Early ducks up north

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Early ducks up north

Postby imboray » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:13 am

Buddy and I were talking the other day about how some of you in the northern states & Canadian hunters tell hens from drakes early in the season. We still get mallards in early season in S. Illinois that arn't fully plumed. Do the states in the north & Canada have laws limiting the number of hens one can kill even when often its too hard to tell the difference early in the season? Thanks
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby singleshooter » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:33 am

1 hen mallard here in Michigan, so it can be tough to pull the trigger on mallards early in the season. It
gives us one opportunity to goof, after that it can be a real problem.
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby BoB_25 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:55 am

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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby crothy » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:05 pm

We hunt annual in Saskatchewan (just got back Sunday). Early season it's almost impossible to tell. Having said that, the bag limits in SK are liberal, no her/drake ratio that you need to worry about...
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby noweil » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:53 am

Last week in ND we had no trouble telling hens from drakes. I was surprised how good of color the drakes had. You can kill 2 hens a day there.
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby dakotashooter2 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:27 pm

The opening 2 weeks in ND it's pretty hard to tell particularly if you're a little older and don't have great eyesite to start with. I actually can't wear my bifocals when hunting cause I have trouble identifying birds when I wear them. I wear my old single lense glasses.
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby duckman27 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:53 pm

I read an article last week about how 40-45% of the total hen mallard population dies each year. Out of the 100% of hen deaths each year, only 7-8% is due to hunting. The other 93% is all from natural causes so hunting regualtions that prevent you from shooting hens are fairly insignificant
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby imboray » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:14 am

I read an article in Wildfowl about the same thing. If all that is true consider me one of the suprised
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby dakotashooter2 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:52 am

You have to remember that the hens are more subject to predation than the drakes........ particularly when they are sitting on nests.................
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby FowlOffspring » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:09 pm

I live in and hunt in Northwest Oregon and on our opener the drakes were actually very colorful.It was pretty easy to tell the hens and drakes apart.
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby Toban » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:11 am

Here in Manitoba, there is no limit on hens and when our season starts it's pretty much impossible to tell the difference between drakes and hens.
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby Sir Remington » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:21 am

here in Minnesota 4 ducks, out of the 6 we can shoot, can be mallards and 2 of those 4 can be hens, its hard to tell early in the season but here its easier to shoot your limit with teal and woodies before you have to worry about mallards.
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby Fowl'in up NORTH » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:05 pm

Pretty easy to tell, just look for the white bellies and shoot.
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Re: Early ducks up north

Postby 0321Tony » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:41 pm

Here in Alaska our season opens Sept 1st and if we had a limit on hens it would be really hard to shoot drakes only. They are full eclipse plumage at that time and all look about the same.

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