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sea duck hunting today


On board this lovely December morning I had Kevin & Jim for a sea duck and brant hunt. It was flat calm at 5:00am and a rising tide and star-filled sky. We ran across the bay and put out three lines of decoys, two for brant and one for sea duck.

At first light, we had a pair of brant come over the blocks and go back out again. Lucky birds. Then, we had eider ducks come by the spread and Kevin and Jim were on their mark. We counted four birds in the bag for the morning and called it a great day on Massachusetts bay!

Good Hunting,

Capt. David Bitters, Baymen Guide Service, Inc. 934-2838

Keith’s Practically Edible Sea Duck

Remove breast meat from sea ducks.

Slice Meat off breasts, about 1/4 inch thick slices.

Spread breast pieces in high-sided patter and cover with milk. Cover with foil and marinate in fridge all day.

Drain meat, rinse and pat dry. Marinate in milk again all day.

Drain, rinse and pat dry. Cover with a robust red wine and let it marinate in fridge all day.

Drain meat and pat dry. Do Not rinse.

Rub meat with salt, black pepper, red pepper and dried sage and rosemary.

Sear meat on both sides in hot skillet. Do not over cook. Keep it rare.

Serve with cranberry sauce and chutney, wild rice, vegetables, salad.

*Note: A version of this recipe (almost exactly as seen here) appears in Upland Days – 50 Years of Bird Hunting in New England, by William G. Tapply. It is one of the finest upland gunning books in print!

Sea Duck Recipe

Soak eider duck breasts in water, salt, and cider vinegar for 24 hours. You may want to repeat this for several days.

Mix 1-2 cans mandarin oranges and 1 can of cranberry sauce. Marinate eider duck breasts in this overnight.

Bake the breasts in a 350 degree oven in a Reynolds baking bag for ONE hour. Add some celery in the bag.

Remove eider breasts and serve with rice and broccoli.

*The original version of this recipe is found in Cook Wild – a collection of recipies from the employees and friends of the New Hampshire Fish & Game Dept. #2 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

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