Aythya valisineria

The oldest known American duck decoy was fashioned from reeds by and Indian hunter centuries ago, and mimics the distinctive profile of a canvasback. The canvasback is America incarnate. From the Susquehanna Flats to the lower reach of Chesapeake Bay, the market hunters of the early twentieth century harvested canvasbacks by the hundreds of thousands. Many agree that duck hunting cant get any better than watching several dozen “Bull Cans” swarm a spread of decoys in the open water.

Hunting these three pound diver ducks is strictly a numbers game. The more decoys you put out, the more cans you will lure in. These ducks harbor up on big open water lakes by the thousands, and decoy fairly easy in the early season. Scout the areas you think they are feeding in, set up a low profile blind, and get ready for the action.

*Text sources provided by Michael McIntosh, Wild Fowl of North America, published by Brown & Bigelow Inc. St. Paul Minnesota.
Species Identification compiled by George Austin McCurry