Upland Game Birds and Waterfowl

The hunter should be close enough to make a clean kill before firing at game birds. The sooner the bird is retrieved and dressed, the better the meat will taste. If you pick up a bird that is still alive, kill it quickly.

Since field dressing speeds the cooling process, game birds should be cleaned as soon as possible. If some shot pellets rupture the intestines, released digestive juices will spoil the meat if the bird is not quickly gutted. If you field dress your birds, do it in an area where the remains will not litter the countryside and offend other people.

Waterfowl bird game - Wildlife indentification