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Unlike JDog, who is clearly made of sterner stuff and also a tad younger than me, I decided not to venture out yesterday as the snow was steadily accumulating and the bitter Easterly wind held no enticement to go beyond the back door and the log store. Even the shed remained uninviting, so I lit the wood burner and settled down to watch Chris Green’s latest video ‘A Countryman’s Harvest’.

One chapter showed ‘The Wild Chef’, who’s name escapes me, shooting (under licence) a cormorant and then proceed to breast it out ready for cooking. Both the chef and Chris Green agreed that it tasted just like steak.

Being of a certain age, I have shot and eaten most waders on the then list, but have never shot or eaten cormorant, or had any inclination to even try it.

As many on here are of a similar age, or perhaps have a licence to cull a few, I was wondering if anyone has tried it. If so, what was it like. I always imagined that they would taste fishy, much the same as a seagull I tried many years ago.

OB

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Never have I been accused of being ‘of sterner stuff’. I have always considered myself rather weedy.

I have never tried Cormorant myself but I have tried **** which I believe smells pretty similar.

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12 minutes ago, JDog said:

Never have I been accused of being ‘of sterner stuff’. I have always considered myself rather weedy.

I have never tried Cormorant myself but I have tried **** which I believe smells pretty similar.

Despite your self-depracating post, I do wonder what inspired you to try **** 😂

OB

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On 08/02/2021 at 09:01, Old Boggy said:

Unlike JDog, who is clearly made of sterner stuff and also a tad younger than me, I decided not to venture out yesterday as the snow was steadily accumulating and the bitter Easterly wind held no enticement to go beyond the back door and the log store. Even the shed remained uninviting, so I lit the wood burner and settled down to watch Chris Green’s latest video ‘A Countryman’s Harvest’.

One chapter showed ‘The Wild Chef’, who’s name escapes me, shooting (under licence) a cormorant and then proceed to breast it out ready for cooking. Both the chef and Chris Green agreed that it tasted just like steak.

Being of a certain age, I have shot and eaten most waders on the then list, but have never shot or eaten cormorant, or had any inclination to even try it.

As many on here are of a similar age, or perhaps have a licence to cull a few, I was wondering if anyone has tried it. If so, what was it like. I always imagined that they would taste fishy, much the same as a seagull I tried many years ago.

OB

After finding a dead cormorant and squeezing out 4 fish and a tangle of parasitic worms the size of an apple I don't think I'd consider eating one 🤮

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In the above mentioned video Chris Green referred to the cormorant as a ‘Parson’. I’ve heard them referred to as a Witch but not parson. The only reference that I’ve found is ‘Isle of Wight Parson’, so perhaps Old Farrier may be able to enlighten us on that.

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On 10/02/2021 at 21:45, kennett said:

After finding a dead cormorant and squeezing out 4 fish and a tangle of parasitic worms the size of an apple I don't think I'd consider eating one 🤮

What sort of entertainment is that, squeezing dead birds.

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1 hour ago, figgy said:

What sort of entertainment is that, squeezing dead birds.

He never said HOW he was squeezing it..! It may have still been warm, he may have been missing his Mrs.
Them's strange folk darn Suffolk, best not ask too many questions
 

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6 hours ago, figgy said:

What sort of entertainment is that, squeezing dead birds.

Before finding it dead it had been fishing in our lake, and was just curious as to how many fish one cormorant could eat in one sitting! You squeeze them like a tube of toothpaste 🤷‍♂️

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1 hour ago, kennett said:

Before finding it dead it had been fishing in our lake, and was just curious as to how many fish one cormorant could eat in one sitting! You squeeze them like a tube of toothpaste 🤷‍♂️

last one i shot ad only been on the water 7 mins ad 12 roach 

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I remember me and a mate shot a magpie, cleaned it, plucked it and cooked it over the fire. Got to admit it looked lovely bit of charring here and there and nice and golden. Shame neither of us had the minerals to eat it.

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When ww2 rationing was in full swing, a friend of mine father had a little business going,with local house wives,all skinned and ready to cook,Sea geese(Cormorant),Sea hens(herring gulls)and if available Sea turkeys(gannets)sold no bother,but had to be steeped in clean water over night before cooking.

Home guard 12b cartridges in abundance once plenty of rifles came available,and a beach patrol line in Northumberland.

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