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How to Remove Leg Tendons from Game Birds

Upland Birds

How to Remove Leg Tendons from Game Birds

The edibility of bird legs improves dramatically when you remove the tendons.  This makes the legs more tender and user-friendly leg. Below are a few photos showing the process on a mallard. On birds bigger than mallards, this becomes a two person job as the tendons are quite strong. Removing the...
How to Pluck Game Birds

Upland Birds

How to Pluck Game Birds

The poet and novelist Jim Harrison once said that skinning a bird is a sin against God and man. I agree. The skin holds flavor, provides fat, protects the meat from drying out during cooking, and provides a wonderful crisp when properly cooked. Retaining the skin of a bird requires you to pluck it...
MeatEater Season 7: Steve and Ronny Walk the West in Search for Sage Grouse

Grouse

MeatEater Season 7: Steve and Ronny Walk the West in Search for Sage Grouse

On this hunt, Steve meets up with his longtime friend and upland bird hunter extraordinaire, Ronny Boehme, to search for an icon of the American West, the sage grouse. But before they start hunting, they’ll discuss the conservation issues surrounding this embattled species with the governor of...
What You Need to Know About Wingshooting

Upland Birds

What You Need to Know About Wingshooting

Knocking a fast-flying bird out of the sky with a shotgun is one of the greatest challenges in hunting. Doing it once or twice a season is tough enough; doing it consistently from one year to the next, with a variety of species, can seem damn near impossible. In fact, achieving a base level of...
How to Hunt Mountain Quail

Quail

How to Hunt Mountain Quail

Mountain quail are found in the mountainous regions of the West Coast, from northern Baja to Washington and eastward into Idaho. They prefer thick, brushy mountainous areas ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 10,000 feet. Mountain quail are the largest quail species. Identifiable by two long...
How to Hunt Scaled Quail

Quail

How to Hunt Scaled Quail

Scaled Quail are found in the arid regions of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and central Mexico. Prefers open areas of dry grassland with mixed cactus and shrubbery. Pale gray overall, with a distinctive scaled pattern on the neck, chest and underside.  This species lacks a...
A Guide to Hunting Western Quail

Quail

A Guide to Hunting Western Quail

“Western” quail is an admittedly broad category, as it includes a total of five quail species that live west of the Mississippi, Gambel’s, valley, Mearns, scaled, and mountain. To the newcomer, distinguishing the various western quail species is made somewhat difficult by the confusion of common...
A Guide to Hunting Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Grouse

A Guide to Hunting Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed grouse are best known for their “leks,” or traditional breeding sites, whereas many 15 males will congregate on the wide open prairie to compete for female attention by strutting, cackling, and stomping their feet in a strangely synchronized dance. The spring breeding season isn’t the...
Ten Tips for Upland Birds

Upland Birds

Ten Tips for Upland Birds

Each species of upland game bird has it own peculiarities, and these peculiarities change according to each bird’s whereabouts. From a hunter’s perspective, a ruffed grouse in a farm-country thicket of New England has little in common with a ruffed grouse in the mixed spruce and aspen forest outside...
A Guide to Hunting Hungarian Partridge

Upland Birds

A Guide to Hunting Hungarian Partridge

The Hungarian partridge, or hun, is a non-native species imported to the U.S. and Canada primarily from Hungary and Czechoslovakia in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The birds are generally regarded as an incidental species occasionally taken by hunters chasing pheasants and sharptail grouse. The...