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64 responses to “On Hanging Pheasants”

  1. Jeremy

    Would hanging help or hinder coots? I usually just skin and de-fat them when I get home from a hunt, but I’ve heard some hunters suggest breasting them out right away in the field. The sooner the better.

  2. Connie Cunningham

    I have a goose farm. A USDA plant does the butchering for me and I then receive them back frozen a week later. So, I havent been intimately involved with their slaughtering as a rule.

    Twice I have had to kill healthy geese (accidents happen) and decided to eat them after plucking. Both times they were too tough to eat. And last spring I had a friend cull an aggressive gander. He reported that he was too tough to eat too.

    So. Even though they are domestic and pastured and young (mine were under 6 months, but the bad gander was two years) do they still need hanging? The Two Fat Ladies had a Xmas special with goose and they had the farmer hang their domestic goose for a week prior to his plucking and then their roasting it.(I think it was a week)and with all innards and feathers intact.

    If I decide to cull any more young ganders, should I hang them and for how long? I hate wasting the meat again.

    Thanks for this article! I too got kind of “erpy” about the whole hanging idea as I looked into it further. Especially glad they dont smell as bad as Id feared they might.

  3. Betty

    Hi there & thank you for your articles! A friend of mine called me last night & said the hunters who lease her land gave her a goose yesterday. I’m assuming they shot it that day. She offered it to me & said it’s outside, frozen, but hasn’t been gutted or plucked (which is what lead me to your article to see if it would still be safe to clean & eat as I’ve only ever dealt with fresh chickens or grouse). I do not know yet if it was gut shot, but will find out when I pick it up this afternoon. But now my question is; it has been sitting in her garage since they gave it to her. It was never hung up. Would that affect the safety of the meat (as long as it wasn’t gut shot)? Thanks so much.

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  5. John Catlin

    I read several years ago about hanging birds, and it has always captivated my imagination. Or, should I say, I’ve always been curious about it.
    I hunted a couple days in S Dakota, and got 3 birds on the first day. I gutted them but otherwise left the feathers on and put the birds in paper bags in my hosts refrigerator.
    They sat in the back of the truck in the garage for a few days after my return home in Wisconsin, and I’d guess the temperature was a little cooler than 50, but not cold enough to freeze the birds.
    I believe the birds we ate did taste better. I love hunting pheasants, but I’ve never been overly excited about the taste. Now that I have more information, I’m keen to try again and see how it works out!
    Thank you for the information.

  6. Chuck

    Well in the heart of South Louisiana’s Cajun country there is actually a French word for the process of hanging game. In French a pheasant is a faisan. The word that I am referring to is faisander. It is often used to describe something that is rotting or getting a little “gamey” (maybe even an old tennis shoe) but traces back to the process of hanging game, namely pheasant. Not many pheasants in South Louisiana anymore, however the holdover word is still used to describe the aging of most any meat. The game, ducks or geese or whatever, is usually hung by the leg long enough for the bird to “drop”. That is, the weight of the bird pulling against the decomposed joint actually dislocates it and the bird hangs a little lower. Thats the barometer to let one know that it is ready for the pot.

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  8. Kathy walton

    Thank you for this article and the work you have done. I have Muscovy ducks taking over my place, some of them getting to be 4 yrs old and kind of big, no they ARE big. I have read that they can be a delicacy, so I must be doing something wrong. Can I be confident that hanging will help, at least with the older quite handsome drakes? I have only butchered 4 younger ducks, cooked one, it was a disappointment. I have 7 four months old at the moment, they need to be dealt with now. Do I also hang these for at least a day? Thank you

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  10. Melissa

    Hi. This was a fabulous post. Just a few questions. I live in Salt Lake City UT, and am raising two geese for meat. They will be ready around late July, which is the hottest time of year. I have a basement that stays relatively cool, would that be an acceptable place to hang them?

  11. Anya Hunt

    I always thought that plucking a cold bird is that much harder then a warm freshly killed one?? or is that a myth?? and wouldn’t resting/aging a bird in the fridge have a similar effect then hanging it?
    I had a goose about 1,5 years old dealt to on Friday, plugged it, gutted and stuck it in the fridge for almost 3 days. I was expecting a shoe sole but it turned out absolutely amazing!! so now I am unsure was it the 3 days or the low temp roasting?!

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