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Beautiful mount picked up yesterday! Taxidermy by Kevin Hynes. Unreal colors, picture does not do it justice.

July 21, 2017 at 8:13am

Had best hunt of year this morning. 5 drake greys and 1 young drake duck that has characteristics of both wigeon and gadwall. Looks to be pretty young and not all colored out (too bad). Has blue bill with black stripe down middle and bill a little longer than regular wigeon bill. Feet are dull gold color more like a gadwall, not bluish grey of a wigeon. Head has faint green patch, but no white crown at all, actually crown is brown. Wings have a little more black than a regular wigeon, and has small area of green in speculum. Pictures attached. Opinions?

December 27, 2015 at 1:13pm

Opinions...this hen was taken today. Came in with a big greenhead (both stayed)! Strongly resembles a hen mallard except for:

Speculum a little on green side (not very evident in photo) not quite as blue as true hen mallard

White wing bars not as heavy and distinct as true hen mallard

Bill has more of an olive color, not the orange of a true hen mallard

Thinking a mallard/mottled hybrid or a Mexican Duck? Opinions?

November 22, 2015 at 5:30pm

Hey, who's making the toys for all the good girls and boys??? Not this guy, he's out huntin!!!

December 17, 2012 at 2:19pm

Step-son's first duck on Sunday, November 11, 2012, a mature Gadwall drake. He ended day with 4 Greys and 1 Dosgris.

Follow-up Note: Gadwall mounted by Jack Piniero at Beauty of Nature Taxidermy (985) 863-3802. Excellent customer service, very reasonable prices, quick turnaround time, willing to answer questions along the way, highly recommended taxidermist! He is on Facebook also.

November 11, 2012 at 3:49pm

What luck...4 teal knocked down with 1 shot...probably will never happen again!

Also repainted the 'ole pirogue as a project to help satisfy the itch before duck season!

September 14, 2011 at 5:41pm

Looking for any suggestions on reputable, reasonably priced duck hunting guide services within 2-3 hours of Slidell. Would like to make a hunt before the end of the season and bag something other than just greys and teal. If specific names, locations and prices could be shared it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

January 05, 2011 at 9:28am

Took my step-son for his first duck hunt this teal...but he had fun nonetheless. I told him that a bad day hunting is better than a good day at school (or work)...he agreed!

September 25, 2010 at 12:15pm

First teal this year...very slow.

September 18, 2010 at 11:22am

Nothing but mottled ducks flying today. Too bad they reduced the limit to 1. Could have easily got 7-8 this morning, as they were decoying like they do during teal season. Where's all the other ducks??? Horrible season so far.

December 23, 2009 at 1:34pm

Oh well...hopefully November will bring some ducks. Slow teal season but looking forward to the big duck season.

September 27, 2009 at 6:26pm

Saturday...The only duck that came in today could only be shot by the camera. He swam around my decoys for over 20 minutes! Maybe in November??? No teal in sight today...just mottled ducks and this woodie.

Second picture from Sunday's hunt...2 teal...that's it.

September 19, 2009 at 11:49am

Slow morning...only managed 1 hen woodie. Maybe next time I'll find her a boyfriend!

November 26, 2008 at 12:23pm

Bagged 5 in a 5 minute period early on Sunday. After that, nothing. Pretty much the only thing I saw was a few mottled ducks. Could have shot a few more of them, but I was already at the limit of 3. Ended up with 3 mottled ducks and 2 ringnecks.

November 23, 2008 at 12:28pm

No ducks today, but nice scenery. Maybe next time!

November 15, 2008 at 12:21pm
A comment titled: Re: Pecan island limits in response to a report titled: Pecan island limits

The duck in question is an old hen mallard that has stopped producing female hormones, which causes them to display some male plumage. The key is the bill...hens that go through this will ALWAYS keep the orange/black bill. If it was a drake, the bill would be the typical yellow/green color.

January 11, 2021 at 1:42pm

Hello there, GB3 and Mandevillian! The Chef Pass area is where I hunted for my first 30 years from 1975 to 2005. My Dad and his friends also hunted there for many years before I started hunting. The actual ponds we hunted have been filled in during a recent marsh reclamation project, but the memories will always be there. My Dad's proudest moment out there was when he and I shot 5 drake mallards on one hunt, way back when there were not a lot of greenheads around. His face lit up when he showed off our 5 trophies to his friends when the hunt was over. We had good years out there, a few bad years, but most of all we had a good time out there! Memories galore!

June 23, 2020 at 1:06pm

Taxidermy by Kevin Hynes in Pearl River, LA. He is a former world champion, check out his website. He actually has a picture of a pintail and widgeon dead mount in his customer gallery that you may be interested in.

