My first partridge of the year

Kevin Stenberg

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10 minutes ago I was reading CB site and it smashed into the window 5' from me. It scared the bejebers out of me!
It is now resting on my counter preparing to get dressed for supper.
 

S Mac

SW Mo
One way to save on lead. Don't guess I've ever seen a partridge, don't think they live around here.
 

KHornet

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In Pa when I lived there had one fly thru the neighbors garage into the window on the
back side. Broke a hole thru the window about 4" or so in dia, and was dead about
5 feet on the ground on the other side. Have no idea how fast a pat would have to
be going to do that, but it would be pretty fast.

Paul
 

KHornet

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I enjoyed hunting them when I lived in Pa. I lived about 200 yds off the Apalachian (sp)
trail. Could walk out the back door, and be in mountain grouse (pats) habitat in about
10 min. They are a great shooting bird.

Paul
 

Intheshop

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Think woods'y background when cooking.Where does the product come from?

Little butter,garlic,mushroom and a hint of onion.

If you really want a home run,do a mother sauce whilst lightly sauté ing the product in garlic infused olive oil.Spoon the sauce over some fried potatoes.And if you wanna cheat,encrusted almonds.

I'm not a wine drinker so a lite ale would be my choice.

An apple compote or variation would also go nicely,on the plate-up or as a dessert.

Quality wild game cooking can change how folks view hunting in general,just sayin.
 

Chris

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I shoot quite a few partridge. I've gone super simple on the cooking as I think I get more of the unique bird flavor.

I breast the birds in the woods and then bone out the breast filets either side of the bone. Pound the meat slightly flat to reduce the cross section, then salt, pepper, flour. Sautee at medium heat until cooked but still juicy. Of course it can be seasoned any way you like.

Best if served with wild mushrooms. Found a dandy bear's head today, just need a bird.
 

Kevin Stenberg

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Oscar Sorry but those birds are very thin skinned. Very hard to skin one and have a complete cape. If you don't mind small pieces then it is doable. The same as pheasants. Ducks they are very easy to skin.
 

oscarflytyer

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looking for feathers. pieces of capes are fine. I am lucky, I have a bunch of full pheasant capes. And pieces of cape/skin that have good undamaged feathers - always useful for fly tying. I use them for my fly tying, and also for Project Healing Waters - a program that helps disabled Vets through fly tying/fly fishing.