After the Shot
Upland Game Birds and Waterfowl
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 immediately.
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
dressed. If you field dress your birds, do it in an area where the remains
will not litter the countryside and offend other people. Make sure you
know and follow the laws of your state or province.