right side of the spine.

Carefully cut upwards along the spine and stop just below the base of the neck.

Repeat on the other side of the spine.

After making the two cuts up the spine, cut the spine out using a crosscut.

Using the tips of your shears, scrape out the innards.

Finish by rinsing the bird with fresh water.

After the bird is clean, we store the bird in a gallon sized Ziploc bag and place it in the cooler.

As with most states, Oregon law requires that the head is left attached for proper identification.

Here is the link to Kershaw Knives:

"There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast."  -- Charles Dickens

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