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Got Coots?
Ever wonder what a limit of coots looks like?
How's this:


Lots of yearling birds but also some big plump adults too with a few nice bull drakes in the bunch, was gonna mount this one but he had some broken feathers. : )


Hana thought they we pretty cool too:

Braved the heat, the fog and mosquitos to sit in the blind with the boy Saturday morning. Set up in a spot that consistenty producted limits of ducks in the past. Sat there and watched empty skys until about 7:15. Then for some reason coots started piling in around us. I said what the heck and started picking them out of the air. In the first barrage lasting about 3 minutes, I dropped 7. About 15 minutes later they started piling in again and I dropped the other 8 in about 2 minutes. Had Youri handing me shells as coots tumbled from the sky. He got a kick out of it. We cooked up a crock pot of coot stew last night for dinner, quite tasty, the whole family enjoyed it.
Later in the morning, the bluebills started flying and I got my 'bill limit pretty quick. Had a pile more buzz through as they headed for a huge raft of 'bills to the west. Its quite ironic that we now have more bluebills on Mobile Bay that we've had in the last 3 years combined. They must have heard the limit is one.

Coot Stew:
6 coots, skinned breast fillets and leg quarters.
1/2 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
bacon drippings
2 cups beef stock
1/2 cup white wine
pepper and garlic powder

Soak coot breast & leg quarters overnight, drain & dry.
Season well with pepper and garlic powder.
Brown in bacon fat and place in slow cooker.
Brown onions & carrots in same pan and place in slow cooker.
Deglaze pan with wine & add to slow cooker.
Add beef stock.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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Re: Got Coots? In reply to
We can shoot 25 coots here per day, which is also the possession limit (25). Maybe next season I'll go for it. They are long gone now.
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Re: Got Coots? In reply to
A few years ago I was in a spot where coots were trading back and forth so I decided to shoot a few and cook them. Of course, I was worried as hell that someone I knew would be at the ramp and I would never hear the end of it.
Anyway, I was surprised at how tasty they were. They are a rail of sorts, and I have eaten rails and snipe.
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Re: Got Coots? In reply to
Do you like gizzards? The gizzards in a coot is the size of a goose gizzard.


Why get a low profile boat and put a high profile blind on it?
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Re: Got Coots? In reply to
I've never cared for gizzards that much, so I havent tried them from ducks or coots.
How do you cook them?


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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Re: Got Coots? In reply to
Carl many years ago when I lived in Texas I met a cajun fella who would make gumbo with the coot gizzards, it was out of this world. But then again anything tastes good in a gumbo......John
"When those birds stool".....takem!
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Re: Got Coots? In reply to
I am not a gizzard cooker or eater, but I have cleaned plenty of gizzards for the guys who like to eat them. They always boiled them, then floured them and fried em up.


Why get a low profile boat and put a high profile blind on it?
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Re: Got Coots? In reply to
Didn't know anyone shot them. I have ton on my land.
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Good shoot Carl!
I have hunted a few mudhens, but not in open water. I hunted a few lost souls in some flooded standing corn fields. It was kind of like the arcade game, where you only have a shooting lane (between rows) and the coots kept switching directions when you get in their "aisle". Back and forth we went...they preferred to swim rather than fly (bad choice).

Dave