• Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

    A layout blind offers goose hunters plenty of concealment when hunting fields.

    Blinds for goose hunting aren’t all alike

    Goose hunters have used a lot of different types of blinds through the years, from cutting limbs for a perimeter to manufactured grass that hides entire boats. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Being big, heavy birds, Canada geese take slightly bigger shotgun loads to kill them cleanly.

    Change out duck loads for bigger shot

    With the average goose weighting anywhere from 6 to 16 pounds, heavier loads are commonly used for Canadas compared to ducks.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Wetland Seat

    The Wetland Seat

    The Wetland Seat from Delta Waterfowl Gear by ALPS OutdoorZ is a lightweight, easy carrying seat perfect for flooded timber and marsh hunting. The seat is built using a single aluminum leg designed with a wedge end that can be driven into marsh soil and provide a firm foothold. The Wetland Seat itself is 12 x 8 inches, padded, and folds flat against the frame for easy storage. It also includes a D-ring so hunters have a place to hang a game strap.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Hunters across most of both Carolinas have open seasons on Canada geese through January.

    Honkers! Take ’em! Add Carolina geese to your Carolina waterfowl plans this month

    Just as the sun was starting to climb above the horizon, we drove through the countryside looking for Canada geese. The season was opening in a couple of days, and we were out scouting for places to hunt. 

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Tyler and Kevin O’Dell hunt from a temporary blind constructed of pine saplings.

    Swan blinds: minimal or maximum

    Blinds for hunting tundra swans can be sturdy, well-built forts or temporary structures thrown together the night before a hunt is scheduled.

    December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    North Carolina hunters will recognize a sweet swan song from a hunting blind.

    A sweet swan song - The tundra swan sings a sweet song for North Carolina waterfowl hunters

    After pulling on their chest waders at 6 a.m., six hunters left a comfortable cabin and drove to a nearby wheat field to set a spread of over-sized shell and windsock decoys in the soft, black soil near Pantego, N.C. The “weep-weep” sound of a young swan soon turned their faces skyward.

    December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Plastic decoys with shot holes and cracks often fill with water but don't drain easily. Drill a hole on top of the decoy to drain it quickly, and then use silicone to seal the holes and cracks.

    Become a decoy doc

    We all know that guy — the one who seems to find new ways to destroy any duck or goose decoy in his midst. He leaves decoys in the back of his pick-up until July 4 or so — including the ones he borrowed from you two years ago and never returned — and in an unceremonious act of glory, tosses them behind the garage so they can be dealt with later.

    November 18, 2016 at 10:26am
    Don’t overshoot your best duck-hunting areas; hunting pressure will cause ducks of every species to pick up and move.

    Hunting pressure is kiss of death for waterfowl success

    For diehard duck hunters, every hour of the season is an opportunity to fill a limit. However, too much pressure on the same flocks of wood ducks and other species can lead to zeros on successive hunts. 

    November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
    The decreasing amount of daylight in a 24-hour period, aka, the photoperiod, has a big impact on the timing of waterfowl migration, even among homebodies like wood ducks.

    Know what affects duck migrations

    Duck season that come in before December are often overlooked by many hunters because of other hunt seasons, warm weather or just waiting for the big push of migratory ducks after Christmas.

    November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
    Jump shooting puddle ducks from a kayak is a great way to limit out on a cold morning.

    Don’t forget the ducks

    Duck season returns across the Carolinas this month, and just because there a little nip in the air (hopefully) is no reason to put away your paddle boat. Kayaks, canoes or pirogues — for our brethren with LSU stickers in the back windows of their trucks — are often some of the most-over-looked modes of not just transportation for duck hunters, but all-terrain vehicles.

    November 14, 2016 at 9:00am
    The NCWRC and Ducks Unlimited are offering three free waterfowl hunting seminars this month.

    NCWRC, Ducks Unlimited offering free waterfowl seminars this month

    The NCWRC is teaming up with Ducks Unlimited to offer three free seminars for waterfowl hunters. The seminars will be held on Nov. 15, 16, and 17. New hunters and experienced hunters will both benefit from these seminars, which run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    November 10, 2016 at 12:53am
    Wood ducks lead the field of waterfowl making their presence felt in the Carolinas in November.

    Don’t wait for December ducks

    Fall is a difficult seasons for outdoorsmen because of all the available options, including hungry speckled trout, hormone-crazed bucks, speedy doves and smoking king mackerel. But a true sportsman in the Carolinas wouldn’t be in the groove if a trip to flooded timber or a beaver pond for wood ducks didn’t show up on the November agenda.

    November 01, 2016 at 7:00am

    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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 7:00am