TN River Backwaters: A Dirty Good Time

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    @Cory Fels yeah man if handled properly. I age mine up to a week on the carcass and pluck the breast to save the fat, them filet the meat off and freeze. I give at least an 8 hour salt brine then olive oil season and sear on both sides on screaming hot cast iron to medium. Tastes alot like beef steak that way to me. Every couple years I'll purge the freezer to make room and we'll make summer sausage out of it as well.

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    @Cory Fels generally where puddle ducks want to be will be shallow enough to wade in but yeah I've mostly used a kayak. 95% of the battle is finding where the birds are going in the morning and being set up there in the morning. I hunted them for years with no calls or decoys. However they can definitely help when used properly. I have more consistent success on farm ponds/swamps/ flooded fields away from the larger waterways. This is mostly because the ducks are quickly educated by the folks that don't know the effective range of a shotgun 🤣

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Just an apex predator participating in his local ecology. Ex backcountry hiking trail builder turned Environmental Scientist. Schooled in Conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Pretty much plumb eat up with it.

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