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    Well the wind finally calmed down a little so I was able to get out today. Couldn't find anyone to go with me so I didn't bother leaving the launch until 9am. I don't like trying to set long lines out in the dark by myself!
    Had plenty of birds landing in the decoys before I could even get them set out. I would be towing a long line into place and ducks would be landing at the other end. Finally got set up at around 10:45. The shooting was pretty hot and heavy the whole time. Again I only shot at drakes and even being picky didn't prolong the hunt too much. I was done by 12:45.
    2 common scoters
    3 surf scoters
    3 harlequins
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    Part of my set up.

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    Looks like a great day!

    On a side note, how do you prepare sea ducks? The only time I ate harlequins and goldeneyes they were a bit fishy for my tastes.

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    Yep, they're a little fishy tasting. I usually use them in gumbo. That's one reason I was thankful for being stationed in Lousiana! Basically they'll work in any dish where you smother the natural flavor of the bird. You can soak them in ice water to get most of the blood out and then use milk or italian salad dressing to do your tenderizing/marinating. Once that's done you can start up the gumbo!

    I've eaten them smothered in gravy and they weren't bad.

    I think I'm gonna try making some pepperoni out of some of these. If it'll make the scoters taste good then it should work on the golden eye too!

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    Are all sea ducks fishy tasting? I mostly hunt puddle ducks but would like to go sea duckin at least once while I am here. But if their table fair is no good, I might just go out and try to get a drake harlequin to mount, and not shoot anything else.

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    Yep, they're all a little fishy tasting.

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    It really comes down to how you cook them - Sea ducks make very good jerky. Thats typically what I do with them, but I have also fried them and cannot notice the taste.

    I wouldnt say they are bad, but they cant beat a corn fed mallard..

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    Onelung how do you do your jerky?

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    Get a big zippered zip lock bag - Cut breats into 1"- 1/2" thick strips.

    Just go by feel and add:

    Soy Sauce
    Worschester Sauce
    Salt
    Pepper
    Olive Oil
    fresh crushed garlic

    And teryiaki (sp) sauce if you'd like.

    Then I cook it in my smoker until dry...

    Usually let it brine for 24hours.

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    Thanks Onelung that sounds good for anything

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    Yeah, it came out quite nice - Everyone couldnt even tell it was duck lol...

    Wasnt really chewy either which made it very nice to eat.

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    I can only imagine the consequences of wolfing down a pound of sea duck jerky.....

    I think I'd have to sleep on the couch!

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    lol....Ask Huna about my Sea Duck jerky....

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    +1 for jerky! Or salami, duck salami is awesome
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    5lbs of Duck Cut with 25lbs of Pork and make it into whatever you want...its bound to taste good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneLunG View Post
    Get a big zippered zip lock bag - Cut breats into 1"- 1/2" thick strips.

    Just go by feel and add:

    Soy Sauce
    Worschester Sauce
    Salt
    Pepper
    Olive Oil
    fresh crushed garlic

    And teryiaki (sp) sauce if you'd like.

    Then I cook it in my smoker until dry...

    Usually let it brine for 24hours.

    Duck Jerky?......Never thought of that or even considered it.
    I like eating jerky and I like eating duck, I'm going to have to give that a try.

    In fact I took a package of duck out of the freezer to try it.

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    Its well worth it - I also try to cut off as much fat and the likes as possible...

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    Default fishy tasting sea ducks?

    I am not sure where you guys are shooting your fishy sea ducks but here in Southeast Alaska none of the above mentioned birds eat fish. Harlequins, scoters and Golden Eye are all mussel eaters. Long-tailed ducks eat krill, which is a shrimp like critter, but they do not taste fishy either. I eat a lot of these birds and we love them. I make sure to soak them over night in heavily salted water to get the blood out. I soak them again in cold salt water after I strip them for about an hour, then another hour in whole milk. I cut the breasts into 3/4 inch strips, dip them in flour and fry them in Canola pretty hot and just long enough to be done and not over cooked. There is nothing fishy about these birds unless you are shooting merganzers and those are not considered sea ducks.

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    Default sea ducks?

    Rainbound ,if I read the regs right Mergansers are indeed considered sea ducks. That sounds like an exellent way to prep the ducks for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatwildgame View Post
    Rainbound ,if I read the regs right Mergansers are indeed considered sea ducks. That sounds like an exellent way to prep the ducks for sure!

    When I looked at the regs last I could have sworn they were under the General Duck Limit.

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    Default Merganzers

    I stand corrected, mergansers are indeed listed as sea ducks. Sorry, and thanks for the correction guys.

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