SE Opener

Erich_870

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How was everyone's season opener in SE Alaska?

We had good duck weather in Juneau and the teal were thick so I finished with 6 teal and a spoony. Missed a couple gimme shots on some mallards, but what can you do?

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Nice! Looks like you were down along the road by the radio station? We were on the middle island out in front of Era, the one that gets covered by large tides. Good shooting for us too. Little bit of everything, teal, mallards, pintail, wigeon.


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Yeah, I was down there. Glad you did well on the larger ducks. They were all out in the middle of the channel or up high by the time they made it down my way.

Were you hunting in layout blinds or just hunkering down?

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Just hunkering down in some grass. The birds could see us but were still coming in close enough for good shots. Early season dummies. Did you have other hunters move in on you? Thought it might get a little crowded down there as the tide came in.
 

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There were already other guys there and I got lucky that no one else showed up. Everyone was civil and no one caused problems for the others. It was really nice! LOL!

I had the game trooper stop by and didn't have any trouble with him either.

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Did you catch the Trooper's name? I was curious if they'd be in town with the moose opener. Always good to hear they are checking in, pretty rare for them to go down in the mud.
 

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No I didn't. I didn't recognize him. He had glasses and short red-ish hair.

Nice enough guy. Showed him my paper work, that my magazine only held 2 rounds and he was on his way to the next guy.
 

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I live in SE, but have never duck hunted. Would like to give it a shot sometime though (no pun intended!). How are these SE ducks for eating? My friends who duck hunt around here say they tend to be pretty fishy/gamey.
 

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Some are fishier then others. These aren't corn fed birds, but that can't really be helped.

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They are gamey but with some creativity tasty. Only times I've noticed fishy taste was with early season birds that were eating salmon eggs and sea ducks.

I find recipes including fruit (currant jelly reduction is my favorite) tend to taste pretty good. Proper care and eating them fresh goes a long way. Breast them out quickly, clean them thoroughly (get bloodshot out). And with all gamey meat; when in doubt marinade it out. I also do deer/duck/pork fat brauts that are great.
 

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Juneau ducks are great. I've been shooting and eating them for nearly 20 years and have never come across a bad one. My kids love them marinated in italian dressing and grilled, or wrapped in bacon then grilled. Google some recipes and you won't be dissappointed. Teal are my favorite, mallards, wigeon and pintail are all good too.
 
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