Hunting Red-Billed Teal

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Red-Billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha)

Key Characteristics

The medium size (slightly smaller than Yellow-billed Duck) the pinkish-red bill, blackish cap, broad pinkish-buff speculum forming the trailing edge of the wing and the apparent dark underside of the wing should identify Red-billed Teal.

Habitat

Red-billed Teal occur anywhere that permanent or temporary open water exists, even very small pools, as long as there is some degree of edge and emergent vegetation such as grass, reeds, rushes and other aquatic plants.

The Hunt

These ducks are hunted over decoys from natural and man-made blinds. Morning shoots are generally on cultivated pastures or recently combined maize (corn) and wheat fields. Afternoon shoots are more productive for Yellow-billed duck and usually take place around impoundments. Bag limits are generous and a gun can expect to shoot, depending on the time of the year, between 5 and 10 duck per day. Depending on the time of the year you will encounter, amongst other, the following species: Egyptian & Spurwing Geese, Yellow-billed Duck, Southern Pochard, White-faced Duck & South African Shelduck. Parties of between 2 and 6 guns can be accommodated. Karoo Wingshooting has waterfowl concessions in excess of 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres).

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