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what to do with divers

Postby marshinator 13yrs old » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:43 pm

i have always been a meet hunter for puddlers and i just got curious about what all you guys do with your ducks?!?
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Postby ajmorell » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:19 pm

marshinator 13yrs old wrote:i have always been a meet hunter for puddlers and i just got curious about what all you guys do with your ducks?!?

Eat them. Dunno why everyone has this misconception that divers taste like garbage. I did make some duck andoullie sausage this year and it was excellent

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Postby DeadEye_Dan » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:24 pm

Eat them.
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Postby marshinator 13yrs old » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:27 pm

ok does it matter what kind of diver or can you eat most any???? jerky??? :yes:
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Re: Re: what to do with divers

Postby ajmorell » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:31 pm

marshinator 13yrs old wrote:ok does it matter what kind of diver or can you eat most any???? jerky??? :yes:

They aren't all the same but I haven't had any that I couldn't eat. Cans are supposed to be the best eating but I've never had it. I don't label which kind of ducks are which in my freezer and I can rarely tell the difference between a goldeneye and a Gadwall or widgeon other than the color

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Re: what to do with divers

Postby goosehunter64 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:14 pm

Unless going for a mount..avoid mergansers...some can eat'em...I can't :no:
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby petrel » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:57 am

We do not shoot mergansers. Mallards, pintails, ringnecks, cans, bluebills, widgeon, buffleheads, gadwalls, redheads all get treated the same in our household (marinade them and grill them).
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Postby jehler » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:01 am

Divers are great eating. Most puddle duck hunters have the misconception that divers are fish eaters, aside from mergansers I would wager that most divers eat less fish than mallards
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby Shade » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:22 am

jehler wrote:Divers are great eating. Most puddle duck hunters have the misconception that divers are fish eaters, aside from mergansers I would wager that most divers eat less fish than mallards



Unless you count shellfish as "fish".
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby marshinator 13yrs old » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:40 am

Ok well I might have to try and eat a few if I get any... and shade I see that ur from mill creek is the like mill creek wa or somewhere else?
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby WI River Widow Maker » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:50 am

I hunt a lot of woodies early and then mallards the majority of the year. We get the occasional divers while mallard hunting but I'd say there is a good solid week or two when the divers are down and we concentrate on hunting them. If you eat as many woodies as I do, you will know how awesome they taste. It's a toss-up between them and teal as to which is better. Mallards tend to be a little darker and fattier but still good. I've found cans and redheads to be really good eating. When it come to goldeneye, bufflehead, and blue bill, they are very dark, very fatty, and have a very "liver-gamey taste." The more fat on the bird, the more gamey and the more seasoning you need to add IMO. Just gotta treat the meat right.

Teal/ Woodies - lightly seasoned and grilled. No better way. Treat it like a steak.
Mallards/Puddlers/Redheads/Cans - Smoked, grilled, marinaded, pan seared, tacos, stuffed. Earlier in the season the better before their boddy fat builds up.
Buffles/Scaup/Goldeneyes - Stew, chilli, stir-fry and asian recipies. Cut that gamey taste with seasoning.

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Re: what to do with divers

Postby Shade » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:42 pm

marshinator 13yrs old wrote:Ok well I might have to try and eat a few if I get any... and shade I see that ur from mill creek is the like mill creek wa or somewhere else?



Yep, WA. You close?
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby marshinator 13yrs old » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:59 pm

kinda im up by chehalis but i hound hunt a lot down there!!!
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby Shade » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:26 pm

marshinator 13yrs old wrote:kinda im up by chehalis but i hound hunt a lot down there!!!



Maybe a different mill creek and maybe wires are crossed, but the mill creek I live in is way north of chehalis, and is in the major metropolitan area of Seattle.
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby QH's Paw » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:01 am

Shade wrote:
marshinator 13yrs old wrote:kinda im up by chehalis but i hound hunt a lot down there!!!



Maybe a different mill creek and maybe wires are crossed, but the mill creek I live in is way north of chehalis, and is in the major metropolitan area of Seattle.

Shade, I'm guessing marshinator was thinking of the mill creek area in Vancouver area.
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Postby marshinator 13yrs old » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:44 am

yaa vacouver :sad:
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Postby jehler » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:18 pm

If you guys are getting livery taste try it more rare.
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Postby DeadEye_Dan » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:07 pm

Most guys that have an opinion that divers taste bad haven't eaten more than one.

That's like saying black midgets are your favorite without trying them all.
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby jehler » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:13 pm

DeadEye_Dan wrote:Most guys that have an opinion that divers taste bad haven't eaten more than one.

That's like saying black midgets are your favorite without trying them all.

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Postby DeadEye_Dan » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:16 pm

Just hoping to cut someone else's learning curve. No sense in being a knowledge hog.
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Postby jehler » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:19 pm

DeadEye_Dan wrote:Just hoping to cut someone else's learning curve. No sense in being a knowledge hog.

I'm happy with the Doritos gang thinking they taste like crap, just sometimes feel like defending myself
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Postby DeadEye_Dan » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:37 pm

They don't have enough sack to play where we do...I wouldn't worry to much.
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby Sanch » Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:57 pm

Goldys, Merks, Scoters, Squaws.......................................Rarely shoot at them. When I do I know a Falconer with Eagles, Owls, Hawks , falcons. They love those. :yes: , Bad

Bills, Buffs. Jerky and sausage. . OK

Ringers, Readheads, Breast meat. Good

Cans if not shot up. Wax whole bird. Same with blacks and woodys and teal.. Best. and of course this is IMHO..

And I should mention that on the great lakes the bills do not taste like they used to.... They are chock full of zebras now and the ratio is as high as 30 to 1 greaters to lessers and was the oppisite 20 years ago

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Postby jehler » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:45 am

Scoter are the tastiest bird I shoot on the great lakes. We take the breast and legs of most everything unless time is crunched
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby waldo2382 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:41 pm

Scoters and goldeneye are some of my favorites. When I lived in California, widgeon were pretty bad because they were eating pretty much straight grass. Up here in Alaska, the mallards are some of the worst. They're eating dead salmon, salmon fry and salmon eggs in a lot of the streams. I'll still shoot and eat just about any bird that flies. We have way more divers in these coastal regions after freeze up anyway and I'll be danged if I end my season after only 2 months of hunting.
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