With duck season upon us, many first-time duck hunters may be going wasting to give it a try without having the proper knowledge in order to be successful. Stay Hunting seeks to remedy that knowledge gap by informing new hunters while also helping seasoned hunters become better at the sport they love.
1. When is Duck Hunting Season?
2. What is the Best Duck Hunting Shotgun?
3. Are Decoys Necessary for Duck Hunting?
4. Why is Duck Hunting so Popular? Pros and Cons
Duck hunting has been passed down from generation to generation, along with all the sneaky tit bits of advice and arsenal of weapons, including decoys and callers. Many a proud father would have sat his son or sons down and told them all about his adventures out duck hunting, in the hopes that they would be filled with the same excitement.
While it is as old as time and has much history, over the years, the law changed, and duck hunting had to be curbed. The population of ducks was dwindling, especially certain types of ducks. So, the heads of states took it onto themselves to apply rules and regulations on when you can hunt and how many you can hunt.
This did not stop the avid duck hunter though and duck hunting proves to be the most popular sport in America today.
So, we have answered why duck hunting is so popular but what are the Pros and Cons of duck hunting?
Pros of Duck Hunting
- Food or source of income. Many a hunter will hunt for food. Duck is seen as quite a delicacy to some but out in the more prolific areas, where ducks populate quite highly, a family can be fed for a good many days on duck. Where a hunter turns his sport into a way of making an income, then this can be seen as a good thing too.
- History. Passing down history has always been on Americans number one list and duck hunting doesn’t escape this.
- Regulated. As mentioned, duck hunting is regulated across all states and because of this the duck population is protected and allowed to grow at a reasonable rate.
Cons of Duck Hunting
- