Pluck Doves

Pluck Doves!

Next to woodcock, doves are the best eating gamebird.  When cleaning a dove, a lot of guys like to simply take the breast and Rip It Out, but personally, I think the best way to go is to pluck doves.

How And Why You Should Pluck Your Doves

I’m not a very good shot on doves and it’s rare that I shoot a limit,   but when I do shoot doves, I prefer to pluck them.   Plucking a dove seems so much more respectful to the bird and it’s real easy to do.  The end product is more appealing and a plucked dove cooks up nicely providing a nice presentation on the dinner plate.

pluck doves
Pluck doves. A dove in a shallow grave.

Aging Doves In The Refrigerator

When I get home from dove hunting I’m usually hot, sweaty, grimy, and thirsty.   The last thing I want to do when I get home is to clean doves.  The refrigerator is my one-stop-shop to solve these issues.  I simply place the doves on the bottom shelf of my beer fridge on a sheet of news paper and forget about them for a week- or two.  Doves and other gamebirds age nicely in a controlled environment.  I typically age my doves for 7-10 days before plucking them but they can stay in the fridge for up to 14 days with no ill effect.

A cold beer?  Don’t mind if I do!

Pluck Doves
Age in the refrigerator and pluck doves

After aging, doves are tender and flavorful.  I like to marinate doves in olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and salt & pepper before placing them on a hot grill.

Pluck doves marinate
Pluck doves marinate

Here are some doves roasting on the grill along with some of last year’s venison backstraps.  Doves, deer, and beer- what a combination!

Pluck doves, doves on the grill
Pluck doves, doves on the grill

Ace Frehley Origins Vol. 1 Review

“Rip It Out” does not appear on Ace Frehley Origins Vol. 1, but “Cold Gin“, “Parasite“, and “Rock And Roll Hell” are all KISS songs that Ace covers on his latest effort that is backed by a star studded cast of guitar slingers like Slash, Mike McCready, and John 5, among others.  “Cold Gin”, the official Yankee Hunter theme song, is the backbone of this album and Mike McCready on rhythm guitar along with Space Ace on extended guitar solos makes it even better than the original.  (Sorry, Paul.)  Origins Vol. 1 is stuck in my Tacoma’s CD player- and that’s a good thing.

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