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Discussion in 'Diver Hunters Forum' started by ShootinCoot, Dec 5, 2014.
No it's actually a drake lesser bluebill, just a weird head angle.
You know there is no such thing!
And you of all people know I'm not going to shoot a coot..especially when Cans are around, I believe you've seen me pass on those pesky mallard drakes to bust Cans!
Heck, you probably shot the bluebill....
These for shooting.
Can for eating even though I haven't shot a Can in several years .
Any diver that will come in.
I shoot quite a few 'eyes & ringers so when I get the rare can or redhead its a treat.
Still waiting on a surf scooter.... and a white phased Can. All of mine have been grey bodied.
As I mentioned, I prefer cans and redheads (for shooting and eating), but as far as eating, ringers are right up there.
I realize there are regional differences (in both the diet of the bird and the flavor of the bird on the table), but I have found that if ringers are picked out they taste great. Breasted out, they seem to turn into liver on the table though.
The birds we are killing here always have a nice layer of fat, and I believe that fat helps greatly to temper the flavor while cooking. Whole ringer cooked hot and fast, rare to medium-rare is delicious; breasted out birds seem to taste like liver.
Any over cooked duck takes on a liver flavor. I cut the meat off the breast leaving the skin on them and cook them with as high of heat as possible. Did I mention earlier in the thread that ringers are my favorite diver?
I agree, love it when the redheads pile in along with the blue bills. I enjoy cans but just don't see many of them. I like most divers except ring necks for eating, but I think that the rick necks not making good table fare had something to do with what they were feeding on where i killed them. All my ring necks have been killed inland and I've never killed any around the coast so that may have something to do with it. I've noticed most divers i kill inland smell bad and don't taste as good as divers killed off the coast.
Eyes for shooting and hunting, although they're the major diver I get and I'm chasing a can for a few years now. That wing whistling never gets old, especially when it stops b/c you know they're locked up and it's about time!
They aren't my favorite to eat, but I've eaten more of them and ringers than anything and don't mind. I've never eaten a can, so hard to speak much for all the other divers.