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- 5 Barrows

Postby MountainGreenhead » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:43 pm

I hit a spring I knew was holding birds tonight for about an hour. Jumped geese and ducks off it without getting a shot and got set up. About twenty very cold minutes later the first pair of birds came in perfect. I dropped them both and was pretty sure the drake was a Barrows. Gunner made two quick retrieves and I had my first Barrows in hand. As soon as the dog and I got covered up, the next pair of birds deked in - dead. We were both covered in ice and it was about 5 minutes till shooting light so I packed up the gear and headed out. It was cool watching swarms of ducks landing on the spring as I left.
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Re: - 5 Barrows

Postby waveslider » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:26 pm

Wow, mature Barrows. Love the blue head. We shot an immature one the other day that was an absolute brusier. Wish he was mature. Nice Work.
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Re: - 5 Barrows

Postby bobcanoes » Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:30 pm

Very nice!
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Re: - 5 Barrows

Postby tealdog » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:20 pm

Are these rare? A mature drake Barrows?
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Re: - 5 Barrows

Postby waveslider » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:55 am

In these parts I would say it is a bit of a rarity to shoot a mature Barrows. If memory serves, it takes them about 3-4 years to mature and then they kind of get drowned out by the common goldies.

I have seen them resting on the water in flocks (mostly immature) but generally mix in with the other ducks.

I havent shot one in Idaho yet..... but I'm also not good enough to pick them out in the air flying like some others can.
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