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BWT hens

Postby Bufflehead dude » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:25 pm

I live in southeast North Carolina were I've never seen a BWT till this season I killed 2 hens this year they were flyin right by there self and dove right in the decoys. Were are the drakes? And were is the rest of the flock? Anything will help. :help:
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Canada goose 1
Blue wing teal 1
Mallard 5
Wood duck 12
Hooded mergansers 3
Ringneck 1
Bufflehead 1
Blue bill 4
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BWT hens

Postby Willie » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:40 pm

Most passed through in August/September
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Re: BWT hens

Postby merganser murderer » Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:34 pm

are you sure they were drakes, a lot of the drakes dont look like drake early in the season. you can look at the wing and tell what they are....do you have pics
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Re: BWT hens

Postby dakotashooter2 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:40 pm

It's not unusual to not see a full color drake here in ND until season is just about over. They are generally gone before they "color up".
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Re: BWT hens

Postby Bufflehead dude » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:37 pm

I'm sure they were hens cause there wing had no color but were is the rest of the ducks? I've seen 2 and kiled 2 do they travel alone
Season total 2012 2013
Canada goose 1
Blue wing teal 1
Mallard 5
Wood duck 12
Hooded mergansers 3
Ringneck 1
Bufflehead 1
Blue bill 4
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Re: BWT hens

Postby The Duck Hammer » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:20 pm

Me and my buddies have killed 20 or so and have never seen a drake.
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Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

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Re: BWT hens

Postby Bufflehead dude » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:44 pm

At sucks when I kill a drake he's goin on the wall :thumbsup:
Season total 2012 2013
Canada goose 1
Blue wing teal 1
Mallard 5
Wood duck 12
Hooded mergansers 3
Ringneck 1
Bufflehead 1
Blue bill 4
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Re: BWT hens

Postby Bufflehead dude » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:44 pm

At sucks when I kill a drake he's goin on the wall :thumbsup:
Season total 2012 2013
Canada goose 1
Blue wing teal 1
Mallard 5
Wood duck 12
Hooded mergansers 3
Ringneck 1
Bufflehead 1
Blue bill 4
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Re: BWT hens

Postby Duck Collector » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:47 pm

We probably killed around 30 so far this year and they all looked like hens. The only way we could tell the drakes from the hens was the drakes were just starting to get the white cheek stripe. Not very visable but it was there.
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Re: BWT hens

Postby duckman27 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:00 pm

I kill a good number of BWT every year and have never got a nice drake. The only times I have seen full plume drake BWT is bass fishing in the summer
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Re: BWT hens

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:37 am

To identify the drakes before they're in breeding plumage, look to the white wing stripe between their blue shoulders and speculums. The hen's white feathers will have brown centers (shown at top of photo) and the drakes are solid white (shown at bottom):
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Re: BWT hens

Postby rebelp74 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:53 pm

The drakes aren't in full plumage yet
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jaysweet3 wrote:Looks a little small.

Dat's what She said....


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Re: BWT hens

Postby The Duck Hammer » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:13 pm

rebelp74 wrote:The drakes aren't in full plumage yet

When do they turn full plumage?
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jaysweet3 wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

That's how I got a 13" pecker.
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Re: BWT hens

Postby rebelp74 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:50 pm

Late December through January
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jaysweet3 wrote:Looks a little small.

Dat's what She said....


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Re: BWT hens

Postby The Duck Hammer » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:54 pm

They be way gone by then. :no:
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jaysweet3 wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

That's how I got a 13" pecker.
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Re: BWT hens

Postby rebelp74 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:56 pm

Yep, they are gone here too. I see em headed back north in april/may on the bayous here and they are beautiful, I've only killed them in full plumage in south louisiana and south texas.
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Re: BWT hens

Postby The Duck Hammer » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:07 pm

I wish one would come by colored out. Sure would look good on the wall.
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jaysweet3 wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

That's how I got a 13" pecker.
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Re: BWT hens

Postby rebelp74 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:24 pm

If you ever get a chance go to south la or south texas and hunt the coast late in the season. On the tx coast you will get tons of bwt, gwt, widgeon, all kinds of divers, and more than anything redheads and pintails out the wahzoo and snows and blues. On the la coast you will get the same plus mottled ducks and specks.
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Dat's what She said....


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Re: BWT hens

Postby The Duck Hammer » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:00 pm

All we get is a lot of mallards in North Texas. Not that I am complaining :wink:
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jaysweet3 wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

That's how I got a 13" pecker.
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Re: BWT hens

Postby rebelp74 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:30 pm

Im in northwest louisiana(the shreveport area to be specific) we get multiple species but more gadwalls and woodies than anything. I'm so tired of wood ducks.
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Dat's what She said....


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Re: BWT hens

Postby The Duck Hammer » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:53 pm

rebelp74 wrote:Im in northwest louisiana(the shreveport area to be specific) we get multiple species but more gadwalls and woodies than anything. I'm so tired of wood ducks.


I wish I could say that. Took me 6 years to kill a drake woodie and he is headed to the wall.
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Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

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Re: BWT hens

Postby rebelp74 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:10 pm

You say ya'll get mostly mallards where your at? I'll take you to kill all the woodies you want in return for some green heads
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Re: BWT hens

Postby BoB_25 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:36 am

All puddle duck hens have black spots on their bill. Drakes don’t.

Here's a hen BWT!

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Re: BWT hens

Postby Bufflehead dude » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:08 pm

That's good to know cause the one I killed had spots all over his bill
Season total 2012 2013
Canada goose 1
Blue wing teal 1
Mallard 5
Wood duck 12
Hooded mergansers 3
Ringneck 1
Bufflehead 1
Blue bill 4
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Re: BWT hens

Postby Rick Hall » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:42 pm

And just to mess with those who don't get them, here's a rednecked bluewing, so known for its mullet:
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