I absolutely love duck hunting. Having ducks dump into a decoy spread out of a fog bank or snow squall can't be beat. Sneaking up on a bunch of mallards in a backwater pool of a creek can be as fun as sneaking up on a mule deer. BUT, I just can't bring myself to really like to eat the things. Most often they are eaten out of obligation - I killed it so I eat it. Usually alone cuz I can't talk the kids into eating them and the wife eats only enough to humor me. I've cooked them a dozen ways, had them cooked by pro's; they were alright but never really something I'd pick out of a wild game buffet line. Admit it, how many times has a buddy offered to give you some ducks & you scramble to come up with an excuse to refuse nicely.
That's until I made up a batch of jerky out of a bunch of mallards. Sliced 3/8 inch thick, marinated over night (I like a little bourbon in the marinade) then put on the dehydrator until dry but not brittle. Couldn't keep the kids out of the stuff - had to stash some where they couldn't find it just so I could have some to taste.
If you have a bunch of ducks in the freezer, give jerky a try & let me know what you think. And if you have a can't be beat recipe for duck, post it. I'm always on the look out for good recipes.