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While I sit at work, bored out of my mind, I figured I would begin to solve the worlds problems. Lets begin with the reject of the waterfowl community, the pooldo (yes, its probably misspelled). How do pooldo migrate south for the winter. If any of you have seen these birds fly, you probably realized that they have the coordination of a newborn giraffe. I don't think they have the ability, or agility, to "fly" south for the winter. I was just wondering if anyone has seen any massive rafts of pooldo floating down the river, or if any bowhunters have witnessed an early season land migration? I can just picture thousands of pooldo walking under my stand in early October. Any input on this subject would be greatly appreciated.
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   7mmSAUM
Before you disrespect the pouldeau, you better try them. What! I can just taste the pouldeau and oyster gumbo already. If you don't want them, let them go. I will be there to get them. Running them up...ughhhh.....I mean calling them in. Ha ha ha.
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The name means water chicken in french. yes they do migrate by flying. they fly down rivers, bayous, and large streams south to the gulf.
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Broke Wing I too have also pondered this many times. I have thought about the river thing then them walking to their final desitnation, but how do they get back north? Do they swim upcurrent in the Mississippi River all the way to Minnesota then take a leisurely walk up to Canada where they reproduce and make more rejects.
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I think only about one third of the winter migraton would make it south due to fatal collisions with boats, stumps...etc due to the fact that there feet never leave the suface of the water.
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   7mmSAUM
Yall don't get out much huh. All you got to do is open your eyes. I see them fly all the time. Go run your boat through a big raft of them and you will see them run on the water for a few seconds, and then they will take off.
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   killadaux
A pouldeau gumbo is ok providing they haven,t been eating a lot of fish. A pouldeau gizzard gumbo with andouille sausage. Now you talking.
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They Migrate at night. Along with most everything else. One day they not here. the next they are... Cold weather+ bright moon = pouldeau
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I just have my doubts. They seem to have troube navigating a decoy spread, much less the Mississippi Flyway.
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   menoo69
I thought pouldeau would mess up a gumbo. Last time i ate them i would've been better off fixin me a tuna fish sandwich. guess i'll have to to try some of that pouldeau gumbo. i didnt think they were worth wastin steel shot on?
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I don't know about the rest of the Coot's in the Miss. Flyway, but I don't think the one in the picture made it back North. He looks a little more retarded, or shot up than the rest. LOL!!!
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   COOTKILLA
Hey cbwb don't let them know how good these fine animals are to eat. They just don't know what they are missing. More for us!
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   7mmSAUM
I hear ya Coot. Them slickers don't know what they missing.
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Da Pul'deaux fly at night in mass migrations.
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   Chackbay
They always fly in at night with a full moon. Yall high-dollar hunters don't know what yall are missing when you let a flock of em pass by the decoys. You can ask anyone from the real southern la. that those birds are fine eating!!!
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   menoo69
I call pool-dos my favor ducks bc when someone ask u to do them a favor a give them a pack of ducks u just give them a pack of pool-do. after they cook them they won't ask u for any more, believe me.
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ate and killed a few coots in my days i love them coots taste way better than any duck
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   BUDFISH
Poul-dou brest meat in a good gumbo with some deer sausage is the best gumbo I have ever eaten. Also marinate those breasts in a little red wine, Italian dressing, a few drops of Lea & Perin's, a little hot sauce, and wrap with bacon and cook on BBQ pit. You will never come back from duck hunting without your limit of them again.
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   7mmSAUM
men oo,
You must be giving them to blind people. Any body who knows what a duck looks like knows that a cleaned pouldeau looks nothing like a cleaned duck. Yall need to stop watching so much t.v. and get some experience on your own, instead of taking what the outdoor channel tells you to heart.

Budfish,
Don't throw them legs away either. They are good for frying or in the gumbo. I think all these slickers think a pouldeau is the same as a dosgris. I still eat the dosgris, but only after marinating over night. I will agree with anyone who says the dosgris have a strong taste. In my opinion, teal, pouldeau, and woodies are the best eating ducks.
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   COOTKILLA
Someone really doesn't know what a poule d'eau is. If anyone thinks they eat fish, they are mistaking them for some other kind of animal. These birds don't have enough sense to tie a knot on a hook. By the end of winter time these birds put a dent in the grass population in most big lakes in South Louisiana. Someone really is talking out of their head!
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I don't know exactly where you hunt, but in my neck of the woods we have plenty ducks that have outstanding table fair. We need not waste our time and or shells chasing pouldeau around. I am not a "slicker" as you have made reference to in previous posts I am out there everyday, I don't take anything the outdoor channel says to heart nor do I feel the need to eat these retarded little birds. Oyster and pouldeua gumbo sounds so fishy you could eat it on good Friday, so in closing go and chase down the rejects of the waterfowl community cause it seems to me as you can't kill "real" ducks.
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   BUDFISH
Real ducks, as you call them, are plentiful here but you limit out in an hour (if you are a halfway decent shot). Then get you 15 of these to pass a good time and actually bring some meat home. But if you can't bring yourself to eat them, then just keep letting them come to me, Thats perfectly ok with me.
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   7mmSAUM
Budfish you are right. I shoot my limit in the first 1/2 hour. I don't feel like comming home before the sun comes up, so I make a morning out of it. I don't think I am waisting my shells killing pouldeau. Maybee if bell pepper head can learn how to shoot, he wont waist so many shells.
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   PACman
what you talkin 'bout chack, you was raised in the city
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Some of the most gratifing hunts I ever had was when I was 16 making new friends who took me hunting for poul d'eauxs out of pirougues in the pits behind Lake Penchant. We would pull about 5 or 6 pirougues through lake decade behind a 17 foot flat bottom aluminum hull with a 40 on it. You lay low in the pirougue and paddle up to them and lay the smack down on them. If someone gave me the choice of eating chicken, duck, or poul d'eauxs the rest of my life.....poul d'eaux it would be. Everyone knows the best tasting animals are the dumbest ones, catfish, beef, pork. The best thing about poul d'eauxs is that when they a little out of your range you shot at them, the so dumb the circle back around to see what shot at them. And poul d'eauxs do not eat fich.....dogrees do.
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Grab the legs, stand on the wings and pull. Put the breast in a bag for catfish bait and cook the gizzard in a gumbo with pintail and canvasback.
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remember my po old dad went hunting one morning and came back with a sack of 33 pool-doo--killed them with three shots --can't imagine how many cripples would have been around--he used to say a pool-doo came from cypress knees--we used to clean them with sawdust after most of the big feathers were plucked then dip them in hot water and roll the doo in clean sawdust--then rub the dust off they looked like babies butts--gizzard -doo gumbo--
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   BamaTess
I live across Mobile Bay from Mobile (Alabama) and along the causeway, there are large flocks of these ducks. When I was a kid (1950's) a friend would go out and catch them. Now it seems the flocks are larger and denser than in those days. There had to be 50 ore more there today when we rode by.

Yes, I'm not in Louisiana but I just wanted to share this information.
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Here is a video I did a couple years ago shooting poul d'eaux out of a pirogue. Mighty fine tasting and worth the effort.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa6l6I-Eg5I&t=8s
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They only fly at night...
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Yall high-dollar hunters don't know what yall are missing when you let a flock of em pass by the decoys. You can ask anyone from the real southern la.

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