How to Breast a Duck in Under 90 Seconds

posted on February 27, 2012
dogs_ah2015_fs.jpg (2)

When Captain Bob Wetherald, owner of the Mid River Guide Service, invites me to go hunting, I drop everything. He's arguably the Potomac River's best seaduck and diver guide, and the spread of smoked duck breast and spirits he puts out for the post-hunt social hour are alone worth the trip.

So I was excited in January after Bob, two friends and I shot a mixed bag of sea ducks and divers that included two exceptionally fat greater scaup. I knew the feast was on.

I readied my video camera as Capt. Bob fired up his antique duck plucker, and I'm glad I did. Check out this skill with a knife. Bob has a bird fully breasted out skin-on in under 90 seconds:

Clearly the good captain has filleted his share of bluebills. He seasoned the breasts, tossed them in a Green Egg smoker and not long thereafter we were doing the next best thing to hunting ducks: eating ducks. We concluded our meals with a light brown beverage served on the rocks and some cigars I'd secretly bought at the mall while my wife was off looking at shoes.

If there's a more enjoyable way to spend a Saturday, I've yet to find it.


Model 1895 Guide Gun
Model 1895 Guide Gun

Ruger Reintroduces the Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun

Ruger has announced the reintroduction of the Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun. Formerly known as an “1895 GBL” (Guide Big Loop), this model is Ruger’s first reintroduction in the Guide Gun family of rifles and Ruger’s first introduction of an alloy steel Marlin rifle with a blued finish.

Henry Repeating Arms Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Limited Edition Rifles

Henry Repeating Arms has announced two limited-edition models celebrating the company's twenty-fifth anniversary. Available at dealers nationwide while supplies last, the rifles pay tribute to the beginnings of Henry Repeating Arms as a company and the origins of the lever action rifle's enduring legacy in America.

Tips for Hunting Pre-Rut Mule Deer

Just before the breeding season bucks make seemingly random decisions, forcing us to analyze their habitat’s food, water and cover and how each factor influences their behavior.

#SundayGunday: Winchester SX4 Left Hand Waterfowl Hunter

Get a closer look at the Winchester SX4 Left Hand Waterfowl Hunter, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

Recipe: Venison Top Sirloin and Chimichurri Sauce

A recent trip to Hawaii inspired contributor Brad Fenson to create a chimichurri sauce variation, where cilantro, cumin and lime juice produce a new twist on the traditional blend.

DIY Skull Cleaning on the Road

Awareness of chronic wasting disease has spread across the country and today includes regulations regarding the transport of ungulate skulls taken by traveling hunters. Follow these suggestions to clean your skulls while on the road to avoid running afoul of any game laws.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.