Duck hunting for diver species like Canvasbacks, Redheads, Ringnecks, Eiders, Goldeneye and other diver ducks.
Moderators: crewchief252, LayedOut, Dep6, jamesmc
Is a red breasted merganser a relatively uncommon duck to shoot? I've shot commons before but today was the first for a red breast. Then again I've not been hunting the (big) river last few years so I guess it's relative. Anyway, thought it was a pretty cool looking duck and thought about mounting it.
What's the consensus on this guy? Worthy of mounting? (I know, it's whatever I want to mount but what's the general regard).
- Posts: 154
- Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:34 pm
- Location: Upstate NY
Red-breasted mergs are more common along the coast. Fully plumed drakes are pretty and would make a nice mount. A reliable taxidermist could tell you if the plumage is worth it.
- Posts: 2099
- Joined: Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:46 am
- Location: Central New York
:withstupid: well said.
If ya don't like being peppered, don't set up near my spread..!!!!!
07-08 Season Totals
- Posts: 715
- Joined: Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:16 am
- Location: Van Buren, Arkansas
we got one last saturday morning down here in pa off nockamixon lake lonely little bugger she was till she got hit with #4s
- Posts: 125
- Joined: Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:11 pm
- Location: SE PA
I hunt Raritan Bay in Keyport NJ, red breasted are fairly common, got a hen last week
Just once i would like to hear you scream in pain !....wanna hear me scream in pain? Play some rap music!
- Forum & State Moderator
- Posts: 2193
- Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2005 10:08 pm
- Location: New Jersey...where the weak are killed and eaten
They aren't that common in Ontario. I think they are a beautiful bird, I have seen them but have never got a shot at one in 40 years. The first mature drake I get is getting mounted.
I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.
- Posts: 1914
- Joined: Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:18 am
- Location: Brantford Ontario Canada
We have small flocks of red breasted mergansers in the Bay of Fundy....although I do not target them, a few have fallen in the last couple years....normally to a sport looking for a mount so I say, get that bird on the wall if in full plumage (or close).
- Posts: 107
- Joined: Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:00 am
- Location: New Brunswick, Canada
I agree, If its uncommon in your area and nicely plumed, It will probably make a very nice and unique mount.
I know i've never seen one down here, nor have i seen one mounted.
• I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.- Franklin D. Roosevelt
• Life's tough...It's even tougher if your stupid.- The Duke
- Posts: 1614
- Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:59 pm
- Location: SW LA
Return to Diver Duck Hunting
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests