Plan to target these highly sought after trophies in specific locales.
Story and Photography by Nate Skinner
When it comes to targeting particular animals, waterfowl addicts can be as obsessive as any other group of sportsmen or women. There is a plethora of species of ducks to target, and there isn’t a duck hunter one that would complain about full straps mixed with a variety of birds.
However, many waterfowlers don their camouflage to brave the elements with a specific quarry in mind. It’s not that one species of duck is better than the other. Their obsession is over certain characteristics that specific birds display. Whether it’s the way a particular specie of duck responds to a call, how it lights into a spread, or the geographic area in which it can be found — there is a reason behind the madness.
Two ducks that receive loads of attention from hunters are mallards, often referred to as greenheads, and the other are redheads. The drakes of each species are beautiful specimens when they are sporting their full breeding plumage, and both can be an absolute hoot to hunt.
It seems their popularity is about the only thing these two ducks have in common. They inhabit different types of terrain, have different foraging habits and pursuing them requires dissimilar tactics. The good news is hunters can begin planning successful hunts for both greenheads and redheads right now.