Okay - here are a couple of my pics. New camera, so cut me a bit of slack. One is of a drake widgeon I got this fall - and the other is the same widgeon on my wall - just got back from the taxidermist. Explanation: I have shot ducks numbering in the hundreds during my life - but this was the first drake widgeon with nice color (`baldpate'?) ... so I got him mounted. I would really like to get a drake pintail with full color/plumage - and if salvageable - get him mounted. And a pair of mallards.
And nice looking mount!
This is the 1'st year that I have ever seen a wigeon and i'll be picking up 1 I harvested up from the taxi. in 2 week's along with a gadwall. I harvested afew specie's this past season that I have never seen before in my area.
wigeon, gadwall, pintail, shoveller
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...