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It appears I shot a hen Common Goldeneye yesterday. Doesn't look like a Barrow's Goldeneye b/c of the black bill. This is my second ever goldeneye to shoot in LA in 35 years of duck hunting. Comments are welcomed, especially if you think it is something else.
December 27, 2012 at 6:27am
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Addicted to Feathers and FinsProfile Photo
Posted January 03, 2013 at 8:51am
Duck ID

looks to me it's a female golden eye

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Posted January 03, 2013 at 9:00am
Yep...

I shot another hen goldeneye later in the week. Common Goldeneye. I have shot 2 this year and 1 back in the 80's. All hens. Would like to bag a drake to mount it.

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Addicted to Feathers and FinsProfile Photo
Posted January 03, 2013 at 9:02am
Pretty

The drakes r really pretty i never shot one my cousin shot a hen a few wks ago
how has your season played out so far

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Posted January 03, 2013 at 9:06am
Season

Not bad considering Issac wiped out our feed. Had a near perfect first split by hunting late and smart with a 5.96 ducks per hunter average in the 1st split, but the 2nd split is much slower at 3.92 ducks per hunter effort so far. Season to date my blind has bagged 231 ducks with 47 hunters out of 19 hunts which puts me at 4.91 ducks per hunter effort for the season so far. We will have a tough next 3 weeks with low water and very skittish birds. The major difference between this year and previous years is that we have to hunt as late as 11am or 12pm to get our ducks even on opening weekends and in the first split. Some days I have stayed in the blind till 1:30pm. There just aren't many birds and they don't move much.

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Addicted to Feathers and FinsProfile Photo
Posted January 03, 2013 at 9:50am
Same

the first split we did ok make 19 hunts shooting an average of 9 ducks a hunt limited out 3 times he storm wiped out a lot of our feed a well made a few hunts on the lease and hunts in different areas and pretty much have had same results birds r being really skidish and shy but for the most part the ducks just are not down this year and the weather is playing a big role in it also

speckle_searcherProfile Photo
Posted January 03, 2013 at 10:54am
DUCKS

Addicted r ther any ducks in the D. u.Club yet.

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TeamSureShotProfile Photo
Posted January 03, 2013 at 11:17am
common Goldeneye hen

nice kill! i killed a barrows golden eye hen in southeast louisiana last year. i was in la sportsman magazine and everything. apparently mine was the first to ever be recorded in my area

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decoymakerProfile Photo
Posted January 04, 2013 at 8:19am
barrows

me

barrows

barrow's

what made you sure it was a barrow's and not a common

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bayoubobProfile Photo
Posted January 04, 2013 at 6:33pm
Common Goldeneye Drake

Common Goldeneye Drake

Drake Common Goldeneye

Here's a pic of a Common Goldeneye drake, taken in the Chef Pass area about 30 years ago. All black and white, dark greenish head with round white spot on head. Barrow's drakes have more of a teardrop shaped white patch on head.

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