Originally Posted by The Little King
How can you tell a mature canvasback drake?
Looks like ya shot one to me!
They're pretty big ducks, if I had to guess the only way I
could think of to answer your question would be to pluck it and
see if it has pin feathers, but I would also guess that the
reasoning for your question is because you want to get it
mounted? If so, I'd say that's a pretty solid bull canny! Nice duck!
One thing that can help when ducks, especially mallard "light out" is
move your decoys around. Usually it's not much, but making
sure you have a big landing hole and no decoys farther than
40yards is pretty crucial stuff.