Opening day western zone

Discussion in 'New York Flyway Forum' started by mazenblue, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. mazenblue

    mazenblue Refuge Member

    Messages:
    86
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2015
    Location:
    Hamburg, New York
    How did everyone make out this morning? Saw alot of birds, then didn't want to commit but managed to get a few. I dislike sunny, cloudless, windless days lol.
     
  2. TheCanMan

    TheCanMan Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    150
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2018
    Location:
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I shot one black duck, one mallard and two woodies. Wind picked up later in the day, but was pretty windless to start. Birds were funny, had a lot commit, shot everything over the deeks, but others that wouldn’t even give me a look.
     
  3. grousefeathers

    grousefeathers Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    235
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2007
    Location:
    upstate ny
    C36F77E4-E85F-4DE6-BF1E-3ECEC675C50B.jpeg D57B5E5C-85A6-40BB-9ABD-4F8472686A0A.jpeg Decided to duck hunt instead of bow hunting this am. Shot 5 by 7:30, called it quits and went bow hunting. Too nice of a day to waste doing yard work
     
  4. TheCanMan

    TheCanMan Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    150
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2018
    Location:
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Nicely done! With the reduced mallard limit it was good to see black ducks and woodies in the mix. We had green wing and blue wing teal in the air too, but never got a good opportunity, they are fast!

    E380CCCB-EB19-4E84-B827-A9EEA6B6B8EA.jpeg
     
    Curt Gibson likes this.
  5. mazenblue

    mazenblue Refuge Member

    Messages:
    86
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2015
    Location:
    Hamburg, New York
    Well done fellas, this is my first year duck and goose hunting in NY and so far it's amazing. I'd never seen a black duck or blue wing teal till yesterday morning. I can hardly wait for the goose opener next weekend. I hope everyone has an epic season and stays safe.
     
    TheCanMan likes this.
  6. TheCanMan

    TheCanMan Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    150
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2018
    Location:
    Hudson Valley, NY
    E
    Excellent!! We have some good birds. You may run into a hybrid mallard/black duck, not uncommon. With the one hen mallard limit this year that could be an interesting conversation with a game warden. I took a photo with both the hen mallard and the black duck I shot this weekend because they are tough to distinguish in the air, and interesting to note the differences once you have them in hand. The hybrid will have a single white band along the speculum

    CB35C5E9-2BC4-4FD1-83F0-2C543FC361F7.jpeg
     
    Curt Gibson likes this.
  7. grousefeathers

    grousefeathers Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    235
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2007
    Location:
    upstate ny
    I had a conversation with two co’s and two biologists about hybrid black ducks. I walked into the field office with a green head black duck with white bars on the speculum and asked how that was that identified? One co said black duck the other said mallard, which is what I would have thought. After getting legal on the phone and discussing this, the conclusion was you count it in your bag to whichever of the ducks you wanted. Meaning if you had your limit of mallards it is a black duck, and if you If you had a hybrid and a black duck and another black duck came in you could shoot the black duck and the hybrid is now a mallard
     
    TheCanMan likes this.
  8. mazenblue

    mazenblue Refuge Member

    Messages:
    86
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2015
    Location:
    Hamburg, New York
    I can almost picture how that conversation would go. Are the numbers that low around here? Saw a fair number of mallards flying around, they wanted nothing to do with my decoys of course.
     
  9. grousefeathers

    grousefeathers Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    235
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2007
    Location:
    upstate ny
    But an edging of white I wouldn’t count as a hybrid, a green head or distinctive white bars like a mallard yes
     
    TheCanMan likes this.
  10. grousefeathers

    grousefeathers Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    235
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2007
    Location:
    upstate ny
    Most co’s are pretty good, I have dealt with a lot of them. Most are hunters and are like all the rest of us.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice