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Cool. Middle speculum pic spoke volumes. Kudos!!
 

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Shouldn’t you be in the sheet water grass fields by this time in a normal season? Dry?

We got dry about 10 days ago. Sunny and 60 degrees here. Our sheetwater days are 6 day events. Fields flood. Dry in 6 days.
 

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Blacktail, I don’t get the chance to shoot Widgeon on public land like this but maybe once a year. They always stink. I mean they smell like a merganser or cormorant. Is it the same where you are?
 

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Blacktail, I don’t get the chance to shoot Widgeon on public land like this but maybe once a year. They always stink. I mean they smell like a merganser or cormorant. Is it the same where you are?

I could shoot as many widgeon a day as I'd like. Ours never really smell bad though? I guess if they are eating snails a lot, but I've shot mallards that have tasted worse and smelled just as fishy as some divers. I'm just north of @blacktail by 2 or 3 hours, but slightly more inland.


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Depends. When they're in sheetwater they get nasty.
If they're using the mudflats, semi nasty.
When strictly in the marsh for a week or longer, they get normal. Our birds have been in the marsh for 10 days. Last couple days of wigeon.

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I could shoot as many widgeon a day as I'd like. Ours never really smell bad though? I guess if they are eating snails a lot, but I've shot mallards that have tasted worse and smelled just as fishy as some divers. I'm just north of @blacktail by 2 or 3 hours, but slightly more inland.


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They smell bad when you are close to them here. These birds have likely been sitting on ponds full of hydrilla for a long time. But any that I shoot here in Florida smell like rotten fish or something else that is kitten. The rest of our ducks smell like ducks. Kind of a smell similar to pheasant but wet.
 

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