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We had this intelligent discussion while sitting at deer camp over looking our pond with a couple hundred coots in it.

#1 how do you think they taste

#2 Since we've have never seen a coot fly more than 150yds max Do you think the migrate south by floating down the mississippi or do they hitch a ride somehow??

We also got to watch a Bald Eagle try to take a coot off the water. That was pretty neat he did not succeed though. Apparently bald eagles "flock shoot" like most hunters, because he didn't even try to go after the group, he singled one out and tryed to get it when it came up for air.

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they migrate at night and if you havent seen a coot fly from on lake to another its prolly becuase there feeding on something in the water I have seen coots fly from one end of the lake to the next.

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they taste just like any other duck.

Funny I feel the same way when people start bad mouthing spoonies! grin But coots, I have had them once and will never kill and eat another. sick Maybe it is in my head, but hey, to each his own!

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I make a point to shoot some each year to try different recipes on. I have yet to find on that I can handle more than a few bites though. I will continue my quest to find a good one though, and when I do, I will never go hungry again. smile

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The running joke with my hunting buddies is that the coots walk south! In reality Dan Z is correct. They migrate at night.

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I have read that they fly at night, and are one of the highest flying migrating birds. I have never shot one or ate one......

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Never shot or eaten one. Don't feel the need to shoot something I won't eat, and plus I don't get a thrill out of shooting them. I go duck hunting to get out, watch the dog work and watch birds work the decoys. I also don't jump shoot much for the same reason, just doesn't do it for me. I usually just let these mentally challenged birds swim around and add motion to my spread when it's calm. To each his own though.

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I have a lake that I hunt that every year there is a couple thousand of coots out on the lake and I always shoot a couple while they are there. I personally like the taste better than ducks. My uncle told me they only taste good up north where they eat the wild rice but down south farther they get a muddy taste to them. The only reason I don't shoot more of them is because there is no sport in it for me because you can get within ten feet of the darn things.

If you wonder how they taste shoot one and try it. It is mostly preference i think.

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thats awesome. never met anyone that has eaten one. I dont shoot them because I dont plan on eating them. almost caught one flying over the blind one day though.

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I can't imgaine them tasting too much different than say a blue bill since they both eat snails and such. But I don't think I really want to find out.

I shot a couple last year to use for training my pup but that's it.

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i was wanting to get a bunch of them but there already gone next year is right around the corner tho

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