Cleaning Dove with BONUS Dove Recipe

Kim Bryant // September 21

Dove season signifies the beginning of wing shooting season. If you've taken out a few doves, here is the best way to clean them AND we've included a bonus dove recipe!

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What’s great about dove hunting? It’s just soooooo much fun! You gather around a field with friends, enjoying comradery, and you may even get to try out a brand new shotgun! Don’t forget plenty of shells and maybe even your bird dog.

Now, it’s time to clean all those birds which usually means DOVE POPPERS.

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Here are our tips for cleaning your dove:

Start with the bird lying wings down, breast up. A tailgate works great to start your cleaning process if you're in the field. You can use a table as well, preferably outside because all those feathers can get a little messy!

Taking both thumbs, gently rub the center of the dove's feathers apart until you see the red breast.

Next, gently peel the skin from the breast on both sides.

Take your finger and pull at the bottom of the breast.

Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the breast from one of the wings.

Repeat this on all the doves you have harvested. When you have all of your birds breasted out, rinse them to remove loose feathers.

Soak them in salt ice water in a bowl for a few hours. Rinse and either place in freezer bags for later or prepare them for dinner.

Bonus Dove Recipe:



Stuff the dove with cream cheese, and jalapeños and wrap in bacon. Grill or bake. And yum…

Now you know how to clean your dove and have a great dove recipe!

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About the Author

Kim Bryant

Kim is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a hunting, fishing, and traveling enthusiast. Kim has two teenage daughters who love to hunt, travel, and explore the outdoors as much as she does. Kim's dad taught her the love and respect for the great outdoors. She grew up hunting, fishing, camping, and just all around enjoying the outdoors. Her passion is traveling the world and sharing her experiences and what she's learned with others.