• Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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