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I never knew they would eat baby woodies I am a huge duck hunter and would probably have to eliminate any herons with a taste for ducklings. I don't think anyone would miss the sounds of the blue heron.

I have to agree with you Ryan. I am a huge Duck Hunter myself and I would hate to see a heron eat some ducklings, bad enough all the trout as well. Open season on herons for just one day maybe? :P

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I don't know about the Herons ability to catch many ducklings, they seem somewhat challenged, but a Gull will pick them off without landing and swallow them in flight. Yes, I've witnessed it several times!

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You folks have any trouble with the big White Pelicans? We sure do up here. I have seen them dang things dive and take 20 inch trout like they were 8 incher's. Swallow them right down.

A friend of mine that lives here now use to run a fish hatchery in Up State New York on the Dupont Estate. It was for Brooktrout and was part of Cornell Uv. He said they use to get a permit to shoot Heron's each year and said they killed quit a few of them. So I guess you can get the permit if you are on The Dupont Estate and are part of Cornell. LOL I bet you can't if you are just a normal Joe. ;) By the way his last name is Flick. I think other fly fishermen may know that name. Ron

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You folks have any trouble with the big White Pelicans? We sure do up here. I have seen them dang things dive and take 20 inch trout like they were 8 incher's. Swallow them right down.

A friend of mine that lives here now use to run a fish hatchery in Up State New York on the Dupont Estate. It was for Brooktrout and was part of Cornell Uv. He said they use to get a permit to shoot Heron's each year and said they killed quit a few of them. So I guess you can get the permit if you are on The Dupont Estate and are part of Cornell. LOL I bet you can't if you are just a normal Joe. ;) By the way his last name is Flick. I think other fly fishermen may know that name. Ron

Yes! Most people think Pelicans only eat minnows. Not true. I have seen them gobble up some GOOD SIZED fish. Especially during the spawn. :angry:

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Danoinark- That is correct only it is Bill his son. He moved here with his wife Jenny some years ago. I guided him and his dad a few times. Really great people. Bill is retired now and just fishes and bird hunt's.

Gonefishin- Boy are you correct there. They can eat some real big fish for sure. I was guiding the Missouri River around Wolf Creek, Montana some years back and I saw one on the bank dead. So I pulled over and took a look. Seem's someone else didn't like them either as that one had been given a Buckshot Enema. There seems to be more each season. You see them every May here they start showing up. Dang big birds 7 Foot wing span. Ron

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Danoinark- That is correct only it is Bill his son. He moved here with his wife Jenny some years ago.

I have a copy of Art's Streamside Guide. Its a dandy for identifying Mayflies, etc.

What State does Bill live now....Dano

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