Red breasted merganser?

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Red breasted merganser?

Postby Ducowti » Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:08 pm

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).

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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Sat Dec 09, 2006 11:42 pm

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.
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Postby Daisycuttin » Sun Dec 10, 2006 10:45 am

:withstupid: well said.
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Postby cuppedncommitted » Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:32 pm

we got one last saturday morning down here in pa off nockamixon lake lonely little bugger she was till she got hit with #4s
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Postby crewchief252 » Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:24 pm

I hunt Raritan Bay in Keyport NJ, red breasted are fairly common, got a hen last week
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Postby Jim Broadbridge » Sun Dec 10, 2006 10:40 pm

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.
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Postby MattKenzer » Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:36 am

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).
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Postby LA.Call'emClose » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:22 pm

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.
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