Game Bird Hunting

The ring-necked duck would have been better named "ring-billed duck."

Features: The black back, white crescent on the side just in front of the wing, and white-ringed bill separate the drake ring-neck from the scaups. The brownish neck ring of the male in alternate plumage is not prominent. The hen is a small dark brown duck with a buff face. Drakes in courtship give a head-throw accompanied by a wow note while hens utter a growling purr.

The ring-necked duck can resemble a scaup, so hunters need to know what they are shooting at.

Habitat: These ducks are pretty widespread during the winter months. They generally prefer fresh water, from small wood ponds to large marshes like Summer Lake.

Techniques: Usually taken as part of a general duck bag. They can be pretty good eating.