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ARE GREY DUCKS ON THE INCREASE?
Apr 1st, 2015 at 1:18pm
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Went too my pond in the kopuatai swamp last night there was a mob of 20 greys on it its the most greys ive ever seen in a mob together last week when we went there was about 70 ducks on it and about a third of thoses were greys. On opening day last year we shot 7 greys and i hadnt shot one for about 3 years before that so im hoping they turn up on opening you can always tell a grey when they just divebomb into your decoys .Has anyone else notice a increase in greys. Smiley Smiley
  
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Re: ARE GREY DUCKS ON THE INCREASE?
Reply #1 - Apr 1st, 2015 at 2:04pm
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always been greys where i hunt  and lots of x s  maybe the hybrids are turning more back to greys ???
  
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Certainly doesn't seem to have been a decline in grey where I shoot from when I was a kid to now-25 years-although I was away for 15 years in the middle.  If anything less pure looking mallards and more hybrids tending grey looking. 

Is it possible HH that in your area the more secretive greys are holding their own by breeding more successfully in their less modified preferred habitat whereas whatever is causing the mallard decline is more obvious in the more modified habitat they seem to prefer or normally outcompete greys in?
  

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Reply #3 - Apr 1st, 2015 at 2:24pm
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Very steady numbers in Kopuatai for a number of years. They are the only ducks that breed in there and make up a steady 15% of our bag.
  
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Reply #4 - Apr 1st, 2015 at 2:45pm
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bullerexpress wrote on Apr 1st, 2015 at 2:10pm:
Certainly doesn't seem to have been a decline in grey where I shoot from when I was a kid to now-25 years-although I was away for 15 years in the middle.  If anything less pure looking mallards and more hybrids tending grey looking. 

Is it possible HH that in your area the more secretive greys are holding their own by breeding more successfully in their less modified preferred habitat whereas whatever is causing the mallard decline is more obvious in the more modified habitat they seem to prefer or normally outcompete greys in?

Your probably  right in all the years ive been on the farm here (48 years) i have never seen a grey duck in the paddocks or my water troughs .I have always knowen that greys are true swamp birds .My father said he saw his first mallard sometime in the early 1950s and didnt know what it was and went home to his father and told him that he had seen a strange duck . Huh
  
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Reply #5 - Apr 1st, 2015 at 5:02pm
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yea majority on my pond have been greys,
what does everyone think about shooting greys??????
  

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Reply #6 - Apr 1st, 2015 at 5:53pm
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Duckpression wrote on Apr 1st, 2015 at 5:02pm:
yea majority on my pond have been greys,
what does everyone think about shooting greys??????


Where I hunt if we didn't shoot greys we would have nothing to shoot at. Grey ducks make up around 90% of our bag. the rest hybrids. quite rare to get a very pure mallard.
  
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Reply #7 - Apr 1st, 2015 at 8:32pm
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Yeah same for us.  I would say only 10% of ducks are apparently 'pure' mallard.  Another 25% obvious hybrids and the rest grey looking with the odd strange feature at times.  I do think grey type ducks do better in our still rather wild landscape compared to more maniucured places like Waikato, Manawatu or a lot of the lowland SI.
  

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Reply #8 - Apr 1st, 2015 at 8:55pm
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i guess the buggers are on the hit list!!!!
  

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Reply #9 - Apr 3rd, 2015 at 7:33pm
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Yea mate Smiley Smiley I shoot in the swamp most of our bags opening was greys.I do think they are increasing .
  
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