January 24, 2020 at 1:28pm

Proud Pop, here is the drake taken in Texas back in December that Mandevillian was referring to. Got the hen on day 1 and the drake on day 2. Do not have picture of the hen, but will try to post one of the pair when I get them back from the taxidermist.

January 24, 2020 at 11:26am
A comment titled: Re: Slow Duck Hunting Continues in response to a report titled: Slow Duck Hunting Continues

Just my own personal observation thus far this year. Have harvested 12 ducks so far, 7 different species, but the glaring number is just 2 grey ducks. That's just shy of 17%, folks. When hunting was better, greys made up about 70% of the ducks taken. I know there are pockets of greys in places, but in general my personal opinion is that many of the greys likely have shifted westward from the Mississippi Flyway to the Central Flyway. Until the greys return in substantial numbers it's going to be slim pickings and plenty of MT skies!

December 03, 2019 at 3:18pm
A comment titled: Re: Divers on lake P in response to a report titled: Divers on lake P

I can remember as a kid during the winter crossing the Twin Spans and there were tens of thousands of divers between the Twin Spans and the Highway 11 bridge. Massive rafts. In fact, a long time ago they used to have a 10 day special Scaup season at the end of the regular duck season on numerous open lakes in Louisiana. Ain't dere no mo!

November 22, 2019 at 9:50am
A comment titled: Re: True Black Duck NShore in response to a report titled: True Black Duck NShore

Stay tuned, Mandevillian will be posting pics of the American Black Duck mount shortly...a true trophy!

May 05, 2016 at 2:25pm

Yep, Mallard/Gadwall hybrid. Also known as a Brewer's Duck. Plenty of pics on the Internet, just google Brewer's Duck. Awesome bird!

January 16, 2016 at 12:49pm
A comment titled: Re: Wigeon/Gadwall Hybrid ??? in response to a report titled: Wigeon/Gadwall Hybrid ???

Nice mount, Proud Pop. Unfortunately mine has less coloration than yours and is likely even younger, otherwise he would have gone to the taxidermist too! In nearly 40 years of hunting this was my first hybrid...hopefully if there is another it will be more 'wall-worthy'. Also still looking for my first banded duck...hopefully I'll get one before too long!

January 12, 2016 at 2:48pm
A comment titled: Re: True Black Duck NShore in response to a report titled: True Black Duck NShore

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.

January 11, 2016 at 8:15am
A comment titled: Re: Wigeon/Gadwall Hybrid ??? in response to a report titled: Wigeon/Gadwall Hybrid ???

I forwarded the photos to a top-notch taxidermist and his opinion is that this duck is a juvenile drake Wigeon/Gadwall hybrid.

January 05, 2016 at 10:49am
A comment titled: Re: Hybrid? Mexican Duck? in response to a report titled: Hybrid? Mexican Duck?

Ricky, yours appears to be a Mottled Duck drake.

November 23, 2015 at 2:50pm
A comment titled: Re: Help in response to a report titled: Help

Fairly certain that you can get 'duplicate' licenses on the LDWF website, for $2 each.

Also, maybe call Academy to see if they do 'duplicates'.

As far as the Federal duck stamp, you're probably on the hook for another $25.

November 13, 2015 at 3:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Pirogue For Sale in response to a report titled: Pirogue For Sale

Got pics? Price?

September 29, 2015 at 8:25pm
A comment titled: Missing Leg in response to a report titled: Circle swimmer?

I've seen this 2-3 times on mottled ducks over the years...old healed over scars from losing a leg, probably to underwater predators.

December 29, 2014 at 1:57pm
A comment titled: Purple Headed Gadwall in response to a report titled: ???

Google 'purple headed gadwall', pics of others like yours. Beautiful bird...a true wallhanger!

December 02, 2014 at 12:52pm
A comment titled: Bait X 2 in response to a report titled: Casino buffet

Freeze 'em and use for many people can say they had shrimp that were eaten by 2 two separate fish!!! Da ultimate in recycling!!!

November 28, 2014 at 3:20pm
A comment titled: Juvenile Blue Goose in response to a report titled: Goose Identification

Looks like a juvenile blue goose, but the goose experts can verify for certain.

November 24, 2014 at 5:17pm
A comment titled: Thanks, Fatal Approach! in response to a report titled: Fatal Approach Gear Giveaway

Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing!

March 13, 2014 at 2:30pm
A comment titled: Perfect Day...Very Few Ducks in response to a report titled: Please tell me about post-season Youth hunts

Took my step-son to my regular East zone public area. Beautiful day, perfect conditions, perfect wind, only one thing missing...the ducks. Saw 3 big ducks all day and a few bands of teal. This has definitely been 'The Year Without A Real Migration'! If this last blast of Arctic air, snow and frigid temperatures did not push some ducks in, I'm stumped.

February 01, 2014 at 1:55pm
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