I started hunting ducks in San Pablo Bay marshes, and the only ones that seemed to taste any good were sprig and green wing teal. Any other duck needed to be gutted soon and brined to be edible. Shoot a nice fat mallard feel its craw and often it would be full of clams. I think mallards are about ego's due to them being banded more often than other ducks. I have shot a lot more spoonys than mallards and never have goten a banded one. I have gotten six banded mallards in my 26 years of huntings. I only no one guy who has shot a banded spoony. Mallards are way over rated.I would rate best eating as
1 sprig and green wings
3 wiggion if they are fat central valley
3.5 canvasback in the central valley
6 cinamin teal
these can be good sometime and other times taste terible.
7.5 spoony not bad early season north east zone, or sac valley early season. Dog food only late season.
8 all others are dog food.
9 merganzers. My dog said they are cat food!!
"If you call they will come" 2013-14 birds. days in field 26
50 grn wings 19 spoon 11 mal 6 rings 5 gad 3 wig 3 sprig
3 cin 4 cans 1 scaup 3 specks 1 Ross 1 snow