Wood Ducks are one of the ducks I won't shoot (along with smileys and mergansers). I killed one by accident as a teen and was sad I had shot it, but it was a beautiful drake. Just a couple of minutes after legal shooting time started and I couldn't clearly identify it. Back in Louisiana Wood Ducks are very plentiful and I just always passed on them because of their beauty. I've helped build and install many a Wood Duck nesting box back in the day. My neighbor raised some domesticated ones in her yard with her chickens for many years. I used to go pass by her house just to look at them and enjoy their beauty. From what I hear, they're quite good eating though.
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