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Tree Ducks

Postby spoonie-1 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:21 pm

Just posted this on Bayou Bucks forum


Tree Ducks

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Are tree Ducks counted as part your bag?
Is it legal to shoot Tree Ducks?
Saw a bunch scouting this past weekend and just wondering.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby Matt P » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:20 am

You are allowed 6 just like teal and gadwalls. They are now called Whistling Ducks, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Fulvous Whistling Ducks. Haven't had the opportunity to get one, but people say they are the best eating duck out there, get after em :thumbsup:
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby JrAlspanky » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:25 am

spoonie............what's a tree duck??
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby Joe-Nathan » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:12 pm

Black-bellied Whistling Duck:

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Fulvous Whistling Ducks
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby spoonie-1 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:54 pm

That's them. I always see them in trees.Looks to be a big bird.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby JrAlspanky » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:39 pm

spoonie-1 wrote:That's them. I always see them in trees.Looks to be a big bird.
Never saw those before. Spoonie where you from in Southeast La?
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby spoonie-1 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:50 pm

I've been seeing these in the Marksville area.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby A5Mag12 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:11 am

We killed 9 of them on clear lake opening day. Had two big wads of them come by. I had never seen more than 2 at a time before that and I believe that's the first time I've seen any during big duck season. Hard picking things. I'll be OK if I never kill another one.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby speckslayer » Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:19 am

they are by far one of the best eating ducks out there
three shots, three kills!!!!

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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:53 pm

No other wild duck can touch them on the table.
If you think I'm wrong, you might be right.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby aggiechiro » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:53 pm

speckslayer wrote:they are by far one of the best eating ducks out there



personal opinion, they taste so good because they eat mostly acorns if they can get them. same goes for woodies.
Gig 'em!
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby Rick Hall » Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:05 am

The rice farmers would tell you it's because they eat so much of their seed rice and crop. But I believe it's because they don't fly hard or migrate long distances and need less blood in their breasts, resulting in a little lighter meat more like their lazy domestic cousins.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby CAJUNSIM » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:46 pm

FTD-Got one in the marsh this week and actually could not get buddy to shoot another after calling it back. He thought I was pulling one over on him. Have only seen in ricefields in past but had a few in the pecan island marsh this week. Actually one of the first ducks I ever did taxidermy work on as practice. Will let you know how it tastes-got some big drum sticks.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby CPL_Primeaux » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:33 pm

I been seeing big flocks of them flying over my house. Im a little south of lafayette louiaian. Im talkin big flocks. Yestefdaz about 50 of them flew over followed by another flock of about 30 followed by another of about 10. over the last week ive seen at least 100 of them . Yeah sorry to res this thread but i was just lookin for info on them myself.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby A5Mag12 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:19 am

I saw maybe a dozen or so nesting pairs the other day.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby cobbeaux » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:07 am

Cousin and his buddies killed 4 around the Crowley area back before Christmas. Bout got into trouble with the GW when they were coming in off the bayou in their boat. Didn't know if they were allowed to kill them and so they attempted to hide them. Luckily, it was day before Christmas and GW let them off with a warning after my cousin decided it was just best to show him what they had. GW told them what they were and they felt pretty stupid for trying to hide legal ducks. :no: :fingerpt:
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby Ducaholic » Tue May 06, 2014 7:59 am

LDWF officials feel that tree ducks extending their range further and futher north is a sign of global warming. If so this does not bode well for waterfowl hunting in La. long term.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby deliriousII » Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:24 pm

We have TONS of them around us. Reason is, where I live there are 4 huge grain elevators that load/unload ships on the river. I live about three blocks from the river and a few miles up river from them. Normally, we see at least 100-150 a day!

Our lease is only a few miles away from them also. We have not killed any of them yet though because once the temp drops they leave. Normally don't see any of them during big duck season.
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Re: Tree Ducks

Postby lsucheme » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:25 pm

We saw a pair last month on a pond in Teague, Tx (about an hour north of Houston) Killed them my whole life first couple of weekends of big duck season in SW Louisiana. Usually gone by the split
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