Waterfowl Hunting Receive the benefit of experienced duck and goose hunters in this waterfowl forum.

Took a Merganser

Old 01-10-2020, 09:43 AM
  #1  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 65
Default Took a Merganser

Took a Merganser this morning. It was a legal take.

I guess that's a 1 day late birthday present!
jnicholes is offline  
Old 01-10-2020, 10:59 AM
  #2  
Boone & Crockett
 
Oldtimr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: south eastern PA
Posts: 12,388
Default

Don't try to eat it!
Oldtimr is offline  
Old 01-10-2020, 02:29 PM
  #3  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 65
Default

Originally Posted by Oldtimr View Post
Don't try to eat it!
Its that bad, huh? Well, lucky for me, I did research. I found out how bad it was BEFORE attempting to cook it.

After further review, I decided not to risk it, and I gave it a funeral.

At least I got in some target practice!
jnicholes is offline  
Old 01-10-2020, 02:46 PM
  #4  
Boone & Crockett
 
Oldtimr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: south eastern PA
Posts: 12,388
Default

Wildlife is not meant for target practice! If you do not know the species of waterfowl on the wing or on the water before you shoot, it is irresponsible to shoot and kill it! Your research should have been before you started to hunt ducks so you knew what you were shooting at. I do not think your response was clever or appropriate, or puts hunters in a good light!
Oldtimr is offline  
Old 01-10-2020, 03:27 PM
  #5  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 65
Default

Originally Posted by Oldtimr View Post
Wildlife is not meant for target practice! If you do not know the species of waterfowl on the wing or on the water before you shoot, it is irresponsible to shoot and kill it! Your research should have been before you started to hunt ducks so you knew what you were shooting at. I do not think your response was clever or appropriate, or puts hunters in a good light!

You make a really good point. Thank you for pointing that out. You're right, I should be sure of my target before I shoot. I guess that makes me an irresponsible Hunter, then. Not trying to be hard on myself, just facing facts. The fact is, I need to work on my identification skills.
Well, you learn from your mistakes. That's all you can do.Thank you so much for pointing that out. I appreciate it. I'll work hard to do better in the future.

Thanks again,

Jared
jnicholes is offline  
Old 01-11-2020, 03:21 AM
  #6  
Boone & Crockett
 
Oldtimr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: south eastern PA
Posts: 12,388
Default

Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
You make a really good point. Thank you for pointing that out. You're right, I should be sure of my target before I shoot. I guess that makes me an irresponsible Hunter, then. Not trying to be hard on myself, just facing facts. The fact is, I need to work on my identification skills.
Well, you learn from your mistakes. That's all you can do.Thank you so much for pointing that out. I appreciate it. I'll work hard to do better in the future.

Thanks again,

Jared

See your PMs
Oldtimr is offline  
Old 01-16-2020, 05:39 AM
  #7  
Typical Buck
 
rogerstv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: West Central Illinois
Posts: 967
Default

In Illinois the basic daily limit is 6 ducks of any species. However, daily limit can consist of no more than the following: 4 mallards (of which no more than 2 can be hen mallards), 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 canvasback, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail and 1 mottled duck. Possession limit for ducks is three times the daily limit by species and sex.

Can shoot five Mergansers a day in Illinois. Mergansers do not count toward your daily limit of ducks, but only 2 can be hooded mergansers. Merganser possession limit is no more than three times their daily limit, including max of 6 hooded mergansers. We don't eat them either.

Most ducks are easy to identify while on the wing, but some aren't. Best to know which ducks are severely limited like a hen mallard or a pintail and avoid shooting too many of them.
rogerstv is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.