Late Season Teal Hunting

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Late Season Teal Hunting

Postby 390391whk » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:10 am

I am interested in a late season teal hunt for next year. I'm from New York so I'm not sure if there are decent places that get into Green wings and Blue wings towards the end of your seasons. If anyone has some recommendations to some guides I would appreciate it!
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Re: Late Season Teal Hunting

Postby takemking » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:37 am

Do you duck hunt much up there? I kill tons of teal during mid-late January. Mostly green-wings but also some blue-wings. All full plumage. I'd be willing to trade for a good mallard hunt.
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Re: Late Season Teal Hunting

Postby troutman561 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:51 am

I would also look into a south Florida hunt. I know we have teal all season long, mostly BWT, but they are all fully plummed by January. Now, for the sake of a huge variety of birds, LA is probably better. Good luck!
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Re: Late Season Teal Hunting

Postby Rick Hall » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:54 pm

I fear what you'll find is that the bulk of bluewings and greenwings winter in different parts of the country. Throughout much of Louisiana, greenwings are the number one duck in the season's bag, but bluewings are going to be scarce. I know that here in SWLA, my parties' second split totals included 205 greenwings but only 14 bluewings, so while shooting buster greenwings is likely, the odds are worse than slim against getting a mounting quality bluewing to go with them. And it's been my impression that South Florida is about the opposite, if not worse. troutman is encouraged to correct me if I'm wrong about that.

If it were me, I'd take a hard look at what's being killed by outfits hunting the mouth of the Mississippi River, as they should have plenty of greenwings and, it's again been my impression, that they also kill considerably more bluewings than we do here to their west. That, and a mouth of the river hunt is a unique experience that should probably be on every serious waterfowler's bucket list.
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Re: Late Season Teal Hunting

Postby troutman561 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:38 am

Rick Hall wrote: And it's been my impression that South Florida is about the opposite, if not worse. troutman is encouraged to correct me if I'm wrong about that.



You are correct. I have only shot 1 hen GWT. I have seen more and shot at more, but BWT are everywhere. Take a look at the harvest data from our managed areas here: http://myfwc.com/media/2455894/duck_che ... n_1213.pdf

If you look at the STA numbers, BWT numbers are generally 200-600 a day where as GWT are typically less than 20. There are exceptions though. The STA's are all in the Everglades, Broadmoor/Goodwin is on the east-central coast and PCS and Guana are in the north part of the state.
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Re: Late Season Teal Hunting

Postby 390391whk » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:13 am

I appreciate all of the replies, Living and hunting in NY, most of our bluewings are gone before the season starts, we do get into some greenwings, by late November, December and January we are into Mallards, Blacks, Bluebills and Redhead where I hunt. I guess I'll have to weigh the options. Thanks for the insight!
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Re: Late Season Teal Hunting

Postby takemking » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:39 pm

I would consider a swap hunt.
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