Upland Game Bird Meat

These articles, how to’s, and techniques will help you cook better with upland game meat. From butchering and brining, to aging meat and nutrition we have all the upland game bird meat knowledge you need. We cover grouse meat to pheasant meat. Quail meat to prairie chicken meat. All the native and non-native upland game birds of North America get an opportunity at better wild game meals.

A jar of homemade pheasant stock
How to Make Pheasant Stock and Broth

A complete guide to turning pheasant, grouse, chukar, quail, and other birds into cooking stock…

Upland bird 'kipper snacks' made from tenderloins rest on a table.
How to Cook Upland Bird Tenderloins

From flash searing to low-and-slow jerky, learn three easy and simple ways to cook those…

Two pheasants lie next to each other on a stone wall.
Serve Better Birds: A Field-to-Table Cooking Guide for Upland Bird Hunters

Project Upland wild game cooking contributor Jack Hennessy breaks down different steps of how to…

Pheasants hang in the field after being shot.
When to Field Dress Your Upland Birds

Learn when to field dress your upland birds, which methods to use and how to…

A plucked ruffed grouse with a freshly shot grouse in the background on autumn leaves
Ruffed Grouse Meat: Nutrition, Cooking Tips, and Handling

Ruffed grouse embody the flavor of fall in the Northwoods; learn cooking and handling tips…

A plate with wild game meat and a salt shaker to enhance flavor
Why Salt is Important for Cooking Game

Learn how salt should be used when cooking wild meat to enhance flavor and retain…

Plucked quail rests on a plate, ready to be cooked.
Understanding Quail Meat: Nutrition, Cooking Tips and Handling

Though small and a sometimes difficult quarry to bag, quail are delicious birds and can…

plucked upland bird legs rest on a table.
How to Remove Tendons from Upland Bird Legs

If bird meat isn’t prepared properly, tendons can become hard to navigate in a meal…

A partially plucked chukar partridge rests on a stack of bricks
Chukar Meat Guide: Nutrition, Cooking Tips, and Handling

Chukar meat makes fine table fare, especially when it is seasoned with hard work and…

Raw upland bird tenderloins on a plate
The Complete Guide to Upland Bird Tenderloins

Tips and tricks for processing and cooking the most tender cut of meat on any…

A partially plucked ring-necked pheasant
Working with Pheasant Meat: Nutrition, Cooking Tips, and Handling

A versatile meat, pheasant can be used in many different dishes The venerable ring-necked pheasant, the…

Prairie chicken breast meat tenderized by a meat tenderizer mallet
How to Tenderize Upland Game Birds

When, how, and why you might choose to tenderize the meat of your upland game…

Raw meat from a greater prairie chicken on a plate
Greater Prairie Chicken Meat: Nutrition, Cooking Tips, and Handling

Learn the basics of greater prairie chicken meat, the typical flavor profile, and techniques for…

Upland game meat and a knife ona cutting board to remove shot from meat
How to Avoid Serving Shot in Your Upland Bird Meals

Use these techniques when hunting, preparing, and cooking your upland game birds to avoid encountering…

Wild turkey meat in a bowl.
Wild Turkey Meat: Nutrition, Cooking, and Handling

Learn the basics of wild turkey meat, the typical flavor profile, and techniques for cooking…

A cell phone on a table setting with fruit
How to Take Better Food Photos with Just Your Phone

Capture your wild game dishes in a way that honors the hunt, the game, and…

Rooster pheasants aging in front of license plates in the background
How and Why You Should Age Your Upland Bird Meat

Aging upland birds tenderizes the meat and concentrates the flavor, taking your wild game cooking…

Game bird pieces on a cutting board ready for cooking
How to Butcher an Upland Game Bird

How, when, and why to break down upland game birds for cooking, along with instructions…

Canned quail stew in a bowl with a spoon
Preserved or Canned Quail

Preserve this year’s bird count by canning your quail to enjoy the rich flavors throughout…

Wild bird meat in a vacuum sealed bag
Removing Freezer Burn from Your Upland Birds

Tips for Saving Game Meat and Avoiding Waste in the Kitchen What is the best…

A plucked game bird on a plate ready for cooking
How to Pluck Game Birds, Technique, Time, and Merits

To pluck or not to pluck? Learn how to decide when a bird is worth…