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    popped into my head today so I thought i would ask.. Years ago I shot a shoveler down on the Kenai and when I got home and started to skin him out i found that the breast meat had dozens of what looked like rice(pretty much same size and shape and white) in the meat.. didnt appear to be moving and definetaly went deeper then the surface... I tried to turn it over to adfg but they did not want it so I of course dumped it.. thought I had some pics but cant find them.. anyone have a clue...
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    I've shot a few rice breast ducks before, usually got rid of the meat. It is a parasite that is not supposed to be harmful if you eat it, but thats up to you, don't look to appealing to me. It's real name is sarcocytosis (sp?), but mostly just called as you described, "ricebreast".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don_h View Post
    I've shot a few rice breast ducks before, usually got rid of the meat. It is a parasite that is not supposed to be harmful if you eat it, but thats up to you, don't look to appealing to me. It's real name is sarcocytosis (sp?), but mostly just called as you described, "ricebreast".
    thanks Don....yeah appealing was the last thing on my mind,,,lol asked quite a few about it back then and no one ever could tell me sure is nice to know..

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    I have got a pintail in kenai with is as well, but I shot a lot of birds a few years ago in AZ with it as well

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    Rice breast (or sarcocystis, as Don_h said) is a parasite that only negatively affects waterfowl, but it is spread by carnivores (mostly). I have shot a few Interior dabblers with it, but really it is not very common. It is fine to eat ducks with rice breast, as the parasite has no effect on humans. Here's some more info: http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publication...chapter_28.pdf

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    I once caught a silver infested exactly as you describe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    I once caught a silver infested exactly as you describe.
    OK Marcus here is the million dollar question.....Did you eat it..... Never heard it in fish before but then again till yesterday i didnt even know what it was..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post
    OK Marcus here is the million dollar question.....Did you eat it..... Never heard it in fish before but then again till yesterday i didnt even know what it was..
    No way . . it looked perfectly awful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    No way . . it looked perfectly awful!
    LOL.... I remember when I peeled that duck...I think the hair raised on my neck it as so nasty looking.. And I am not one easy to get that way....I have seen bears stomachs and all kinds of things but that just put me over the top....and the thought of eating it really never crossed my mind...

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    I've killed some mallards in Arkansas with these worms. I would not eat something like that.

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