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Updated 2012

by John A. Vance, Environmental Eng. Tech., & Outdoor Writer: Member - Outdoor Writers of Canada, et al)

Are the smallest of the 'duck' species that are hunted in most of North America, and are very mild in flavor. 

These birds are one of the first of the duck species to 'pull out' and head south on their migration, and in many places opportunities to shoot these birds will come at the first of the 'hunting' season. These little birds are very fast flyers, and dart & dodge, especially when shot at. They are very challenging shots for most waterfowlers. 

These birds are primarily 'marsh' birds, and although they can be successfully hunted in farm ponds and potholes, they rarely go to what most would regard as 'big water' marshes. When they do, you'll find them on the periphery, where the cover is quite thick. 

Teal often fly slightly earlier than the larger ducks, and can be seen hovering over your decoy spread just as it's getting light. They decoy readily to most other duck decoys.
Teal - and most other 'marsh ducks' such as mallards, blacks etc. can and will be very 'marshy' flavored, especially if they have been eating a lot of crayfish, particularly from a clay bottomed pond. If you occasionally get a bird that has a strong flavor, then this is likely the reason.

Novice hunters may confuse these little birds with female mallards, but beside a mallard duck the teal is a 'midget'. You'll need at least a couple of these birds per person for a meal, and be sure to have lots of side dishes and veggies' to go along with these small, but toothsome wetlands treats!

2012 Update! New for 2012 are my audio Cds on a variety of topics including both open water fishing and ice fishing. Topics such as ( Open water) Walleye Fishing Inland Lakes: Walleye Fishing Rivers;

Walleye Fishing Precambrian Lakes: and a host of others....(Ice Fishing) Ice Fishing For Everyone ( set of 2 Cds):

Ice Fishing for Bluegill, Crappie & Perch: Ice Fishing for Walleye: Ice Fishing For Seniors...and a host of others...

Also new for 2012 – while on your summer holidays, come to my neck-of-the-woods here on the North Shore of Georgian Bay for a variety of outdoor or environmental related workshops – even including ice fishing workshops! We have a clean & tidy campground here with access onto the Serpent River which flows into Georgian Bay ( approx a half mike away). So you can bring your own boat if you wish. They have RV hookup as well as tenting and cabins. There is also a small mom/pop Motel ( with Kitchenette Facilities of you wish) here for those not into camping.

Bring along your entire family – or fishin' buds and learn while on your holidays. My prices are reasonable, and I'll tailor an outdoor or environmental workshop to your schedule on most fishing and ice fishing subjects. Email me for pricing of my various workshops and details as well as any other questions you may have.

We also have superb ATV trails here, and a wonderful night sky-scape – campfire smoke – a true northern experience...John A. Vance

Author: John A. Vance
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