Good hunters have the equipment and know the tactics. Great hunters know their game. We’ve put together some information on waterfowl dietary preferences in order to better prepare you to seek them out in their most likely environments.
Waterfowl diets are about as varied as they can get. While surviving on mostly aquatic plants, there are some favorites: pondweed, southern naiad, wild celery, wigeon grass, coontail and milfoil being high on that list.
Knowing which portion of the plant is the most lucrative for the species of duck your after is also important. Gadwalls and American wigeon go after the leafy parts of aquatic plants. Green-winged teal, northern pintail and mallards are more likely to seek out the seeds of wetland plants. Canvasheads, scaup and redheads look for tubers and roots.
A good diet starts with a thriving environment. Look for areas that have good water quality, a healthy salinity level in coastal areas, good sunlight penetration through to the pond bottom and a light current are all factors that help food sources to grow and draw waterfowl in.
There are conservation efforts popping up all over North America to assure that not only will waterfowl have suitable habitats for years to come, but that hunters will have areas alive with game. Duck Unlimited’s Gulf Coast Initiative is working to restore coastal wetlands to their former glory so that when waterfowl come in to winter, they have somewhere to call home.
For more information about waterfowl environments or habits and to get inside the head of the hunt, contact Pluck A Duck LLC. We’re ready for the game to begin, are you?