Do you guys shoot Shovelers?

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Do you shoot shovelers?

Poll ended at Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:15 am

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Do you guys shoot Shovelers?

Postby gilmore1011 » Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:15 am

I was reading the harvest report from last year in my state and was suprised to see how many shovelers were taken. Do any of you guys shoot them? I mean on purpose. I have seen a lot earlier in Oklahoma but I never shot one. I wouldn't think they are very good to eat.
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Postby had » Sun Jan 30, 2005 3:35 am

here in az i shoot what i can get.
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Postby ks_waterfowler » Sun Jan 30, 2005 6:52 am

I'll shoot them. They all tast the same and drakes are really pretty.
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Postby quackkiller » Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:26 am

:withstupid: I'll shoot them. I think the drakes are pretty when in full plumage.
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Postby donell67 » Sun Jan 30, 2005 10:25 am

ill shoot them also. we get a few not many. yet to get a mature drake though.
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Postby goosehunter09 » Sun Jan 30, 2005 11:56 am

There are 100's where I live I can usually go and pass shoot em and get my limit in about 1/2 hour they are just as fun to shoot as any other duck
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Postby Greg Wile » Sun Jan 30, 2005 12:08 pm

Never seen one to shoot and I don't think we have them around here though I may be wrong. Would probably hunt them if they were here.

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Postby Ducksbeus » Sun Jan 30, 2005 12:28 pm

Only on accident :mrgreen:
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Postby travo » Sun Jan 30, 2005 6:08 pm

on opener last year, i was canoeing a friend of mine aroung the marsh, and saw one. i pretended to get all excited,cuz i was in the front of the canoe and going around some vegetation. i said" Mallard-shoot!shoot!" the canoe drifted forward and jim blows it away. oops-one against your limit,old chum. :laughing:
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Postby Blastaduck » Sun Jan 30, 2005 6:39 pm

The full plumage drakes are beautiful. They only taste bad if they are feeding on something bad just like any other duck. We don't see them that often, but if they come in, gonna try to kill them.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:40 pm

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Postby gilmore1011 » Sun Jan 30, 2005 10:11 pm

I'm with bgoldhunter. I shot one years ago and it tasted like crap. I never have shot one again. I'm not looking down at anyone that does so don't anyone get that idea. I was just suprised to see how many were harvested. Like bgoldhunter said it counts in my limit so I just don't.
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Postby stalns » Sun Jan 30, 2005 10:35 pm

I haven't been shooting them the past couple of years. I have no problem with anybody shooting them. I don't particularly enjoy eating them. They have a bad reputation as not being a premium bird out here in California. But they splash when they fall, just like the rest. I have had a lot of fun shooting them for years at my old club.
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Postby bluegill » Mon Jan 31, 2005 2:21 pm

I'll take whatever i can get when it comes to ducks. Spoonies taste fine if you cook them correctly. The drakes are very pretty when they are in plumage.
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Postby ol' yeller » Mon Jan 31, 2005 3:13 pm

Yes, we shoot spoonies when there are no mallards around which was pretty much the first 30 days of the season this year. I'd much rather shoot a limit of teal, but when those stupid spoonies come into the decoys like it's a runway it's hard to not kill them. Ugly ducks need killin' too.

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Postby dukhnter7 » Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:00 pm

As a rule in our group, it's usually the rookie that shoots. Everybody else will tell the rook that it's his turn, go ahead and take as many as you can out of this group! Call it rookie hazing!
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Postby bgoldhunter » Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:50 pm

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Postby Spoony » Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:21 pm

Hell yeah! I like limits, colors, and Holly wood mallards tastes like any other duck when they are turned into jerky, or duck snausage! :getdown:
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Postby Mike M. » Sat Jul 09, 2005 8:53 pm

I would, but we dont see them very often here in New England. I have seen a few but only in the springtime.
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Postby athomeruddy » Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:14 pm

they are a very pretty bird, and taste not too shabby in jerky, sausage, and even stew!

Looks like you guys will have to learn to shoot em if you want to get any birds this year, numbers are out and they are up a lot! :salude:
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Postby take em' 77 » Sun Jul 10, 2005 4:27 pm

walks like a duck, talks like a duck....so yea i shoot em' most of them that i have eaten have been fine but there have been a couple that i wasnt so wild about
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Postby cast-n-blast » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:39 am

If it flies, It dies! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Postby take em' 77 » Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:06 am

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Postby wa.duckhunter » Wed Jul 13, 2005 10:19 am

I've had some good shoots, shooting at shovelers. Mixed them in with the rest of the duck meat and have never noticed any difference. I guess like mentioned above it all depends on what they have been feeding on.
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Postby wiwoodie » Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:18 am

You Bet, People say they taste bad but I have to disagree :salude:
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