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.
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