Shot a Coot. First one.

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Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby hockymvp » Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:46 pm

I shot a Coot Tuesday. First time I have dropped a Duck that wasn't a Mallard!

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I know Coots are the shittiest of sh!t Ducks. I thought it was great getting a different type of Duck though. Their feet are crazy!
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby Cajun1085 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:49 pm

I love eating coots. I think they are very under rated!
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby Rick Hall » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:40 am

Cajun1085 wrote:...they are very under rated!

And that's an understatement. But they do look pretty funny and aren't very sporty shooting.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby btoups » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:16 am

Nothing wrong with a pouldeau(coot). Makes a good gumbo and lots of fun for the kids to shoot.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby ScaupHunter » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:23 am

A coot is a Rail, They are a different species from ducks.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby hockymvp » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:32 am

I appreciate the identification terms. No wonder I couldn't figure out which forum to put it in. Couldn't figure out if they were divers, or puddlers. The answer is neither!
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby BBK » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:54 pm

First time I have ever heard someone bragging about shooting a coot :lol3:

Sorry, but its true!

Every marsh/river here has rafts of thousands of them. They sit right next to eachother and won't fly away... even if you shoot at them.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby ohioboy » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:35 pm

Cajun1085 wrote:I love eating coots. I think they are very under rated!

you gotta cook one for me. :wink:

i will buy the beer.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby BBK » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:44 pm

ohioboy wrote:
Cajun1085 wrote:I love eating coots. I think they are very under rated!

you gotta cook one for me. :wink:

i will buy the beer.



I suggest you drink the beer before eating the coot, all of it.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby creole » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:23 am

Make a file gumbo with the breast and gizzards, u talk about right

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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby ohioboy » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:21 am

BBK wrote:
ohioboy wrote:
Cajun1085 wrote:I love eating coots. I think they are very under rated!

you gotta cook one for me. :wink:

i will buy the beer.



I suggest you drink the beer before eating the coot, all of it.

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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby KillerKowalski » Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:45 am

ScaupHunter wrote:A coot is a Rail, They are a different species from ducks.


I was looking for that correction. Come join us. We have thousands a day on the river.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby whtelk » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:25 pm

All ways exciting to get a different type in your spread. I got a mature Canvasback once and for me that is awesome! Looking to get my first Eurasian Teal.....Cook the coot and give it away....just like Mergansers.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby Rick Hall » Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:32 pm

Them what think coot's nasty probably can't cook a duck, either. Butterfly one's breast fillets, and saute them in butter with just a dash of seasoning and eat them while still pink in the middle, and they'll taste just like duck, or steak, done the same way.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby hockymvp » Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:55 pm

That's funny. I know nobody would brag about getting a Coot. It was just fun for me. The guys I was with kept telling me to leave them alone, and shoot the shovelers. The Coot came in first. I didn't care what it was. I just knew it wasn't a Mallard, and it had to come down! Some people love to eat them. Some people avoid them like the plague. I thought their feet were interesting more than anything!
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby thomashamm2 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:29 pm

sorry to break it to you but coots arent ducks...they are waterbirds and have their own daily bag limit. The season just happens to be the same as duck as with rail
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby hockymvp » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:42 pm

We discussed that above. I was typing fast.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby JFord56 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:58 pm

Had my son out a few yrs ago. A pile of coots can into the spread. It was late in the morning and kinda slow. He said can I shoot them? I said ya but, you are gonna clean all you kill. Fileted the breast - legs - thighs out if all. They made a pretty good gumbo over some rice.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby Nelliboy2 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:53 pm

I eat the piss out of coots! Have yet to let one out of the spread once I tried them!!! :yes:
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby badandy970 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:30 am

They are great eating and they have huge gizzards that taste great.
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby Echospartan » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:14 pm

My first "duck" was a coot. They don't taste too terrible but defintely below a mallard
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby Honk-n-quack » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:17 pm

Coot tastes good if you cook it right.we cooked one with apples and oranges sauce and it was great
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Re: Shot a Coot. First one.

Postby rikasam2013 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:33 am

I shoot them if the action is slow and can get them to fly. OR if a bunch gets their heads together, got 4 with one shot the other week. I just ground all my coots, goldeneyes, and older packages of duck up last night, duck salameroni in the making. Yummy! :yes:
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