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Huge Mallard

Postby QuackAddict95 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:03 pm

This has got to be the biggest mallard I have ever seen. I shot it yesterday and he had 4 curls. The one on the left is one i shot a week ago and had in the freezer.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby FowlOffspring » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:52 pm

In every other post that I have seen about HUGE greenheads, the guys said that it was probably a farm duck or something that got away and ended up with some wild birds. That being said, I couldnt tell you whether hes just a monster or a previously tame mallard. :huh:
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby ohioboy » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:57 pm

He looks hung too..... :shades:
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby rebelp74 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:58 pm

ohioboy wrote:He looks hung too..... :shades:

A true black/mallard hybrid!
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby stumpjumper1590 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:55 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby Goose Doctors » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:24 am

Shot a beautiful really mature pair 2 seasons ago, drake had 5 curls... wish i would have gotten them mounted instead of grilled up :no:
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby 1Luckytiger » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:03 am

rebelp74 wrote:
ohioboy wrote:He looks hung too..... :shades:

A true black/mallard hybrid!


Yep...I agree...th' SLONG tells da' truth!!! :lol: :grooving:
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby Skeet123 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:57 am

Nice bird.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby Skeet123 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:21 am

How much does that bird weigh?
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby casprig » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:41 pm

I believe he is just a mature, wild, drake mallard. Probably nearing 4 years old and has survived the gauntlet of his lifetime. Put him on the wall. Nice bird!
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby JoeFish » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:19 pm

I did'nt know and have never counted the number of curls on the tail feathers. Ill have to start checking. I know couple weeks ago we noticed that one of our drakes had a huge head. Should have counted the feather before I ATE HIM!!!! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby Duck Collector » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:05 pm

casprig wrote:I believe he is just a mature, wild, drake mallard. Probably nearing 4 years old and has survived the gauntlet of his lifetime. Put him on the wall. Nice bird!


Sorry bud, but that mallard is either a farm duck or he is OVER 15 yrs old. Mallards live to be like 20...i killed one like that earlier this season and he was pushin 5lbs and dwarfed a normal mallard, funny thing about that duck is that i was only 600yds from a park LOADED with mallards :biggrin:
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby WisconsinWaterfowler » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:14 pm

The amount of curls have nothing to do with the bird's age.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby Frank Lopez » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:46 am

Duck Collector wrote:
casprig wrote:I believe he is just a mature, wild, drake mallard. Probably nearing 4 years old and has survived the gauntlet of his lifetime. Put him on the wall. Nice bird!


Sorry bud, but that mallard is either a farm duck or he is OVER 15 yrs old. Mallards live to be like 20...i killed one like that earlier this season and he was pushin 5lbs and dwarfed a normal mallard, funny thing about that duck is that i was only 600yds from a park LOADED with mallards :biggrin:


We get a couple of birds like that every year. A friend got one this year that weighted 6lbs 5oz. And no, they are not farm ducks, assuming you're talking about a cross between a standard white Peking duck and a wild mallard. Whenever that cross occurs, the bird will generally exhibit the plummage of both species, but it also has a high tendancy of inheriting the flightless capabilities of the Peking duck. Long Island was a hotbed of duck farms not all that many years ago. Most farms were located on the south shore bays, but a few were on inland ponds and lakes. We used to shoot blackbirds and starlings at some of these farms. They were considered pest birds, and the farmers appreciated us taking care of them. We used to see a lot of mallard domestic crossing going on. But in every case that we ever saw, the birds could not fly.

Come the really cold weather around here, is when we generally get those big, old, Canadian red legs that tip the scales over 6 lbs.

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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby talltimber » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:26 am

We usually kill a few that are big like that, or at least big for the average size we normally see. None this year. They got a head on them like a house cat. Big, pretty birds.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby Bob Caygeon » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:27 pm

6 pound mallard? Nope.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby WisconsinWaterfowler » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:02 pm

Frank Lopez wrote:
Duck Collector wrote:
casprig wrote:I believe he is just a mature, wild, drake mallard. Probably nearing 4 years old and has survived the gauntlet of his lifetime. Put him on the wall. Nice bird!


