Outdoor Skills – Hunting Q&A

I'm only 13 years old and enjoy reading the articles in your magazine, as they have many useful tips. While deer hunting this past season, I was told that a quick and easy way to field dress gamebirds was to slit the throat of the bird, then step on the legs and pull on the wings. The breast meat should pop out. I wasn't actually shown this technique and wonder if you've heard of it, or something similar. --C.D.

Yes, I’ve seen the technique used but generally prefer to skin or pluck the whole bird, as there’s lots more meat than the breasts on any gamebird. You should also be aware that most states have laws about wasting game meat, which normally includes the legs on any bird bigger than a dove. Personally, I even like to eat dove legs, though there isn’t much there!