I know this will come up so I thought I would bring it up. In my opinion the worst duck or upland bird to start with would have to be a Wood duck. Their skin is super thin and they usually are quite fat. Pintails could fit that bill as well. If size was the issue, a California quail could give one a fit. To me the easiest bird, if you can get your hands on one, would have to be a White-Wing Scoter. Almost totally black, super thick skin, and no neck cut! (Of course for those that use fake heads that is not an issue but newbies usually do not start out with this technique). A more common bird would be a Ringneck pheasant. Hardly any grease, no oil glands, and thick skin. What do you guys think?