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Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by sarahdj, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. sarahdj

    sarahdj Active Member

    No canvasbacks can be harvested this season in IL- do these limitations usually hold for several years or are they usually just a year? Not on the up and up with waterfoul hunting regs yet, but working on it. Hoping to take my first duck hunt this year.
    I have one left from last year in the freezer to gift, but not so sure now if the ban is something that could be long term.
    Any opinions?
     
  2. They will be lifted by next year. The populations were recorded this year during a drought from what I hear. Shortly after the #s were taken and the regs were set by the feds...they got rain and there were Cans back at the breeding grounds. 3 woodies is something to look forward to though.
     

  3. hobbes

    hobbes Member

    I don't think there is a guarantee that they will be allowed next year. It will depend on next year's counts.
     
  4. Shawn73

    Shawn73 Active Member

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    sarahdj did i read you right you have a canvasback to gift ;) i can only get mallards and canada geese where i live.Im just getting into birds and i wanna mount a couple more before i start doing this for others
     
  5. sarahdj

    sarahdj Active Member

    I'm not in too big of a hurry to give him up if I can't get another in the forseeable future- unless a gift of similar giftability floated in my direction...
     
  6. Nick2021

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    Unless you're in one of the states with the "Hunter's choice" bag limit...we can still shoot canvasbacks in Texas, I think this is the final year of the Hunter's choice bag limit though....have to read up on it. Basically, we're allowed one canvasback, one hen mallard, one "dusky duck", or one pintail anytime during the season...but you can only choose one.
     
  7. sarahdj

    sarahdj Active Member

    sounds tough!
     
  8. AOTaxi

    AOTaxi She's a keeper!

    what kind of gift exchange are you looking for I have several species from last season and need a cannyfor my show room
    AO
     
  9. Shawn73

    Shawn73 Active Member

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    as of right now i don't have any. i can only hunt two fields and there still corn. and all i can really get is mallards if im lucky and canada geese. Im looking for something different to mount. so any one have any nice birds to gift keep me in mind. thanks
     
  10. I thought that as the feds set regulations they generally stayed in effect for 3 years, but not sure how this one will play out. I was looking forward to shooting a canvasback this year. I've been told of a spot by past grad students where they would go to kill their can's, and they always got em. Guess I'll have to wait a while.


    PS
    It's unlawful to sell or barter/trade federally regulated migratory birds. Just looking out for ya
     
  11. mark11

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    fed regs seem to change year to year so i don't see a guarenteed 3 year ban on cans but it will depend on what screw ups they make next year in their counting. personally i would watch talking about gifting one bird in exchange for another when you do that it could be taken as you are bartering one bird for qnother and that is against state and federal regulations. good luck, markw.
     
  12. EastonWest

    EastonWest What we do in North Dakota, STAYS here.

    Yeah, due to numbers, sage grouse season was closed in North Dakota this year for the first time in nearly 20 years. We are still allowed one canvasback with our possession limits though.
     
  13. sarahdj

    sarahdj Active Member

    Not looking to break any laws- I'm not a moron. I was just curious about how long it might last. I had thoughts of gifting it- but not so sure now. Not that he has any real value, other than personal for display in my shop, since he is not legally sellable. I gift several birds each year and just like being able to help others out as I was helped when I needed critters for my 4H kids- just paying it forward.
     
  14. Triple BB

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    I saw a nice flock of can's a couple of mornings ago while duck hunting. First ones I've seen in a few years. Never was able to get close enough to bust one. I wouldn't get to gung ho about thinking can's will be open next season in some of the other flyways. Now that the CRP program has been tossed out, there will be a lot fewer nesting birds in coming years. I read that North Dakota has already lost 80,000 acres of CRP ground and that's only the start. By the way, you guys who are unfortunate enough to to be part of the Hunters Choice experiment, please let yer state wildlife agencies know that you don't support a reduced daily bag limit if the Fed's are allowing a liberal harvest package. Texas and a few other southern states are trying to force the rest of the states in the Central Flyway to go along with their recommendations on bag limits and species harvest. This is the last year of the experiment so its critical that you speak yer peace...
     
  15. cuppedmallard3

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    i took my son out to north dakota this year and we got alot of cans one was a nice drake we are getting mounted i just cant get a pose picked out any ideas ???
     
  16. I saw one in the retention pond behind where I work hanging out with some mallards the last few days.
     
  17. sarahdj

    sarahdj Active Member

    cuppedmallard3- have you ever seen one stretching in a standing pose? It shows them off pretty well. I like them taking off too- or of course coming in to ya. I guess I'm a bad one to answer that- I just love birds in general but am partial to water foul. If he is good and prime with no broken feathers, I'd show as much off as possible, they're beautiful.
     
  18. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    Triple BB, I'm not sure I understand what the problem is with the Hunter's Choice. Yes a couple of years ago we were allowed 6 ducks per day and now it's five. But now the season is open on all ducks at the same time instead of having different seasons for different ducks. This way you have a better oppurtunity to get what you are after. Before you might see a pintail but couldn't shoot it because pintail season was closed and was only allowed to shoot other species.
    I'm not trying to be a smarta$$, I guess we are just seeing it differently or maybe I'm missing something (?).
     
  19. IAtaxi

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    Feds screwed up IMO there is way way way more cans coming down the sippi right now then last year when we could shoot two then. Had a fully plumed drake land in the decoys and fall asleep last monday. This diver hunter isn't very happy here in Iowa.
     
  20. IAtaxi

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    Archived numbers

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