Video: This is ALMOST the Way to Field Dress a Grouse


You’ve probably heard the expression “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Well, in this video you’ll see one hunter try a new method of field dressing his ruffed grouse and ruin it. . . quickly.

It’s his first time ever trying this method, so we’ll give him a pass. That doesn’t mean we won’t laugh at him, though. The method he’s using is one that I’ve been taught, and I can say it works great. There’s a bit of a learning curve, however. First, let’s see how this hunter does on his first grouse, then we’ll see how it’s supposed to be done:

Oops! That’s not supposed to happen. The guy pulls the bird’s legs clean off and then instantly begins to chuckle.

You can hear the cameraman say, “they lied to us,” so this was probably their first attempt at this, and I’d be lying if I said I’ve never had that look of confusion while holding two grouse legs in my hands before.

Let’s see how this field dressing method is supposed to work:

That’s more like it. All you should be left with are the wings and the breast. It works better if you do this right after the bird has been shot, rather than waiting.

Now that grouse season has come to a close, you’ll have to wait to test this out next year. As for this hunter, he just needs to shoot more birds and get more experience with this method. Better luck next time!

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