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#5545273 - 01/15/15 04:23 PM Anyone Eat Coots?
Lil Joe Offline
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Registered: 06/08/14
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Loc: Willis, Tx
I have never shot a coot because I figured they weren't good to eat. If you do, how do you cook them?

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#5545295 - 01/15/15 04:32 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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Fried or grilled. They ate as good as any other duck... which is not saying much.
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#5545302 - 01/15/15 04:35 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
Corn Offline
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Registered: 12/05/12
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Loc: Duck City, TX
My buddy has family back in Louisiana that shoots a bunch and makes a coot gumbo. I haven't tried it but he says it's not bad

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#5545321 - 01/15/15 04:47 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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Coots are good for gumbo and sausage.
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#5545330 - 01/15/15 04:50 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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Registered: 09/09/13
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On a slow day, or if I'm just feeling froggy I will go and jump coots. The damn things are in all of my hunting spots.

Here is the thing about coots: they spoil very fast, I mean SAME DAY fast. If you wait till the end of the day to clean them the smell may turn you off forever. A 6 hour old dead coot is like a duck that has been sitting in the pond dead for 6 days.

But, if you clean them as you go and get the breasts in the cooler they are just like most waterfowl. Also, there is surprisingly little breast meat on those suckers. I use them for taco meat.
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#5545339 - 01/15/15 04:51 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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Jerky
cut thin and oven on 1fitty for 6/7 hours
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#5545432 - 01/15/15 05:19 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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In my limited coot eating experience, the breast meat is not good (definitely tell it wasn't duck), but the legs are big and tasted pretty good.
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#5545579 - 01/15/15 06:30 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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i hear the gizzards are big and good for gumbo peep
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#5545609 - 01/15/15 06:45 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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Registered: 09/08/11
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Loc: Rosenberg
I've never been hungry enough to find out if they were good or not.

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#5545620 - 01/15/15 06:50 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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Less meat than a teal and they smell like guts
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#5545646 - 01/15/15 07:05 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Fried or grilled. They ate as good as any other duck... which is not saying much.


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#5546424 - 01/16/15 08:25 AM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: #Hayraker]
MAJKF Offline
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Registered: 09/09/13
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Originally Posted By: Hayraker
Less meat than a teal and they smell like guts


Both true statements. Although the guts smell can be mitigated with prompt field cleaning.

Coot shooting is best for introducing new/young hunters to shooting to keep up interest on slow days. They are like a practice bird, or a slow day bird, but still edible...sort of...with proper preparation.
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#5546617 - 01/16/15 09:46 AM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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#5546808 - 01/16/15 11:05 AM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe]
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Gumbo

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#5546984 - 01/16/15 12:55 PM Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: #Hayraker]
ZachW Offline
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Registered: 10/11/13
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Loc: Texas, TX
Originally Posted By: Hayraker
Less meat than a teal and they smell like guts


Man I hate that smell...

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