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anotherone
11-01-2006, 10:16 AM
I was at Yolo Bypass this morning and there were millions of Coots and not a duck in sight. In the blind next to me there was some guy calling like crazy and spooking the ducks. I got bored, I started shooting Coots.

My question is: what kind of person shoots a limit on Coots (25 birds)?

Hunter
11-01-2006, 10:38 AM
In the summer, a number of farmers in the upper sac valley put on a "Coot Shoot". They have depredation permits to reduce the # of coots eating their rice fields. During these shoots 100s are taken and since they are 1) young ones and 2) been feeding on new rice plants; they are good to eat. Part of the shoot is that the farmer will have the coots cooked up for a feast that evening. It is actually quite good. Now if you tried to eat a "mud hen" late in the season or one that is on brackish water, you will not be able too. Regardless of how hungry you are!

caduckgunner
11-01-2006, 10:49 AM
Steel shot is expensive... I'd never waste it on mud ducks. :eek:

Make some coot stew :p

anotherone
11-01-2006, 10:50 AM
they are good to eat.

I love eating coots. Although I don't really roast or clean them whole like ducks. I just breast them and then either grill or deep fry them. If they've been in particularly murky waters deep frying them with some zatarains usually improves things.

What's your favorite way to eat coots?

anotherone
11-01-2006, 10:52 AM
Steel shot is expensive...

Don't worry I wasn't using Winchester or anything fancy :) I was using some old Kent shells. Tell you what though I wish I had been using Winchester 3 1/2 inchers because a flock of geese that flew over me was definitely in range.

Hunter
11-01-2006, 10:55 AM
Don't worry I wasn't using Winchester or anything fancy :) I was using some old Kent shells. Tell you what though I wish I had been using Winchester 3 1/2 inchers because a flock of geese that flew over me was definitely in range.


If they where in range for the 3 1/2 then they were in range for the 2 3/4 shells as well......(assuming same shot size and velocity)

VeryCoolCat
11-01-2006, 1:44 PM
Steel shot is expensive... I'd never waste it on mud ducks. :eek:

Make some coot stew :p

Not necesarily.

Wolf makes 3" steel shot #2. Over at Ammo Bros you can get a 25 pack for like $8

**EDIT**
Wolf 3" BB Shot (25) $8.49
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=179186

Fiochi 3" #2 (25) $8.39
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=755720

Winchester 3" Xpert 1400 fps (25) ON SALE $8.99
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=865004

Found some online.

cornholio1
11-01-2006, 6:32 PM
Not necesarily.

Wolf makes 3" steel shot #2. Over at Ammo Bros you can get a 25 pack for like $8

**EDIT**
Wolf 3" BB Shot (25) $8.49
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=179186

Fiochi 3" #2 (25) $8.39
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=755720

Winchester 3" Xpert 1400 fps (25) ON SALE $8.99
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=865004

Found some online.


Is the Winchester Universal Ammo Steel Shot also?

chris
11-01-2006, 7:12 PM
i would'nt want to shoot a limit of coots. they are fun to shoot for the dogs if nothing else is flying.

i center punched one this morning. it was the first bird i shot. it was a mistake. but there are times that they must die. also where did you hunt today. i went duck hunting today at san jacento. it was slow this morning then it kinda picked up after people left today. shot 5 birds today.

VeryCoolCat
11-01-2006, 7:31 PM
Is the Winchester Universal Ammo Steel Shot also?

Winchester Xpert High Velocity Ammunition 12 Gauge 3" 1-1/4 oz of BB Plated Steel Shot Box of 25

dw1784
11-04-2006, 4:27 PM
My question is: what kind of person shoots a limit on Coots (25 birds)?

u mean who in their right mind would shoot and eat coots?:D
shoot'em for fun maybe, but eating them?!

u guys are joking, right? they stink and they're a pest, especialy when I'm fishing, spooking the fish away. Darn mudhens!!:D

patman
11-05-2006, 6:48 PM
I remember driving by the sewer plant (huge one) west of Fresno a long time ago and seeing zillions of coots.So eeewww on eating them.

u mean who in their right mind would shoot and eat coots?:D
shoot'em for fun maybe, but eating them?!

u guys are joking, right? [snip]

VeryCoolCat
11-05-2006, 7:08 PM
I love eating coots. Although I don't really roast or clean them whole like ducks. I just breast them and then either grill or deep fry them. If they've been in particularly murky waters deep frying them with some zatarains usually improves things.

What's your favorite way to eat coots?


I'd rather eat a pigeon.

chris
11-05-2006, 8:45 PM
coots are referred to as footballs.

why you may aks?

well when you shoot them on the dykes then tend to roll off of them like a football.

jumbopanda
11-05-2006, 9:16 PM
coots are referred to as footballs.

why you may aks?

well when you shoot them on the dykes then tend to roll off of them like a football.

this made me laugh :D

SKSPOWER650
11-23-2006, 9:56 PM
Haha I Have