There’s nothing like setting up decoys, sitting in a blind and watching the magic work. That’s why you love to hunt ducks.
If you’re looking to take your duck hunting experience to the next level, consider a hunting trip to a duck paradise.
The country’s best places to hunt duck not only expand your knowledge, they put your skill to the test.
1. Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
With over 150 rivers flowing into it, Chesapeake Bay forms the country’s largest estuary and is a duck hunter’s dream. From divers to puddle ducks to sea ducks, you can hunt a range of fowl on the bay that made duck hunting into an art form.
2. Venice, Louisiana
Southern Louisiana is a paradise for both birds and hunters. Its rivers and marshes are home to over nine million waterfowl, and if you go there to hunt ducks, you have prime pickings, including pintails and canvasbacks.
3. Stuttgart, Arkansas
If you love mallards, you’ll love Arkansas. Its flooded timbers and rice fields make it a must-see for anyone who hunts ducks. But it’s not just the mallards that flock here. You can find green-winged teal, pintails, shovlers, wigeons, and so many more, you actually have to see it to believe it.
4. St. Paul Island, Alaska
A 40-mile rock island in the middle of the Bering Straight, St. Paul Island is a haven for Pacific waterfowl, especially the king eider. Considered one of the most difficult ducks to hunt, the king eider is abundant in the Bering Sea and no experience can compare to it.
5. San Francisco Bay, California
The San Francisco Bay offers you over 10,000 acres of tidal and salt ponds in its National Wildlife Refuge area, giving you access to mallards, dabblers and divers. The bay has one California’s richest population of fowl, and 32 different species can be found there throughout the year.
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
The Great Salt Lake may be one of the most important habitats for fowl in the western mountain region. With 35 different waterfowl species and between three and four million birds a year, it’s no wonder Salk Lake City is considered a favorite of those who hunt ducks.
7. Seattle, Washington
From flooded corn ponds to open water, Seattle provides duck hunters with a vast variety in both landscape and birds. From puddle ducks and divers to trophy harlequin ducks, it’s a fowl phenomenon you’ve got to see.
8. Charleston, South Carolina
If you want to hunt ducks in Charleston, you’ll have to put in the work. And when you do, it’s one of the most rewarding duck hunts you’ll ever experience. With public duck hunting within an hour of the city, and the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers near by, you’ll be hunting pintails, gadwalls and teal in no time.
9. St. Louis, Missouri
With over 40 percent of all waterfowl migrating over and around St. Louis, it’s no wonder it’s a great place to hunt ducks. Missouri gives you the best of both worlds with duck hunting in rice and soybean fields or in sheet water and flooded areas.
10. Russell, Kansas
Right in the middle of the Central Flyway, Kansas offers you a perfect place to hunt ducks. With millions of waterfowl traveling through a year, you can hunt in over 200,000 acres of natural habitat.
Now there’s little excuse to not plan your duck hunting adventure. Where will you go for your next trip?