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#5502486 - 12/27/14 01:23 PM Hooded merganser
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Are they a rare bird?
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#5502506 - 12/27/14 01:31 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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No, not at all, maybe rare for some to shoot though, we normally let them pass. Not very good tablefare.

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#5502511 - 12/27/14 01:34 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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They make a pretty mount.

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#5502531 - 12/27/14 01:43 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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Beautiful birds. Only ones I've ever shot were with a camera.

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#5502560 - 12/27/14 01:55 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: Jacob645]
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Originally Posted By: Jacob645
They make a pretty mount.


I shot one today (didn't know exactly what it was when I
Shot it) and had to google it

They make pretty cool mounts from what I've seen online.

I've never seen one before and I've seen alot of birds in the wild, I did not know if they were common, semi common or rare
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I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#5502572 - 12/27/14 02:01 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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Depends on your area like anything else. I've only seen 4 in all my years of hunting. Talk to guys in east tx that view them as bad as coots. I think merganser table mounts look great, mount that sucker!

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#5502617 - 12/27/14 02:24 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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He is in my freezer now.

I guess like you said it's regional. Mallards are by no means a rare bird but if one gets shot down here it makes the local news, same with wood ducks
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#5502678 - 12/27/14 02:55 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
He is in my freezer now.

I guess like you said it's regional. Mallards are by no means a rare bird but if one gets shot down here it makes the local news, same with wood ducks


LOL, good point... I think I've shot 4 Mallards in my life. They are very rare where I hunt.
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#5502716 - 12/27/14 03:19 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: NTX Waterfowl]
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Populations approx 300,000 mcgreasers vs 10.5 million mallards. They are fairly uncommon and not easy to target. One of my favorites in hand but a pain to mount!!!

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#5502743 - 12/27/14 03:33 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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They're really tasty, don't even need to season. Just throw straight on the grill! J/k, they do make pretty mounts though
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#5515273 - 01/02/15 11:22 AM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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We get them pretty commonly in our area, mainly in pairs - does anyone know why they have their own bag limit separate than ducks??
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#5515291 - 01/02/15 11:34 AM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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creeks, rivers, bottomland and youll find them.
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#5515297 - 01/02/15 11:37 AM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
creeks, rivers, bottomland and youll find them.


We have none of those here


If the population is 300k in North America then I would say that is pretty low. Apparently Canada has the biggest breeding population
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#5515365 - 01/02/15 12:20 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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One of my customers harvested a beautiful dear today
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#5515423 - 01/02/15 12:51 PM Re: Hooded merganser [Re: txtrophy85]
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We roost a good many of them on the Navasot and the Trinity. Usually if you have a good heavy number of wooduck you will have Hoodys
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