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    When dressing your birds especially smaller birds, what or how do you remove the lungs and other internal organs. Do you use a special knife or some other tool? Or do you just leave them in the chest cavity. Thanks in advance.
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    With pheasant, I cut out the spine, and when removing, everything except the lungs come out. I then run my finger under them, and they come out easily. Doves, though, I just take the breast. Unfortunately, I have not had occasion to hunt (or clean) other game birds, so I don't know how they compare to cleaning pheasant.

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    Yeah, pheasants are not a problem but quail are and they are just to tasty not to eat the whole bird. I used to just breast doves as well.
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    Have you tried cutting the spine out? I use shears on pheasant, but I don't know if they are small enough to spine (or spatchcock) a quail. Maybe I should make an effort to go quail hunting, so I can try it!

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    As mentioned before pheasants arent the issue more for smaller birds like quail and grouse.
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    Ellie - 5 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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    I use my index finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s.davis View Post
    I use my index finger.
    Yes that is my current tool as well......
    River - 2 yr old English Setter
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    Ellie - 5 yr old Yellow Lab
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miforester View Post
    When dressing your birds especially smaller birds, what or how do you remove the lungs and other internal organs. Do you use a special knife or some other tool? Or do you just leave them in the chest cavity. Thanks in advance.
    For quail, after skinning, I cut through the thin tissue along the top of each side of the breast (which opens the chest and abdominal cavity) and then hook my finger over the heart and and pull toward and through the rear. About everything comes out on first fingering; then pull hangers off the end. Final cleaning in the sink.
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    The cutting the spine out thing is what I do too. It actually works better for quail because the scissors cut through easier. And just like a pheasant everything comes out all at once. I've been motivated this year though, the quail that I have kept for myself I've been plucking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PheasantWhisperer View Post
    The cutting the spine out thing is what I do too. It actually works better for quail because the scissors cut through easier. And just like a pheasant everything comes out all at once. I've been motivated this year though, the quail that I have kept for myself I've been plucking.
    So are you still taking the spine out when you pluck the quail?
    River - 2 yr old English Setter
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    Bella - 4 yr old Brittany
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    Ellie - 5 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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