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Duck hunters #7365008
09/26/21 06:05 PM
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What’s your favourite duck to decoy in and why?

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365025
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Mallards. They are big ducks and good eating. Respond well to calling and decoy well.

Re: Duck hunters [Re: Yellowstone] #7365029
09/26/21 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Yellowstone
Mallards. They are big ducks and good eating. Respond well to calling and decoy well.


Agree,with gadwalls second.

Re: Duck hunters [Re: Yellowstone] #7365031
09/26/21 06:23 PM
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Definitely mallards are a lot of fun to get into the decoys. We have alot of them here earlier in the year and they’re really smart for sure

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365063
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I love decoying divers, Canvasbacks are my favorite.

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365067
09/26/21 07:00 PM
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If I could only shoot one species ever, it would be Teal, Bluewing or Greenwing, doesn’t matter to me. Fun little birds to shoot and outstanding on the plate!

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365073
09/26/21 07:04 PM
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Teal


"Humans are the hardest people to get along with."
Dr. Phillip Snow
Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365078
09/26/21 07:09 PM
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The next one that comes in is my favorite

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365079
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Teal here also. But I have to agree Cans coming into a spread is a sight to see. My group would alway get excited when a bull pintail would work. We shoot very few pintails in this state compared to many other species

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365081
09/26/21 07:13 PM
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I like the way gadwalls are fairly easy to convince to decoy.

I like how erratic shovelors can be rocking all over the place at high speeds.

I also really like watching watching a big wad of ringnecks buzz around every which way like a swarm of angry hornets. They'll usually land on the fringes of the decoys for a few minutes and get up and do it again over and over all morning long if there's enough of them.

I think all duck is good to eat and can't hardly taste much of a difference between species. I believe any "sportsman" who thinks certain species are "trash ducks" and not worth eating, mergansers aside, are severely misguided.

Re: Duck hunters [Re: mississippiposse] #7365082
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Here none of us have ever shot a pin tail I don’t think . That’s a bucket list bird for us !
But we love golden eyes , they come in like a rocket !

Re: Duck hunters [Re: Massac] #7365115
09/26/21 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Massac
I like the way gadwalls are fairly easy to convince to decoy.

I like how erratic shovelors can be rocking all over the place at high speeds.

I also really like watching watching a big wad of ringnecks buzz around every which way like a swarm of angry hornets. They'll usually land on the fringes of the decoys for a few minutes and get up and do it again over and over all morning long if there's enough of them.

I think all duck is good to eat and can't hardly taste much of a difference between species. I believe any "sportsman" who thinks certain species are "trash ducks" and not worth eating, mergansers aside, are severely misguided.


Wherever people eat whales and seals and sea birds (murres, gulls, shearwaters etc,) mergansers are good birds. It's an acquired taste that you usually got to grow up to. Icelanders, Greenlanders, Inuit (Eshimos), northern coastal peoples in general understand.

Re: Duck hunters [Re: Massac] #7365131
09/26/21 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Massac
I like the way gadwalls are fairly easy to convince to decoy.

I like how erratic shovelors can be rocking all over the place at high speeds.

I also really like watching watching a big wad of ringnecks buzz around every which way like a swarm of angry hornets. They'll usually land on the fringes of the decoys for a few minutes and get up and do it again over and over all morning long if there's enough of them.

I think all duck is good to eat and can't hardly taste much of a difference between species. I believe any "sportsman" who thinks certain species are "trash ducks" and not worth eating, mergansers aside, are severely misguided.


I agree 100%.
Shovelers, ringnecks, scaup. They all go in the pot. Some species are better than others baked, but in gumbo, on the grill, in stir fry I can’t tell one from another. (Not counting mergansers)

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365146
09/26/21 08:13 PM
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GW teal....the very best eating duck there is. Don't want no bluewings...they ain't nothin but a narrow billed shovler.

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365152
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I gotta say Canvasback on a cold November day with the wind out of the Northwest spitting snow. Hot thermos of good, strong, black coffee and a couple ham sandwiches and homemade cookies in the pack.

We get a lot of them on the Mississippi and they are fantastic on the table.

Beside Canvasbacks I will never pass on Mallards, Gadwalls, Widgeon, Ringnecks, Bluebills, Blackducks, Shoveler and any other legal duck to fly across my decoys. They are all good on the table when taken care of an cooked properly.

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Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365167
09/26/21 08:33 PM
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Teal are fun, especially when a big knot commits , and as the first gun comes up, they all flush straight up in the air like fireworks. Long fall till they plop on the water for the dog to retrieve.

First light mallards are fun to watch, that five minutes prior to shooting time can be really active and vocal. Sip coffee and enjoy the show!

Or that tight wad of twisted up bluegills/scaup coming in over the decoys. Pick out the black fronted drakes and let them have it. Kill them dead cause they’re tough when they start diving!

Few more weeks and we’ll be in the blind! Can’t wait!

John

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365168
09/26/21 08:33 PM
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While I enjoy all waterfowl attracted to my decoys,I get as much enjoyment laying out my spread. When I am able,I set divers,puddlers and goose decoys.
I love looking at my spreads,and more than once ,I haven't even bothered to shoot the ducks or geese that have been drawn in and landed--watching them and how they react is a learning experience.
I have had eagles grab a decoy and try to fly off with them. I remember one time,I watched as another hunter pulled off the road and got into the ditch,he crawled about 200 yards and was all set to jump up and open up on my decoys--it was then that I yelled that they were decoys.He was so embarrased,he crawled back the entire 200 yards in the ditch,rather than get back on the road near me.
I sure do love decoys and waterfowl hunting.
Tom


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Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365216
09/26/21 09:23 PM
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Woodies are fun, and have a nice call/whistle. And pretty too.

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365222
09/26/21 09:32 PM
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Grew up shooting lots of mallards. Everything else we we wouldn't waste our ammo on.
Considered everything else mud ducks not worth cleaning or eating.

Re: Duck hunters [Re: RustyShacklefrd] #7365232
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My buddy up is Saskatchewan says anything that is not a Mallard is a sh*t duck. Pintails, etc. are Long-necked sh*t ducks, divers teal, etc. asre Shortnecked sh*t ducks.

Moosetrot

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