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Deformed billed mallard

Postby vahunter2469 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:13 pm

I shot a hen mallard this morning in the salt marsh here in VA. The upper bill was missing about 3/8" from the tip and didn't look like a fresh cut. Would this more than likely be a birth defect or a wound? If a wound, any ideas from what? I was figuring crab if anything. Really doesn't matter just curious.Image
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby cluckmeister » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:56 pm

Don't you feel bad shooting a handicap lady. LOL, You can make a million guesses as to how the bill got like that and be wrong a million times. Id say the duck wasn't born that way and in all likelihood was almost lunch for a turtle when it was young
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby BBK » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:12 pm

We found a matching pair! :lol3:

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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby wanapasaki » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:55 pm

Got its face too close to a young snapping turtle while feeding lol
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby woodduck14 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:46 am

That's an underbite if I've ever seen one.
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby nick2021 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:35 pm

Mallards are becoming zombies lol
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby Duck Collector » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:07 pm

Maybe dodgeing shots? Someone may have been leading just alittle to far ahead and a BB blew it off? First thing that came to my mind....choot em in da beak!
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby Slack Tide » Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:38 am

I would say that the first one could be an old duck that fed in sandy area for a long time and pretty much eroded the bill. Probably not a turtle in a salt marsh...
The second one looks like a straight up birth defect....probably likely with the cross breed evidence too
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby bknilvr00 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:39 am

Here's a bluebill my buddy shot last year on the Columbia. It was completely healed. Had to be hard to eat though.

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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby wanapasaki » Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:42 am

Oh yeah, and that mallard isn't a hen lol :fingerhead:
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby BBK » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:24 am

Orange bill?
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby cluckmeister » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:58 am

Probably not a turtle in a salt marsh...

Slacktide, I hunt a salt marsh and there a lots of turtles in it, you can drive the road along the edge of the water and see then sunning themselves while sitting on rocks
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby Slack Tide » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:16 am

cluckmeister wrote:Probably not a turtle in a salt marsh...
Slacktide, I hunt a salt marsh and there a lots of turtles in it, you can drive the road along the edge of the water and see then sunning themselves while sitting on rocks


Yeah but a snapping turtle with choppers enough to do that? Or terrapins? We have them too, but they are rarely bigger than a small plate and doubtfully would do that....
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby cluckmeister » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:34 am

Slacktide, a lot the snapping turtles here get as big around as dinner plates or even bigger and their jaws have tremendous power, also it doesn't take much in the way of jaw power to bite the end off of a young ducklings bill.
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby Slack Tide » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:39 am

cluckmeister wrote:Slacktide, a lot the snapping turtles here get as big around as dinner plates or even bigger and their jaws have tremendous power, also it doesn't take much in the way of jaw power to bite the end off of a young ducklings bill.

Well there you have it...nothing like that here....
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby BBK » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:34 pm

I've seen snappers the size of a galvanized wash tub! But I don't see how one could bite just the top of the bill off.

I was figuring birth defect on mine, seemed to be an old bird. At first glance I thought I shot the bill off, but then I saw where it had already healed. I guess a previous hunter could have took out the bill the year before.
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby LETEMWORK21 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:14 pm

Just shot this goose tonight, Lower beak gone but healed up.
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby ScaupHunter » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:52 am

bknilvr00 wrote:Here's a bluebill my buddy shot last year on the Columbia. It was completely healed. Had to be hard to eat though.

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That boat blind looks very familiar for some reason. :thumbsup:
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby vahunter2469 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:29 am

bknilvr00 wrote:Here's a bluebill my buddy shot last year on the Columbia. It was completely healed. Had to be hard to eat though.

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I like the Titanic bluebill haha
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Re: Deformed billed mallard

Postby bknilvr00 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:48 am

ScaupHunter wrote:
bknilvr00 wrote:Here's a bluebill my buddy shot last year on the Columbia. It was completely healed. Had to be hard to eat though.

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That boat blind looks very familiar for some reason. :thumbsup:

Yeah it belongs to some guy who runs a chauffeur service on the columbia.... You show up, do all the heavy lifting, shoot at a few birds...or decoys... feed his dog your sandwich, then you go home... It's an alright gig, except the captain thinks he's a pirate.... Weird...

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