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#3486222 - 11/17/09 Ever try to eat a merganser?
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Nasty birds. I wouldn't feed one to a barn cat. I marinated one in a terriaki/garlic/beer mix and all I did was waste a beer.
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#3486225 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: eastplace]
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laugh Nope! Never did!
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#3486228 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: eastplace]
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Originally Posted By: eastplace
Nasty birds. I wouldn't feed one to a barn cat. I marinated one in a terriaki/garlic/beer mix and all I did was waste a beer.


Never had a merganser but I have tried to make fish eating ducks taste less like rotten seafood with little success. grin
Wood ducks are good.
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#3486255 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: eastplace]
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And you expected what, given their diet? LOL

Beautiful bird, though.

Common, Red-breasted, or Hooded?
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#3486261 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: eastplace]
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Shovelers ain't worth a damn either...
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#3486276 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: BrotherBart]
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Again, consider the diet of a NOSH. Been birding at a sewage pond? Smothered in them.

Mmmm.
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#3486278 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: HoundGirl]
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Common type.

My kids will eat anything too, but my daughter spit it out on the plate and said it tasted like hand sanitizer.
This from the girl who asked why god only put one liver in a pronghorn.
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#3486297 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: eastplace]
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I used to eat every bird I shot, out of principle. Hooded Mergansers weren't as bad as Red Breasted Mergansers. I had a hard time eating bluebills. It's a great incentive to learn your ducks and stop shooting them. We'd breast them, soak the meat in milk and flour and deep fry. That or the long soak in Texas Pete, flour and deep fry. I must provide a disclaimer to the previous, that I have used a merganser or bluebill as a strategic weapon more than once. A properly placed merganser in the vehicle of the class bully or in the windshield wash bucket at your friend's garage was funny. A bluefish in the toilet tank, bluegills in the hubcaps... yada yada.
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#3486323 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: rob p]
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If you haven't hidden a bluefish behind your buddies truck seat you really have missed something special. The light bulb just went on with what to do with the other mergansers.
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#3486331 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: rob p]
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Same as Oldsquaw - marinate yourself in beer for four hours, nail it to a cedar board, in the oven at 400 for 45 min., take it out, throw away the duck, and eat the board.

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#3486349 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: bender]
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My neighbor,rest his soul,use to love mergansers.He would nail them to the wall ,and let them hang there WHOLE for a few days in the sun,before cleaning them.True story.
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#3486359 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: fluffy]
eastplace Offline
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Maybe the rotting gets rid of the merganser taste. God knows a 6pack isn't doing it.
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#3486360 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: fluffy]
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Hell NO! I just finally figured out how to drink Pearl Beer.
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#3486405 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: Steelhead]
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PM your address I'll mail you one.
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#3486408 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: eastplace]
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Originally Posted By: eastplace
If you haven't hidden a bluefish behind your buddies truck seat you really have missed something special. The light bulb just went on with what to do with the other mergansers.



I have. And in his tool box. I got caught by his neighbor belly crawling across his lawn with one I planted under the seat. He was going to call the police until I slid the thing out of the bag and flashed an evil grin. He shook his head and went back in the house. Bluefish in the windshield wash bucket with the tail sticking out is funny too!
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#3486421 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: rob p]
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Originally Posted By: rob p
I had a hard time eating bluebills.


If they are the same Bluebills that we get down here then they must improve dramatically. I count it as a big plus when I can take home two BBs. Redheads are good too. Pintails are the best in my opinion.

"Old Smiley" flies late in the morning and high so he's not hard to leave alone. Never shot nor tried to eat a Merganser. Might use one to bait a coyote up to use as buzzard bait and eat the buzzard.

Alan
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#3486424 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: eastplace]
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Merganser??? isnt that whats called a "water turkey?"
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#3486436 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: Tom264]
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#3486445 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: Tom264]
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I haven't heard that one but I would eat the guts out of a turkey before I would eat another ganzer.
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#3486446 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: Steelhead]
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The black ones??? yuck! we avoid them like the plague...never ate one but I hear they are something to behold.
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#3486453 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: Tom264]
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Nother name I've heard was "snake birds"
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#3486456 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: Steelhead]
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I just finally figured out how to drink Pearl Beer.


Next time figure out something easy, like getting limitless energy from fusion. laugh

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#3486458 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: mathman]
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#3486475 - 11/17/09 Re: Ever try to eat a merganser? [Re: eastplace]
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My son ground one up and made Hoodie jerky. He laughed so hard there were tears in his eyes when I took a bite. Basically smoked, fishy, blood - cool!

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