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Early Teal #8671218 08/22/22 07:46 PM
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Going to give early teal season a shot this year for the first time. Last year was my first year duck hunting in general. Do yall prefer hunting teal on large lakes or smaller tanks of water?

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Wherever the birds are. Bluewing love shallow grassy areas. Almost mud.

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Are greens the same or do they like deeper water more?

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Teal in general like water less than 6" for feeding. They might loaf or roost in deeper, but focus on shallow flats for your hunts.

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Originally Posted by rboyett33
Are greens the same or do they like deeper water more?


Both prefer shallow water. Greenies are more tolerant o.f salt water

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I have shot teal on 20 acre grassy duck ponds, and have shot teal on half acre knee deep prairie mudholes. My preference will go to the larger water since it seems to draw birds better. Every day is different. If teal are in your area and you get some spinners out with your decoys typically they will at least come take a look. I don't even Texas rig my decoys anymore. Just push the keel into the mud. Don't over think teal, they won't over think you.

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Originally Posted by rboyett33
Last year was my first year duck hunting in general.

Your biggest challenge with be not shooting wood ducks or spoonies...

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Originally Posted by Guy
Originally Posted by rboyett33
Last year was my first year duck hunting in general.

Your biggest challenge with be not shooting wood ducks or spoonies...

roflmao


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I can hear the mud stomp now

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I'd love to shoot a wood duck.. although I'd like it to be legal...

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They sell the rainbow teal endorsement with the regular teal tags just in case.


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Originally Posted by LarryCopper
They sell the rainbow teal endorsement with the regular teal tags just in case.

roflmao


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Originally Posted by Guy
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Last year was my first year duck hunting in general.

Your biggest challenge with be not shooting wood ducks or spoonies...


I’m in the same boat as OP, and this is definitely my biggest concern, being able to identify different ducks on the fly.

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Originally Posted by Danny_DeerVito
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Last year was my first year duck hunting in general.

Your biggest challenge with be not shooting wood ducks or spoonies...


I’m in the same boat as OP, and this is definitely my biggest concern, being able to identify different ducks on the fly.

Your first couple trips , go with a guide, he/she'll id the birds and call the shots so you aren't sky blasting. If you're an individule duck hunter good luck finding a guide that will take you. Not their fault, lots of folks won't hunt with someone they don't know. Good luck


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My two cents is that you can get confident IDing teal fairly quickly on your own. During my first season several years ago, I had the same concern, but just do your research and don’t take any shots you’re not 100% sure of. Teal generally fly in larger numbers than wood ducks and are a bit smaller. And, because they decoy so well, you’ll probably get a good close look. As for spoonies, I’ve never confused a spoonie with a teal…

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I mistook a spoonbill for a teal one time at about 18 years old. First light opening day of teal season. Have a ticket from ole green pants Dugan to prove it. roflmao

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In SE Louisiana wood ducks tend to fly solo or in pairs. If you are fortunate to have a large group (5 and up) of ducks come at you it will be teal. Teal like to zig and zag when they fly and woodies tend to fly straight lines. It takes a while to learn how to look for the sagging butt of the wood duck as they fly, that comes with time. Good luck.

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Originally Posted by steventtu
My two cents is that you can get confident IDing teal fairly quickly on your own. During my first season several years ago, I had the same concern, but just do your research and don’t take any shots you’re not 100% sure of. Teal generally fly in larger numbers than wood ducks and are a bit smaller. And, because they decoy so well, you’ll probably get a good close look. As for spoonies, I’ve never confused a spoonie with a teal…


This will serve you all through your hunting adventures. If not sure don't shoot. You can't take your shot back & no reason to waste an animal.

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Originally Posted by steventtu
As for spoonies, I’ve never confused a spoonie with a teal…

Pretty easy to do. Wing speculum is identical, and early season they both do not have their fully bloomed color yet, so they both have grey heads and bodies like hens... And on top of this, spoonies will fly in same flock as BWT, I have seen it with my own eyes.

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Blue wing is closer related to a shoveler than a green wing actually.

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Originally Posted by rboyett33
Going to give early teal season a shot this year for the first time. Last year was my first year duck hunting in general. Do yall prefer hunting teal on large lakes or smaller tanks of water?


Brackish water of the coast. Probably with teal this time is it’s going to be all or nothing. Migrating quickly here today gone in the morning


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Heck, I’ve shot more Canadas during early teal than teal the last few seasons.

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I’ve only had luck with big water for early real, preferably big and shallow with a lot of vegetation if you have it


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Originally Posted by Guy
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As for spoonies, I’ve never confused a spoonie with a teal…

Pretty easy to do. Wing speculum is identical, and early season they both do not have their fully bloomed color yet, so they both have grey heads and bodies like hens... And on top of this, spoonies will fly in same flock as BWT, I have seen it with my own eyes.

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Used to watch it happen a lot down at a WMA when I was younger. I would watch dudes pound spoonies out of flocks of teal. You are spot on with this statement.

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