Sea duck hunting isn’t for everyone. It not only takes a bit of specialized equipment, it also takes guts. Big, rough water can give even the most dedicated puddle duck hunter the creeps, and extreme weather can definitely play a huge role in your hunt. There are great rewards for the willing hunter, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
A top-notch guide can take some of the risk out of the equation and put you in the middle of tons of ducks. Not everyone can afford to go that route, but if you’re trekking around the country looking for a great sea duck destination, it’s probably worth your while. Of course when it comes to knocking down those birds, that part is entirely up to you. And it’s not always an easy endeavor, since sea ducks are notoriously fast and can humble even the best wingshooters. But that’s exactly why they are so much fun.
Whether you plan on putting the hunt together on your own or enlisting the help of a seasoned guide, we’ve got an inside look at some of the best places for sea duck hunting in the U.S.
- There is no more unique state in the nation than Alaska, and there are few places to hunt sea ducks in Alaska like the Aleutian Islands. The islands are a chain of over 300 small volcanic landmasses extending 1,200 miles across the Pacific Ocean. They are home to over 15 different species of ducks, which live there during the winter. Included in the list of species you can hunt are Pacific eider, Eurasian wigeon, smew and pochards.
Outfitters like Alaska Wildfowl Adventures, which runs hunts from Dec. 22 to Jan. 30, provide quite the experience on the Aleutian Islands, with the option to hunt out of a tundra blind next to a freshwater pond or on the open waters of the Bering Sea and North Pacific.