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wood duck populations

Postby KAhunter » Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:26 am

i have been wondering this for a while now... i hunt in va and nc and it seems to me that te wooduck populations are doing pretty well... does anyone have any facts or figures on this? went teal hunting on saturday and i could have killed a bunch of wood ducks saw a couple hundred... anyone have an idea?
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Postby duckdog » Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:55 am

I to have seen alot of woodie's in Iowa, in the past few year's they reduced the bag limit on them from four down to two. I don't know if that had anything to do with it or not, could'nt hurt anything though. I know Iowa reduced the bag limit on bluebill's this year also, as there population is declining rapidly, hopefully that will have the same impact.
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Postby Gooseboy » Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:23 pm

you could check on DU.
The group ended up with 420 birds.

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Postby keegan511 » Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:37 am

The problem with wood ducks is, it is hard to quantify their overall population because of the difficulty in counting them during surveys. This is why many states side with a conservative bag limit. While teal hunting in TX I also saw a number of birds that could have been harvested. I don't know if that helps but thought I would give my 2 cents.

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Postby Penguine » Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:09 am

I know we hit our limit of woodies in 5 minutes (4 birds/2 each). After that they just kept coming in... the marsh literally filled up with em, and they were still landing in the decoys as we were picking them up. was an awesome sight. To bad they were not mallards.
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Postby sdgr8wthnter » Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:49 pm

Jumped a stock dam last night and two of us killed 4, and saw about 50 sitting in a 40 yard long by 20 yard wide stock dam. Drove by a corn field and saw about another 50 feeding and flying around, so i am also confused on why the bag limit is only 2 a person.
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Postby Sorensen » Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:38 pm

I was hunting this weekend and saw and bagged more woodies than anything here in south dakota.
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Postby mallardhunter » Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:51 pm

I think most of them moved out of the north side of the state cause it got cold.
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Postby bassinator » Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:14 pm

there's a little public hunting pond (about 5 acres) that is about 150 yards from the clinch river. We walked up on it, and God help me if I'm lying, 50 wood ducks exploded from it like a humongous covey of quail. I have never seen wood ducks in groups larger than 4 or 5 before that.:mrgreen: I've also seen a ton of woodies in the creeks fishing Watts Bar lake.
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Postby marshwhacker » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:25 pm

same thing here we have so many woodies i could sit on my back porch right in the middle of my neighborhood and shoot my limit every day (2 per day) but i've read somewhere that woodies are hard to survey cause were they fly and roost and eat so they can't get a good number on them so therefore they just make what they think is a conservative limit
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Postby VTduckman » Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:37 am

i really think the bag limit should be raised , mabey only to 3 ( 2 a day for vermont) but they are the only darn duck up here. i will kill my bag in the first 2 shots, no joke. it sucks becuse it is so hard to find ducks that arent woodys.just my 2 cents.
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Postby Hoosier Drake » Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:47 am

In the last 3 or 4 days i've seen a lot off them her in N.W. Indiana
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