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Article/ study; Aging Pheasant
Informative article/study on honest-food.net By; Hank Shaw - On Hanging Pheasants
•Keep your birds as cool and as separate as possible in the field. Use a game strap, not the game bag in your vest. Separate your birds in the truck or put them in a cooler — do not get them wet!
•Hanging your birds by the neck or feet does not matter, as several studies has shown.
•Hang the birds between 50 to 55°F for at least three days, up to a week with an old rooster. Old roosters will have horny beaks, blunt spurs and feet that look like they have been walked on for quite some time. They will also have a stiff, heavy keelbone. Hen pheasants only need 3 days.
•Do not hang any game birds that have been gut-shot or are generally torn up. Butcher these immediately and use them for a pot pie.
•Dry-pluck any bird that has hung for more than 3 days.
•Wash and dry your birds after you pluck and draw them. Only then should you freeze them.
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