At auction to the highest bidder, starting NOW:
All proceeds from the auction will go to Jennie's Christmas fund for the kids.
We will close the bidding at 5 p.m., Dec. 1, and announce the winner at the party (and, if he/she attends, award it on the spot instead of sending it up the Children's Hospital).
What you are bidding on is a kit that comes in a box and takes very little effort to assemble.
This is the Easy Pluck
, a very simple concept and common tool adapted to the hand drill out in your shop (yeah, yeah, why DIDN'T I think of THAT!)
Details, prices, contact information and operating/assembly instructions are available on a Web site at:
ADDED BONUS: And not for publication on Ifish or any other Web site, but rather exclusively for the winning bidder...I will personally find and print out a copy of the late Marlin Huff's secret recipe for roasted duck.
It was a favorite of the Oregon Duck Hunter's Association for many, many years and makes all ducks taste good-in-the-skin...
On to the particulars:
1. I have built one of these and personally tested it.
(In the interests of full disclosure, the test "duck" was actually a common merganser, the only duck available to me in the brief time I had ... ok, two or three weeks ... to put it together. I've not had the very best duck season so far. Goose has been ok, but the Sauvie Island crowd is getting all the ducks.)
2. As advertised, it goes together quickly. So quickly, in fact, it was tough to wait for the 24-hour drying period of the silicone adhesive so I could finish the assembly.
3. You will like this, even if (especially) you currently don't pluck your ducks.
The kit. You provide the barrels unless you want a completed device shipped to you at twice the price. Barrels are pretty cheap.
I used a skil saw to cut out the traced pattern on the barrel, then applied the silicone to the backing from the kit and clamped it on with vice grips.
The completed Easy Pluck. It was a snap, really.
Just a few notes:
a) Don't forget to wash out the barrels before you begin. Mine were an old cardboard barrel I've had for years and a purchased soy storage barrel that was easily hosed out after the cuts were made and prior to assembly.
b) If you use vice grips and haven't for a while, remember they can pinch fingers...An additional $3.79 was spent on iodine and Band-aids.
c) Doing this in a high wind may cause some of the down to blow out of the barrel (but not much). The completed device also stands tall enough to blow over (onto spouse's car...not good), so store it safely.
d) Be sure to use a drill (a corded one would work, but might limit the mobility) with a switch that keeps it running. Mine doesn't, so I have to wrap a bungie around it (might go to Home Depot and find a large clamp, too). The manufacturer says this is important because two hands are required to work the bird safely. About 1200-1500 rpms work best.
e) The bird has to be pretty dry, especially the bloody parts. That's not hard to do with a hair dryer (note to self: do not allow spouse to see this post).