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    Waited a long time to get a stud (for me) mallard like this

    With the help of a friend with a boat I was able to get a stud (for me) mallard that I marveled at. I've gotten greenheads before but usually early season at Brunswick in Ladner but yesterday was taken around the Fraser islands and got this guy. It was pretty slow most of the day so we pulled up stakes on one of islands and explored, trying to float up on small flocks who were in the channels. Near the end we went back to Wellington only having potted a buffie when we unintentionally scared up a flock of thirty on the island just opposite the launch. BOOM BOOM .. I was so excited I only got the one. We went back for it and landed. It took me a while to find it and when I lifted it up - holy - I just held the guy in my hands and felt its weight.




    At home I weighed him. 1.5 kg / 3.3lbs. Definitely one of the biggest ducks I'd downed myself. Now I want more .. and the season is almost over

    On another note: we also picked up a huge amount of garbage and took it back to the launch. Someone's cooler, a PFD, flip flops, so many cans and bottles ... this spring there will be an organized clean up for sure and I will return on a boat. I'm not surprised but it was not a nice look to be trying to find a bird in a soup of garbage.
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    Re: Waited a long time to get a stud (for me) mallard like this

    He's a big beauty bird for sure!!!

    Good job on the garbage. Probaly little to no reason eveyone of us cant do the same every time we are out.

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    Re: Waited a long time to get a stud (for me) mallard like this

    Nice greenhead. I shots lots big fat greenies this past season. I get the guys I shoot with to make sure they pickup their empty shell hulls and if they see the wads they must pick them up. Also, any garbage they see.
    "Nothing kills a Deere faster than Magnum .....CaseIH."

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    Re: Waited a long time to get a stud (for me) mallard like this

    Ron I always have a garbage bag with me. I know I've inadvertently left behind hulls so always pick up any I come across hoping someone will do the same for me.

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    Re: Waited a long time to get a stud (for me) mallard like this

    Yup, picking up all hulls is the minimum that waterfowl hunters need to clean up,,,,and of course anything else they bring out with them. The same goes with fishermen and their terminal tackle. Can't tell you how much line and hooks, many of them STILL barbed, I see laying on the rivers.

    And if I had a dollar for every Tim Hortons cup I've seen discarded on the shoreline it would have paid for a nice collapsible A frame duck blind by now.

    Congrats on the BIG mallard! Getting it mounted,,,,or has it already hit the dinner plate?

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    Re: Waited a long time to get a stud (for me) mallard like this

    Quote Originally Posted by mastercaster View Post
    Getting it mounted,,,,or has it already hit the dinner plate?
    The thought occurred to me to get it mounted but I don't need another hobby I don't have space for. So I've just taken my pictures and will carve him up tomorrow.

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    Re: Waited a long time to get a stud (for me) mallard like this

    Congrats, nice one! I definitely shot some giant drakes this season also.
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    Originally PM'd from stixnstones:
    "wheres your pics of this deer? if he is a good one. i will pay u to tell me where he lives? cash for christmas. let me know. thanks"

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    Re: Waited a long time to get a stud (for me) mallard like this

    That is a beautiful greehead,thanks for sharing

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