Can you hunt Mute swans in Penn?

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  1. Duckboyoregon

    Duckboyoregon Elite Refuge Member

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    I'm trying to find a state that you can legally hunt the Mute Swans in - I need one for taxidermy. Any information would be greatly appreciated -

    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  2. J-FRAME

    J-FRAME New Member

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    Why yes you can. Just make sure it has an orange bill. :tu I only know of 1 in my area and i've seen it the last 3 years. It hasn't made the mistake of leaving the wonder bread pond yet. Don't know where it goes when things freeze up????? Maybe somebodies basement. But one of these days it will make a mistake. I just hope i'm there when it happens. :pra
     
  3. johnson

    johnson Senior Refuge Member

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    I harvested one about 3 yrs. ago onthe susquehanna river
     
  4. Duckboyoregon

    Duckboyoregon Elite Refuge Member

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    ha - i like your post J-Frame - I'm in Oregon and from what I read you have quite the mute swan population over there but as you suggest - they are probably safely protected in some park getting over fed wonderbread - ha - well - imagine how well a bread fed swan would taste ;o)

    Thanks for the info - is there a "season" for them or is it "open" for non native invasive species ?

    J
     
  5. Conewago duck'n

    Conewago duck'n Senior Refuge Member

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    No closed season, they are considered feral and therefore not protected under the game laws. Only ever saw one hunting, flew right past where we had been hunting that morning, only after we were at the launch loading up. Most in my area just spend their time on peoples ponds or public parks.
     
  6. HONKERS41

    HONKERS41 Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes...we've seen a few threw the parks...nothing but big sky rats...
     
  7. beretta buster

    beretta buster New Member

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    My crew has killed quite a few, one of them came and tried to put a beat down on some of our decoys. They eat real well.
    This one was 27 pounds.[​IMG]
    These two were 23 and 25 pounds, it's awesome to watch one hit the deck :flame.
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  8. buckscountyducks

    buckscountyducks Refuge Member

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    Crossbow bolt to the neck during an attempted take-off...


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  9. Duckboyoregon

    Duckboyoregon Elite Refuge Member

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    DANG - those are some big boys for sure - great pics - can NOT imagine a 27 lb bird hitting the ground or the water after being shot down - that has GOT to make one big THUD !!
     
  10. buckscountyducks

    buckscountyducks Refuge Member

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    If we see another one in our hunting ventures this year we'll freeze it for you. Might cost ya $40-50 to ship it, but you'll have one.
     

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