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what to do with mergansers

Postby thomashamm2 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:32 pm

Im well aware that mergansers taste like crap. If my hunting party sees them we dont shoot them because we would rather shoot a good eating duck. I know some people and see people online that shoot mergansers, redbreasted and hooded, and i was wondering what do they do with them? i mean why would u shoot a duck that u wouldnt eat? and for other ducks that dont taste good. What do people do with these ducks that arent good eating?
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby gogetthedogs » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:47 pm

Oh boy. I went through this on another forum years ago...
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby ducks~n~bucks » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:11 am

Soak them in Coca-Cola for 24-48 hours, season them (whatever seasonings you want, really) and then fry them.
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby Duck_Stank » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:37 am

I thought you weren't supposed to eat them due to high mercury content.

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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:44 am

Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby ducks~n~bucks » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:46 am

Duck_Stank wrote:I thought you weren't supposed to eat them due to high mercury content.

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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby wetgoldenretriever » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:10 am

Let it drift downstream


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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby KAhunter » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:23 am

Feed it to the dog. We dont shoot em though. Its funny cause some of the guys trying to get into hunting around here and who tend to not listen to good hunting advice, come to the bar sometimes bragging about there limit of ducks. They then shot me pictures of there 5 hooded mergs and a bufflehead or something.
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby bullfries » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:14 am

Coyote bait. Works for cats too.
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby T Man » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:16 am

I will shoot a hooded but only to mount it

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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby Botiz630 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:43 am

KAhunter wrote:Feed it to the dog. We dont shoot em though. Its funny cause some of the guys trying to get into hunting around here and who tend to not listen to good hunting advice, come to the bar sometimes bragging about there limit of ducks. They then shot me pictures of there 5 hooded mergs and a bufflehead or something.


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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby KAhunter » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:53 am

Botiz630 wrote:
KAhunter wrote:Feed it to the dog. We dont shoot em though. Its funny cause some of the guys trying to get into hunting around here and who tend to not listen to good hunting advice, come to the bar sometimes bragging about there limit of ducks. They then shot me pictures of there 5 hooded mergs and a bufflehead or something.


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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby OGblackcloud » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:58 am

Don't shoot them myself and have never wanted too.
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby ArkansasRobertson » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:49 am

Acts 10:13-15

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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby ArkansasRobertson » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:50 am

ducks~n~bucks wrote:Soak them in Coca-Cola for 24-48 hours, season them (whatever seasonings you want, really) and then fry them.


Do this! I do it with sprite but its the same concept
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby woodduck14 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:05 am

I usually shoot one or two each year on a slow day. I just mix it with the other duck and fry it.
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby WildernessWill » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:02 pm

I accidentally blasted one last week. I breasted him out and roasted him with the hearts and gizzards of the ducks. Leroy thought it was delicious. Image


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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby lbhansford » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:21 pm

WildernessWill wrote:I accidentally blasted one last week. I breasted him out and roasted him with the hearts and gizzards of the ducks. Leroy thought it was delicious. Image


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Awesome picture!

we shoot the first 6 that we have in the deeks for the season just for freezing and training the dog in the summer months.
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby MinnesotaDan » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:45 pm

WildernessWill wrote:I accidentally blasted one last week. I breasted him out and roasted him with the hearts and gizzards of the ducks. Leroy thought it was delicious. Image


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Leroy looks so unamused hahahaha
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby tmclaimerFL » Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:39 pm

I shoot them any chance I get and eat them. No different than a puddle duck if you know your way in the kitchen.


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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby Duck_Stank » Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:59 pm

I'm from Pennsylvania, so we're instructed not to eat them or any other diving duck. Assumed everywhere was like that but I was wrong!
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby TexasPuddleJumper » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:43 pm

Duck_Stank wrote:I'm from Pennsylvania, so we're instructed not to eat them or any other diving duck. Assumed everywhere was like that but I was wrong!

There in the east you may have issues with mercury. The handful of divers that are in the central flyway tend not to have that issue. I try not to shoot the mergs anyway, but when it happens we stick em along a fence with a snare for coyotes.
I'm not saying that it shouldn't be done, I'm just saying it is ill advised...
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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby Boatman » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:03 pm

WildernessWill wrote:I accidentally blasted one last week. I breasted him out and roasted him with the hearts and gizzards of the ducks. Leroy thought it was delicious. Image


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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby Fatback » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:31 pm

They make wicked jerky.... And your saving thousands of salmonoids by pulling that trigger!


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Re: what to do with mergansers

Postby tmclaimerFL » Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:06 pm

Fatback wrote:They make wicked jerky.... And your saving thousands of salmonoids by pulling that trigger!


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Make good poppers for me. I never thought about all the fish lives I save every year.


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