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A first at the pickers today - Getting Coots picked

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  1. CA Birdman

    CA Birdman Elite Refuge Member

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    Got a few specks this morning so we stopped by the pickers in Colusa to get them picked. Two fellas from San Francisco were in there and as the workers pulls the birds out there is 3 coots along with 3 or 4 bufflehead. The worker goes not sure they are legal, he said, the checker at Colusa said they were waterfowl. They wanted a rush pick as well.

    I had to bite my tongue to avoid any negative comments or a laugh.
     
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  2. laughing mallard

    laughing mallard Elite Refuge Member

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    Coots taste better than ducks...at least that’s what I have been told.
     
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  3. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    From my experience, that would only be true if you had COVID, and lost sense of taste and smell....
     
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  4. Winchester 1897

    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

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    Coots out of clean water are excellent. But I'd never pluck one.
     
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  5. mudhen

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    They eat tons of them in other parts of the county...poule d’eau...

    Funny how other people don’t do the exact same thing “we” do...

    But I guess it’s proper duck snobbery to look down on them!
     
  6. LimitsOnRuddys

    LimitsOnRuddys Senior Refuge Member

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    Honestly ive always been tempted to rack up a limit of coots and walk up to the check station with 25 hanging round my neck like im some sort of [email protected]$$ and see what kind of looks I get. Try out some southern recipe on them and see how they come out. After seeing the video of them destroying the Canvasback eggs I think all of us shooting a coot or three a year wouldnt be such a bad thing. Heck if they make a "coot only" season sometime before or after the season ill go out and limit up. No way my attention is getting pulled to those little guys while theres ducks and geese about tho.
     
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  7. Mudtoes

    Mudtoes Senior Refuge Member

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    Had an old guy tell me when I was a kid “Coots don’t migrate, you just add water to the ground and they pop up like mushrooms!”
     
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    Yeas ago when my sons were young it was real slow at the lodge.... So we had a coot shoot and breasted the coots. Along came the new years get to gather party so I smoked coot, duck and pheasants for hors d'oeuvres. Guess what was the first to go? Yep the coot was a big hit!
     
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    yellowlabhunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Drunks will eat anything.:eek:
     
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  10. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    My father and I were discussing this very topic this morning in the blind...

    I tried it in college, in a number of ways, and later in life tried it again, due to the adamant certainty of other members on these forums... I cannot make it taste not taste not awful to me.

    I do not know if it is a regional thing with the birds (which I doubt) or a cultural taste difference for different foods? I love duck, goose, swan, dove, snipe... Can even eat pigeon (wild or barn), but you can keep your coot. I don't care if they are living on a Rocky Mountain spring, being force fed corn, I doubt they would ever taste good to me, and at this point in life, I have tried them enough ways, that I no longer feel the curiosity to do so.:nutz

    I also think if it was as good as stated, that there would be a lot more killed at the refuges...
     
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