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New to duck hunting questions? #5379714 10/26/14 01:49 AM
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OK so I'm new to duck hunting for this year. So take it easy guys. I've mainly just shot dove most of my life.

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1. I've heard about only being able to shoot ducks till noon..I can't find anywhere on the texas parks and wildlife website that says that.

2. Can u shoot teal during duck season? I shot a few teal during early teal season but can you still shoot teal during duck season?

3. Since the limit is 6 birds and a combo of species what is a hen?

4. Thanks for bearing w me. Hopefully you guys can shed some insight to my questions. I'm Sure il have more. Thanks again

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1. Only on certain public areas
2. Yes
3. A female duck
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Does TPWD offer a waterfowl identification course???


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Pervis this web site will give you some good info. Look for the duck identification link on the right side.

http://www.flyways.us/

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Thanks guys for the answers. Yeah I've been watching ducks fly during dove season in order to help myself begin to identify them. This forum has been really helpful.

Re: New to duck hunting questions? [Re: pervis] #5382423 10/27/14 05:54 PM
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The best way to learn about duck ID is to go out and shoot a bunch of ducks, then take them to the game warden for him to help you out. They are great at identifying them and will really teach you a lesson! LOL

Just having some fun with you. You are doing right by asking questions.


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Download the DU app.. they have a waterfowl ID tool you can look at anywhere without internet.

I've also spent a lot of time googling pictures and videos of different ducks to get a better idea of what they look like in flight and on the water.

The best way to learn is experience. Take a good pair of binoculars to the duck blind and make sure you know what you're shooting at! You'll learn soon enough.

Hayraker's answers are all correct.

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Originally Posted By: DuckCoach1985
Download the DU app.. they have a waterfowl ID tool you can look at anywhere without internet.

I've also spent a lot of time googling pictures and videos of different ducks to get a better idea of what they look like in flight and on the water.

The best way to learn is experience. Take a good pair of binoculars to the duck blind and make sure you know what you're shooting at! You'll learn soon enough.

Hayraker's answers are all correct.
This. Not putting you down or anything but my 5 year old used this app for a kindergarten project and blew the whole school away. Kid can identify 20 species of ducks...drake or hen. He get's mixed up occasionally on the tough ones but he used this app for 90% of his education. Pics, sounds and details of the species. Great tool. It also has a legal shooting time (LST) that's based on GPS, so you're good on that as well.


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That hard part is being able to identify them at a distance when they're coming in by sight and sound. Identifying them after the shot just lets ya know if you need to mud stomp it. Not good, only experience will help ya there. Try to find somebody to hunt with that can help ya tell the differences before the shot and point them out. God knows if I weren't around my brother would unintentionally shoot 6 blue bills.


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Originally Posted By: Astater
It also has a legal shooting time (LST) that's based on GPS, so you're good on that as well.


If only everyone had this embedded into their heads.


I started off by ground checking them. I'd shoot a bird and look it up in my little booklet and continue. Never had a problem.

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Originally Posted By: Hayraker
1. Only on certain public areas
2. Yes
3. A female duck
4. Your welcome




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Reminds me of Uncle Buck when the kid was giving him the 3rd degree and asking all those questions.

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OK so here's a pic from tonight.
Keep in mind the camera on my phone makes em look farther away than what they really are.

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They came over honking. Thanks guys for the suggestions and input!

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those geese are tricky! be sure to only pick out the drakes to shoot!


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Originally Posted By: Merican Duck Hunter
those geese are tricky! be sure to only pick out the drakes to shoot!


Tell us your trick to identify Mr Goose so quickly.

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Yeah I could tell they were geese they were honking. Yeah give me/us watching this thread a tip to identify the drakes.

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Is the du app recommended above the water fowler journal? (Free) or the pay .99 one? I'm taking all the suggestions I can

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Originally Posted By: pervis
Yeah I could tell they were geese they were honking. Yeah give me/us watching this thread a tip to identify the drakes.


You're being had laugh Male and female geese look alike.

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Just make sure you tag all of your geese and teal properly... up


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Hey thanks for the heads up yeah I'm sure it's funny to most of you guys and I'm game for a jokes on me. But thanks for cluing me in. I was wondering how the crap your supposed to tell the males and females apart w geese in the air.

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So here's another question looks like I'm full of em. What's the best tasting duck in you guys opinion? I like to eat what I shoot/kill. Like I've mentioned I'm totally new to the duck aspect of things.

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Wigeon or teal... but If you can find and chop down a few corn or rice fed Mallards, that would get my vote. Most of the Central Texas Ducks are pond weed or fish eaters and they can get pretty gamey tasting- but nothing that a long soak in salt water or buttermilk won't cure! up


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Just stick with most puddlers and no divers except for maybe a can.

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Duck hunting 101 <------ click link up



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They all taste the same if you treat it right and soak it in milk or brine. I love it.. some don't. Biggest word of caution: be careful when chewing! Steel shot can be tough on the molars!

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