Which of these do you do with your ducks and geese?

Discussion in 'Cooking Forum' started by callinfowl, Jan 10, 2020.

Which of these do you do with your ducks and geese?

  1. Pluck.

  2. Skin.

  3. Breast.

  4. Toss in the trash

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  1. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    Depends on the bird in question, my mood and what's already on hand. Some big ducks, most teal and most specks without a lot of pin feathers are plucked. Others are breasted, but I always save unbroken legs from all. Blues/snows are always skinned, but some quartered bone-in for gumbo and others filleted for fajitas, poppers or grilling. Always save their legs, too. Everything's hearts and gizzards end up in some sort of pot.
     
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  2. MJ

    MJ Administrator Moderator

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    Everything except throw in the trash. Pluck, skin or breast. Depends on the species and/or the condition of the bird.
     
  3. FriedPotatoes

    FriedPotatoes Senior Refuge Member

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    I’m more of a breast person myself
     
  4. Ryno377

    Ryno377 New Member

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    Just depends for me. I used to just breast them out til this year. Divers get breasted without the skin and I've been doing puddlers by plucking the breast and then breasting them out. Geese I'll typically make into jerky. Really haven't got to do many of anything though. I think my group has killed maybe 12 ducks this year...
     
  5. JuvieCoot

    JuvieCoot Elite Refuge Member

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    Depends for me too.

    Sprig-pluck and quarter
    Mallard-white skin pluck and quarter if not breast, same for wigeon.
    Teal-pluck whole
    Speck-pluck hole or the sprig treatment if there’s beer to keep my attention

    everything else gets breasted and goes to the sausage pile
     
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  6. duck dawg

    duck dawg Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks, it sounds delicious. I picked a few whole ducks to smoke this year. Can't wait to give it a try.
     
  7. Brottboss

    Brottboss Elite Refuge Member

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    Pluck any "good" bird that's not shot up, breast the rest.
    Any/all legs get cooked separately in the cast iron.
    Age everything in the fridge for a week, makes a huge difference.
     
  8. bullpinnie

    bullpinnie Elite Refuge Member

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    I pretty much do whatever I have time for (excluding trash). I hunt with a few guys that don't like eating ducks, so if I take their birds, I typically breast them (20 or 30 at a time). I like to pluck breast, and then filet them out. They are great cooked on the grill or in skillet like that. I'll skin the legs out, and make gumbo, or something in the crock pot. Specks, I usually pluck. Snows I typically breast out using a bird hitch....althigu , I think snow goose legs are way underrated. I have a buddy that runs a picking shed on my route home from Arkansas. I bring I'm 3 possession limits on my way home, and pick them up on the way back to camp. In that case, I'll have a bunch of picked (ducks and geese).
     

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