BEST EATING DUCK?

Duck Hunting for puddlers like Mallards, Sprig (Pintails), Black ducks, Widgeons, Woodducks, Teal, and other ducks.

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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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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Indiancreekducks87 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:07 pm

Fatback wrote:" Gamey " = Flavour ...... :fingerhead: Thats the point! , all i picture when i hear that statement is some priss with scrunched up nose, and feminine type jeans.... About to follow up with the " Annnd it's greasy too"


Were's the eider button!


I picture the people who show up to my cookouts and bring there own meat for the grill because they don't trust me when I say it's just chicken.... Haha
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby lbhansford » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:34 am

Good recipe is soak in saltwater, overnight, hit it with a tendorizer, then dice into smaller pieces and make duck fajitas. I have passed them off as steak fajitas to so many people that say they would never try duck... same goes for canadian geese but smaller pieces and more pounding with the tenderixzer :thumbsup:
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby primoswench » Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:53 pm

woody's and blue wings are my favorite , but i had to go with blue wings, very small breast but very good !
im either duck huntin,gettin ready to,or eatin em
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby BoB_25 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:35 am

teal
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby The Duck Hammer » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:44 am

Teal is the best thing I have ate thus far
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby War Wagon » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:32 pm

The King of Ducks....canvasbacks, they were not on the list
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby jack lowe » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:48 pm

woodies all day
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Duck Collector » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:44 pm

Id say teal...but i dont think you can beat the golf course whistlers :yes:
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Glimmerjim » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:06 pm

How about scaup? Anyone have any experience? I shot a couple last weekend and don't know whether to try them or cook and feed to the dog. They were from freshwater in the No CA NVR area.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Duck Collector » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:20 am

Glimmerjim wrote:How about scaup? Anyone have any experience? I shot a couple last weekend and don't know whether to try them or cook and feed to the dog. They were from freshwater in the No CA NVR area.
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Divers generaly arnt very good to eat i think....i shoot a whole buch of em every year and we make duck jalapeno and cheese slim jims.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby lbhansford » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:59 am

Duk collector.... please share how you make those slim jims... sounds very tasty! i too bang out alot of divers usually.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Duck Collector » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:33 am

lbhansford wrote:Duk collector.... please share how you make those slim jims... sounds very tasty! i too bang out alot of divers usually.

We usually just pile em up and at the end of the season we shoot a hog and take it to a meat processor.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby merganser murderer » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:08 pm

grain fed birds by far
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Duck Collector » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:32 pm

merganser murderer wrote:grain fed birds by far

Just ate a bread fed park mallard...tasted pretty good
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby TooTall » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:12 pm

Canvasbacks bar none. There's a reason they sold for so much during the market days.


I love eating ducks and consider puddlers to be fine table fare followed by other divers and seaducks third (if prepared correctly), but none of them hold a candle to the Canvasback.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby BBK » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:22 pm

TooTall wrote:Canvasbacks bar none. There's a reason they sold for so much during the market days.




Yup, there is! They rafted close together and allowed for more birds per shot with the punt guns, thus more money per shot in return. Had nothing to do with the taste, but all about how easy they were to kill. It was nothing back in the day to get 100 birds per shot with cans. You ever see 100 mallards/teal/woodies/gadwall/widgeon/pintails grouped tightly together in the middle of a river? They couldnt target those with the punt guns, so they were rare to see in a market setting. Market birds were birds that could be shot in "bulk" and brought to market. The canvasback was the biggest bird that could be effectively shot with the punt guns, which is why they had the most market value and were targeted.

A ruddy duck brought more money than a canvasback back in the day. Figure that one out. :huh:
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby Glimmerjim » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:21 am

jack lowe wrote:woodies all day

Try lowering the Viagra dosage. :biggrin:
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby TooTall » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:36 pm

BBK wrote:
TooTall wrote:Canvasbacks bar none. There's a reason they sold for so much during the market days.




