The scoop on Hell divers? (Pied Billed Grebes)

Discussion in 'MichiganWaterfowl.com' started by jimposten, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. jimposten

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    The Pond I usually hunt is COVERED with them... They are always swiming in the decoys, Even seen one hit the air this past weekend.

    The veterans who are putting up with this rookie have given me plenty of warning. I have been tempted a couple times during a slow morning to get on them... but they have assured me the DNR would not approve.

    I have searched all over for regulations and fines related with protected species, and I cant find anything, especially about the hell divers.

    so whats thier story... they definately seem abundant in our parts.

    JIM
     
  2. anon12162011

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    they fall into the non game migratory bird status...same as a blue heron...

    If you were to shoot one and get caught, I believe it potentially could be a 1,000 fine and loss of privledges for 3 years
     

  3. ahartz

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    They are crazy little birds. definitely NOT LEGAL and pretty darn stupid. we had two in the decoys for 20 mins last week. great live action in the decoys...andy
     
  4. thetrueflatsman

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    I was just wondering....... did you plan on eating it after you killed it?
     
  5. jimposten

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    Thats the info I was looking for. my hunting buddies knew for sure it was illegal, but there was a little confusion on the reprecutions.

    Im not one to shoot something I dont plan on eating. I have no intensions of making the dog go after one of those ugly birds, I was just saying when thats all thats moving, and you have 20 of them on the water, the trigger finger tends to get a little itchy.

    Very true, movement in the dekes is always a bonus, and they are fun to glass.

    JIM
     
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    What he said, they eat the same diet as Sawbills-yuck.

    And 95% of the time they don't fly, so you would have to use highly tuned marksmanship to water swat them.
     
  7. William H Bonney

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    They're real fragile, kinda like robins and bluejays, they're easy to swat on the water...:lol:
     
  8. adam bomb

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    Definitely not the smartest bird in the marsh. More than once we've had them in the spread milling around when ducks come in. Bust the ducks and theyre still out there bombing around in the decoys.:lol: I dont mind, adds realism to the spread.

    I remember hearing last year that someone got busted for shooting them. Mistook them for teal.....Whoops!
     
  9. jimposten

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    Ive seen hundreds on the pond so far, and seen one take the air once.

    Where would I find a list of fair and not fair game?

    JIM
     
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    anything listed as having a season in ther waterfowl guide is fair game...ducks, rails, gallunules etc....anything NOT in the guide is not legal to harvest....andy
     
  11. thetrueflatsman

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    Jim,

    Are you sure what your seeing is a PB Grebe?

    Having hundreds of the doesn't sound right.

    What color are they?

    Sounds like maybe your seeing Moorhens or Coots.

    PB Grebe's are very tiny, light to med brown in color and the have a very tiny, light color beek.
     
  12. jimposten

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    They look just like the pic on ducks.org, and they have the chicken head and beak.

    Also on the quanity, I should clarify, Ive nver had hundreds on the water at once, just several groups of 2 to 5, I am assuming the lake has 100+

    JIM
     
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    they all look just like this...

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    Im assuming Ive never seen a male...

    JIM
     
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