red eyes on a wood duck

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red eyes on a wood duck

Postby jjohnson_714 » Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:44 pm

ok so this may sound like a stupid question, but why do people use red eyes in their wood duck mounts?... the ones i have shot have yellow eyes... is it just a different kind of wood duck or ?
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Postby Delta Hunter » Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:53 pm

Down here in Mississippi the drakes have red eyes and the hens have yellow, and every reference photo I have ever seen shows the same. I think I read somewhere that the eye color can vary though.
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Postby Wilsona018 » Wed Dec 28, 2005 7:54 pm

heres a drake wood duck, notice the eye

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and a hen

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Postby casey_714 » Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:39 pm

Yeah but here is one of his.. you can't really tell in this picture, but all of the ones around here (including this one) are more of a yellowish color for some reason?

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Postby jjohnson_714 » Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:46 pm

also check out the drake woody on the "this years wall mounters" in the puddler forum looks almost exactly like mine...
http://www.duckhuntingchat.com/viewtopic.php?t=13680
i was just wondering if they are different in different parts of the country or ? because i have never really seen one with a red eye until i started looking around on here....
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Postby Snaph » Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:02 pm

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Never thought about it till you brought it up. Mine had red eyes.
Same duck i have on the wall. Pics in the HH.
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Postby TARHEEL3ID » Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:30 am

i have killed some of both. it may have something to do with genetics, but over half i killed this year had yellow eyes and my taxidermist said he had never seen any that color.
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