Fast & Easy Pheasant Cleaning Tips

February 15, 2009 by  

By Gary Simonson

This is a pheasant cleaning tip for anyone out there looking to get the most out of the birds they harvest. Give it a try and post up the results in the recipe forum!

Completely skin the bird leaving on the head. Do not gut. Please note these photos were taken at home, if you need to leave a wing or a foot for evidence of sex do that here.






Hold the breast in your hand with the head away from you. With a game shears cut along one side of the spine all the way lengthwise out the tail.






Repeat the previous step, but this time on the opposite side of the spine.







Grab the neck and pull! Presto a fully gutted bird ready for a rinse and into the freezer.






PLEASE don’t breast pheasants and toss the legs and thighs….they aren’t geese! I split the bird and freeze the breasts for individual meals then I take all the thighs and legs and pressure cook for an hour. Let cool, pour onto a large brownie pan and sit down in front of the Outdoor Channel. Pick out all the bones, tendons etc. You will have a large amount of excellent dark meat for pheasant wild rice soup, stew or whatever. You can get many meals out of the portion some guys throw away.


4 Comments on "Fast & Easy Pheasant Cleaning Tips"

  1. mike winklbauer on Sat, 24th Oct 2009 10:34 pm 

    great way to do a bird. this was the first time I have done one for 20 years. Had my son out for his first pheasant hunt today and he got his first bird. was a great day alot of work without a dog but what the heck he had fun. thanks for the tip good luck hunting and be safe…

  2. Laura on Sun, 13th Dec 2009 6:45 am 

    Very helpful, thanks. The second bird worked perfectly!

  3. Pat Kogel on Mon, 22nd Nov 2010 4:17 pm 

    Can you thaw and refreeze pheasants??

  4. admin on Mon, 22nd Nov 2010 4:47 pm 

    I don’t see why not if it hasn’t been thawed and left out for a long period of time.

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