Tips for Cleaning Ducks & Geese
Cleaning Ducks – Cleaning Geese – Wild Game Bird Cleaning
By Chris Hustad
This is one of my favorite ways to clean waterfowl, and I learned it around 15 years ago. It’s typically best for cleaning ducks, smaller Canada geese, snow geese and upland game birds. I do not recommend this method on big Canada geese, give it a try once and you’ll know what I mean. But for smaller birds, they can be cleaned in just a couple minutes.
This method is especially useful when you’re cleaning a large bag. I’m demonstrating this method using a snow goose. I can do a 20-bird limit in under an hour. The end result will be the full breast with both wings. If you want the feet you can simply clip them off with a game sheer.
We use this method to bring our ducks and geese across the Canadian border, and use a marker to write the date when the bird was harvested. We have found that wardens appreciate our attention to detail and the ease of tracking bird harvest.
A similar method would involve pulling the skin and feathers away from the breat, up around the neck and part of the way down the back. With the back of the bird facing up, you can use a sheers or a good knife and cut down each side of the backbone. Then you can simply rip the neck and all of the guts right out of the bird. The end result is the same thing, a full breast and 2 wings. This is a good method for those who don’t want to bend over.
I hope you enjoy this method, it has saved us endless hours over the years while cleaning our geese, ducks, pheasants, and grouse.