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LandDr

Mergansers...what do you do with them?

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walleyehunter80

you might not be able to tell between the spoony and greeny but I sure as he double hockeysicks can tell if its a COOT or MERG! I will bet duck boats

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badfisherman

Cook it up with your other ducks and give your merganser to the dogs as treats after the hunt. That's the same thing I do w woodcock

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TonkaBass

I just made wild rice hotdish with vension sausage, canvasback, and common merg. every bite of duck tasted exactly the same and had the same texture. I didnt marinate the duck either, just chunked it up. WalleyeHunter 80, I'll take your bet, when you wanna meet?

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LandDr
grin This is getting interesting!

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Tom7227

The first duck hunting trip I ever went on a friend shot a merganser. I had no clue what was going on or what was what. A couple weeks later my wife was going to cook some of the ducks up for dinner. Just as I walked in the back door she dropped the first one into the frying pan. The smell about made me toss. It was the merganser! She never would cook another duck and on top of it she tossed the frying pan in the trash cause it stunk so bad.

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skee0025

Just cause I wont eat em, doesnt mean something else wont. Consider it giving back to nature.

"Buzzards gotta eat same as the worms" - J. Wales

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magnum mike

I don't think so. We lose between 6-10 ducks each year to the eagles. They have been doing this for years. They perch in the trees directly behind my boat and are on the duck as soon as it hits the water. There is no fighting it and we don't even try anymore. Even they won't take the lawn darts!

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fishduck

I've shot lots over the years but never tried one. I leave them for the other animals and birds of prey. 9 times out of 10 they are gone the next day.I usually try to pass on spoonbills too but I've had some that tasted good. I think it depends on what they eat,gutting ducks right away helps on the flavor too I believe.Goldeneyes arent my favorite either.A taxidermist told me he was mounting a Hoodie and it had a 4 inch bass stuck in it's throat!

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JimBuck

I will usually make a stew with mergs thrown in with other more desirable ducks and can't tell the difference from bite to bite. I don't like shooting anything I don't plan on eating.

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mixxedbagg

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I've shot lots over the years but never tried one. I leave them for the other animals and birds of prey. 9 times out of 10 they are gone the next day.I usually try to pass on spoonbills too but I've had some that tasted good. I think it depends on what they eat,gutting ducks right away helps on the flavor too I believe.Goldeneyes arent my favorite either.A taxidermist told me he was mounting a Hoodie and it had a 4 inch bass stuck in it's throat!

You just kill them and leave them there? I'm pretty sure that's not legal and I wouldn't call it ethical either. I took one last week. I'm going to see how it turns out as jerky.

Also, what's wrong with goldeneyes? I've taken 3 of them this year and I don't think they're bad at all. Very tender meat.

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bobbymalone

yeh, not sure i would be posting about wanton waste on the internet.

and the username - "fishduck" - the irony is palpable.

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thedanimalkmk

I just started breasting them out and frying them up for the dogs. Funny thing though is my lab loves em but if I mix them in my vizsla's food he picks them out of his dog food piece by piece and puts them on the floor in front of his dish. He will not eat his dog food until they are all out of his bowl.

Dan

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