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Wild Duck Cleaning
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steve II JD4000    Posted 10-02-2002 at 17:19:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HI all, Just checking what do you all do to clean up feathers off wild duck, I was told to put it in hot boiling water for a min then all come off east. has any one done that?

Jim (Mi)    Posted 10-03-2002 at 09:52:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can you provide me with the duck in question and I can help ya. The reason is different ducks have different characteristics. Example: if you are talking puddle ducks, Mallard-Widgeon-Teal-Woodducks-Blacks-or Pinneys the feather's generally can be grabbed and pulled with ease, then once the feather's have been removed, used hot water and rub your palm over to get the small loose misc feathers. Unfortunately by the wings there will still be little blue stubbs that will remain on the duck, these have to be taken out individually. If you have access to a big pot, after the jist of the main feathers have been taken off, dip the quacker in hot wax, let cool, and peel off. If you have alot to pluck-this is a good method. Or if you plan on doing alot of plucking, get a autoplucker, they are inexpensive. If you are plucking big water ducks, Canvasbacks-Redheads-Buffleheads-Scaulps-Ruddies, a lot more care needs to be taken as the skin will clump off with the feathers. I am a avid waterfowl hunter. I have found that breasting them is your best bet. Unless you have a Mallard, Black, Pintail, or Canvasback, you will really not get any additional meat outside the breasts, and even with those it is really marginal. Remember wild means lean, so they do not have an overabundance of meat elsewhere. Usually plucking is done based on recipes. Also there is no worse smell the gutting a duck. That is another HUGE advantage of breasting, and it takes about 1 minute per bird, if you want I can give you a great fast way to breast. Feel free to write if you need further assistance.

J Attwell    Posted 08-07-2007 at 16:00:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Please I would like to know how to breast a duck as we have been given a mallard duck shot on the 7th August which need cleaning and plucking. Have put it in the fridge in a plastic bag as have no idea how to attack it!
Thanks for any help you can give


tod kiel    Posted 10-07-2005 at 08:19:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i am eager to learn your technique for breasting. I am an avid neophyte on the pacific flyway, Washington. learned a lot last year, got a few duck too. thanks tk 425 418 0530

Hunter    Posted 11-05-2007 at 11:32:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I also would be interested in your method of breasting out a wild duck. I learned a new method to clean pheasant on Saturday and am looking for an equally appropriate method for ducks.


Stretch    Posted 10-02-2002 at 18:07:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Always dry-picked ducks. Scalded chickens. Don't know how the water will work with ducks. I know cold water sure runs off of 'em.

garrett    Posted 10-05-2004 at 22:09:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I read your forum and i am really interested in learning how to breast out a duck or waterfowl in general if you have a moment, i'd be enlightened.
Beleive it or not i've checked a number of other sites, and just cant get a clear explanation on how to do this. With the season around the corner i need to learn it quickly, i'd appreciate it.


Burrhead    Posted 10-02-2002 at 19:51:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
doggone it Stretch.

I jest knew you was gonna expound on the ducks so I could call ye a Duck Plukuh

Stretch    Posted 10-03-2002 at 04:29:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Been called worse. And often...

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