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Postby Cootlover21 » Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:35 pm

Drake, marinated for 5 hours in Italian dressing, red wine, worsteshire sauce
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Postby MossyGO! » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:59 pm

best eating duck is a dead one!
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Postby rabarbou » Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:32 am

Best: Wigeon
a lot of ppl say they dont like coots but i cooked some for the first time the other night on the grill, wrapped in bacon and they were some kinda good.

Worst...never had a bad one
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Postby Ex-Cajun » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:52 am

Damn Rabarbou, I thought I was bad being from Louisiana and would eat ANYTHING. I tried eating a coot a few weeks ago, one bite and my nose and tastebuds wouldnt let me eat any more. I through it out before it did major damage to my delicate palate! LOL
I think the coot in your area feed on different things than in New Mexico, ours smell like sewer.
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Postby CHAMP7 » Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:02 am

Puddlers: Teal, Mallard, Woodies as the best and the Worst I would say are Hooded Merganzers or Bootlips.
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Postby drakehntr » Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:09 pm

I make all my divers in to Jerky after a good 12 hours in a brine.

Puddlers, I would say teal are the best, but all puddlers I marinate in BBQ sauce, put a slice on pepperjack cheese and a pepper on it then wrap in bacon. Flash grill it.....tasty. Or Fajitas is another way we like them.

Took many years of trial and error to find good ways to eat em.
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Postby SpinnerMan » Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:06 pm

I've only shot a few varieties consisting mostly mallards with a few blacks, woodies, and gadwalls. I've had mallards from very good to unedible, but most are good.

The worst duck I ever had was my only teal. I shot a blue winged hen. I jump shot it, but it couldn't really fly and was probably a cripple. My dog went out to get it and when she got just out of arms reach she threw the duck back over her shoulder and refused to go get it. I didn't have waders on and had to get my feet wet to get the duck :pissed: She had never done anything like this before. I cooked the duck and it was awful. I didn't notice anything when I cleaned it, but there was something wrong with this duck. I guess my dog was trying to tell me that I did not want to eat that duck :toofunny:
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Postby muddydog » Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:58 pm

Gadwalls, chicken fried ,salt and pepper! Get out of my way! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Postby cinnamonteal7 » Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:05 pm

best hand down is the teal im no big fan of ring bills or ruddys :spam:
miss him once shame on me, miss him twice on me agian, miss him three times damit! reload and watch where that SOB lands this isnt over.
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Postby hntreric » Wed Feb 21, 2007 3:52 pm

I know we are only allowed one a day, but sprig/ pintail are the best eating then gw teal, mallard :salude:
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Postby bayouboy » Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:42 pm

my favorite would be wood ducks

for those that don't like pooldoo (coot) we shoot a bunch once in a while and clean and fry their gizzards, they are big and good.
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Postby duck huntin mamou » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:55 pm

teal are great
where im from cans and redheads are nasty
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best -n- worst

Postby captainduckhead » Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:31 pm

Best tasing duck: woodies
worst: Saw Bills

Best Diver: hmmm probably Ruddies or BroadBills
Worst: No ducks at all.
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Postby Blocko » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:00 pm

Best : Woodie or Can :thumbsup:
worst : goldeneye :thumbsdown:
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Postby Hevi 20 gauge » Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:54 pm

Without question, the Black Duck. Roasts nice and moist and is delicious. Having said that, Cans and Readheads are not bad either. Enjoy.
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Postby du_uga11 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:48 am

CHAMP7 wrote:Puddlers: Teal, Mallard, Woodies as the best and the Worst I would say are Hooded Merganzers or Bootlips.

I agree...Merganzers taste like oily fish to me.
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Postby dudejcb » Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:57 am

Brother-In-Law Duck:
This recipe is also good for mother in laws, if they will be quiet long enough to eat it.


1 mud duck, partially cleaned. Preferably taken from a sewer lagoon.
(for you merganser killers out there, feel free to substitute.)

1-can beer

1-cup castor oil

2-cups Styrofoam packing material

1 small sagebrush bush, finely chopped

Broccoli – optional if George HW Bush is your brother in law

salt and pepper to taste

Throw the mud duck and entrails into a roaster that was last lick-cleaned by your dog. Mix all ingredients, except castor oil and beer. Stuff the duck with this mixture and give the duck a good dosing of the castor oil and then pour beer all over everything. (The beer is very important as brother-in-laws go into a frenzy whenever they smell it.)

Cook in oven over low heat for 1 hour. Garnish & serve piping hot.

If this does not stop your brother-in-law from coming to your house and drinking all a your beer, there is only one sure-fire ingredient that you can add next time. It is illegal and you may have to do some time for it, but it will work and will probably be worth it. Add arsenic, lots of arsenic!
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Postby dudejcb » Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:53 am

young ducks, shot by me, cleaned by someone else, and cooked rare.

If doing whole plucked ducks... bake at 500 degrees and vary the time by size: 25 mintues for mallards, twenty for pitails and woodies, 15 for teal. They should be well browned on the outside and blood rare on the inside. God they're good. ALSO: cok them on a rack and place rock salt under the rack about a 1/4 inch deep--this will keep the grease from smoking up the house.

Serve with garlic toast, lots of red wine (you can begin drinking as soon as you turn on the oven... even sooner if you like), and a side dish of wild rice mixed with with diced apple and pork sausage.

NOTE: Most women find this rare roasted duck--with blood leaking from pellet holes--gross, yucky and caveman like. As arule women simply cannot be trusted to appreciate wild game prepared in a time honored simple and primitive manner, so my advice is to not invite women to duck feeds...
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Postby Boom » Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:18 am

wood ducks and mallards are my favorite as far as a bad one never had one .
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Postby slimm21 » Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:33 am

any diver outside of Cans are nasty.

Its like eating dark fish with a meat texture.

My stomach is rolling just typing.

Puddle ducks (outside) of Shovelers are all pretty good. I like to fry them with onions, Bacon and Sausage to take out some of the gamey taste.
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Postby cajunsticker » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:59 pm

I don't know what ya'll are talking about saying coots are the "worst." When we shoot coots here, we pull the legs off and fry them like frog legs. They taste just like teal. No joke :thumbsup:
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Postby jeff_osu » Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:32 am

woodduckhunter wrote:I'll have to diagree with everyone. I think that a woodduck is the best eating because where I am, they feed on nothing but acorns.

Ditto, sooooo good. Greenwings are a close second.

Worst: I pass up on divers, but when I was 10 I shot a coot and my dad made me eat it. Absolutely terrible.
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Postby 8pointduck » Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:36 am

What is wrong with shovelers?
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Postby quacksandracks » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:36 am

Wood Duck, Teal, Mallard, the rest of the puddlers followed closely by any other duck. Most of the geese around here are residents and tend to be fatty and not too good (unless you marinate 'em)
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