Anas platyrhynchos

In our hemisphere, mallards live from Alaska to the northern coast of South America, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and are common in all four flyways. The mallard is the quintessential duck of all duck like waterfowl. The mallard is the most common wild duck in the Northern Hemisphere and the progenitor of most breeds of domestic ducks. It is the signature duck of rivers and farm ponds, lake margins and marshland, stubble fields and rice fields, golf courses and city parks.

The mallard is also the trademark of the duck calling world. Many hours are spent practicing with duck calls trying to acquire a certain amount of air pressure and control. There is definitely an art to calling ducks. Through the evolution of duck hunting, calling and competition have almost become synonymous with each other. Here at Duck Commander we pride ourselves with being world champion duck killers, though we do offer a few calls that can attain the high ball hails that you would hear in a competition. A mallard hen’s sound has the capability to bring in several different species to a decoy spread. If blown correctly, a duck call is a deadly tool to put more ducks in your strap.

*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