ruddy ducks and mergansers

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ruddy ducks and mergansers

Postby hoodedboy7 » Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:39 pm

Does any one ever shoot ruddy ducks or red breasted mergansers?
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:42 pm

unfortunately yes we shoot ruddies early in the year and we see red breasteds late in teh year no desire to shoot them though
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Postby chrispbrown27 » Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:56 am

I've read a lot of bad talking about ruddies lately, why is this? They aren't legal here and I've only seen one in the ten years I have duck hunted, but I wouldn't mind mounting one. Poor tasting meat? Or are they too small to jack with? Whats the deal?
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Postby ol' yeller » Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:39 am

A friend shot one last year after I asked him not to, so when we got together to grill some duck I made sure he got the ruddy duck breasts. One bite and he threw it in the trash. I've personally never eaten them, but he did tell me we must have gotten ahold of a "bad duck".

Not only are they small the one we shot last year was a pain to get the skin off.
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Fri Nov 18, 2005 5:39 pm

We process them so they taste fine but I'd rather fill my limit with better divers but will kill them when there aren't many otehr birds around
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Postby duckindude » Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:50 pm

ive shot too many lawn darts to count

cook em in a paper bag,
then give the breast to the dog and eat the bag is my suggestion :umm:
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Postby texan68 » Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:20 pm

ISHOOTDIVERS wrote:We process them so they taste fine but I'd rather fill my limit with better divers but will kill them when there aren't many otehr birds around


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Postby firebird » Sun Nov 20, 2005 6:02 pm

Chrisbrown, I've mounted several but the problem with them is they are only colored in the spring. Then they fade to brown which is boring in the trophy room. They do make a fun "diving" mount though. I hold them in regard right up there with coots and with the cost of steel shells, why bother?
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Postby scwaterfowler » Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:29 am

we killed five ruddy ducks the other day. i think they eat fine. just cut them up and fry them. they are fun to shoot.
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Postby elsnide » Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:19 pm

being a Kansas duck hunter I have only seen 1 rudy duck my entire life. I would love to get a shot at a rudy or two. I love getting a shot at any rare to Kansas Duck
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Postby waterfowler82 » Sat Dec 03, 2005 7:57 pm

I used to blast ruddys in CO and I think that they were fine. I've heard that they carried the nickname "butterballs" and, when you pluck one, you can see where they get the name. I thought that they tasted okay if you season them well and roast them. They are on the small side, but no different than a teal or a bufflehead.
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Postby yellodog1 » Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:15 am

If they dont sell decoys for them, there is probably a reason for it.
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Postby Gooseboy » Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:38 pm

They do sell decoys for them.
The group ended up with 420 birds.

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