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#5943568 - 09/23/15 09:06 PM Teal Drake
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Registered: 08/11/14
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Loc: Texas
Where are the Teal Drakes at???? I've harvested a couple hens and most pictures I've seen are hens, where they at????

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#5943616 - 09/23/15 09:34 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
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Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 448
Loc: Keller, TX
The are still in their eclipse plumage and haven't plumed out yet. Chances are many of the birds you are killing and seeing killed are drakes.


Edited by TOMCAT21 (09/23/15 09:35 PM)

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#5943637 - 09/23/15 09:46 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5131
Loc: Abilene, TX
Hard to tell them apart this time of year. I assume the birds with brighter blue and green feathers and bright orange feet are the drakes. They do not have the white or dark feathers on the head.

I would love to get a fully plumed BWT.

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#5943660 - 09/23/15 09:55 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
Txcatman1 Offline
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Loc: S texas
Yup the drakes tend to migrate first, easiest way to tell the drakes in the early season are the color of the legs and feet, drakes will be the yellowish orange ones.
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#5943680 - 09/23/15 10:08 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
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Registered: 11/02/09
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Early season drakes have a solid white band on the wing. Hens & young ones have a very light broken line on the wing.

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#5943684 - 09/23/15 10:08 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
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Registered: 07/03/10
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Loc: Texas
You can easily tell the drakes from the hens by looking at the wing patch. It isn't hard at all.
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#5943750 - 09/23/15 10:45 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
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#5943756 - 09/23/15 10:47 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: DUKFVR]
FowlDreams Offline
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Originally Posted By: DUKFVR
Early season drakes have a solid white band on the wing. Hens & young ones have a very light broken line on the wing.


X2 pretty easy to tell
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#5943765 - 09/23/15 10:51 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
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Registered: 11/09/08
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“It’s pretty distinctive, actually,” said Todd Merendino, Ducks Unlimited conservation programs manager in Texas. “The males don’t have that big white crescent on their head yet, but on their wings the males will have a really predominant white stripe. The females don’t have that.”

Merendino said another hint to sexing early season teal are their legs, with males usually having more yellow-tinted legs, and the female’s being more gray.

“Most people will say ‘I shot four females,’ but typically the adult males will come down first, so chances are good really early on that you may be shooting all males,” he said. “As you get later on in September, you’ll start getting younger birds and adult females coming down; the last weekend, you might be shooting all hens.”

The final clue in telling the drakes and hens apart involves looking at their bills.

“Usually the hens will have some kind of black dots on their bill, while the male bills will be more solid,” Merendino said. “Typically, once they’re in hand, that’s the best cue, because there is definitely a very distinctive white stripe on the males.”

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#5943771 - 09/23/15 11:02 PM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5131
Loc: Abilene, TX
So y'all pick out the drakes during teal season huh?

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#5944033 - 09/24/15 08:22 AM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
wal1809 Offline
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Registered: 08/26/05
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Loc: Texas
Bunch of hen killers!
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#5944039 - 09/24/15 08:25 AM Re: Teal Drake [Re: TTUhunter4]
Gdogg Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
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Loc: Liberty Hill
Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
You can easily tell the drakes from the hens by looking at the wing patch. It isn't hard at all.



Yep. And orange feet.

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#5944040 - 09/24/15 08:25 AM Re: Teal Drake [Re: Catch Dog]
wal1809 Offline
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You need to get one in the spring for a good mounter bird. Unfortunately it is not season. Look at what my little black bitch is holding. That was the last weekend of season that year.

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#5944042 - 09/24/15 08:26 AM Re: Teal Drake [Re: BradyBuck]
Gdogg Offline
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Loc: Liberty Hill
Originally Posted By: BradyBuck
So y'all pick out the drakes during teal season huh?


After the hunt.

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#5944146 - 09/24/15 09:32 AM Re: Teal Drake [Re: BradyBuck]
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Registered: 07/03/10
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: BradyBuck
So y'all pick out the drakes during teal season huh?

You'll get it eventually. You just started duck hunting last year, after all.
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