COMMON WATERFOWL TERMS

 Sky Busting- shooting at a bird that is out of range.

 

Water Squatting- shooting a bird off of the the water.

 

Jump shooting- sneaking up on bird in the shallow water or a farm pond to shoot them.

 

Sheet water- shallow water about a foot in depth or less. Mainly flooded crop field.

 

Open water-  large body of water over a foot in depth. Mainly a lake.

 

Timber hole- an opening of water in a flooded area of woods such as hard bottom oaks or cypress slough.

 

Lead Era- time in waterfowling history when it was legal to shoot lead. 1900 or later

 

The birds finishing- when a birds make their last pass and land in the decoys.

 

They lite in the decoys- another term for birds landing in the decoys.

 

Cupped up- term used for a bird get in a body position with their wings arched to land.

 

Boots on - a term for when birds are getting ready to land and stretch their legs put to Land in water or a field.

 

Factory chokes- changeable shotgun chokes the came with shotgun from manufacturer.

 

After market chokes- custom changeable chokes that came from a company that specializes in chokes.

 

Fixed chokes- a shotgun barrel  that is  cut to a specific chokes diameter and can't  be changed. 

 

Duck nicknames

 Drake Mallard- green head

 

Hen duck - Susie term for female duck of any species 

 

Norther pintail- sprig, penny (drake pintail ) Bull Sprig

 

Gadwall- Grey duck

 

Canvasback- Cans or for a drake Bull Can

 

Norther Shovler- Hollywood, Spoonbill, Spoony, smiling mallard.

 

Ring neck- Black Jack

 

Lesser or Greater Scaup- blue bill or Dosgris (French for Grey back)

 

Coot- mud Hen, marsh Hen, water chicken or Pouldeau ( water chicken in french)

 

White fronted Goose- Speck, Specklebelly, Bar Belly, Tar belly (Goose with solid black bell) or chicken ( juvenile Goose has not developed bars on belly)

 

Wood Duck- Woodie

 

Black belly whistling Duck- squealer.

 

Norther Wigeon - cotton top

 

American Black Duck & Mottle Duck- Black Mallard 

 

Sand Hill Crane-Rib eye of the Sky