Wednesday, December 05, 2012

A pheasant Plucker

My father does not like waste.  This manifests itself in many ways, but mostly anything that is edible gets eaten – despite the mould.   My first memory of pheasant was being  ushered out the door to the next door neighbours house to deal with the, now hung, pheasant. 
I recall sitting on their hall floor with Mrs neighbour at one end of the sheets of newspaper and me at the other.  There was a pause followed by an amazing flurry of feathers as we plucked the birds.  For those of you unfamiliar with this task plucking involves the rapid transfer of as many feathers from the bird onto oneself.     I will spare you those details of gutting but it isn’t that dissimilar and tends to make the feathers stick better.
Yesterday I was coming down the road on my motorcycle and a pheasant was killed on the other carriage way. I stopped, picked it up and flung it over the handlebars.  I was feeling rather pleased as it could join the other pheasant that was put to hang the day before.  I set off at 50mph in serious smug mode.
50mph is a pretty good speed to pluck a pheasant.  It wasn’t long before my visibility was seriously impaired due to the flurry of feathers rising in the air. I eventually stopped in a parking spot and transferred my feathery friend, with it’s slightly bare tum, to the top box.
I have no doubt that the ethics of road kill are a complex subject  but I certainly think it would be wrong to leave something that is edible to rot. 


Blogger Graham Budd said...

Nice one bones, I had pheasant for dinner last and Jill had partridge, the amount of people who turn their noses to the air when pheasant is on offer is staggering.
And there is nothing wrong with fresh roadkill.

8:52 AM  
Blogger John Witts said...

I may be mistaken, but am pretty sure that taking a road-killed pheasant is perfectly legal PROVIDED you weren't the driver of the vehicle that killed it.

Whether or not this applies to larger creatures, (eg deer), I am not so sure....

However, one would probably have other issues to consider in that event........


6:48 PM  
Anonymous m said...

Hi Bones
Sauteed tree rat and pheasant, I think I'm in love!

8:15 PM  
Blogger Jaqueline Biggs said...

Hi Bones,
You might enjoy folk singer Dan Maher's rendition of Chipmunk With a Death Wish ( Just scroll down the page to the video labeled as such and give it a listen. Enjoy!
Jaq and Les

12:56 AM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

Graham - how did you cook it? I think my favourite is in Cider...

John - It was not the legality but the morality I was wondering about. Many people turn their noses up at road kill for some reason.

Malcolm - you will like Jaqueline's suggesting then!

12:39 PM  
Blogger eeyore said...


Eating is essential. Road kill is economic efficiency. I don't think I would want to pick everything up and would leave the cold stuff to the magpies but as you saw the collision and knew the time of death of the bird you could even pack it and sell it with a use by date!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Graham Budd said...

Last one was roasted. Time before it went into a 3 day stew on the fire. Mmmm beautiful.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Tia said...

Better than badger anyway!

5:40 PM  

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