Hooded Merganser

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By tubby 2 - 6/23/2007 7:51:21 PM
 Is there a way to cook Hooded Mergansers.Most say that have a bad taste to them.
By duplin - 6/29/2007 3:32:22 AM
By tubby 2 - 6/29/2007 10:30:04 AM
Thanks,that is what I figured.Nice looking duck though.
By Stump Jumper - 7/15/2007 10:17:14 PM
Put them on a stick and cook them over an open fire.When they are done throw away the duck and eat the stick.
By bpeders@hunt.globe - 7/29/2007 10:43:02 PM
try marinading in orange juice for 24-48 hours, then shish kabob on grill with onion, tomato, mushroom and red/green pepper.  Douse with soy sauce and serve HOT. With luck, the acid in the orange juice will neutralize the stong fishy flavor of the merganser. If not, thow the meat out and eat the veggies as they will be REALLY YUMMY. 
By Ryno - 9/4/2007 2:10:04 PM
Italian dressing, buttermilk, and worcestshire sauce- wrap in bacon, marinade overnight and grill.  It takes out the fishy- can't say they're like mallards, but hey- they are very edible.

By waterfowlbum - 9/24/2007 12:51:04 PM
actually there is a way to cook merganzer and they are tastey too. Buy my cookbook when it's done.
By the michigan mallard - 9/25/2007 3:23:12 PM
Don't bother with them, tried about everything. There gross
By justducky - 10/5/2007 11:13:47 AM
Think Merganser is bad...try eating a coot.
By c_matt92 - 10/14/2007 10:28:11 AM
Quoting: justducky | 10/5/2007 11:13:47 AM
Think Merganser is bad...try eating a coot.


Bout the same in my book. 
By Ayrshireducks - 11/4/2007 2:12:59 AM
Quoting: justducky | 10/5/2007 11:13:47 AM
Think Merganser is bad...try eating a coot.


I once heard that merg tastes like the snails they eat I always thought that was a little bit mean to the snails!

As far as coot goes I have heard there are still some bayou cajun recipes that utilize coot but I havent tried one.
By H2O-Fowl Hunter - 11/6/2007 9:25:35 AM
  I'd say don't shoot the coots and mount the mergansers.
By Coyote R-1 - 12/1/2007 6:09:38 PM
MERGANSER!!?? use alot of sulfuric acid, yeah that ought to do it!
By heavyhauler2255 - 3/3/2008 6:56:13 PM
Don't shoot em unless you intend on puttin em on the wall
By Ayrshireducks - 3/5/2008 9:33:21 AM
We mix a few in with our duck sausage every year pretty good cant really tell there is merg in it!
By ducks_n_bucks - 3/5/2008 9:52:45 PM
signature says it all!!!
By Wayne from Maine - 8/13/2008 9:36:22 PM
We got common mergansers last year.  skinned and quartered them and soaked in buttermilk 24 hours.  Browned pieces then braised with stock and wine and then added rice and onions, some herbs.  Fabulous.  No fish.  don't know if it works for the hooded variety.
By Chubster - 8/14/2008 3:19:21 PM
When the day is getting old and you think you might get skunked...I've given in, and pulled the trigger on a few Mergs...

I've used just plain whole milk..filet out the breast meat...soak'em for 24 hours. Season well...(salt & pepper...crushed juniper berries are a favorite) brown in skillet of very hot olive oil...into the oven for a few minutes...medium rare. 

By gatordog - 8/15/2008 8:01:14 AM
Last year my buddies and I shot some hoodies in flooded timber.  We thought they were woodies when they came dumping right into our little puddle just after shooting light.  I'd eaten a bunch of hoodies from our local salt marshes and they tasted awful but the flooded timber woodies were delicious.  I think that we grilled the breasts after sprinkling them with a seasoning blend called Soul Seasoning.
By GADrake - 8/23/2008 2:53:59 PM
I marinated mine in soy sauce, lee and perin and balsamic vinegar. I do this for about 6 hrs and the put Cajun or lawerys season salt wrap in bacon and grill. I love it never had a strong taste.
By Quack Wacker - 9/26/2008 11:27:52 AM
They are as bad as spoonbills, maybe worse.
By Double_J - 9/26/2008 3:02:07 PM
I hear alot of people say this duck or that duck is no good to eat. I think you need to prep the ducks right in order to get a good meal. I've heard spoonies,mergies and golden eyes are terrible to eat. Maybe I am just lucky but I've eaten them all and thought they tasted fine.

Before I cook any duck or goose it sits in a salt water brine for anywhere from an hour to 2 days. This helps get the blood out of the meat. I add different spices or liquids to my brines. Try soaking your birds for a day or two before cooking.

Good Luck!


By redhed - 9/28/2008 4:33:27 PM
thats b/c they are bad tasting
By DuckHunter85 - 10/3/2008 6:30:48 PM
to me duck is duck it all tastes the same delicious no seasoning straight from the grill maybe a little A1 from time to time cant get enough
By RTW - 10/6/2008 12:35:41 PM
dunkhunter85 wrote
to me duck is duck it all tastes the same delicious no seasoning straight from the grill maybe a little A1 from time to time cant get enough

So duckhuner85, how old were you when you had your taste buds torn off in that tragic flagpole incident?  :D

Mergs are just plain nasty!!

By GThomp - 10/6/2008 11:05:33 PM
I have read things about mergansers on the internet, saying that their meat can actually be slightly toxic, and not to eat too many of them.
By Dutch''s Owner - 11/10/2008 11:41:49 PM
Unfortunately, merganser's (like coots) have a strong fishy flavor to them because they feed on baitfish and aquatic plants. There is no way to kill this taste in the meat. Some people talk about coot stew, etc., as if it's not half bad. Although beautiful in the field, these birds are terrible table fare and unless you are starving, well...just starve. If you have to marinade something for 2-3 days to make it edible, there's a problem.
By h20fowler - 11/11/2008 3:11:33 PM
I heard jerky is not so bad?
By Savage3OO6 - 11/12/2008 12:02:45 PM
Just last week I threw a hooded merg in the crockpot with a venison roast.  Had the roast in 4 cups of beef broth mixed with some vegetables.  When it was done, I threw it over a bed of rice and smothered it in gravy.  The merg wasn't nearly as good as the venison roast, but it was edible.  Gravy is a miracle cure for poor tasting duck.
By Amish Amy - 11/12/2008 4:34:08 PM
They are supposed to be the most contaminated duck and the recommendation is not to eat any. 
By Webtoes - 11/12/2008 6:27:14 PM
Have a warning out in PA not to eat any fish eaters,, Dog trainers here!!
By QuackSmacker - 11/23/2008 10:10:16 PM
I cooked one once.  It stunk up the whole house.  Man, my dad was MAD.  Don't waste your time. 
By 2 SHOT - 11/24/2008 7:24:33 PM
By tubby 2 - 1/5/2009 9:17:26 AM

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