Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at a dry field hunt in the Dakotas. Maybe you’ve thought about going unguided. Perhaps you prefer the high adventure of a sea duck hunt.
Or how about a taste of history—a hunt on the same waters where market gunners piled up canvasbacks fattened on wild celery and eel grass? And who doesn’t have a green timber mallard hunt on their bucket list? So many ducks, so many options, so little time.
We’ve had two great years with duck numbers at or near all-time highs, but there’s no telling what the future holds for duck populations. Biologists are cautiously optimistic about the coming year thanks to abundant winter moisture on the nesting grounds. We could have another bumper crop of ducks next fall. After that, nobody can say. In other words, there’s no better time to take that dream duck hunting trip than next season. It’s right around the corner. Start planning now.
- Mud motors and airboats dominate the Great Salt Lake duck hunting scene, but when the access areas freeze solid, airboats rule. Roar across the ice and snow towards open water, stick a hundred duck silhouettes in the shallow mud bottom and toss out a few dozen decoys. When the birds are in, the action can be crazy. Hunting is done from layout blinds or coffin tubs, low plastic tubs that allow you to keep a low profile while staying dry. Some hunters hide in the vegetation close to open water. Limits of green-wing teal, spoonies, goldeneyes and other species are common.