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Anyone Eat Coots? #5545273 01/15/15 10:23 PM
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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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Fried or grilled. They ate as good as any other duck... which is not saying much.


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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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Coots are good for gumbo and sausage.


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Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5545330 01/15/15 10:50 PM
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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.



Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5545339 01/15/15 10:51 PM
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cut thin and oven on 1fitty for 6/7 hours


Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5545432 01/15/15 11:19 PM
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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.


Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5545579 01/16/15 12:30 AM
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i hear the gizzards are big and good for gumbo peep

Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5545609 01/16/15 12:45 AM
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I've never been hungry enough to find out if they were good or not.

Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5545620 01/16/15 12:50 AM
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Less meat than a teal and they smell like guts


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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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Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: #Hayraker] #5546424 01/16/15 02:25 PM
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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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Originally Posted By: Hayraker
Less meat than a teal and they smell like guts


Man I hate that smell...

Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5546986 01/16/15 06:56 PM
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Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: GO REBS] #5547189 01/16/15 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted By: GO REBS
Coots are good for gumbo and sausage.


So is posssum and coon, but only if youre really drunk.

Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5549272 01/18/15 05:39 AM
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I have soaked the breast meat in milk, overnight, then rinsed with water. Next, rolled in flour/salt pepper and pan fried. I cook ducks the same way. Very simple and it works.

Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5550082 01/18/15 09:18 PM
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My dogs won't even eat grilled coot.....

Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: MAJKF] #5550162 01/18/15 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted By: MAJKF
.....there is surprisingly little breast meat on those suckers.


Yep, there's not enough meat on the birds which is one of the reasons I don't hunt coots. The second being I enjoy watching the goofy critters when the hunting is a little slow.

Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5550647 01/19/15 01:41 AM
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They do have large gizzards that taste very good, have had many fine meals of fried coot gizzards.

Re: Anyone Eat Coots? [Re: Lil Joe] #5552688 01/20/15 01:20 AM
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Going to have to try the gizzards. Those things are massive, almost as much meat at the breast...assuming I get out before season closes. (work bang ). Nothing to do at my holes but jump shoot anymore, and there are always plenty of coots. Always.



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