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Chuck H #213444 01/16/11 10:33 AM
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Frankly, this was the first bird I have ever plucked. I recall someone telling how to do it yrs ago. I don't know if I did it the best way.

I took the bird whole, as shot, boiled a large pot of water, dipped the bird whole in the water for a 5 count and proceded to pluck. Leg and neck feathers come out easy. Side breast and wing feathers are much tougher. You need to pluck while it's hot. When it cools, the skin pores tighten back up around the feathers. The tougher feathers will need you to dip again. On the wings, I was able to just dip them alone, working each side separately. It seemed like a lot of work, but I can see it getting easier and it was nice to have the skin. But these wild birds have so little fat that the skin doesn't self baste and get crisp like a store bought farm fowl. I think a rotiserie and a lot of basting with butter would result in some nice skin crispness. The skin is very thin and care needs to be taken when you pull the feathers or you'll tear the skin like I did on one side.

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Did you gut it first?

The boiling water is how I did chickens I was hoping there was a better way - my wife doesn't like it when I do that in the kitchen and I don't have a boiling water source elsewhere.

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Boiling water to pluck works good, also dipping the bird in hot parafine will remove the feathers. The feathers come off with the hardened parafine.
When I cook pheasants I use a trick I learned from Martha Stewart for turkeys. I wrap the bird in cheese cloth soaked in melted butter and bake the bird breast down, only turning it over at the very end to brown it. This gives you a much moister bird.
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Well done Chuck, and nice looking dog and area as well!

For my money, chukar are about the best eating upland bird out there.


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Hello Chuck,

Great post! Great photos!

And I think it is very pertinent we share recipes. We hunt to eat our prey don't we?

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Sorry I missed you, Chuck! Was in San Diego doing some family biz, but would rather have been in the Temblors: great post.

Give me a holler next time and I'll drop what I'm doing (especially if it's a visit to the dentist....). Best way to get me is my email g.armstrong@hvcc.edu or call. (I put my home # on a PM on this board).

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Hey Mike,

How are those Callipepla Californica coming along?

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Chuck H #213477 01/16/11 02:59 PM
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That's pretty funny about chukar hunting growing big legs & shrinking yer head!!!

Its likely quite true.

IMHO, no other game bird out there requires more effort to bag. I've been on several misadventures where even seeing one was a major accomplishment. The skeptics on those same hunts thot it was perhaps a type of daytime 'snipe hunt' involving torture. Hahaha

Great pics! Lemme know if you want a chukar recipe 'en papillote' w/Wenberg type sauce.

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Great pics Chuck,
never get enough of Chocolate Labs especially in the field.
Hope you saved a little of that bird for Jas,she did help find it.
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Chuck H #213481 01/16/11 03:09 PM
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Mike,
I'm feeling some need for vacation in the Temblors before the end of the month/season.

TW,
Let's here that recipe. I plan on going "mountain snipe" hunting again, soon.

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