The mallard is the most populous duck in the United States, in North America, and in the Northern Hemisphere.
Most forms of domestic ducks originated from the mallard
Puddle ducks, also known as dabblers, are in a group that tips up the tail when feeding.
They have large, powerful wings for vertical take-off, and their legs are positioned near the center of the body for easier movement on land. A colored wing patch, usually iridescent and called a speculum, is also unique to the puddle duck.
The CMP is authorized to provide support and encouragement to clubs and state associations with emphasis on strong junior programs.
Type of Organization
The CMP was created by the U.S. Congress. The original purpose was to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills so they would be skilled marksmen if later called on to serve the U.S. military.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth.