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Field Dressing of Small Game and Birds

Small Game

  1. Cut through the skin and pelvic bone at the anus. Cut up to the breastbone, working a finger under the blade to avoid cutting the stomach or intestines.
  2. Hold the animal with one hand. With the other, reach into the body cavity and pull loose the esophagus and windpipe, and work loose the internal organs. Pull free the lower intestine and anus in a downward motion.
  3. Wipe out the cavity, and allow the body to cool.

Field dressing samll game

Game Birds

  1. Pluck off the bird’s belly feathers.
  2. Make an incision below the breastbone.
  3. Insert two fingers into the body cavity and pull free the internal organs, stomach and intestine. Pull free the lower intestine and anus.
  4. Drain the cavity and store the body in a cool, ventilated place.

Field dressing game birds

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