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    Default So can we shoot this one? (Falcated Duck, Rare Asian Bird, Makes Appearance In California)

    Falcated Duck, Rare Asian Bird, Makes Appearance In California

    FRESNO, Calif. -- A rare duck normally only seen in Asia has somehow turned up in California, drawing excited bird watchers from all over the U.S. and Canada to a wildlife refuge in the state's Central Valley. Wildlife officials say a male falcated duck, a bird common in China, was first spotted at the refuge on Dec. 8.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1193183.html

    I'm only kind of kidding, I was reading in the DFG regs and can't tell if this random visitors are part of a legal take. And since the refuge is still hunting till the end of the month, are wardens keeping birdwatchers out of hunters way on Wednesdays and Saturdays?

    If legal that would make a hell of a story and mount, not to mention freak out my birdwatcher coworkers.
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    I would believe it is legal as the regs say 7 ducks and only mentions specific ducks (for example pintails, 2 per day) when there is a different limit on them then 7 per day. I mean you don't go down the list and read shovelers 7 per day, green wing teal 7 per day and so forth. In fact if there were 7 of those bad boys around you could take 7 of them the way I read it.

    I'm betting it would be fun to watch the tree huggers whine and cry if someone does harvest that bird.
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    It's legal, and the word is out! That little sucker has crosshairs on his belly if he leaves the closed zone before the close. It might be a private pond escapee, either way a rare trophy in California. It's a teal, so should be tasty too. Shudder to think of the public outcry if someone bags him. Might be good PR if he survives the season...is he banded?
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    Boy that would be a nice addition to your Ducks on the wall.

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    Been hanging out in the Colusa closed zone.........
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    I would take him in a heart beat and make some bitch'n flys out of his feathers!
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    When they say Rare is that how you should cook it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dustin ray View Post
    When they say Rare is that how you should cook it ?

    Haha!!
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    It would be a real shame if anyone shot this duck. Falcated ducks are extremely rare in California, and given the number of non-hunters watching this duck on a daily and hourly basis, it would do great damage to our sport if it were shot. However, the duck is taking his chances being where he is at, and I don't really see him leaving anytime soon, so as long as he stays in the closed zone, he should be fine.

    Before anyone hauls off and calls me a PETA sympathizer or someone who is propagating the anti-hunters, just know that I'm a duck hunter, shoot my share of ducks, am a DU, CWA and NRA member who is also an avid bird watcher. No reason to shoot such a rare duck other than for a trophy.
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    um....invasive species......FROM ASIA......take em!
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    Hunted next to the Colusa Refuge this morning. He didn't fly by but plenty of others made the trip back home with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bux-n-dux View Post
    It would be a real shame if anyone shot this duck. Falcated ducks are extremely rare in California, and given the number of non-hunters watching this duck on a daily and hourly basis, it would do great damage to our sport if it were shot. However, the duck is taking his chances being where he is at, and I don't really see him leaving anytime soon, so as long as he stays in the closed zone, he should be fine.

    Before anyone hauls off and calls me a PETA sympathizer or someone who is propagating the anti-hunters, just know that I'm a duck hunter, shoot my share of ducks, am a DU, CWA and NRA member who is also an avid bird watcher. No reason to shoot such a rare duck other than for a trophy.
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    No reason to shoot such a rare duck other than for a trophy.
    Chances are great I would shoot it first, and figure out what it was later. Unless I already have my sprig or hen mallard (and had to be very selective), if it flies it dies. Right at shooting time and on foggy/hazy days I dont always know what type of bird it is until I pick it up.
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    Sounds like another illegal alien invading our state looking for a handout!

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    Look guys. Most of you are saying you would bag this bird and some are saying that you won't. The correct answer from all of you is to NOT harvest this bird. As tempting as it sounds to mount a trophy on your wall of the rarest waterfowl species in California, it is not wise. This is a very rare bird. Very. So let the little guy live and enjoy the sheer beauty of such a bird. Who knows, maybe with this little dude coming around here it might draw more to come in.

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    If it's a rare bird on earth, then of course don't shoot it. Only rare in California, put it on the wall! Am I not supposed to shoot blue geese in the Pacific flyway either, oops too late.
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