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Cleaning Goldeneyes

Discussion in 'MichiganWaterfowl.com' started by ERnurse, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. ERnurse

    ERnurse

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    Hi all!

    I wanted to ask what everyones experience is on cleaning Goldeneyes. Shot a couple 2 days ago and had a heck of a time breasting them out. Unlike mallards and widgeon which is what I mainly shoot here (living in Alaska now), I had a hard time peeling the skin off of the breast meat.

    They were cold when I got around to cleaning them, wonder if I should have cleaned them out in the field while still warm?

    Thanks for any input
     
  2. Big Skip

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    They are a bastard...its not just you
     
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  3. flighthunter

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    it's easier when they are warm, but a very sharp knife and a piece of paper towel to help get a hold of the skin helps too.
     
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  4. Sofa King what?

    Sofa King what?

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    Let them hang for a few days in the cold (but not freezing)
     
  5. Divers Down

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    I never heard of anybody eating a GE.
     
  6. Kennybks

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    Lol, I think I recall a good GE recipe involving a cinder block and a 2 X 4? :eek:
     
  7. ERnurse

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    They were quite tasty. It is dependent on what they are eating. Now the Harlequins- although they are beautiful -are terrible to eat!
     
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  9. Duck-Hunter

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    Season breast meat with your favorite seasonings, more garlic the better. Cover breast completey with a generous amount of clay. Toss on grill(high heat) for about 15 minutes. Pull it off the grill, let it cool down. Remove breast, discard them and eat the clay. Best merg recipe

    I wouldn't go as far as saying goldeneyes are that horrible, definitely not my favorite to eat. Garlic and bacon makes everything taste great.
     
  10. Fowl Play

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    Those are tough to kill and even tougher to clean.
     
  11. duckaddict

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    Also depends on how hungry you are. It’s all relative. I’d say worms don’t taste good, but until you’re in the woods for a week without food, I bet you they taste like a filet mignon.
     
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  12. MasterBaiters

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    well a diver is a diver and they are all bout the same,cept ive avoided mergs and coots which id classify as something other than a duck,waste of a good shell,maybe fu fu arrows or a carp shooting set up would be fun,iam sure that's illegal like other forms of fun,but dang that d be fun!!! lol
     
  13. Sofa King what?

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    I like to save em up and/or combine them with friends' that they've saved up and make sausage out of them. We made a batch with mostly old squaw and a bunch of various divers and it turned out great
     
  14. Sofa King what?

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    When you breast out a duck you want to skin, are you cutting the breast away down the center, slicing it away from the bone, and then cutting the meat away from the skin from inside?

    Everybody has thier different way of doing it...but this way i've never had a hard time getting a skinless fillet. -best to use a sharp fillet knife

    Here's a video of the way i do it....this guy plucked alot of feathers that weren't neccesary and his cuts were sloppy, leaving alot of meat on the bone....but that's the technique.
     
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  15. TSS Caddis

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    That’s exactly how I do it. Easy as can be