Duck snobs crack me up!
You know, Mark, its cool we are getting some red heads here. I only started seeming them 2 or 3 years ago, and now I shoot a few a year. I'd love to get a canvasback, and have heard of guys getting them now and again up at the quality waters, but I've never seen one locally.
Haven't seen any either.
Napi pond had 18 pintails on it last Saturday, along with a bunch of widgeons, gadwalls, mallards, ruddy ducks, gw teal, and just a few redheads.
Gonna try holding off to take a pintail first, then see what happens to all the birds after the first shot?
trophy duck will be the first bird Belle retieves this year but for me i would love to shoot a canvasback or GW teal and if i happen to have the lucky horse shoe a drake pintail would be awesome.
I think for it to be considered a trophy bird it has to be a prime example in full plumage and relatively rare. Spoonies are kind of pretty, but jeeze they're spoonies for crying out loud. We used to call them Salton Sea Mallards. I hunted my first three years on the Salton Sea and never saw a Mallard, so the first greenhead I shot up in Mendota was a real trophy to me. Back then Pintails were our prime bird and a nice Bull Sprig in full plumage was special. Now I live in Montana where it isn't unusual to fill your limit with seven green heads, so the mallard went from trophy status to common. On the other hand a Bull Sprig in full tuxedo color is rare and special. Heck, I have even mounted a really nice Green Wing Teal, they are rare up here, and quite pretty.