Surf Scoter Mature or not?

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Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby star882 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:47 pm

How can you tell if a surf scoter is fully mature or not? Got one in the freezer that I plan to get mounted this year. I have noticed some have shorter fat bills and some had longer narrower bills this year. Not sure which one is a sign of more maturity.
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby duxrus » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:14 pm

Blacker body and brighter bill color are signs of a mature bird
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby Cougar125 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:16 am

Dark black body, bright colors on the bill. No brown feathers anywhere on the bird.
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby duxrus » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:18 am

Cougar125 wrote:Dark black body, bright colors on the bill. No brown feathers anywhere on the bird.

Quit copying off my paper :tongue:
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby Cougar125 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:34 am

Lol Brian. I've got a couple more in the freezer I'm trying to gift out. Between my wife's license and my license I had 9 of them in the freezer.

Oh...and the feet will be a deep red color.


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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:01 pm

You don't happen to have a hen surf cougar? It was the one sea duck I didn't not have the chance to harvest on my trip.
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby Cougar125 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:28 pm

fowlweatherfowler wrote:You don't happen to have a hen surf cougar? It was the one sea duck I didn't not have the chance to harvest on my trip.

The one hen I had went with a drake to a buddy of mine in CA. I'll be deployed next season, but the season after, if you remind me, I'll go shoot a hen for ya.
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:47 pm

Thanks, I shot one a few years back on lake Erie but was not that great of a hen.
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby duxrus » Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:15 pm

Wish I had known you needed one with the amount of scoters we shot in NC. Would have saved a nice one
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:36 pm

Thanks exurbs. I had a wanted thread at one point just never really pursued it more than once. It seems a lot of people that used to gift birds on other sites have stopped doing it or only do it for select people since getting burnt by people. Sucks because its nice to get colored out late season birds from the southern states. I'll get with you next season, I have a bit of work to do on the birds I have.
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby star882 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:29 pm

Thanks for all the input everyone. Sounds like I have a couple mature ones in the freezer. Looks like ill get one mounted this year.
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Re: Surf Scoter Mature or not?

Postby duxrus » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:59 pm

Post some pics of them :thumbsup:
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