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Woodie Wisdom: Get to know this handsome, popular duck

While mallards get most of the love in duck-hunting circles, the wood duck is often the savior of many hunts. This fascinating duck species loves small water, is a prime candidate for a tasty meal, and will test your shooting skills if you haven’t got your lead just right. (Contributed photo)

The waterfowling industry is chock-full of imagery consisting of bearded, face-painted dudes lugging limits of greenheads out of swamps. Mallards get a lot of attention, and rightfully so. Who doesn’t love talking in a flock of them while standing stock still in the cattails next to a quivering retriever?

The problem is, mallards and quite a few other duck species often no-show when the party should be on. They also aren’t likely to be found on the smaller ponds and streams that are available on public land throughout much of the flyway. Those bodies of water are more likely to host a few teal, or the duck species that has probably saved more rough hunts than any other: the wood duck.

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