Dry Plucking: This is my preferred method for plucking waterfowl, and the cleanest. Admittedly it can require a stout hand and some time, but with practice, you should be able to pluck a duck in 10 minutes or less. A big Canada goose can take closer to 30 minutes. Because waterfowl have fairly tough skin, you shouldn't have to worry about tearing it. Starting at the top of the breasts, grab a handful of feather and pull them upward, toward the head. They should pull out easily. As you move down the breasts, you may have to pull downward. Once it's clean, move onto the legs and wings, the latter of which take the most time, then flip the duck and pluck the back. Pin feathers can be removed with a traditional paraffin dip—or more quickly, and easily, with a torch passed lightly and quickly over the whole bird.