We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know that, in Southern tradition, "birds" means Bob White quail. I am not talking about four-and-twenty blackbirds.
Even if you don't have any around, you can get semi-boned (Hey, Bird Dog -have you ever boned a quail?) quail through D'Artagnan. Semi-boned means they leave the bones in the legs and thighs. Great first course.
One of the best first course recipes in the world: Boned Quail Stuffed with Foie Gras. Instead of pate de foie gras, you can use seared chunks of foie gras.
You can do a similar recipe with pheasant, adding some bread crumbs, onion, and apple chunks to the stuffing along with the chunks of seared foie gras. A semi-boned pheasant is good, too.
Your dinner guests will return for dining like this, even if they don't like you.
My father & his best hunting buddies freeze almost all the birds they shoot (quail and dove) and then have a giant bird supper for friends & family in the Spring; sometimes augmented by a pit-cooked hog and sometimes IIRC a goat, too.
The smaller dove breasts get boned, wrapped around an olive, wrapped with bacon, marinated, and then grilled. They go fast!!
I guess because I grew up in the desert, I just can't do it. Gambel's quail were too darn cute. The sight of a family foraging under the thorny bushes, or their plaintive calls at sunset. It's part of the rare and subtle desert beauties that I dare not mar. I'll hunt other animals, but the quails I leave alone. Leave them for the snakes and hawks.