Fill out a bag limit with oddballs, butterballs

Chris House of Wilmington shot this drake ruddy duck or “butterball” on a New River diver hunt.

While most of the ducks on the New River are lesser scaup, other oddball ducks can help fill out a daily bag limit of six that can only include two scaup.

“It doesn’t take long to shoot two bluebills when they are flying,” said hunter Chris House of Wilmington. “But you can watch them continue to decoy while you are waiting for different species of ducks.

“Hooded mergansers, buffleheads and ruddy ducks are reasonably common. You might even have a canvasback or redhead might come in. Even if you don’t fire a shot, you are going to see lots of ducks, so it’s always worth the trip.”

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