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    Default hooded mergansers

    I havent seen any up by anchorage, didnt think they were up here at all. While working in kake today i saw a few swimming around. Has anyone else seen them around alaska. We shot them all the time in minnesota, but if i got one up here i might have to mount it.

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    I have seen them at tern lake, and some of the ponds along the arm.



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    They're all over the place.
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    It's very cool if the do the death dive straight into the ground and bury their pointy beak all the way to their eyeballs. Lol

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    Do the Mergansers taste decent up there? A buddy and I shot three Hooded Mergansers one morning. I sent two of them to the taxidermist and ate the third and I can honestly say that it was the worst duck that I have ever eaten. My family really likes duck, but I have been too scared to shoot another one after the first experience, as I don't know if they all taste that way or if the one we ate had just gotten into something that made it that way. They do make a cool mount though.

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    They're horrible to eat here... I do not shoot them. I did once on accident (misidentified the duck).
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    The ol Skunk headed lawn dart. Almost as bad as buffleheads, make for okay dog food.

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    Eaten one. NEVER again!

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    Thanks for confirming the suspicion guys. I was worried they all tasted that bad. We were very excited when we got the three that day, but I will never shoot another one. It is funny that when I look at the ones I got mounted, I don't think about the hunt that much and instead my mind immediately goes back to how bad it tasted. My wife swore up and down it had gone bad before we cooked it and said there was no way it could taste like that if it wasn't spoiled. Sorry for the short side track on of the thread.

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    I eat them, we throw them in stir fry, slice thinly and have sauce really makes them edible then! If I ever shoot a hooded merganser its getting stuffed.

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    I don't think there is any such thing as a good tasting merganser. The only way I've been able to eat them is to hide their flavor as much as possible. These days I don't even reach for my gun when they fly over.
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    I'm guessing that's why they're on the sea duck limit? Save a salmon... Shoot a merganser!!!

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    Quick and Easy Merganser

    1 Merganser, plucked or unplucked
    1 gallon, boiling hot water
    1 rock

    Directions: Boil rock and merganser together for four hours. Throw out the merganser and eat the rock.
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    I see them quite a bit on the Peninsula, ponds & lakes mainly, seen a small amount on the upper Kenai. Not a big fan of the taste but I'd eat em if I needed to.
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