Batsto wrote:FFT...did you find that woodcock? I just did the same thing last week. I was lucky we found the darn bird wedged in between two tree limbs about 4 feet up. It took me and the dog about15 mins.
I've eaten buffles but don't much care for them. Before I go coastal, I have an acquaintance I fish with that eats them and, well just about anything (incl mergs), I check with him to make sure I can give my "undesireables" away, else I minimize the harvest to that which I can make use of the meat. Brant I found make decent jerky, some of the divers can get mixed sparingly in with heavily seasoned dishes and the family is none the wiser.
wingshot1 wrote:If you read the sea duck Regs they allow you to chase and shoot cripples under power.. Only makes sense to allow the same for divers.
The first ducks I ever shot were 6 buffies. I painstakingly plucked everyone by hand, marinated them in buttermilk over night, roasted them in the oven till golden brown. I remember taking a picture of them coming out of the oven they looked like James Beard had prepared them. I made some wild rice and had a orange glaze. I cut the first piece put it in my mouth. I still gag just thinking of the alarm that went off in my mouth that screamed abort abort! Not wanting the meat to go to waste I cut it up and put in in my faithful retriever's bowl as a reward for bringing all 6 of them back to hand. He nosed around in the bowl then looked up at me as to say no way man I'm not eating this shat. This from a dog who as a puppy swallowed stones.
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