There are some ducks, particularly diving ducks,that have a strong taste. These are gumbo ducks. Cook a dark roux. After boning the duck (or simply use the breast,heart and gizzard) cut into cubes as best you can, season then brown in oil before you add to the roux. Of course there is a lot more than that to a good gumbo. A good duck gumbo turns that strong taste into a very rich flavor. There are as many duck gumbo recipes as there are cooks, but I can send you a good one if you are interested.I don't kill or eat any waterfowl or should it be spelled water-foul, wild ducks taste like the bottom of a muddy pond and geese taste like Kentucky bluegrass. Yum! not.
Possums take special treatment. My grandmother, when I was a kid living in the pinny woods of north central Louisiana, would put the possum in a chicken coop and feed it table scraps for a couple of weeks. By the way, we did not shoot the possums, my uncles caught them. After a couple of weeks she claimed they were "cleaned out". Then she would bake the possum with sweet potatoes. I do not remember what it taste like, but do remember looking forward to possum and "sweet tators". As an addendum, I would not eat a possum now. I have seen too many crawl out from under a dead cow finishing off what the buzzards left. I guess what I did not know at the time did not hurt me.Ate possum once at Gramps. I caught it, (un)dressed it, he cooked it. Went across street to their place ate dinner. Dont really remember much about it (12 yo).
I would rather watch ducks than kill them especially the wood ducks here are a beautiful bird. I used to kill a few geese every year until the licenses got so expensive, I'd rather buy a couple of farm raised ones that really taste good.There are some ducks, particularly diving ducks,that have a strong taste. These are gumbo ducks. Cook a dark roux. After boning the duck (or simply use the breast,heart and gizzard) cut into cubes as best you can, season then brown in oil before you add to the roux. Of course there is a lot more than that to a good gumbo. A good duck gumbo turns that strong taste into a very rich flavor. There are as many duck gumbo recipes as there are cooks, but I can send you a good one if you are interested.
Same for a goose. Speckle Bellies will bake like a chicken or a domestic duck. Blues and Snows are gumbo geese.
Want a real treat. Coots are terribly strong tasting, essentially in-eatable. They have a gizzard the size of a baseball. Coot gizzards are wonderful. Nothing much better than a coot gizzard gumbo. I do not know what the limit is now, but they were once very liberal.
Soft Shell and Snapping Turtles make a wonderful Sauce Picante. Sort of similar to a gumbo, but I cook a Sauce Picante roux twice; once with flour and oil and again adding tomato paste. At low water on Lake Okeechobee one could often catch a big Soft Shell in the shallow water. Catch them on a sandy bottom and two guys could usually coral a pretty big one. Put him in the bottom of the air boat and he owned it. Would have to walk around on the gunnels until I got home and watch for that long neck. They can be fast and fearless.
My friend Gary has 3 ponds and the snappers are trying to take them over, we kill them whenever they try and cross the 100yards of field between the landscaped pond and the two wild ponds. I've counted over 20 on the bank sunning themselves in the one big pond.I don't duck hunt anymore. I stopped after I moved back home from Florida. In Florida I had Lake Okeechobee which was a duck hunter's paradise. I mostly hunted the marshes in a big Grumman square stern canoe. Too expensive in Louisiana. There are some places one can hunt ducks without several thousand a year to rent a blind in a rice field, but they are few and far between (at least in the northern part of the state). On the river behind the house we have Wood Ducks that nest each year on the opposite bank. During wet years we have mostly Wood Ducks because the local swamps are filled with water and the ducks are scattered all over. During a dry year we get ducks on the river that are seldom seen around here and lots of them. They concentrate where the water is.
As for the turtles, I do not kill a snapper any more. They are becoming rare. It takes a fair sized turtle to make enough meat to fool with. It takes a long time to grow a fair sized turtle. Just do not have the heart any more to kill a big snapper. I have no hesitation to take a soft shell, but I cannot get out and hunt them any more.
I was at a fellow's pond when I was in high school, fishing for bass from the shore line. Along came one of his big domestic ducks with a parade of little ones behind her. There were six little ones behind her when she started across the pond. A big snapper took them down, one by one, rear most first. She had one remaining little one when she reached the bank. Sure would have liked to have that one in the pot. He is probably still there eating ducks.