733SubDucker wrote:OK. At least you asked. Make sure you get a waterfowl guide book. You can even find these online. Get out there and try to start identifying ducks now, even at a local park. Learn how different ducks fly.
In early season, you will see Wood Ducks and Teal (Green Wing / Blue Wing) BW Teal are the first to leave.
Throughout the season you will mostly encounter Mallards and Black Ducks. Ring Necks are a possibility for you as well. You will see plenty of Mergansers (lawndarts, lizards) as well. Some people enjoy shooting them and with significant effort they are palletable, but many avoid them.
Of course there are many more infrequent species including: Pintail, Shoveler, Widgeon, Scaup, etc... And certainly you would see sea ducks at the coast.
Remember that birds will be in "eclipse" plumage early in the season.
Your biggest concern will be to only shoot 1 Black Duck! They are very common in Maine but their overall numbers are well below long term average, hence the low limit.
This process will be fun!!! Its not hard when you get the hang of it. Good luck!
loudnerd wrote:Also you want to be able to identify that ducks that you shouldn't shoot like the pied billed grebe. I think we get one new hunter on here every year that shoots a duck they can't identify that ends up being a grebe.
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