here on long island n.y. dec rec not to eat mergansers at all.they smell as bad as they look.
I have eaten a coot or two...andys Cajun fish fry works wonders....and have stuffed them with cream cheese, jalapeños, and wrapped with LOTS and I mean LOTS of bacon.....it's no woodie or mallard, but it's ok...aunt betty said:Horrible: Nobody eats coot but I heard it was good with green eggs and ham. :yes:
Glad to hear - my daughter and I got our first ruddys a couple weeks ago - cooked w/skin on to medium in butter. Yummy!BrentP said:Well, the ruddies tasted just fine in case anyone was wondering. Theres a lot of them out here and I never bothered with them, but if one lands in my deeks again, its a dead duck. I did philly duck sandwitches with them.
This, except would place Gadwall & Widgeon in tier 2 as the ones we have around here tend to have white fat.one8sevenn said:Tier 1- Canvasbacks
Tier 2- Redheads/Mallards/Green Wing Teal/Pintail
Tier 3- Ruddy ducks/Gadwall/Widgeon/Blue Wing Teal/Ringneck duck/Coots
Tier 4- Lesser Scaup/Bufflehead/Non Great Salt Lake Goldeneye/Cinnamon Teal/Northern Shoveler
Tier 5- Common Merganser
Tier 6- Great Salt Lake Goldeneye
Do you pluck the whole bird to smoke it?The Pas Swamp Donkey said:Lawn darts and scoters can be downright nasty. Best depends on feed. Canvasbacks in the wild rice are fine. Mallards in the barley for a few weeks are good, but I do like just about any bird as long as it has been brined and smoked.
Feeding wild game to your pets should probably be avoided as I’m pretty sure it’s illegal and waterfowl don’t require population control… Humans in general are doing a well enough job at that through habitat destruction.Best either wood ducks or Mallards! Worst are divers but we go out diver hunting and tend to give the meat to dogs they always love them and it helps with the population control. I'll have to try the marinade for few days trick and maybe wrap in bacon while cooking in bacon fat and lots of butter.. 🇳🇴 my heart is going to hate me