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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-06-2019, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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OK..... a question for the gurus. So we found an area loaded with wood ducks. Will these ducks stick around in this area until late October? When do they typically head south? Im sure this is weather dependent. What has been your experience? This is in Southwestern Pa.

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As long as their is available food and cover, they'll stick around until things freeze up. I'd be hunting them anyway!
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If you’ve found a pile there now, you’ll probably find them there later on too.
Might be different woodies, but if the habitat is good, more will arrive.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-06-2019, 12:11 PM
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Yep. They are nice birds.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 07:52 AM
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youth day will spread them out, that busts my concentration every year. on a good note some will still be there come start-up. you can forget the second first day. South Carolina will see the bulk of these birds over the gun barrels.
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In my experience whatever is drawing them to that location will also be attractive to migrant wood ducks. As long as you do not over hunt it. Late in the season especially after deer season black ducks will frequent those areas too
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If you get wood duck, the light color flank feathers are great for tying the wings on dry flies. If your ambitious enough to pull a few out I will buy 'em from you.

(I think it's ok to sell the feathers to an individual.....no game law violations there.....I think?)
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Thanks for everyone's input! I've hunted just about everything else the last 40 years. Still learning about waterfowl.
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Shouldn't be a law against just giving them to you. We'll see how the season goes.
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I've given these lemon colored flank feathers away for many years (40+) both barred and no bars. PM me about mid November and hope to send you a few.
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