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Discussion in 'Diver Hunters Forum' started by Kansasduckmen, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Kansasduckmen

    Kansasduckmen New Member

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    Hello All I made a post about Ruddys last year and got a great response. I was curious of public places,lakes,marshes if not a area where you have seen them common or at all in those states its my goal this season to try and track a ruddy duck down. Since I was young I have always wanted to kill one and where I live its all but unheard of. I greatly appreciate any help.
     
  2. Juan De

    Juan De Senior Refuge Member

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    Well I’m not sure about any of those states. However, we have always noticed the canvasbacks and ruddy ducks seem to show up at the same time in the area we get to hunt, it may be just a coincidence, but I would look for cans and you most likely will find ruddy ducks.
     
  3. cholt

    cholt Elite Refuge Member

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    Come to Alabam I can put you on as many as you can kill. These a place I hunt that they love to fly behind this one island and I have set there and watched 30-40 filter thru a cut, I don’t care to shoot them just because I have killed them before and not really what I’m targeting. Fun little birds to watch
     
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  4. jolle

    jolle Elite Refuge Member

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    I've hunted in MO all of my life (32 years in the blind) and rarely see ruddys. And I hunt a lot of big water. Usually when we did see them it would be a small flock that would hang around a few days and then leave. They would swim into our decoys and if it was slow we'd try to jump them to shoot .... I can't remember a time they would jump, they would just dive and come up way out there and swim away. So, I can't give you much help.

    As someone who loves to hunt divers, I'm pretty disappointed in the lack of divers we stop and hold in MO anymore. Save for some late season goldeneyes, it seems most others pass us by pretty quickly. I've sat on the Miss river on big flight days where thousands are moving south, and very few stopped. I would drive down and look at the refuges on the river these days and see some, but not a ton. And within a few days most were gone. I don't think we have any real food sources for them anymore. From what I can tell they mostly go from Pool 19 straight down to Kentucky/Barclay and pass us by. At least that's what I gather from the refuge surveys and hunting reports.
     
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  5. Pirogue

    Pirogue Senior Refuge Member

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    Target city sewage ponds. Seriously. When I was a kid we killed them by the towsack full off the city **** lagoons. SEMO.

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  6. Kansasduckmen

    Kansasduckmen New Member

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    That would be awesome! Sent PM. Thanks everyone else as well in my search to figure anything out on these.
     
  7. rhpierce

    rhpierce Elite Refuge Member

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    I don't know if they still do or not, but some of the minnow farms in central Arkansas used to let duck hunters come in and shoot in order to keep the birds from eating them out of house and home. Primarily bluebills, mergansers, though some puddle ducks as well...They used to have a flock or two of ruddies buzzing around like little bumblebees at certain points in the season...
     
  8. The Yeti

    The Yeti Elite Refuge Member

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    IL isn't on your list of states but we hold good numbers along the Illinois River in November and into December, depending on weather. Looks like our count topped out at 42,000 last year for RUDU (ruddy duck).
    You can see the numbers here:
    https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Pages/IRAerialSurveys.aspx

    We have some public hunting areas along the river and if you can make a mid-week trip, getting in a blind suitable for ruddy shooting shouldn't be an issue.

    I think there are good numbers on Pool 19 of the Mississippi too at times, but no public ground to hunt there.

    RUDU are primarily eating chironomid larvae (blood worms/midge larvae) which have far lower water quality requirements than some other preferred diver foods like fingernail clams or submersed aquatic vegetation. Chironomids pretty much just need soft mud, of which the backwater lakes of the Illinois River have an abundance.
     
  9. Full Force Five

    Full Force Five Elite Refuge Member

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    Not busting anyone here but do people actually shoot ruddy ducks? I see a good amount in ND, they swim around in the decoys. I put them on the same level as coots or greebes.
     
  10. Kansasduckmen

    Kansasduckmen New Member

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    Yes a lot of people shoot them but some don't. Around our area theur rare.
     

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