Are there different types of spoonies? Cus I"ve noticed somtimes you see 'em and they're about the size of big teal, but than you shoot one and its bigger than a mallard. I'm sure they have different plumage just like every duck...but do they really grow that much in a month or two?!
Shovelers have two reasons to live. They are great foe the 12 year old's "youth hunt" the 1st week before the general season starts. They die easy, some times one pellet anywhere!! The 2nd reason, is to test your new reloads on; if they work, there is meat for the spagetti sauce.
down here in louisiana, if the shovelers are eating in the ricefields they are as good as teal. if they are down in the marsh--no good, too strong, dark red meat. if the skin is white are yellow they are very good. if the skin is dark are red, throw it......
we don't have very many and i shot one the first morning 2 yrs ago and it was the prize of the year!!
Was really something it was only a female but still different and neat to shoot!!
but if they were around yes i would shoot them as well!! somedays if ya want a good shoot ya gotta shoot at the #3 and #4 picks of ducks
I shoot em, don't see a whole lot of them here in the north, but I have bagged a few over the years, and honestly, I didn't think they tasted to bad at all, but my birds were out of flooded corn fields.
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