BEST EATING DUCK?

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best tasting duck

Wood ducks
75
41%
green wing Teal
40
22%
Blue wing Teal
13
7%
Mallard
27
15%
Black duck
7
4%
Gadwall
4
2%
Wigeon
6
3%
Pintail
2
1%
Coot ;)
9
5%
 
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BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby slingshot » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:17 pm

Im talking exclusively of wild ducks. Just looking for opinions. I myself am going to put in a vote for Woodies. :biggrin:
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Rick Hall » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:56 pm

I find the tree ducks are better than any of the above ducks.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby blackened89 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:16 pm

hooded mergansers and teal
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby airborneduckhunter » Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:31 pm

Rick, isn't a wood duck a tree duck?
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby NuffDaddy » Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:25 pm

Toss up between the wood duck and teal but I gotta vote for the woodies.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby BBK » Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:22 pm

Teal
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby tilley » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:25 pm

Best of all is not even on the list...Canvasback!
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Rick Hall » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:25 pm

airborneduckhunter wrote:Rick, isn't a wood duck a tree duck?


I was referencing the fulvous and black-bellied whistling ducks commonly referred to as tree ducks.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby puddle-hunter1234 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:09 pm

spoon bill, delicious.... :hammer:
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby dwshunt » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:00 pm

Wood duck just because it is bigger than a teal, otherwise it's a toss up.
Then the ducks drop off pretty steep after those two.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Blue Tick » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:24 pm

Teal is my favorite, but I like mallard as well.

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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Tipsntails7 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:28 pm

As stated above cans are the best, woodies would be the pick from this list.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Blackfoot Inc » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:13 pm

Cans, Woodies, teal, it's what's for lunch.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Glimmerjim » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:16 pm

Daisy Duck.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby dmadden7070 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:18 pm

Wood duck is always solid. Can't beat a big ole canadian goose, but it's not technically in this conversation. I genuinely enjoy the taste of a good spoonbill. If you soak it in buttermilk and fry it with bacon, cream cheese and jalapeños the "gaminess" is actually a little better. It's one of the few that holds any duck taste as opposed to just bacon. Also, I slow smoked a couple spoonies a few years back and they were incredible. Just like chicken.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:24 pm

dmadden7070 wrote:Wood duck is always solid. Can't beat a big ole canadian goose, but it's not technically in this conversation. I genuinely enjoy the taste of a good spoonbill. If you soak it in buttermilk and fry it with bacon, cream cheese and jalapeños the "gaminess" is actually a little better. It's one of the few that holds any duck taste as opposed to just bacon. Also, I slow smoked a couple spoonies a few years back and they were incredible. Just like chicken.

Goose has got to be the worst tasting waterfowl around here unless you smoke it. Makes the best jerky you could ever have.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby dmadden7070 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:40 pm

Snow goose is no good. Around here we call them sky carp. Canadian is considerably better.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:43 pm

Never had a snow goose. Don't get many here in MI. I was all ways told they were decent table fare though.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby BBK » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:46 pm

NuffDaddy wrote:
dmadden7070 wrote:Wood duck is always solid. Can't beat a big ole canadian goose, but it's not technically in this conversation. I genuinely enjoy the taste of a good spoonbill. If you soak it in buttermilk and fry it with bacon, cream cheese and jalapeños the "gaminess" is actually a little better. It's one of the few that holds any duck taste as opposed to just bacon. Also, I slow smoked a couple spoonies a few years back and they were incredible. Just like chicken.

Goose has got to be the worst tasting waterfowl around here unless you smoke it. Makes the best jerky you could ever have.


Agreed. I'm still looking for a way too cook it. I've tried them all and it always tastes like crap. The only way I can eat it is if I take all the game flavor out and make it into stew.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby dmadden7070 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:49 pm

We killed a couple Candians last year duck hunting and they turned out alright. Most people around here just throw snow goose away though. I've never even bothered hunting them.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby BBK » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:55 pm

dmadden7070 wrote:We killed a couple Candians last year duck hunting and they turned out alright. Most people around here just throw snow goose away though. I've never even bothered hunting them.


Ask them to drop them off at your house! Grind those suckers up 40/60 with pork and make sausage.. you wont even notice its in there... free meat.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:22 am

Crockpot your goose breast fillets and legs in apple cider over night, retain about a cup of the stock, dice the meat and return it to the crockpot, mix in some of your favorite bbq sauce and enough stock to keep it moist, continue slow cooking while you make a morning hunt, and you'll probably like the bbq sandwiches you come back to.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby airborneduckhunter » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:58 am

That's kinda what I figured you were talking about Rick. That little goose recipe sounds delicious too.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:46 am

Rick Hall wrote:Crockpot your goose breast fillets and legs in apple cider over night, retain about a cup of the stock, dice the meat and return it to the crockpot, mix in some of your favorite bbq sauce and enough stock to keep it moist, continue slow cooking while you make a morning hunt, and you'll probably like the bbq sandwiches you come back to.

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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby BenellisbeII » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:55 am

dmadden7070 wrote:We killed a couple Candians last year duck hunting and they turned out alright. Most people around here just throw snow goose away though. I've never even bothered hunting them.



I cant stand snow geese or canada geese any way I've tried cooking them, there always to gamey tasting. But they sure do make some great tasting jerky. My friends and family just inhale it once its made, I made 4lbs last week and it lasted all of 1.5 days. Snow geese makes the best jerky because the breast meat is not as tough as canada geese. Yearling early season canadas are pretty tender also.
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