Ducks and Geese
Duck, many of which are seed and grass eaters, usually come inland at dusk to feed and spend the night on flight ponds, splashes, and pools, returning to the mudflats or large lochs at dawn.
Inland duck shooting generally takes place in the evening at the last light as they come into feed. These feeding areas can be mature crops and stubble fields or ponds which have been fed with barley or other suitable feeds to attract the ducks.
There are a variety of duck species that can be legally shot in Scotland although the main quarry species are mallard, teal, and wigeon. Where driven game shoots release duck as an added quarry mallard tend to be used.
Although their habits are governed by the tide, wind, weather, and moon, in general geese fly inland at daybreak to their feeding grounds, i.e. potato fields or winter cereals, and return to roost far out on the mudflats at dusk.
There are three species of goose that can be legally shot in Scotland: Grey lag, Pink foot and Canada are all legal quarry; coastal wildfowling and decoying into arable fields cater for the majority of geese shot in Scotland although some are shot flighting into and out of inland ponds.
In Scotland, the many duck and three goose species that can be legitimately shot have an open season running from 1st September to 31st January. On the foreshore, this season is extended to 20th February.
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