Nutrition: Comparison of Fowl and Small Game

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Want to know how a wild duck stacks up against a rabbit in terms of protein? As you may know, these are pretty lean meats especially when compared to the hormone-packed cuts you can get at large grocery stores.

Duck

Ducks are one of the most popular animals for hunting trips, and has a long history throughout the world. They appear in cave paintings, and there’s a mural dated back to 1900 BC that shows a man using a hunting blind to capture ducks in a trap according to Wikipedia.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 102
Protein — 16 g
Fat — 4 g
Cholesterol — 64 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
21% Iron, 15% Riboflavin, 23% Thiamin

Canadian Goose

The Canadian Goose can be found across the United States as well as our neighbor to the north. They’re often identified by their black head and neck with white patches on their face. They have no problems migrating through established colonies of humans. They’re also one of the most commonly hunted waterfowl across the continent.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 201
Protein — 24 g
Fat — 12 g
Cholesterol — 81 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
12% Iron, 18% Riboflavin, 6% Thiamin

Wild Turkey

Technically the same species as the domesticated turkey, they’re a lot craftier and shiftier than you might expect from those plump, overfed, farm varieties. They’re also surprisingly adept at flying despite their weight. They fly fairly low to the ground and for distances of around a quarter mile at a time.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 163
Protein — 26 g
Fat — 1 g
Cholesterol — 55 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
25% Iron, 5% Riboflavin

Quail

Quails are a version of landfowl and a member of the Galliformes order. They’re hunted on farms and in the wild for a pretty popular hunt. Distributed throughout the world from Africa to Australia, normally they don’t take long migrations, however some do.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 145
Protein — 23 g
Fat — 2 g
Cholesterol — 94 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
22% Iron, 13% Riboflavin, 6% Thiamin

Grouse

They’re sort of like camouflaged quails and very difficult to spot among the forest foliage. They can range from very small, up to 14 lbs for the males.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 140
Protein — 24 g
Fat — 1 g
Cholesterol — 101 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
19% Iron, 12% Riboflavin, 5% Thiamin

Pheasant

A very well-known and popular gamebird, pheasants have worldwide appeal for hunters. It’s been introduced in nearly every country where they are sometimes commercially bred.

Serving Size — 3 oz
Calories — 207
Protein — 27 g
Fat — 9 g
Cholesterol — 75 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
6% Iron, 9% Riboflavin, 3% Thiamin

Cottontail Rabbit

They pretty much resemble European Rabbits with stub tails and white undersides. They’re found throughout the continent and live in large nests. They’re hunted by large birds of prey as they are by humans.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 147
Protein — 28 g
Fat — 3 g
Cholesterol — 105 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
23% Iron, 4% Riboflavin

Gray Squirrel

Native to the east and midwestern states, the Gray Squirrel is very common in residential areas as much as the forests. They’re quite invasive at times. As the name implies, they mostly have gray fur that can sometimes border on brown. They’re fairly small, and weigh about one pound.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 147
Protein — 26 g
Fat — 4 g
Cholesterol — 103 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
32% Iron, 14% Riboflavin, 3% Thiamin

Opossum

They were widely hunted throughout the southern states and even former President Jimmy Carter talked about hunting them on a farm when he was a child. They’re referenced by Mark Twain as a classic bit of American “cuisine.”

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 188
Protein — 26 g
Fat — 9 g
Cholesterol — 110 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
22% Iron, 18% Riboflavin, 6% Thiamin

Raccoon

They’re clever little beasts and, at times, they’ve provided much-needed protein to wilderness settlements in the United States. They’re easily recognized by their distinctive face which resembles a mask and grayish coat. They’re adept at using their front paws and can be found acros the entire country.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 217
Protein — 25 g
Fat — 12 g
Cholesterol — 82 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
34% Iron, 26% Riboflavin, 33% Thiamin, 118% B-12

Beaver

The American beaver is found across the States as well as Canada. They’re the second largest rodent in the world. The population in this country was once more than 60 million according to Wikipedia. Since their peak population, they’ve been hunted for food and furs, as well as medicine and perfume.

Serving Size — 3 oz.
Calories — 180
Protein — 30 g
Fat — 6 g
Cholesterol — 99 mg
Vitamins (percentage by daily recommended dosage)
47% Iron, 16% Riboflavin, 20% B6, 3% Thiamin

 

Article originally published on GetZone.com.

 

2017 Waterfowl Population Survey

Photo by Ray Hennessy

Photo by Ray Hennessy

 

Based on surveys conducted in May and early June by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service, FWS released its report on 2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations.

The report indicates that the overall duck numbers in the survey area remain high. Total populations were estimated at 47.3 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is similar to last year’s estimate of 48.4 million, and is 34 percent above the 1955-2016 long-term average. In 2015, the estimate was 49.5 million birds. The projected mallard fall flight index is 12.9 million birds, similar to the 2016 estimate of 13.5 million.

Here’s a useful chart showing the species of ducks and the % change from 2016 to 2017:

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Hunters should check the rules in their states for final dates and bag limits.

Read the full news release on Ducks.org

Read the complete US FWS report

Original story featured on www.Ducks.org

Waterfowl Hunting Tips

Duck Season is just around the corner for many states and in some states the season has already started. Migrating birds are starting to head south. With the seasons getting ready to start we thought we would share some waterfowl opening day tips to keep in mind for success in the field.

 

Photo by Rhett Noonan

Photo by Rhett Noonan

 

Work with Your Dog
As the season approaches, your lab that has been sitting around all summer long is likely a little out of shape physically and mentally. Take the time to get your dog out several times a week leading up to the season. Work with your dog on holding until you release him as well as on retrieves, blind retrieves and casting. Get him swimming in the water during the month before the season starts so that your pup is in shape and ready for the season.  Need gear for your pup? Browse GunBroker.com’s selection of hunting dog supplies.

Scout and Plan for Success
The week before opening day, spend some time driving, scouting and glassing for ducks in the air and where they are landing. The more knowledge you have about where the ducks are and where they want to be will help you decide where to place yourself. Pay attention to the weather and check forecasts. We use Scoutlook Weather to help us plan our hunts. Remember to pay attention to the wind direction so you know where to set up your decoys.

Use an App to help you Plan
Scouting has become easier with the addition of some new tools afforded to waterfowl hunters by technology. There is no replacement for good old fashioned scouting, but a helpful app called Waterfowl Tracker is a great way to document what you’re seeing and to learn from the guys north of you in your migration corridor. One feature provides push notifications when there is severe weather north of your location or when guys in your areas create a harvest report. Similar to the Ducks Unlimited app, we prefer Waterfowl Tracker for its single focus on helping waterfowl hunters track migration.

Continue reading the rest of the article here.

By Kevin Paulson – HuntingLife.com

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