Taste of coastal ducks vs inland ducks

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  1. quackattack89

    quackattack89 New Member

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    I have puddle ducks in my freezer from Arkansas and Western Washington. I've never hunted coastal ducks until last season. Did everyone else know there is a big taste difference? Or am I missing something?
     
  2. fishnfool

    fishnfool Elite Refuge Member

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    Haha.....if you live on the coast you do!

    It all depends on where they are feeding. I've shot mallards on freshwater that were clearly feeding in the salt, and vice versa. I just assume any black duck will taste like how low tide smells regardless of where I shoot them. I shoot a lot of teal early season in tidal marshes that taste amazing...clearly from where they summered vs. where they were migrating through.
     
  3. BigMike

    BigMike Elite Refuge Member

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    Ain't a whole lot of difference in taste between a mallard and a merganser when you are shooting "local" birds in tidal water.....
    Mallards like fish too...
     
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  4. blacktail

    blacktail Elite Refuge Member

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    Every duck I kill is in brackish saltwater.

    Wigeon are the only puddle ducks that go nasty for the most part.

    Mallards and sprig are good 8 out of 10 times.

    Is there a difference between North Dakota mallards and Coastal mallards. You bet.
    But, a coastal mallard is still better than an inland gadwall.
     
  5. JuvieCoot

    JuvieCoot Elite Refuge Member

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    Rice fed inland birds taste a lot different then the same species at the Salton Sea.
     
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  6. GUNNERX2

    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    Being inland, usually most puddlers are ok and most divers are not so ok. Exceptions are when mallards (and blacks) gobble up dead shad. I have had cans that had been on corn for a good while and they were "fine". I've yet to meet a woodie or teal that didn't hold true and all good.
     
  7. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    It depends on what the puddlers are into. A black duck that is eating snails can be bit much to take. Black ducks who've been eating corn are much much better.

    Best tasting duck I've ever had was a whole roasted canvasback.
     
  8. WidgeonmanGH

    WidgeonmanGH Elite Refuge Member

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    I kill and eat more Puget Sound wigeon than anything else. All are feeding in the salt on the shrimp and sea weed. I always hang them for a couple of days and then soak the breasts in salt water for at least 2-3 days before eating them. If you haven't done that before freezing then I suspect you could put them in salt water after. See if it makes a difference.

    I think the inland birds that follow the cows in the feedlots aught to taste dandy. lol
     
  9. creedsduckman

    creedsduckman Elite Refuge Member

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    Definitely depends on what they're eating. I've always been told a canvasback fat from eating grass (or corn I suppose) is the best eating waterfowl but I've yet to have the pleasure.
     
  10. TheDuckSlayer

    TheDuckSlayer Elite Refuge Member

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    surf scoter is my fav.. nom nom nom
     
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