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Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« on: October 24, 2020, 05:06:02 AM »
I called W.D.F.W.'s  S.W. WA office last Monday & left a message, but have not heard back from anyone... Does anyone know if there are seasons and/or limits on Mergansers? When I was a youngster, the limit was 15 per day, Common or Hooded Mergansers. I cannot find them mentioned anywhere in the Waterfowl/ Migratory Bird regulations.

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2020, 05:09:27 AM »
I believe they treat them as part of your regular duck limit. But I am not positive about that.

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2020, 05:52:46 AM »
I believe they treat them as part of your regular duck limit. But I am not positive about that.

That's what I thought as well.

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2020, 06:47:19 AM »
I believe they treat them as part of your regular duck limit. But I am not positive about that.
Yep

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2020, 07:46:06 AM »
The last time Washington had a seperate bag limit was in the 1980s

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2020, 08:48:38 AM »
Yes, part of the limit. It's too bad since I don't think we would make much of a dent in them with a bonus five birds or something like that.

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2020, 09:15:17 AM »
Yes, part of the limit. It's too bad since I don't think we would make much of a dent in them with a bonus five birds or something like that.

Yeah, especially since they eat fish like salmon and not many people are going to shoot one if it means they might be able to take one less mallard home.

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2020, 09:39:17 AM »
Yes, part of the limit. It's too bad since I don't think we would make much of a dent in them with a bonus five birds or something like that.

This is how the limit used to be.  When the duck population took a downturn around 1990 and the limit was cut to 5 the separate mergie limit was eliminated.  When the duck population rebounded and was revised back to a limit of 7 the separate mergie limit wasn't re-instated. 

My first triple was mergies.

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2020, 09:42:32 AM »
Yes, part of the limit. It's too bad since I don't think we would make much of a dent in them with a bonus five birds or something like that.

This is how the limit used to be.  When the duck population took a downturn around 1990 and the limit was cut to 5 the separate mergie limit was eliminated.  When the duck population rebounded and was revised back to a limit of 7 the separate mergie limit wasn't re-instated. 

My first triple was mergies.

Five at once has been my max.  8)  We were a quarter mile down the shoreline by the time the dog brought the fifth one in the current was running so hard.

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2020, 07:03:01 PM »
In a state that is so worried about salmon populations, it is absolutely absurd that there is not a separate 5 bird limit for them. No one wants to waste there slots on darts. I still try to shoot some of the salmon eating b*******!!

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2020, 06:08:46 AM »
Someone on here once called them shoot and release ducks and got spanked pretty bad for such a statement..

I hear they make great table fare. :hello:
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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2020, 06:53:26 AM »
Tasted like raw spawned out pink salmon to me, dogs loved it though!

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2020, 09:21:43 AM »
Someone on here once called them shoot and release ducks and got spanked pretty bad for such a statement..

I hear they make great table fare. :hello:

Maybe things taste better on the Westside....   :chuckle:

I find them more mild than other diver ducks, especially Goldeneye. Bufflehead might be a bit less "flavorful". If you know how to cook, you can make just about anything, well, except liver,  :rolleyes: decent to eat. And, the legs/thighs are barely stronger tasting than those of a Mallard.

As with all of my divers, I grind the breasts and make Salisbury Steak, served with mashed potatoes and gravy, yum!. The leg/thighs I toss in with the rest of my ducks and slow cook them and serve them with whatever sauce I have a hankering for, though it is usually an apple-onion curry.


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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2020, 09:37:36 AM »
Someone on here once called them shoot and release ducks and got spanked pretty bad for such a statement..

I hear they make great table fare. :hello:

on a separate note, people trap mice and rats and don't eat them.

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Re: Seasons/Limits for Mergansers
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2020, 10:16:40 AM »
Someone on here once called them shoot and release ducks and got spanked pretty bad for such a statement..

I hear they make great table fare. :hello:

on a separate note, people trap mice and rats and don't eat them.

Rats and mice don't have a season and are not considered Game. I shoot Starlings for the same reason I trap mice, I don't eat them either. I would never shoot a game bird and leave it lay. If I wasn't going to eat it, I would find someone that would. That is what I do with deer livers....

 


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