Sorry bud, but that mallard is either a farm duck or he is OVER 15 yrs old. Mallards live to be like 20...i killed one like that earlier this season and he was pushin 5lbs and dwarfed a normal mallard, funny thing about that duck is that i was only 600yds from a park LOADED with mallards :biggrin:


We get a couple of birds like that every year. A friend got one this year that weighted 6lbs 5oz. And no, they are not farm ducks, assuming you're talking about a cross between a standard white Peking duck and a wild mallard. Whenever that cross occurs, the bird will generally exhibit the plummage of both species, but it also has a high tendancy of inheriting the flightless capabilities of the Peking duck. Long Island was a hotbed of duck farms not all that many years ago. Most farms were located on the south shore bays, but a few were on inland ponds and lakes. We used to shoot blackbirds and starlings at some of these farms. They were considered pest birds, and the farmers appreciated us taking care of them. We used to see a lot of mallard domestic crossing going on. But in every case that we ever saw, the birds could not fly.


Come the really cold weather around here, is when we generally get those big, old, Canadian red legs that tip the scales over 6 lbs.

Frank

Pekin ducks are white, a mallard crossed with one would be extremely obvious. Rouen ducks on the other hand look identical to mallards and while they cannot fly they average close to 10 pounds. 6 lb pure strain wild mallards do not exist, it's as simple as that. If you're shooting 6 lb mallards they are almost indefinitely a hybrid with a Rouen. I believe Pacific Eiders are the only North American duck that reaches 6 pounds.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby Frank Lopez » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:22 am

Yes, I'm aware of the Rouens. But a couple of things make me think that's not the case. First, crosses are a pretty rare occurance in the wild. In our experience, the occurance of these big birds is far more frequent. Second, and this is the big point, we get the same sized ducks late in the season with black ducks. Black ducks and mallards will and do interbreed. Usually, it is a male mallard and a female black duck. The thing with black ducks is that they seem to have a pretty fragile DNA and any outcross shows up easily. Mostly it's in the speculum. Any white in the speculum of a black duck indicates an outcross. Earlier this year we shot two ducks on the same hunt that went over 6 lbs a apiece. One was a drake mallard, the other was a black. The black's speculum was purple with black banding, indicating a pure strain.

I suppose that anything's possible, but there is no way to solve this without examination of a well trained duck biologist.

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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby STEVE IN SOCAL » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:23 pm

I shot a Gadwall this year that was 50% bigger than anything I shot this year. He's at the taxidermist now.
Maybe it's just genetics...I've got a brother that's 5'8" and one that's 6'5".
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby kyle916 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:11 pm

cool but put something next to it to compare, not just another bird. like a shell, soda can, etc. measurements help too.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby QuackAddict95 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:44 am

this duck weighed a little over 4 1/2 pounds
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby youngoilguy » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:45 am

we get some really really big mallards like that late season. I find that when I clean them they are not "that" much bigger, but the skin is about .25" thick.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby TNDuckBoy » Tue May 21, 2013 8:25 pm

A couple of years ago I shot a mallard a little bigger than that. It laned in our decoys with a couple of white boat dock ducks. It was just a mallard that was hanging around with the tame ducks eating dog food that an old woman used to feed them.
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby Rick Hall » Wed May 22, 2013 4:55 am

So you shot an old lady's pet duck?
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Re: Huge Mallard

Postby TNDuckBoy » Thu May 23, 2013 6:18 am

Rick Hall wrote:So you shot an old lady's pet duck?

No, it started as a wild mallard, but it and the mallards in its flock started to mooch of of the food that the lady fed the white ducks. Plus the owner said that he didn't want the mallards taking tke food from the tame ones so we took care of it when they flew into our decoys. :thumbsup:
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