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How long do you hang a pheasant for?

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Pheasant should be hung for two days to three weeks in cool temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Seven to ten days is a favorite length of time for many hunters and game cooks.

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Hanging pheasant and other feathered game is done to age the meat and prevent it from being too tough. It tenderizes the meat and gives it a preferred "gamey" flavor. Hanging the pheasant allows it to begin to decompose and causes a chemical reaction in the meat itself.

The temperature must be kept below 60 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the meat from growing bacteria in abundance.

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