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#5538407 - 01/12/15 05:47 PM Duck hierarchy?
BradyBuck Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5285
Loc: Abilene, TX
I get that ringers are at the bottom because they are hard to clean and not as good to eat.

I don't however get why spoonies are looked down upon and why some other ducks are seen as better than others.

I love to hunt gadwall and wigeon but we shoot a lot of them. My favorite to hunt and in general is the pintail.

Most of them I see as being just puddlers and divers.

If I had to make a list though it would go as follows:

Pintail
Cinnamon teal
Mallard
Can
Bufflehead
Wooduck
Gadwall
Wigeon
GWT
Redhead
BWT
Spoonie
Ringer

I know there are more ducks than what's on my list but I don't know much about them I guess to form an opinion.

What's your favorite duck to hunt or in general?

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#5538478 - 01/12/15 06:15 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
beaversnipe Offline
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Registered: 01/17/10
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Loc: Uranus
Wigeon
Pinnies
Mallard
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#5538502 - 01/12/15 06:22 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
REQ Offline
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Registered: 03/25/10
Posts: 296
A lot of the old school guys will argue that green is all they want to shoot. I'm with you though, love to watch a big sprig circle. Cinnamon teal and pintails are my 2 fav Texas species (along w harlequins for non Texas).


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#5538580 - 01/12/15 06:51 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5285
Loc: Abilene, TX
That's one heck of sprig!

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#5538884 - 01/12/15 08:37 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 2335
Loc: Duck blind
Hunting the coast only for a couple years, pintails moved down on my list. I still get more excited when a greenhead is circling than anything else. Mine would be in order

1. Mallards, because I still haven't shot a lot of them

2.wigeon

3.pintail

4.woodies

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#5538928 - 01/12/15 08:53 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Mallard
Pintail
Widgeon
Woodduck
Canvasback
Teal
Gadwall
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#5538931 - 01/12/15 08:53 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
Shinski Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 17
Loc: Texas
Pintail
Can
Widgeon
Mallard
Gadwall
Redhead
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#5539015 - 01/12/15 09:20 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
Dave Speer Offline


Registered: 12/27/07
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Loc: Austin
I like shootin ducks. Doesn't matter what they are. A lot of it is local, too. In places they celebrate when they get a good looking ringneck, here they are looked down upon. Up north near the border they never see a good plumed gadwall.
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#5539053 - 01/12/15 09:30 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
_Scooter_ Offline
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Registered: 09/06/08
Posts: 1661
Loc: NoDux, Texas
hierarchy? okay...

Mallard
Wigeon
Pintail
Green Wing/Blue Wing Teal
Bufflehead
Gadwall
Wood duck (haven't gotten one yet)
Cinnamon Teal (never saw one in TX)













Then somewhere way down here,
Redheads and Canvasbacks
Scaup
Spoonies














And then way down here in a tie for the lowest priority would be:
ringers, Mergansers, and coots.
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#5539149 - 01/12/15 09:53 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
droebuck Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/02/13
Posts: 16
Loc: texas
Pintail
Gadwall
Green Wing Teal (because they are a challenge to hit)
Blue Wing Teal
Widgeon
Spoonie
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#5539295 - 01/12/15 10:43 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 466
Loc: Keller, TX
Mallard
Pintail
Canvasback

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#5539300 - 01/12/15 10:45 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 1415
Loc: Country Past The City Limit Si...
Pintail (never shot a drake)
Wood duck (never shot one)
Mallard
Wigeon
Cinnamon
Can
Redhead
Gadwall
GWT
BWT
Spoonie
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#5539376 - 01/12/15 11:24 PM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
Ridn9high Offline
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Registered: 01/13/07
Posts: 1485
Loc: Where the ducks are
Greenheads
Sprig
Woodies
Widgeon
Cans
RedHeads
Gaddies
Teal
Goldeneyes
Scaup

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#5539540 - 01/13/15 07:07 AM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
mohunter Offline
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Registered: 08/05/10
Posts: 1519
Loc: Duck Hole, Tx
Greenhead.
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#5539542 - 01/13/15 07:08 AM Re: Duck hierarchy? [Re: BradyBuck]
NTX Waterfowl Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/08/12
Posts: 352
Loc: Wylie
I love them all, each has a cool quality about them that makes them unique. Sure, I would love to have pintails, widgeon, and Canvasbacks buzzing the spread more often or have a strap full of green with a kicker but how many hunts have been saved by that good tasting, almost-mallard-sized, and subtlety beautiful Gadwall. I'd like variety but I'll take a strap of Grey any day of the week.

I usually pass Ringnecks like a lot of guys but who can deny how cool it is when the little jets buzz your spread 10 ft off the water doing 50mph. Sometimes they sucker me into the shot just for the challenge of it (aged the go in sausage fine).

I guess that doesn't really answer the question but to me I just can't really put them in order, they pretty much all tie.


Edited by NTX Waterfowl (01/13/15 07:09 AM)
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