when they pair up the hens and drakes will stay together untill the nest is ready and the eggs are layed. it is not necessary for the drakes to mate, they only do it for reproduction. after they are paired up they head to nesting grounds, if a ducks mate is killed they will not find another mate (usually) but the unpaired mallards will show up to staging area about a week later then the paired ones.
"Thomas Jefferson said I had a God-given right to pursue happiness. What makes me happy is to take a mallard's head smooth off at about 20 feet.
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