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Well, dang! ... send them over here. Brick Wall,)

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Sorry, but I've kinda grown attached to the little feathered fellows and they taste good too. Thumbs up Evil!

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Brick Wall,)

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SH- I wonder if the reason you dont care to eat them is because you never had them prepared correctly? Its a given that you're going to get a questionable duck now and then but by and large most of them are quiet tasty. I have people that will not touch venison ask me when I'm going to fix some more duck.They cant get enough. Rule of thumb- puddle is good, diver is bad.I usually refrain from shooting divers and shovlers.

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SNOWMANO813,

Your comment is well meaning - and it is in fact what I say, nearly exactly, regarding venison. I can eat well cared for venison every day (and often do).

But regarding duck - it is a matter of sheer quantity. I basically ate duck 3 meals a day in college. I had them prepared every way imaginable, and even some unimaginable. (I was a self-proclaimed self-sufficient college student - enough said.) It is kind of like when I was a child I overdosed on MMs. It took multiple decades before I could eat them again. I think the same will be with ducks. More time must elapse - and then ease back into them.

In the mean time - I am delighted to give people my ducks. But, for the most part, they get them just as they fell from the sky.

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Point taken. I could'nt handle that either.

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Here are the last two birds of the year (2006). The duck population was real low - but I did happen into some of these larger creatures. As a matter of practice I carry some BB no-tox in my left vest pocket, just in case. Spotted some geese. Quick changed out the duck loads for the BBs, and started my pursuit. The wonderful happened. Blessings come to those who prepare.

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I took a buddy duck hunting today. It was his first duck hunt of the season, though a seasoned duck hunter. As we checked out bend and bend, stretch after stretch, of my supposedly good jump shooting creek, we talked well of the Greenhead Mallard - what a fantastic bird - and how pretty they will be in the morning sun (if we see any).

Then we thought we spotted some. Looked to me like several greenheads on a certain stretch of the creek - my buddy saw them also - and agreed - maybe half dozen greenheads. We made our stalk. As we got closer and closer I could see in my mind's eye ahead of time a dozen or so mallards getting up - he would take some greens on the right, and me ones on the left. The sun was behind us, and reflecting on new snow - it would be beautiful indeed.

We got closer.

The cut banks allowed us to get close, really close.

I could see that he could see them first - and he moved downstream. But by his motions I knew I could still proceed straight.

Then they flushed ... but THEY weren't mallards, but Canada Geese. My first shot felled a goose. His first shot felled two. His second shot felled a third, and then he spied a mallard. He fired at it with his third shot and missed. Then the single mallard flew past me, and for a moment my attention clouded out the geese and focused on the mallard, like a bee in size compared to the geese getting up everywhere, and, strangely, I shot at it also, also missing. The reality of geese everywhere repossessed me and I felled a second with my third shot. Geese still pumping out from below the bank - I reloaded and missed a fourth shot at the final geese departing.

There must be something said about the majesty of a drake mallard that will draw fire even when embedded in a flock of twenty or more geese.

What a rush! I told my buddy that I could not guarantee I could repeat that scenario. Generally the geese post guards on top of the banks - but this time they didn't - to their peril.

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Sounds like fun!! Thumbs up We set up early this moring but the ducks didn't fly for some reason. I did have a flock of the BIG HONKERS fly over and I took a shot at them but they were too high I guess.

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Geese can look in range and still be quite far away. They are amazing.

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