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Mexican Whistling Duck

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Here is a picture of a Mexican Whistling Duck. It is also known as a Black Bellied Tree Duck ? Picture taken by Scott Schexnaydre in Destrehan La.
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Thanx that helps I know what that is now
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   Guy L
I have seen them several times in the past in the trees of Chicot State Park. They scare the snot out of you when you are concentrating on a quiet approach in a little cove to fish and a pair of these things takes off from the branches above your head. They let you get pretty close before they abandon their tree, close enough to startle you. Never saw one in the marsh, but have seen them more than once at Chicot.
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   Landon C
If anyone wants to see some of these ducks just go play a round of golf in the evening at Willowdale Country Club in Luling. They roost in the trees behind the 15th hole.
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   stopandgo
I is good to see these birds making a return to South LA. I have seen a lot of the Fulvous Whistling ducks this summer. hope I get the chance to bag one this duck season.
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   scratch
About 1,000 of them spent the spring in the Audubon Park lagoons. And no, they were not zoo pets. Aparently they have been coming in larger and larger numbers to the area presumably to nest.

They are also all over the Houston area. My dad had 4 come into his deer feeder in Cypress and I saw a bunch of them during the 4ht of July weekend. Used to kill and see them in the Gueydan area where they were called Mexican Squealers. They are actually good to eat.

Maybe we will get a good population in Louisiana to supplement our bags when things get slow.
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   rpg2006
WHATS THE LIMIT ON 'EM?
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The black-bellies have been showing up in SW La as well. I've heard there is a large nesting colony around Lake Arthur. We've killed a few at our lease in Klondike- the limit is 6, just like teals, greys, etc. Unlike the Fulvous which nest here every year, the black-bellies seem to stay year round. I know the rice farmers and crawfishermen in that area are having a problem with them destroying the rice in flooded fields.
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   David B.
Thanks Landon for given out the secret spot! By the way, I saw the pics of the 12 you bagged last week, nice shooting. Hope they were tasty LC! Kind of upset you didn't invite me to the BBQ.
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I've seen 'em in Chicot Lake near Ville Platte, Spring Bayou near Marksville, Savanne Neuvelle near Creole, and south of Lake Arthur. They fly slow and straight, and announce their arrival far in advance, and so are easy to shoot.
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   Aaron C
The picture only had 12 in it, he really killed 24, boy were they tasty!!!!!!!!
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Shot 4 of them in about 3 seconds last year. They sure do fly slow. Thought they were immature geese or something. A local at that lease told they weren't any good to eat, but we made a gravy with them a few grey ducks and they were very good.
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anybody know what they eat fish or grass
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-they are good eating. I had heard the meat was oily, and the meat did appear richer than the other ducks, but very mild tasting. They are harder to pluck. From what I've seen they eat nothing but grain. Everyone we killed had a craw full of rice.
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   MICAH M
They eat grass and seeds.Never killed one with anyhting but that inside them.Hunted in Lake Arthur last year and they where as thick there as I had ever seen them.They where in the marsh by the thousands.I killed my limit in 4 shots.They are easy to kill and are great eating.They are as good as a woodduck in my opinion.
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I made a comment about this in another thread recently; I have been seeing Black bellies over my house in Crowley (Acadia Parish) lately. It is not uncommon to see Fulvous, but black bellies are rare! I am hoping that this is a hint of things to come.
We use to kill the snot out of the black bellies and fulvous whistlers at Sabine. They are Stuuuuuuupid! I also killed a banded black bellied whistler that I think was banded somewhere around the Corpus Christi, TX area.
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We have been having them on our lease for about 4 yrs now. Every year its more and more. They even use some of the wood duck boxes we have out. Have a crap load of eggs. They are really stupid.
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LETS SEE, ther are plentyfull,Stupid as a dos gris, slow and straight flying(easy to shoot) , no known limit and they taste good. Heck I may have to start duck hunting again.
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   NOLA DUCK
We have shot a bunch over here around Lake Charles. I still have them in the freezer so I'm not sure how they taste.
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Just because black-bellies aren't listed, doesn't mean there is no limit. Taken directly from DWF regulations,

"The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two canvasbacks, one pintail, three mottled ducks, one black duck, two wood ducks, two scaup and two redheads. "

If you notice, there is no mention of gadwalls, widgeon, greenwing teal, bluewing teal, ringnecks, etc. If a duck is not listed simply means you can have up to 6 as part of your daily bag limit, i.e. 4 mallards and 2 black bellies would be a limit, as would 5 black bellies and 1 pintail.- I'd like to see someone try and explain having a limit of ducks, plus additional black bellies and argue they were legal because black bellies weren't mentioned in the regs.
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   NOLA DUCK