Yup, there is! They rafted close together and allowed for more birds per shot with the punt guns, thus more money per shot in return. Had nothing to do with the taste, but all about how easy they were to kill. It was nothing back in the day to get 100 birds per shot with cans. You ever see 100 mallards/teal/woodies/gadwall/widgeon/pintails grouped tightly together in the middle of a river? They couldnt target those with the punt guns, so they were rare to see in a market setting. Market birds were birds that could be shot in "bulk" and brought to market. The canvasback was the biggest bird that could be effectively shot with the punt guns, which is why they had the most market value and were targeted.

A ruddy duck brought more money than a canvasback back in the day. Figure that one out. :huh:


I'm sorry but you are wrong on a number of levels. I know it doesn't matter, but allow me to explain why...

Puddlers, especially teal, widgeon, and pintails, group up in tight rafts numbering in the thousands up in down the Eastern Seaboard on a regular basis.

Ruddy ducks sold for more because they were and are really good eating, the breast meat is too small for me. :yes:

So, please, explain to me how it is that Canvasbacks and Ruddy ducks sold for more (per bird) than any other duck during the market days all the while tasting worse than any of the other "puddle ducks" that sift through mud all day?

Have you ever studied a supply and demand curve?

As you said, supply was relatively high for canvasbacks; they are dumb and raft up in large, tight flocks and were easy to kill en masse.
Demand was crazy high (even higher than the supply). Despite their ease of harvest, market hunters still couldn't kill enough to fill the demand for canvasbacks. Thus you get the ridiculously high prices.

By your statement, puddlers were harder to come by. I have a hard time agreeing with this. Several bushels of corn dumped in a marsh, or a rice field on a bright night could easily provide the same volume of dead birds as canvasback killing anywhere. But, let's just say the supply was lower. As you implied, let's say puddlers were, in fact, in higher demand. Also not true, but whatever. According to our handy supply demand curve, puddlers should have brought much higher prices than canvasbacks. But they didn't bring as much money because they weren't nearly as in demand in the restaurants as were canvasbacks.

And as far as size goes, redheads and greater scaup are damn near if not as large as canvasbacks. Like you said, ruddies brought more money and they're tiny. So size has little to do with price.



So, yes, canvasbacks are, by popular opinion, the best eating wild duck in America.

But if you like something more, I won't argue with you that you are wrong.
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby jack lowe » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:43 pm

Glimmerjim wrote:
jack lowe wrote:woodies all day

Try lowering the Viagra dosage. :biggrin:

lol that was a good one il give you that much haha
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby rikasam2013 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:00 pm

I'm surprised this thread has slipped down the line. So many good recipes here. Where I hunt I get the opportunity for many different types of ducks. FRESH teal and hen hooded merganser would be my favorite flavored ducks, yep you read it right. Salt pepper and butter or bacon grease in a hot pan, seared medium. Otherwise my ducks are soaked in water in the fridge for 3 days to draw out the blood then frozen in a zip bag filled with water. I can kill mallards, wigeon, pintail, scaup, goldeneye, gadwall, teal, woodies, buffies, ruddies, shovelers all in the same year, treat them the same, eat them the same. yum
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby DuckMauler » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:27 am

Scoters and Ruddies weren't on the list either. Both are my most favorite eating birds!
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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby rikasam2013 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:32 pm

I cooked up a bunch of duck legs tonite. Put legs, wing sauce, bacon fat, and a1 in a plastic bag. Squeeze out all the air and put in a pan of water. Bring up the heat for a few minutes then leave on low for 3 hours. THE best!!!!
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BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby NuffDaddy » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:47 am

rikasam2013 wrote:I cooked up a bunch of duck legs tonite. Put legs, wing sauce, bacon fat, and a1 in a plastic bag. Squeeze out all the air and put in a pan of water. Bring up the heat for a few minutes then leave on low for 3 hours. THE best!!!!

Do you leave it at a boil?


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Re: BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby rikasam2013 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:25 am

I brought it to a boil for just a few minutes to get the baggie up to temp, then 3 hours on LOW.
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BEST EATING DUCK?

Postby NuffDaddy » Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:17 pm

rikasam2013 wrote:I brought it to a boil for just a few minutes to get the baggie up to temp, then 3 hours on LOW.

Cool, Thanks. I'll have to give it a try when I'm at camp and don't want a mess to deal with. Sounds pretty simple.


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