Woo Hoo! The deed is done. The Narragansett lost. At Phelans suggestion we threw a sheet over him and wrapped him up like a burrito. It was a real easy kill with no struggling with him wrapped up.
Papa Bear had the water going to dip him in but I wanted to save some of the feathers before they got stinky wet. I started pulling out the tail feathers and they were coming out so easily that we decided not to scald the bird. The hardest feathers were the wings and Papa Bear pulled those out with pliers.
It was getting really warm outside so I brought him into the kitchen sink to get out the small feathers under the skin that were just beginning to form. Those scrape out pretty easy with a knife if you stretch the skin tight.
I am now going to put on a fresh t-shirt and go get the apple juice for my brine.
Tom dressed out at 22 pounds!