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I cleaned some'en: Ducks 2 ways (waning graphic)

edited 5:07AM in EggHead Forum
Let me start by saying I in NO WAY am trying to offend anyone with this post. Some of the pics of cute ducks being processed might upset some one so if you don't like it x out of this thread. This is me trying ot maybe help some one with a meal maybe.
OK with the disclaimer out of the way people who duck hunt a lot of times kill more than they want to eat and give some of them away at the ramp to hunters that might not have been as fortunate that day. Don't know how many times I have said something like that to friend or neighbor and the response was " Don't give them away I'll take them!!! :woohoo: " Ye till I show up with a half dozen bids with the feathers still on and THEN they don't want them. Maybe some of you have friends or family that hunts and would like more duck but they want bring you many shucked. Don't blame them as its work as we will see BUT now you can shuck and breast'em your self thanks to JL's duck shucking tuteral so lets shuck some ducks shall we! :woohoo: The raws:


A reather mixed bag along with the duck fetching device than in this kind of hunting is indespensable. In the bag are 4 assorted teal. To me the best eat'en duck there is and I'm shucking them SO the first thing to do is remove all the feathers front and back down to the tail and half way up neck as well as ALL the feathers one inch up the wing. These wing feathers are the hardest ones to get especially on the wing edge but no one likes spitting feathers at supper now do we?!!LOL We arn't real concerned about the down as we will take care of that soon enough.

Now we are going to fire up the fish cooker or any open flame and after removing the wings will hold the duck by the head and tail and sing off the down unlike in the pic where I was using one hand to take pic and seared threw the skin! :pinch:


Now we are going to cut the head off about an inch up the neck and cut the tail off behind the legs using shears. I didn't include pics for obvous reasons. Next we are just going to spatchcock the sucker. Cut along both sides of the back bone and discard. Now you can get to the innards a whole lot easer and wash and scrub him down removing all the guts including the lungs that tend to stick along the back bone cut.

Thats it for a shucked duck not for fellets. Take duck and turn breast up.

Using your fingers you can feel the edge of the breast bone. Place two fingers on each side of the bone and using it as an internal "knife" split the hide and start rolling it back using your fingers till it looks like this. Wood ducks that are cold will sometimes be hard to do like this but Mallards and Gadwalls just roll off.

Next take a sharp knife and cut straight down the breast bone on both sides.

Now just start working the meat off the bone a little at a time. Works off pretty easy.

And we end up with a fellet like I used in my gumbo.

Now there is no excuse if I chunk a mess of ducks in your lap to not smile, say thank you and get to work. No if/and/or buts!!! ;)


  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,248
    Nice looking process. Now why were you not my mystery elf? Here is a way I do domestic duck. Hard to hunt them here in florida.
  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Great to see how it's done.
    Thanks for the post
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    That is great!!
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  • Deane, just loved the post. Nice to be exposed to something new, especially 'duck shucking'. I've only plucked and dressed chickens (and have no desire to do so again).

    You always excell at showing the raws. :laugh:
  • eenie meenie wrote:
    You always excelled at showing the raws. :laugh:

    :lol: :silly: :lol: :silly: :whistle:

    He still does!!! :evil: :woohoo: :blush:

    (sorry, couldn't resist :pinch: )
  • :ohmy: One of these days I'm going to start proof reading Kari!

    Sorry for the past tense Deane. :unsure:
  • Thanks JL I saved both post

  • Good post...
    Really, I think that anybody that eats meat "should" realize where it comes from, so I strongly feel there is no need to apologize.
    Personally, I can butcher, cut and eat the same day, but I know some that can't. That's Okay, as long as you can get past that.
    Gotta' wonder how much a carrot screams when it's pulled from the ground with all those "hair roots"....I've got some hair roots myself.... :whistle:
    Really though, thanks for the post, as it will surely help some folk with the "how to" do the cutting.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,980
    ever get wood ducks, always looking for the yellow feathers, shame not to save the lemon ones for the flytyers :laugh:
  • JLOCKHART29JLOCKHART29 Posts: 5,897
    Thanks for the recipe Richard! I book marked it. ;)
  • JLOCKHART29JLOCKHART29 Posts: 5,897
    Well I just could see some one being ticked cause I was cutting up some cute duck. I guess being born in the Old South and raised in a rual type life style killing and eating just comes natural but I can see how some folk would get upset and that was never my intention. I Raise cattle and eat beef BUT I really have no desire to butcher my own beef.
  • JLOCKHART29JLOCKHART29 Posts: 5,897
    Yea I kill more Squellers than anything. Would't mind getting the ones you want and mailing them to you at the end of season if I know what you want.Would not be a problem at all. I use to save the soft feathers and made a big pillow of them I sleep on every night. Takes a gang O ducks to stuff a pillow!! :whistle:
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,980
    these are the ones i look for, the yellower the better but grey is fine too. dont want to see someone wasting prime feathers :laugh: i see those wooducks from time to time but dont hunt, wood ducks and blue herons sitting in a tree, strange seeing those in a tree
  • JLOCKHART29JLOCKHART29 Posts: 5,897
    Sure! No problem I'll save you those. If this season is like most by the end your grand kids will still be using the box to tye flies!!LOL
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