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coot hunting

Postby kyduckhunter23 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:07 pm

what does everybody think about coot hunting is it fun or is it a waste of time?
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Willie » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:44 pm

Yes, it's huge fun and the best part is you can kill so many! :thumbsup:
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Re: coot hunting

Postby duaney2 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:33 pm

They're really hard to hit though :wink:
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Re: coot hunting

Postby WaterfowlWhisperer » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:07 am

It's something to do if there aren't any other ducks around. I'm not sure how they taste, I've never shot one or ate one.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:04 am

Well, Coots don't really fly much, so it's almost always jump shooting. That being said, if they swim up on my spread, I will always stand up and watch them run away...then shoot them.
Don't eat them. They taste HORRIBLE.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby mdrewhall » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:09 am

They don't taste horrible, they taste like any other duck if you marinate them. You don't have to pluck them. Lay them on their backs and stand on their wings as close as you can to their torsos. Then pull on the feet really hard and the breasts will pop out the back and you just cut them off.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby eagles2069 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:13 pm

Ilovesidebysides wrote:Well, Coots don't really fly much, so it's almost always jump shooting. That being said, if they swim up on my spread, I will always stand up and watch them run away...then shoot them.
Don't eat them. They taste HORRIBLE.


I don't want to sound like a jerk but why shoot them if your not going to eat them?
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Re: coot hunting

Postby chickwithagun » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:03 pm

It's fun to sneak up on them and jump shoot em.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:24 pm

No offense taken!
In my state, (MD), you are allowed to take 15 coots a day. There are clearly plenty of them around, and where I hunt, I will see hundreds. I shoot them for a couple of reasons.
1. There are plenty of them.
2. It's legal to shoot them.
3. My dog loves to eat them.
4. They help my compost pile.
5. I like to shoot birds.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Guzman » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:15 am

Ilovesidebysides wrote:No offense taken!
In my state, (MD), you are allowed to take 15 coots a day. There are clearly plenty of them around, and where I hunt, I will see hundreds. I shoot them for a couple of reasons.
1. There are plenty of them.
2. It's legal to shoot them.
3. My dog loves to eat them.
4. They help my compost pile.
5. I like to shoot birds.


Not sure if I agree with this.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Guzman » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:18 am

They actually don't taste bad. THe first time we shot them...got bored...we maned up and cleaned them all... I about threw up looking at the Gizzard monsters. Those things are flat ugly, but we ate them, and they were fine. If there was a way to get in a flyway and decoy them it would be a ton of fun, but jumping them in the boat is a little too easy... Like shooting a beer botttle on a post.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:56 pm

Not sure what you don't agree with.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Dano135 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:03 pm

Coots taste fine. Breast em out and take the legs too. Quick and easy to clean. A good marinade and you wont be able to tell the difference between them and the other ducks of similiar size.
Except teal, I find teal delicious just fried in a little bacon grease. :yes:

Coots don't get the respect they deserve.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby FowlOffspring » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:55 pm

Dano135 wrote:Coots don't get the respect they deserve.

You aren't kidding.We kill plenty of them and eat them because we think they are delicious.There is a lot of boat traffic where we hunt so they either fly by or come in to the decoys.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby ducks~n~bucks » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:19 am

Ilovesidebysides wrote:Not sure what you don't agree with.

The fact that you are going to shoot something just to kill it, then not honor it enough to eat it :mad: Not only is it a douche move, but it is ILLEGAL
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:21 am

Wow...online name calling huh?
There is a bounty on Nutria in MD. Should people eat those? They are oversized aquatic rats...
There is no limit to the number of crows I can legally kill during the season. Should I eat those? Crows kill and eat ducklings.
You don't even need a license in the majority of this state to hunt and kill woodchucks. Should I not hunt those? I'm certainly not going to eat them.
Should I not hunt foxes since I don't eat them?
Your reasoning is totally ridiculous, and the fact that you think it's illegal is even crazier.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby duck jerky » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:58 pm

Any one of you ever got a banded one?
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Re: Re: coot hunting

Postby whaknstak » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:06 pm

ducks~n~bucks wrote:
Ilovesidebysides wrote:Not sure what you don't agree with.

The fact that you are going to shoot something just to kill it, then not honor it enough to eat it :mad: Not only is it a douche move, but it is ILLEGAL


Wanton waste is illegal. Is it wasted if you feed it to your pup and use it to grow your garden? Up to interpretation, and even if it was illegal, it would be hard to prove. Shooting and leaving it where it falls is illegal.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby johnsonthehunter » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:31 pm

Just breast them out put the breasts in the freezer and make it in to pepperoni!
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Re: Re: coot hunting

Postby ducks~n~bucks » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:57 am

whaknstak wrote:
ducks~n~bucks wrote:
Ilovesidebysides wrote:Not sure what you don't agree with.

The fact that you are going to shoot something just to kill it, then not honor it enough to eat it :mad: Not only is it a douche move, but it is ILLEGAL


Wanton waste is illegal. Is it wasted if you feed it to your pup and use it to grow your garden? Up to interpretation, and even if it was illegal, it would be hard to prove. Shooting and leaving it where it falls is illegal.

I assumed feeding it to your dog or tossing it in th garden was wanton waste. If not my bad on the illegal part. I still stand on the fact that I think if someone is going to kill something they should eat it (except for pests that is)
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Postby DeadEye_Dan » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:45 am

why are "pests" any different??
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Re: coot hunting

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:26 am

You're reasoning is ridiculous, and calling names on internet forums is a joke...
No one eats foxes, or muskrats or many other fur bearers. Your entitled to your opinion, but not need to preach it to anyone else.

As far as a banded coot, unfortunately no I have not.
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Re: coot hunting

Postby seeduk » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:53 pm

not very good eating :tongue:
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Re: coot hunting

Postby DuckMauler » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:47 pm

One of my favorite birds to eat. People who don't like to eat coots generally don't like ducks either and generally just don't know how to cook. We didn't get many this year, but in a typical year we will fill the freezer full of them. Love eating coots! I don't know how many of you like chicken gizzards but for those of you that do, coot gizzards put chicken gizzards to shame. No joke!
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Re: coot hunting

Postby m.teeter » Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:16 pm

Ive killed my fair share of them. We actually set up between their roost and where they spend the day and pass shoot them. We have a guy that loves to eat them and will even clean them.
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