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    Default Best eating duck

    I kinda good for teal and mallard.
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    I am not much of a duck hunter, but in my limited experience I enjoy pintail, widgeon, and mallard.

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    Corn fed mallard

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    Teal for me, follow closely by mallard... Does sandhill crane count??

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    I like Teal. They are my favorite. Mallard and pintail are also good.
    merganser is one that I won't eat. Just the smell of cleaning one turns me off so I haven't bothered to try eating them.
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    COLD DUCK "Champagne"

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    Peking, to go with the cold duck.

    Actually when i stir fry it it doesn't really matter which breed.

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    It all depends on diet. I have had fat mallards that have been eating corn and are one of the best things you ever tasted. I've also had some mallards that were eating salmon eggs that you couldn't eat and actually stunk up the house so bad that my girlfriend got angry. Same thing for certain normally fishy ducks....if they have been eating grain or some kind of duck weed they might be great. Late season and they are eating snails, fish or shellfish and you can't eat them.

    That said, my favorites are wood ducks, teal, widgeon, pintails, gadwall, mallards, and black ducks in that order. I've eaten others with mixed results. YMMV.

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    Specks and Canvasback. MMMMMMMMMMMMM Good

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    Barring mergansers . .


    . . for my palate it's any duck . . breast fillets sliced thin on the flat, rolled in flour, fried in lard, and served with fried okra.

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    A nice fat wheat fed duck of any background. These duck here in the north are terrible eating in comparison...though I did have some that weren't too bad early season.

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    Our Alaska ducks are really poor table fare compared to grainfield specs or big water, late canvasbacks.

    A book I have on early market gunners has the price list for various ducks on the market.....canvasbacks were way above anything else and then comes redheads....mallards are down the list a ways.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
    I like Teal. They are my favorite. Mallard and pintail are also good.
    merganser is one that I won't eat. Just the smell of cleaning one turns me off so I haven't bothered to try eating them.
    if you soak merganser's in salt water for three days, they are very tasty. I make italian cutlets out of them so tasty, that even picky three year old kid would eat em.

    teal is my favorite too.

    if anyone accidentally shot a merganser.....bring it to my house, I'll eat it.

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    I think the Wood Duck breast is like a mini fillet minion, breaded and quick fried in butter. Real good eating.

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    I'm partial to the "Rib-eye In the Sky" (i.e. sandhill crane); but, as for ducks, widgeon/gadwall/pintail rank as most tastey to me!
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    Teal for me. Pintails are pretty good too.



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    Woodies, hands down. After that, any puddler that spent most of it's time in the farm field of the Midwest.

    I don't care who you are and how you cook em, mergansers are just nasty. Claiming anything else should be against the law!

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    IMO....Of the ducks I've eaten teal have to be the best eating there is. But I've only killed one woodie and I had him mounted so didn't get to eat him.

    But what I really want to know is do most of you guys pluck or breast your ducks? I was brought up old school.....we plucked everything.
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    Depends on the bird. Some of the bigger and fatter ones I'll pluck; but, most I pluck the breast and leave the skin/fat on the breast meat and grill them skin side down.

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    Mergansers hands down! Best eating duck there is!

    In all honesty though, Sandhill cranes are my favorite waterfowl. I think as far as ducks go I would say Teal.
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