_How To Cook A Coot

Serves: 5


_Roast Coot


If you’re not a duck hunter or married to a duck hunter, just skip this recipe. Personally, I’ve never tried to cook a coot, primarily because I’ve never even shot at an "Ivory Billed Mallard". Remember, this is the guy who will eat every thing except grits and green lima beans.

In this modern age, it seems to me, too many people blame events in their childhood for the mistakes or failures they make as adults. Some rightly so, but I can’t help but feel a lot of it is over done!

So where is all this leading, you ask yourself? Yup! you guessed it, my childhood. Since my dad first took me duck hunting at age three, the list of things I’ve done in life longer than I’ve duck hunted is fairly short.

Memories of those first duck hunts are still vivid. Back in that distant past, I learned that the preferred duck of those who wait at home while others duck hunt, to be mallards. Those of the green headed variety!

My dad, being a pretty fair hand with a shotgun, seldom got skunked in those days. He’d been there before, but it was a new experience for me, just four years old. About the only thing flying in the marsh that day were coots, which Dad had several different adjectives to describe. I didn’t understand why dad didn’t shoot them as they patterned by. At that time I obviously thought–ducks are ducks! Wrong!

How long I pestered Dad to shoot them, I can’t remember. What I do remember is him saying, "Mother didn’t like any kind of ducks except those with green heads" and it wouldn’t be very smart to take something home she didn’t like. Though I was just four years old, that part I understood!

I’m sure Dad first passed this recipe on that day. Over the years, Dad repeated this recipe so many times I’ve memorized it without ever having cooked it.

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