Different recipes call for different ways of preparing game birds. Preparing them whole also yields a little more meat. One of the techniques of hunting that has been lost among many new and not so new hunters is the use of wax to remove feathers. Although this is more useful for waterfowl, which have down feathers, it is also used for other game birds that do not have down. For your convenience, there are links to purchase a few items needed. I hope this helpful or useful.
Waxing Birds- Ducks, Geese, and other birds
My Uncle, who was raised during The Depression, did a lot of shooting to supplement homegrown stuff, and died a couple of years ago at 93, was a cunning coot who taught some young local lads how to think laterally: they just shot a mixed bag of wild ducks and water hens and were neck deep in feathers.
Said 93 year old had already finished and had his share gutted and cut up ready for cooking. They asked how the hell did he manage to get it done so quick - he simply skinned the birds!