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Old 10-28-2013, 12:26 PM
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Friend of mine was asking me if you can hunt bufflehead ducks in alberta n i honestly wasn't sure. looked in regs and online can't find anything. thought maybe you guys would have a quick easy answer for me thanks.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:31 PM
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All actual ducks are huntable. Only non huntable water fowl are grebes, loons, swans, cormorants. You can shoot buffleheads, greater and lesser scaup, scoters, redheads, canvasback, both goldeneye species, ringnecks, mallards, pintails, both teal species, shovelers, wood ducks, and coots. As well as all geese.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:32 PM
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thank you kind sir. problem resolved
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:47 PM
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All actual ducks are huntable. Only non huntable water fowl are grebes, loons, swans, cormorants. You can shoot buffleheads, greater and lesser scaup, scoters, redheads, canvasback, both goldeneye species, ringnecks, mallards, pintails, both teal species, shovelers, wood ducks, and coots. As well as all geese.
You forgot mergansers.... though most people don't target them. I see them on the eastern slope streams while fishing (along with buffleheads and harlequins... which seem to disappear come September).
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:17 PM
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True lol. Forgot them, which is funny as Ihad the luck to knock down a full coloured hoody drake two years back on chip lake.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:27 PM
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When I first came here 40 years ago, I was hunting with a doggy friend, and I was identifying the ducks as they flew by, old squaws, ring necks, whislers, I'm sure you get the idea. Gary put his gun down and said "in Alberta there are Pintails, mallards and outher ducks" Don't shoot other ducks when you can get a limit of mallards.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:38 PM
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Your friend Gary doesn't know what good ducks are Densa; Widgeons and teal are better than mallards by far.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:51 PM
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Your friend Gary doesn't know what good ducks are Densa; Widgeons and teal are better than mallards by far.
Will agree on teal, widgeon....not so sure about. Pretty much going to lump them in with pintail and gadwall. I eat them. Just don't enjoy them as much as mallard or teal.

Never tried a bufflehead.....might be that they are too fast and too small for a lousy shot like me to hit. Maybe thats why I stick to the big mallards and teal that accidentally veer into my shot column.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:10 PM
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Will agree on teal, widgeon....not so sure about. Pretty much going to lump them in with pintail and gadwall. I eat them. Just don't enjoy them as much as mallard or teal.

Never tried a bufflehead.....might be that they are too fast and too small for a lousy shot like me to hit. Maybe thats why I stick to the big mallards and teal that accidentally veer into my shot column.
Buffies are great eating in the late season I used to target them lots on big water and we used to do real well I think out best morning was 4 limits of drakes in less then an hour but we seen a load but like you said they fly fast
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:31 PM
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Buffies are great eating in the late season I used to target them lots on big water and we used to do real well I think out best morning was 4 limits of drakes in less then an hour but we seen a load but like you said they fly fast
Do you pass shoot them? How do they decoy and how many would you need in a spread?
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:05 PM
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Do you pass shoot them? How do they decoy and how many would you need in a spread?
I was using 36 mallard decoys hot buy GHG we couldn't keep them out I used to pass shoot red heads took 7 limits of drakes one night on those that was a hell of a shoot
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