what to do with divers

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what to do with divers

Postby jehler » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:19 pm

waldo2382 wrote: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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Re: what to do with divers

Postby Sanch » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:03 pm

jehler wrote:Scoter are the tastiest bird I shoot on the great lakes. We take the breast and legs of most everything unless time is crunched


Do you take the feathers off first????


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Re: what to do with divers

Postby BigRiver » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:02 pm

Golden Eye/Cans/Ringers/Redhead/divers are all good. Stop practicing your shot or calling and put some kitchen time in. I barely season the divers I prepare. Sear the meat, eat it rare to Med rare. Wrap in bacon or flash fry in a pan with garlic and olive oil.
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:51 pm

Most divers, at least along the coast, have a very "fresh" smell to the meat. Puddlers seem to have that funky smell sort of like old gym socks. :lol3:
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby Sanch » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:58 am

BigRiver wrote:Golden Eye/Cans/Ringers/Redhead/divers are all good. Stop practicing your shot or calling and put some kitchen time in. I barely season the divers I prepare. Sear the meat, eat it rare to Med rare. Wrap in bacon or flash fry in a pan with garlic and olive oil.


If you can eat meat that rare more power to you.

I just got a system down on what I do with what birds and it works out good. I get full birds, Breasts, and proccessed meat (jerky and such).

And I dont shoot many of the ones I dont like to eat. If its slow ill wack some knowing they wont get wasted.
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby alanwebfoot » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:37 am

I would say most divers eat way less junk than a puddler ,all [except teal ] taste the same to me.
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby flight control » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:38 pm

Hi guys ,new to the site.All I can say about this is go down to your local sewage lagoon and count how many mergansers,scoters,goldeneyes and oldsquaw are in there slurping up the good stuff :thumbsup:
When I die I hope its in a duck blind, that, or shot in the back climbing out of a jealous mans bedroom window.

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what to do with divers

Postby jehler » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:54 pm

Nothing but mallards at our sewage ponds
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby pistolpete » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:36 pm

A friend of mine had a good recipe we used on a bunch of buffleheads we shot.....jalapeno poppers....marinade in teriyaki then we cut open a bunch of peppers, stuffed them with cream cheese, duck, wrapped them in bacon and sprinkled shredded cheddar cheese on top. Grilled them up and it was amazing.
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Re: what to do with divers

Postby flight control » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:41 am

jehler wrote:Nothing but mallards at our sewage ponds


my point exactly,I would rather eat the divers
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