The black bellies are included on the daily bag limits for waterfowl.
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MIGRATORY & WATERFOWL SEASONS
Dates and limits will be added to table as season dates and limits are set.
2007-08 MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS HUNTING SEASONS
**The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two canvasbacks, one pintail, three mottled ducks, one black duck, two wood ducks, two scaup and two redheads. The daily bag limit on coots is 15. In addition to the daily bag limit for ducks, the daily bag limit for mergansers is five, only two of which may be a hooded merganser. The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is twice the daily bag limit.
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The horse is dead!!!!
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   BIRD DOG
I have been seeing them around West Pearl just about every day.
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We have them all over our lake at the lodge. They are a good looking bird and fast. Really fun to shoot

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   boug23
They are ducks - plain and simple. Count them in your bag limit just as you would a teal. As some one mentioned earlier they can appear to be immature specs for a moment.
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   NOLA DUCK

You CANNOT count them in their own seperate limit. They are ducks just like the rest of them. They count in you daily bag limit.
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   NOLA DUCK

Bloodline boy you are giving out information that is wrong. They are included in your daily bag limit.
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   Guy L
Hey bloodline, remind me not to hunt next to you. According to your theory, you can legally take in one hunt 6 gray ducks, 6 wigeon, 6 teal, 6 spoonbills, 6 whistling ducks, plus a combination of 6 mallards, pintail, woodduck, etc.?????? None of these have a specific limit listed.

Quoted from the LDWF website:

"The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two canvasbacks, one pintail, three mottled ducks, one black duck, two wood ducks, two scaup and two redheads."

See where it clearly says daily limit on ducks is 6 (ducks meaning all species of waterfowl), not 6 of each species. It has a key word AND (which means that OF THOSE SIX DUCKS IN YOUR LIMIT) there are specific restrictions on the particular species listed. IF you read, you will note that where the law INTENDED to allow hunters specifically more of a particular species, they wrote it out in detail.

EXAMPLE:

"In addition to the daily bag limit for ducks, the daily bag limit for mergansers is five, only two of which may be a hooded merganser."

IN ADDITION to the daily limit of ducks, a hunter may take 15 coots.

If you believe there is any way whatsoever you can legally take 18 or 24 ducks in one day you are nuts, and your game warden buddy too. Just have your bond money ready...
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   remford
haha.. ya'll didn't get what he said.. he said he hunts with a federal game warden. in that case, you are allowed to shoot whatever you want and screw the limit.
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   fishhead
bloodline where are you hunting?? I could use the extra $$ i get when I call Operation Game Thief!!!
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   NOLA DUCK

Bloodline we all know that we can shoot 6 tree ducks in one hunt, but after those six our daily limit is full. You can't shoot 6 other ducks in the same hunt. Thats crazy.
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well i thought that you can take 6 b/c thats what the warden said but acording to yall thats not right
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like we dont have enough things from mexico invading our lands! send them back with the rest of the imagrants!
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I've been duck hunting since I was really young and never saw one of these things until a couple years ago. I was running a push boat at a grain elevator on the Mississippi River one morning and noticed a bunch of these ducks on the tops of the barges.... I drove the boat closer to check them out and couldn't for the life of me figure out what kind of duck this was.... then I started seeing more and more of them around... I was scouting in central Louisiana this weekend and saw a bunch of them up there... i guess they are here to stay... can't wait to tasted them over some rice... ha ha h a.... hopefully i'll get a shot or two at um this year.
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   S2wade
Squealer palooza in Klondike, LA. 60 of them bad boyz. D&M Waterfowl will put you on 'em.
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   radley112
The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is a boisterous duck with a brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette. In places like Texas and Louisiana, watch for noisy flocks of these gaudy ducks dropping into fields to forage on seeds, or loafing on golf course ponds. Listen for them, too—these ducks really do have a whistle for their call. Common south of the U.S., Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks occur in several southern states and are expanding northward. Slope unblocked is a popular y8 game that features an infinite mode.
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   drdiddy10
Lol they're so cute, and tasty indeed. I've had the pleasure of trying them a couple times after a hunt.
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They look most like ducks, but their lack of sexual dimorphism, relatively long-term pair bonds, and lack of complex pair-forming behavior more resembles geese and swans.
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   marosol
They let you get pretty close before they abandon their tree, close enough to startle you.
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   radley112
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This duck has a rather distinctive red beak. wordle game
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