• Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

    Kill more ducks with the Decoy Raft

    With waterfowl season quickly approaching, many hunters across the Carolinas will be using a new product on their hunts. The Decoy Raft, a product made by North Carolina's Southern Flyway Outfitters, first became available to the public early this year, and it's been a big hit with outfitters all over the U.S. and Canada, and many homegrown hunters are excited to put it to use.

    October 18 at 5:01pm
    Hunters with access to kayaks or canoes can float rivers or streams during the Oct. 5-8 season, and they’ll often wind up with a mixed bag of wood ducks and green-winged teal.

    North Carolina’s early duck particulars

    • The first general duck season in North Carolina runs from Oct. 5-8, statewide. The daily bag limit is six, but only three may be wood ducks. Teal are commonly taken during the short, October season, and all six ducks in your daily limit can be teal, or teal can be combined with woodies.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Ernie Freeman of Stedman takes an occasional green-winged teal on October hunts.

    Get ready for green-winged teal during North Carolina’s early October duck season

    In addition to wood ducks, green-winged teal are likely to make an early arrival during North Carolina’s Oct. 5-8 seasaon.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Ducks are banded in their breeding or wintering grounds, giving biologists an opportunity to learn more about their migration patterns and hunters the opportunity to show off some waterfowl jewelry.

    Leg bands are a duck hunter’s bird bling

    While duck hunters are among the most earnest in effort and commitment to their sport, they have little to show in terms of trophies: no impressive antlers to hang on the wall, citations to signify an outstanding catch after a day on the water. But, if you want to make a waterfowler proud, ask him about his duck bands.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    The 2016 Inaugural Duckfest will include a duck calling contest, bass fishing tournament, a cook-off, and much more.

    Duckfest to be held in Summerton on Oct. 22

    Clarendon County is one of South Carolina's top destinations for waterfowl hunting, so it's only fitting that this will be the site of the Inaugural Duckfest on Oct. 22, a celebration of duck hunting throughout the county and state.

    October 14 at 9:06pm
    The NCWRC and Ducks Unlimited are teaming up to offer waterfowl hunting seminars across the state, starting on Oct. 24.

    Slots available for 7 waterfowl hunting seminars

    Spaces remain for seven waterfowl hunting seminars being offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Ducks Unlimited starting next week.

    October 13 at 2:20pm
    1000 wood duck boxes are available through the combined efforts of SCDNR and the S.C. Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

    Wood duck box applications available

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the S.C. State Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and the S.C. Department of Corrections, will continue the construction and distribution of wood duck boxes this winter.

    October 04 at 3:01pm
    Wood ducks make up the highest harvest totals among species that visit North Carolina.

    Early birds - Don’t be late for North Carolina’s early ducks

    If an outdoorsman is driven by his passion, then a duck hunters would be a Ferrari. Brimming with a childlike zeal for his quarry, you can rest assured that Oct. 5-8 is circled on his calendar with a big, red heart to show how he feels about the first statewide opportunity to hunt ducks that haven’t dodged steel in North Carolina in more than eight months. 

    October 01 at 7:00am
    Paul Sasser of Greensboro takes advantage of North Carolina’s September teal season for some early season shooting.

    Feel the teal - Early teal season on tap in North Carolina in September

    “Feeling the teal” is an expression used by supporters of UNC-Wilmington’s athletic teams. Teal became the school’s official color in 2009 after serving unofficially for many years prior. Greenish blue or bluish green, depending upon your perception, it is an iridescent color present in the speculums of blue-winged and green-winged teal.

    These two tiny waterfowl species lure early birds like Paul Sasser of Greensboro, a dedicated hunter, to the marshes north and south of Wilmington in September. He says the four-hour drive is worth the effort.

    September 01 at 7:00am
    One of the top WMAs for wood ducks, Hickory Top Greentreen was closed last season, making it an even better choice in 2016-17.

    Bear Island, Santee Delta are top waterfowl WMAs

    According to Dean Harrigal, SCDNR’s waterfowl biologist, hunting on WMAs is divided into two classes of hunting units: Class I and Class II.

    September 01 at 7:00am
    Most of North Carolina’s top public duck-hunting waters are in coastal counties.

    Futch, Goose Creek are NC’s top public duck spots

    With three major sounds, a half-dozen big rivers, hundreds of feeder creeks and small streams — all located along the Atlantic Flyway —  coastal game lands dominate public-land waterfowl hunting in North Carolina.

    September 01 at 7:00am
    Most species of ducks remain well above their long-term average, according to the 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Duck numbers hold steady, USFWS says

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released its report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service. 

    August 14 at 9:54am
    The Decoy Raft is the fastest way to deploy and retrieve decoys, and it's the brainchild of a handful of Carolina boys that are passionate about waterfowling.

    Get ready for waterfowl season with the Decoy Raft

    What’s the quickest method to deploy a dozen decoys? It’s the same method to deploy four dozen, a hundred, or even more. It’s called the Decoy Raft, and it’s the product of a handful of friends from North Carolina who are passionate about waterfowl hunting.

    August 03 at 5:53pm
    Blake (left) and Daryl Hodge (right) are serving as regional hosts on Drake's Migration, in its 7th season on the Sportsman Channel.

    Carolina hunters featured on Sportsman Channel's Drake's Migration

    If you happened to catch the newest episode of Drake’s Migration on the Sportsman Channel this morning, and you know anything about waterfowl hunting in the Carolinas, you surely noticed some familiar faces on the show. 

    June 27 at 1:06pm
    The 2016-17 waterfowl and webless migratory bird seasons have been set, and include some big changes from years past.

    NCWRC announces 2016-17 waterfowl, webless migratory bird seasons

    In a first for waterfowl season dates, bag limits, and regulations, the NCWRC has already announced these details for the upcoming 2016-17 waterfowl, webless migratory bird, and extended falconry seasons.

    April 26 at 6:30pm
    The NCWRC is seeking input from waterfowl hunters concerning the 2016 waterfowl seasons.

    NCWRC seeks public input on upcoming waterfowl seasons

    Have you ever wondered where agencies like the NCWRC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service get their ideas for what they think will benefit outdoorsmen? These agencies often ask for public input concerning topics like migratory bird seasons, and they are requesting such input now through April 10. 

    March 22 at 1:54pm