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Pintail Paranoia

A declining population and tight bag limits have waterfowlers worried about the Northern Pintail.

Pintail Paranoia

Photo by David Stimac

In most duck camps, a pair of birds get all the love, and for good reason. They’re gorgeous! Few sights in the waterfowl woods compare to an orange-feet-down greenhead hovering over a spread of well-placed fakes or the long sprig of a whistling pintail. Both species are cherished by the duck hunter.

The problem is, while mallard populations continue to thrive, the northern pintail has fallen on hard times. It’s these hard times that have forced the USFWS, as well as state game and fish agencies, to reduce the bag limit on pintails in most areas, and according to DU’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Tom Moorman, those bag limits aren’t likely to broaden much in the...

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