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Black bellied whistling duck

Postby QuackkAddictsTX » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:08 pm

I call them Mexican Whistlers but anyway, we had a TON of them this year and they are still EVERYWHERE. Still at the lakes, ponds and heck, still in the city sitting in the trees. No joke, I swear lol. It's crazy how many we killed this year but the main reason why I'm posting this is I was wondering if y'all have them wherever y'all are at and if you've ever killed any. This is the first season I've seen them here in East Texas and they're actually kinda big and still really good eating.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Rick Hall » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:44 pm

I can remember the manager at Lacassine NWR here in LA being all excited about having their first nesting pair ten or fifteen years ago, but it wasn't long before they were thick enough to be a scourge to rice farmers. Last I'd heard they'd expanded their range east all the way to VA.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:32 pm

Seen my first one this year a few weeks back.

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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby QuackkAddictsTX » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:24 pm

That's interesting. The first time I saw them this past season, it was just me and a buddy and all of a sudden we hear a loud funny sounding whistle like nothing we've every heard. Well, it started to get louder and louder so we decided to turn around and coming over the trees at this public lake, about 750-1500 of them were just swarming. It truely looked like a black cloud lol. Well anyways, almost all of them lined the shore and about 150 piled into our decoys. However, never seeing them before, we scrambled on our phone googling all the species of ducks and trying to see if it was legal to shoot them. Anyways, at the end of the day we walked away with a 2 man limit. And even it being 100 degrees here in East Texas right now, they still continue to roost in the same cove on the lake.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:30 pm

From what I've researched on them they don't migrate far and when they get where they like they kind of set up a resident population. I'm sure Rick knows more about them I do.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby dog walker » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:39 pm

I saw the first ones here on the east side of the Ms river in coastal La in 2006. They are thick here all summer and for teal season but come November they are just about gone. Now up by the grain elevators they never leave, they stay year round.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Rick Hall » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:19 am

Westtennduckhunter wrote:I'm sure Rick knows more about them I do.


I can't claim to have them pegged. Seems like most of the year they just shift around en mass, being thick for a while, then absent, then thick again. Have long wished for a couple in our September teal limit, but we also have them, off and on, for the entire regular season, regardless of weather:
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Streater » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:19 am

They are the best eating duck in the marsh. We call them squeelers. They don't decoy, nor do they come to a call. They are pretty slow and dumb. Easy to shoot. GREAT eating, though.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Black Smoke » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:34 am

Heck I'd like to see one up north here but doubting that will happen.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:23 am

Streater wrote:...nor do they come to a call...


I was once convinced of that, too, and had to shown a remarkably effective means. Not at liberty to share the "secret," but it's out there for those who listen to the birds and think outside of the box.

Bumping a spinner on and off can help sway them, too.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby goosetalk » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:42 pm

Black Smoke wrote:Heck I'd like to see one up north here but doubting that will happen.


I have seen them a little north of St. Louis, MO. Sorry, I don't have the pic, but there were 8 of them feeding in a flooded field earlier this summer.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby m.teeter » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:34 pm

I haven't seen any of them here in central nc yet. But would definitely love to take one for the wall and a few for the freezer if they are as good as you guys say they are. My question is where do you guys usually find them? Marsh, flooded fields, swamps etc.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Black Smoke » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:00 am

I have seen them a little north of St. Louis, MO. Sorry, I don't have the pic, but there were 8 of them feeding in a flooded field earlier this summer.


That's awesome man well maybe just maybe if the weather is right or what not they will come up a little farther each year.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Rick Hall » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:02 am

m.teeter wrote:My question is where do you guys usually find them? Marsh, flooded fields, swamps etc.


All of the above.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby m.teeter » Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:36 pm

Thanks Rick they are cool looking birds and they've got to make a great mount. Hopefully I will get a crack at one before too long.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby duckhunter10610 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:31 am

I live in Ocala Fl and they are everywhere here. I was out playing golf and they were landing in the water right next to me. They are great to eat and like everyone else said dumb. My father and i had a group fly in we shot and got 3 a piece they circled back around and then tried to land again and we got 3 more a piece. Craziest thing Ive ever seen!
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby deliriousII » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:00 pm

dog walker wrote:I saw the first ones here on the east side of the Ms river in coastal La in 2006. They are thick here all summer and for teal season but come November they are just about gone. Now up by the grain elevators they never leave, they stay year round.


X2...the grain elevators in Destrehan are loaded down with them...if they would fly a little further south (as in the marsh between airline hwy and I-10) I would get a shot at them!!
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Nutt » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:22 pm

QuackkAddictsTX wrote:I call them Mexican Whistlers but anyway, we had a TON of them this year and they are still EVERYWHERE. Still at the lakes, ponds and heck, still in the city sitting in the trees. No joke, I swear lol. It's crazy how many we killed this year but the main reason why I'm posting this is I was wondering if y'all have them wherever y'all are at and if you've ever killed any. This is the first season I've seen them here in East Texas and they're actually kinda big and still really good eating.

Just curious what part of east tx are you in? I've never seen one here in netx.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Cajun1085 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:23 pm

There are a ton of them in Houma, La. Ive seen hundreds in the Walmart parking lot and drainage ponds behind them. I remember seeing my first ones in 2003 in highschool.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby QuackkAddictsTX » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:03 am

Nutt wrote:
QuackkAddictsTX wrote:I call them Mexican Whistlers but anyway, we had a TON of them this year and they are still EVERYWHERE. Still at the lakes, ponds and heck, still in the city sitting in the trees. No joke, I swear lol. It's crazy how many we killed this year but the main reason why I'm posting this is I was wondering if y'all have them wherever y'all are at and if you've ever killed any. This is the first season I've seen them here in East Texas and they're actually kinda big and still really good eating.

Just curious what part of east tx are you in? I've never seen one here in netx.


Around the Mt. Vernon, Mt. Pleasant and Pittsburg areas.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby deliriousII » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:03 am

may be a dumb question but.... can these be shot during early teal season? and do they count against the bag limit or is there a separate limit for them? I searched the LDWF website and didn't find anything
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:15 am

Though Larry has been looking into ways of getting the September teal season framework changed to allow us some whistling ducks then, that's still way down the pipe at best. Count like other ducks in the overall limit of 6 during the regular season with no special species restrictions.

That's here in LA. Other states may have other restrictions.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Nutt » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:56 am

QuackkAddictsTX wrote:
Nutt wrote:
QuackkAddictsTX wrote:I call them Mexican Whistlers but anyway, we had a TON of them this year and they are still EVERYWHERE. Still at the lakes, ponds and heck, still in the city sitting in the trees. No joke, I swear lol. It's crazy how many we killed this year but the main reason why I'm posting this is I was wondering if y'all have them wherever y'all are at and if you've ever killed any. This is the first season I've seen them here in East Texas and they're actually kinda big and still really good eating.

Just curious what part of east tx are you in? I've never seen one here in netx.


Around the Mt. Vernon, Mt. Pleasant and Pittsburg areas.

Small world I'm from Pitt.
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby deliriousII » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:11 am

Thanks RH
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Re: Black bellied whistling duck

Postby Duck Collector » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:53 pm

Theres probably close to 300 that live in my neighborhood. They fly over the house everyday
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