Since the waterfowls found in particular seasons, then as a hunter it is obvious to have difficulty in distinguishing these waterfowl birds into their authentic name. While hunting it is vital for us to recognize the birds that we about to shoot, as in mid-west many water birds are illegal to hunt. So, before you hit the wood for hunting, make sure what kind of bird you are allowed to hunt.
Below are the descriptions of most hunted waterfowl in mid-west-
Mallard ducks: Mallards are most populated and hunted waterfowl in America. Drakes have white color neck-ring separates the shiny green head from brown chest and the outer tail feathers are white. The female ducks are mottled brownish color and have a violet speculum with black and white border. Mallards have orange legs and feet.
Canada goose: They have black head and long neck with white patches on their face and a brown body, this keep Canada goose distinguished from others. They range from 30 to 43 inch and have 50 to 73 wingspans.
Sea Ducks: Sea ducks are essentially marines outside the breeding seasons; most of them have salt gland to cope with the salt water of seas.
Snow Goose: They found in two color plumage morphs, namely- white (snow) geese and grey or blue geese. Fortunately they mostly found in huge flock.
Brant: they have black and short necks, small heads and bills. Both sexes have identical plumage except the males have broader white necklace than females.
Swans: There are varieties of swans found in the mid-west like mute swan, trumpeter swan, whooper swan and few others. Usually they weight more than 15 kg and the sexes are alike in plumage. The male swans are heavier and bigger than the females.
Being hub for numerous waterfowls, mid-west has become hub for hunters. During breeding season these waterfowls nests on small water bodies of USA and Canada. But during their migration they usually found in larger bodies.
While hunting you should consider the plumage pattern of the waterfowls. It is very easy to distinguish waterfowls by their plumage patterns as all species have different feather pattern.
The other way to identify the waterfowl is their shape. One can easily recognize the type of waterfowl and their sex by just comprehending their shapes.
If you still have doubts, then visit huntfowl– a dedicated hunting websites for outfitters and hunters. They also navigate you to the best waterfowl outfitters in your location.