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#5425975 - 11/17/14 09:41 AM How rare is a Bufflehead?
cdoz35 Offline
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Registered: 05/12/10
Posts: 258
Loc: Abilene, TX
Went hunting Sunday AM with bradybuck and some others and we shot a beautiful bufflehead drake. How rare are these in Texas? We have seen a few in the past, but never got one. I am considering getting it mounted. I read somewhere that Texas only holds about 4300 of these in the winter, if that is true then I would think they are pretty rare.

#5425980 - 11/17/14 09:42 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 26494
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
depends on the area... pretty common to shoot them on Big Tx lakes. But not that common. Iv only shot one.. he tasted good

#5425992 - 11/17/14 09:45 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Registered: 10/09/13
Posts: 1414
Last year I got one off one of our private tanks near Austin.. only one I saw up here but there's usually a bunch down at the coast later in the season. Pretty good eating and they look great on the wall!

Edited by DuckCoach1985 (11/17/14 09:45 AM)
Cut 'Em!!!

#5425994 - 11/17/14 09:46 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 3842
Loc: The Great State
Originally Posted By: DuckCoach1985
there's a bunch down at the coast

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#5426121 - 11/17/14 10:24 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
jdk1985 Offline
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Registered: 08/15/11
Posts: 11820
Loc: Waco, TX
Never seen one myself

#5426213 - 11/17/14 10:50 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: jdk1985]
Limit Extender Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1027
Loc: North Texas
Beaver can probably tell you the exact amount.

#5426224 - 11/17/14 10:56 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
FamousAmos Offline
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Registered: 02/01/05
Posts: 4164
Loc: Burleson
Only shot one, myself. Have seen some on one particular North Texas tank but no other place. I mounted mine.

By grace alone; through faith alone; in Christ alone!

#5426227 - 11/17/14 10:57 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
beaversnipe Online   crying
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Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 15381
Loc: Uranus
Current birdcount of buffelhead in North Texas is 658.
So yes, pretty rare. Havent had time to count them down the coast.
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#5426233 - 11/17/14 10:59 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
Featherduster Offline
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Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 5590
Loc: Columbus / Garwood
Just depends on where you hunt. I wouldn't call it a rare bird, but I wouldn't call it a common one either.

#5426237 - 11/17/14 10:59 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 34109
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
We have a tank in West Texas that has them every year. It is a large government tank that was supposed to hold about 15-20 acres of water when full but it never held. It is about 4 acres most the year and about 4-6' deep at the deepest points. For some reason, they love does every other duck in the area.

#5426270 - 11/17/14 11:11 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
Blake E. Online   content
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Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 1028
Loc: North Central Texas
I got one place we shoot them almost every time we hunt it. Cool little bird. If I ever kill one without clients im going to mount one.
Blake (940) 389-0801

#5426291 - 11/17/14 11:17 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
LukeDawg40 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/29/10
Posts: 293
Loc: Taylor County
We had 3 drakes in our decoys Saturday morning. We usually kill 10-15 a year.

#5426342 - 11/17/14 11:42 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
CinchMan Offline
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Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 1404
Loc: Country Past The City Limit Si...
Shot 1 around Coleman last year, wish I had gotten it mounted!!
Say When.....

#5426346 - 11/17/14 11:44 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: cdoz35]
Falconclaw08 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/03/13
Posts: 15
Loc: Brownwood, tx
We shoot at least a couple a week here around Brownwood

#5426368 - 11/17/14 11:52 AM Re: How rare is a Bufflehead? [Re: Falconclaw08]
Guy Online   content
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 26188
Loc: Lake X
Have consistently seen tons of them west texas, and some seasons in NE texas. I shot a few over the years, but generally pass on them. I recall eating one that was surprisingly good, and tried to cook another one leaving the skin/fat on it, and it was dreadful.

A hen/drake pair mount would be cool. up

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