Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

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Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby AAR » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:19 am

When you can get plenty here in the good ol' lower 48.
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First one was a hoss, really nice dark throat.
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Goal number 2 reached in dramatic fashion, a 60+ yard shot that dropped him down.
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Great mixture of the two
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Second day there was one bird on my list to go after, a euro X american Wigeon hybrid. After getting such a great example I went ahead and called it a day. For the trip total: 5 Wigeon with 4 shots, all birds taken while flying. Doubt something like that will ever happen again!

Can't wait to get these mounted up in a special scene.

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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby glass eye » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:13 am

AMAZING !!!! :eek: :bow:

You could say which state you got them in and I'm sure that it won't be enough info to give away your honey hole. :rolleyes:
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby Mike Callian » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:45 am

Whoa... Sculling? Jumping? Decoying? Regardless you're my hero. How'd you ID the hen before the shot??
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby chris_k » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:57 am

Lower 48? Was this in the west coast? California?
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby goodkarmarising » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:04 am

nicely done.
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby AAR » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:34 am

Thanks guys, still just soaking it in after getting back. The hen was with the drake so when I jumped him she jumped and as I shot the drake she fell down with him. Lucky break no doubt but I'll take it anyday :beer:

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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby glass eye » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:22 am

Not asking for GPS location, just would like to know what state. Certainly that wouldn't be giving away too much info. I'm sure I speak for everyone.
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby AAR » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:32 pm

I can narrow it down to say I shot them on the north west coast :hammer: Hit the weather just right for this trip, passed on three Euro's the second day to concentrate on the hybrid. Think I'm going to mess around with a stud American around here this year to do a really cool coffee table with these birds. Leave a little room for a future Storm of course :yes:

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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby Sask hunter » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:01 pm

How can you tell one is a hybred?
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby AAR » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:36 pm

You can really see the difference in the head and neck. Basically a pretty half and half mix of an american and european wigeons colors/patterns. His body has the grey body tone like a wigeon but you can also see the american body color blended into it. You can hold his head at a certain angle and looks very American, hold it another way and looks very Euro. Pretty cool bird.

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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby duxrus » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:05 pm

Well dang. I guess I need to shoot another one this next trip to try to catch up. You apparently found their hide out. Congrats :thumbsup:
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby WisconsinWaterfowler » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:22 pm

3 1/2 inch hevi shot for wigeon? :eek: haha. Very nice birds, that one IS A STUD!!!!
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby JustinNH » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:44 am

WisconsinWaterfowler wrote: that one IS A STUD!!!!


x1000 :beer:
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby pgquackstacker » Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:55 pm

That's impressive for the lower 48 AAR, congrats :beer:

Did you glass the birds when they were flying over or what?
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby Coleman24 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:29 pm

:beer: :beer:

Congrats!! those are some Beautiful birds!!!!
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby AAR » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:27 pm

Yea they were all glassed prior to. Luckily the guy I was with is a stud for scoping these things. I've been looking at more and more pics online and seems like that dark throated one is much more on the uncommon side of the scale. An alert standing mount is going to show him off like nobody's business :beer:

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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby pgquackstacker » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:34 pm

That's pretty impressive, I figured you were glassing and then putting the sneak on em. That bottom one is definitely a HOSS, can't wait to see them all mounted up.
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby duckman27 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:25 pm

Beautiful Birds :thumbsup:
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby emusmacker » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:27 pm

Man I'm seriously jealous. awesome looking birds.
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby johnsonthehunter » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:17 pm

Wow that is so awesome! My guess is washington but i have never seen one except a hen my dog found. That is on my bucket list though :thumbsup:
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby Grunt » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:30 pm

Eric, these birds mounted yet? :biggrin:
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby bluezman1957 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:28 pm

I go to Alaska for harlis mainly as you are allowed 4. I just discovered the Aelutians are the same as it is part of AK. If you want Eurasian Widgeons just go to Blaine, WA and cross the channel into the Straights of Georgia and shot them all day. WE saw them piled up literally along the bank with tons of prime pintails every morning we went out. But hey, if you're going to WA, you might as well just go on to AK since the limit on Harlis is 4 instead of one. Again, it has been a few years since I went to WA to hunt, so this also may have changed. I also usually book some bow hunting as well while there.
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Re: Why go to Alaska for Euro Wigeons..

Postby Teal guy » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:07 pm

Love to a pic of that pile :beer:
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