by Sarah Smith Barnum - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Assistant Online Editor Sarah Smith Barnum recently spent some time with Ducks Unlimited in Butte City, Calif., duck hunting at the breathtaking Bird Haven Ranch. Here's a first-hand look at what she saw.
I knew practically nothing about waterfowl before this trip. As we sat on the patio, each hunter shared information on what species was flying overhead, identifying them simply by watching the way their wings moved or how they flew. I was taken aback by the amount of knowledge the group possessed.
Although I didn't kill any birds (not for lack of trying), I wasn't too discouraged, though, as by the end of the trip I was able to identify some of the many waterfowl zooming overhead. The mallard drake was easily identifiable when the sun hit its head.
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