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Quick Q?

Postby Tiburon5 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:20 pm

Do most people have a problem with Shovelers having Rice Brest? We started shooting one every once in a while down hear and it seems about 30% of them have it. Are we just unlucky? Is rice Brest safe to eat?

(To be fair we have a VERY small test sample, but if it is a problem we would rather go back to not shooting them)
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby randy marci » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:56 pm

i have shot 2 spoonies in 4 years here. not much help to you. but, i would not eat them as rice breast is a parasite. they say it is safe, i say no thanks.
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby ufducks7 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:02 pm

Ya just dont try if i was you, but no its not just you i've prolly come across 10-12 of em this year and about half had it :(
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby vlb » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:17 pm

Its been my luck that pintails or a cross with pintails have rice breast.I count them toward my limit, but I don't eat.
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby Tiburon5 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:58 pm

vlb wrote:Its been my luck that pintails or a cross with pintails have rice breast.I count them toward my limit, but I don't eat.


Is it a problem in general hear then? This is the first time we have ever even come across rice breast, and is it just a coincidence that it has been the Shovelers? could it be it is just where we are hunting the birds have it?

It has set off a red flag to get so many that have it so close together considering it is the first season we have seen it at all.
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby jayclarkie » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:35 pm

i got a mallard drake with rice breast earlier in the season. first time i've ever seen it, didn't know what the hell it was till this post came along...
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby bandgitter91 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:00 am

ive shot close to 20 or 30 this year with it and last year only 10, idk what the deal is and id wondeered if it was in other species apparently so. :huh:
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby jayclarkie » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:38 pm

here's a link to a good article about rice breast. i found the part about not leaving birds with this out in the field especially interesting....

http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/research/AAB/005-ricebreast.php
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby Tiburon5 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:41 pm

Thank you for the link.

For the record though, we have never left any type of bird in the field, ever. and if you where to throw infected birds in the trash in ut every seagull in the state would get this rice breast. it is a lose lose for sure
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Re: Quick Q?

Postby jayclarkie » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:13 pm

lose lose for sure, and i never meant to imply anything of the sort. it'd be interesting to see some/any stats on the prevalence of this now vs 5/10/20 years ago.
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