Look, Coots are some of the best meat. There is however a trick to whole process. First, bring a one gallon freezer bag, because you need to breast them out as soon as you shoot them(coots bloat with toxins that make the meat rancid so breast them out right away)....that is the biggest mistake people make. They drag them home after a hunt and wait to breast them out,(wrong thing to do). So when you ask people that question, your going to get kneejerk reactions such as the one you got from this misinformed fellow. Don't believe me? At waterfowler .com they polled the writers and editors (all of whom are birdhunters just like us) and almost all ranked the coot at the top of thier favorite species of duck to eat. So buck up to the table and eat it up. I just love the fact that the limit of coot is 25 up here in Washington state.
It's hard to pull 1 inch through 6 inches of material while doing "the dance", and looking skyward.