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Couple of duck die-hards,Bayou Bob,me,and buddy braved the nasty weather predicted and luckily the dense fog never materialized and when it was over,Bayou Bob and buddy each had 2 greys and I was the lucky hunter today,bagging possibly a once-in-a-lifetime true black duck!!Each of us hunted separate palmetto blinds(unbelievable concealment and I even made the comment that with a low profile,hunting a Chapman pirogue-possibly the best on the planet-thought I would be blessed and I was)!!Was kinda weak in de knees when 4 of what looked to be huge mottled ducks decided they wanted to about take my head off and the one I shot was about to land about 45 yards out but I had other intentions and dropped him.When I went to retrieve him,really got weak in de knees as I noticed how extremely dark he was and his speculum was minus any hint of white and was irredescent purplish with black feathers above and below his speculum.Texted Bayou Bob and he and I agreed true black and headed to Kevin Hynes for trophy-worthy mounting!!
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   bayoubob
Here's 3 more pics of Mandevillian's Black Duck. Definitely not a Mottled Duck, and very large size, just as large as a Mallard drake.
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   lanco1
The first picture wasn't detailed enough. The subsequent three show enough detail. It's definitely a black duck. The difference is in the details of the body feathers, mottled ducks have a central tan stripe, black ducks don't. Size and spectulum are clues but I've weighed 3# mottled ducks and the spectulum is variable in both species. Congrats on a rare bird!
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Lanco,Now you can easily see what I killed,a true trophy,not a mottled duck and we see them all the time just wary birds and I have killed a few mottled ducks in the years I have hunted,none look like this beauty!!Got text confirmation from award-winning Pearl River taxidermist,Kevin Hynes,that this is a true black and he mounted one for a fellow,difference is this guy went to the East Coast and paid a king's ransom and mine was taken on Public Land,never gonna divulge exact location but Bayou Bob was the first to get back to me on what I suspected once I picked up this trophy!Best part is he was with 3 other equally large and potentially also black ducks and it would seem to make sense that 'birds of a feather flock together'.
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I would defiantly have to agree, not a mottled duck black all the way. Looking at the colors much darker and no white spectrum under the wing. We shot a limit of mottled ducks yesterday on our lease in Pecan Island, we shoot them all year long. Congrats on a rare kill .
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It is not just the opinion of quite a few die-hard duck hunters but also that of an award-winning taxidermist,Kevin Hynes,and he saw the pictures just like everyone else.I still am in awe of how this duck managed to come my way and perhaps the unbelievable camo job I had painstakingly done with using at least 14 giant palm branches along the sides of my antique Chapman and being seated and in an area frequented by mottled ducks and mallards,not to mention quite a few greys made all the difference in the world and they were not the least spooked(he had 3 other companion ducks with him,possibly another pair of true blacks plus his mate)and I have excellent eyesight,especially at a distance and have seen fairly clear evidence of other equally impressive specimens like him where we have hunted for quite some years,just have never had one close enough to shoot,other than this past Saturday.Hope to wrap up this season with maybe some healthy greenies and have killed pintails,none this year,and want a sprig for the wall to go along with this trophy and a fine greenhead I killed in same general area about 15 years ago!!
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   lanco1
There are definitely are a few. Killed one around 89 in what is now bayou Sauvage NWR, another around 99 near caernarvon diversion. Hadn't seen a real black on the site in a while.
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Like I said,I do not doubt that there are a few,just have yet to see a true black(not hybridization)or just a darker mottled duck and Bayou Bob has way more hunting experience than me and he used to hunt the Chef where tons of green heads and I am sure mature mottled ducks were routinely killed and I have been on at least 3 hunts with him where mature mottled ducks were killed and not a single one came anywhere close to as dark as this black duck.As hard as he and I and a few die-hards hunt,it was almost inevitable that one of us was gonna stumble upon a true trophy and just last year,he killed a trophy drake canvasback and Kevin Hynes mounted that majestic duck,same guy gonna get my duck for a museum-quality mount!He has also killed a hybrid widgeon/grey duck and Kevin Hynes likewise confirmed the hybridization of that bird as well as the lack of hybridization of mine!!
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   bayoubob
Stay tuned, Mandevillian will be posting pics of the American Black Duck mount shortly...a true trophy!
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Thanks,Bayou Bob.for assisting me in escorting 'Blackie' from Kevin Hynes' fine world-class studio!I am still in somewhat of a state of shock at the harvesting of a true black duck and you heard Kevin say that mine is the first he has mounted,killed in LA!!He did mount another,but I recall him saying that the hunter paid a nice sum to hunt the East Coast,where these ducks are much more prevalent.Maybe mine got his GPS out of whack!!Anyways,here comes a once-in-a-lifetime duck,at least for me!!Hope our upcoming teal season fares out well and I love our unbelievable stealth blinding with huge palmetto branches and that is what sealed the deal when ole Blackie decided he liked my spread!!!
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