As you know by now, I’m a purist and like to use as many parts of the animal as I can, which meant a few of my fellow hunters were plucking feathers with me in order to use the whole bird. They looked at me in horror at first, but then they got into it. We even had a lesson on gutting and the yellow gland at the tail… oh it was a wild time let me tell ya. Stick with me and this is the fun you shall have. Then we started talking about hunting for morels in the mountains while we plucked, and by the time we were done at 8am we had worked up an appetite and high tailed it to the nearest (and only) breakfast place in town. The results of all of this plucking were worth it though, and so if you’re feeling detail oriented, I suggest you try that Putach recipe. Or even a dove stock, which freezes well.