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Ill shoot them, and Ill eat them. Any suggestions on recipe? I killed some earlier- and they are in the freezer- Id like a recipe that hits the spot.
 

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I've heard tell they make wonderful crab bait.

My first duck hunting partner swore up and down that cooking the breasts on top of apple wood chips and then eating the wood chips was the best for cooking merg's. :yes:

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heres what you do
1 get a brown normal paper bag
2 put olive oil rosmary and sage in the bag
3 let that sit over nite
4 come morning put some bbq sauce in the bag(1/2 cup
5 then eat the bag and feed the merg breast to the dog
 

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I've had a few mergies and I've heard that if you let them marrinate in milk that they taste alot better but i've never tried it.

shot a merggie once and a couple eagles came down a grabed it before I got it. they flew up into the tree then took a couple bites then dropped it. they stopped taking my ducks after that :mrgreen:
 

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duckbum13 said:
heres what you do
1 get a brown normal paper bag
2 put olive oil rosmary and sage in the bag
3 let that sit over nite
4 come morning put some bbq sauce in the bag(1/2 cup
5 then eat the bag and feed the merg breast to the dog
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Take the breast fillets soak in soy and worchestshire overnight.Fllets need to be cubed or beated with cubeing hammer.After marinating spread a layer on cream cheese.Add a slice of onion and bellpepper.Roll them up and wrap withem bacon and grill until meat is browned at little.I can`t tell the difference in any species.Call me when ready.Good Luck. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Trois_beaux_canards said:
right on bandtaker, bacon makes everyting better!
Except your heart :mrgreen:

I've heard that they make excellent fish chowder. :smile:

Take the breasts soak them over night in salted water drain and rinse them then put them in a slow cooker with your veggies, and potatoes along with seasonings of choice and 1/2 pint of beer/ drink rest of beer ( I mean the whole case) then eat . you probably won't notice any bad taste and if you get sick you can blame it on the beer. :laughing: :laughing:
Naw this recipe realy is good. Try it.

Keep the sport alive, take a kid hunting / fishing.
 

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give em to your dogs, and ask them how they like it. :yes:
 

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marinate then overnight in milk, worcestershire and what ever seasoning you like, then cut into strips on a wooden butcher block, throw away the duck and eat the wood , taste about the same
 

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let the meat bleed out in a bowl of water in the fridge for a couple of days (changing the water daily) then rinse breast clean and pat dry.

once dry, rub thin layer of brown sugar on both sides of breast.

place meat in ziplock and pour 1/3 cup of water and 1/2 cup of bourbon, seal and refridgerate for (with a Merg. i say at least) 24 hours. :yes:

remove meat from ziplock, slice up some onions and jalap. peppers and put in skillet with a modest amount of vegetable oil. cook on medium heat until done and serve with rice or tortillas.

the bourbon should eliminate the horrible Merg/mud duck taste. if not feed to dog and mix a toddie to numb the dissapointment and hunger! :thumbsup:
 

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Mergansers are a tough one, tougher than coots.

You can go two ways:

Go WITH the fishiness and serve them with other seafood (chowder, stew etc)

OR

Soak them in buttermilk for a full 24 hours, then rinse off and marinate them AGAIN in something strong (soy, worchestershire, hot sauce, etc) They'll be fine them grilled.

I'd generally try to pass 'em up in the future. They are a LOT of work to make palatable. And the dude who mentioned that they're "dirty" is right. They tend to collect mercury like squirrels collect nuts... :spam:
 
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