I skinned out a dove skin this morning for fly tying. I was struck with a bunch of new knowledge. I did not know how easily dove feathers pulled off the skin, how thin the dove skin was and easy to tear, and how tenacious that transparent skin was in sticking to the flesh. Don't think I'll skin out too many more but the sooty grey flank feathers look very fishy. One word of caution: If you skin out the dove in your back yard plan on a way to pick up all the loose feathers. The little woman does not care for that kind of mess. It's 50/50 whether I sleep in the house tonight.