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Wanderer

2019 Duck Geese Goose Waterfowl Opener (2018 Too)

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MJ1657
7 minutes ago, leech~~ said:

 

I picked up one of these Jaccard meat tenderizers which works pretty darn good for these more questionable tougher pieces of meat.  I use it on a lot of things like thick pork chops or loins before marinating to help get it in the meat more. 🙂

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If you have to use that on the ducks or geese you cook you're doing something wrong. 

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leech~~
53 minutes ago, MJ1657 said:

If you have to use that on the ducks or geese you cook you're doing something wrong. 

 

Yeah it was just a suggestion for folks marinating and grilling Geese, not Ducks.  We cockered our geese most of the time.  😉

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BeagleLab
43 minutes ago, leech~~ said:

 

Yeah it was just a suggestion for folks marinating and grilling Geese, not Ducks.  We cockered our geese most of the time.  😉

Great idea. I have one of these but its white. I used it on the goose breasts but not enough apparently. It was easy to cut, just a little tougher than sirloin she commented. Next time I'll use it more!

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BeagleLab

I've never used it on duck breast. Just salt and peppered, wrapped in bacon and then into a pan with hot olive oil or on a grill. I like the pan and hot olive oil though. The bacon is more of an accompanying treat.

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Wanderer
3 hours ago, BeagleLab said:

I've never used it on duck breast. Just salt and peppered, wrapped in bacon and then into a pan with hot olive oil or on a grill. I like the pan and hot olive oil though. The bacon is more of an accompanying treat.

 

When I wrap duck breasts in bacon, I cook till the bacon is done.  Then the duck is just right.  R - MR depending on the heat.

 

Rare duck is like meat candy. 😋

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Wanderer

Here comes the “Second Opener”.

 

I’m planning on being in the Crow Wing/Cass County area for just the weekend.  Reports have been mixed, with great numbers one day; hardly a bird seen the next.  We’ll be looking to toss some muskie baits around too so if the birds aren’t thick, we won’t be bored! 

 

This fall seems to have come with serious intent.  Snow already falling in parts of the state and birds on the move.  BW Teal have reportedly left central and western MN.  Some GW Teal have shown up instead.  Big flocks of mallards were reported to have come through and now I’m hearing of divers (including a canvasback) and snow geese already making a presence.  Holy cow!  Is this season going to be short?!  How long till freeze up at this rate?  Better get out there while we can!

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Tom Sawyer
1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

Here comes the “Second Opener”.

 

I’m planning on being in the Crow Wing/Cass County area for just the weekend.  Reports have been mixed, with great numbers one day; hardly a bird seen the next.  We’ll be looking to toss some muskie baits 

Don't forget a few minnows and jigs 

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leech~~
4 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Here comes the “Second Opener”.

 

I’m planning on being in the Crow Wing/Cass County area for just the weekend.  Reports have been mixed, with great numbers one day; hardly a bird seen the next.  We’ll be looking to toss some muskie baits around too so if the birds aren’t thick, we won’t be bored! 

 

This fall seems to have come with serious intent.  Snow already falling in parts of the state and birds on the move.  BW Teal have reportedly left central and western MN.  Some GW Teal have shown up instead.  Big flocks of mallards were reported to have come through and now I’m hearing of divers (including a canvasback) and snow geese already making a presence.  Holy cow!  Is this season going to be short?!  How long till freeze up at this rate?  Better get out there while we can!

 

Good luck!  Just don't bring your Bow and stay away from my Deer stand! 😕   😆

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Wanderer
2 hours ago, leech~~ said:

 

Good luck!  Just don't bring your Bow and stay away from my Deer stand! 😕   😆

 

YOUR deerstand on County land??? 😉😀

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leech~~
35 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

 

YOUR deerstand on County land??? 😉😀

 

Well if you just want Wolves, go ahead and use it! 😛

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Mike89

nice batch of birds you all!!!!   👍

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MJ1657

Not a great shoot but it was neat getting a Pintail. We will try again tomorrow. 

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monstermoose78

I am in total shock no ducks around my dads pond. This the first time ever I have not killed a duck off my dads pond in 25 years. It’s crazy. What would cause this? The pond is full of freshwater shrimp. 

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Tom Sawyer

Early migration. Tons of birds took off with Wednesday's wind...

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Wanderer

We saw way more divers than usual for this time of year and fewer mallards. There were still woodies and I saw 2 BWT.

 

We got 5 birds today with about 10 shots fired.  Lots of high ones.  3 mallards, a ring neck and a red head filled our bird bag.

 

We fished maybe 4 hours this afternoon/evening and were able to raise 4 muskies total; one was a toad.  One hooked and landed.  41 inches.

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monstermoose78
1 hour ago, Tom Sawyer said:

Early migration. Tons of birds took off with Wednesday's wind...

No Tom opening weekend my dads pond is a gimme for a wood duck or two. Even youth day my nephew had one teal land in the pond zero wood ducks 

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MJ1657
1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

We saw way more divers than usual for this time of year and fewer mallards. There were still woodies and I saw 2 BWT.

 

We got 5 birds today with about 10 shots fired.  Lots of high ones.  3 mallards, a ring neck and a red head filled our bird bag.

 

We fished maybe 4 hours this afternoon/evening and were able to raise 4 muskies total; one was a toad.  One hooked and landed.  41 inches.

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Tailgate shots of ducks is way cooler then fish pictures. 

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Wanderer

Whatevs.... 😀😀

 

Of course you did have one of my bucket list birds - a pintail on your tailgate.  So you get a little more cred with that alone.

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gimruis

I had a productive day yesterday.  Shot 5 ducks in the morning and then caught 11 pike, 2 bass, and 2 muskies in the afternoon.  Duck hunting wasn't quite as good as it was on opener.  I just didn't see as many.  Fishing is still pretty good though, water temp was 54 degrees.

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MJ1657

Knocked down a couple this morning. 

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monstermoose78

Great job mj. I am stuck sitting board meeting in Minneapolis. Sad face

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Wanderer
8 hours ago, MJ1657 said:

Knocked down a couple this morning. 

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I just sampled some goose bacon today.  It was pretty darn good.  Calling it “bacon” seemed a little off but I don’t know how else you’d name it.

 

Basically ground goose, seasoned and pattied then smoked.  Sliced fairly thin after the smoking.  Similar to how I smoke my whole breasts except the grinding part.

 

Looks like you could have a couple extra to experiment with! 

 

We shot 10 ducks on Sunday.  Ringers are definitely in.  The muskies eluded is in the afternoon.  One 30 inch pike came to net.

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MJ1657

Slow morning. Probably see what the geese are doing tomorrow. 

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Mike89

better than nothing!!!!

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leech~~
2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Got a tailgait shot for ya from today.  

 

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Holy craap. You have one heck of a Duck blind out there! 😅

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gimruis

That's quite the mixed bag!

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monstermoose78

good luck everyone!! Finn and I are set up on pass shooting spots. I hope there are some birds around!! This wind should be carrying some new birds with it

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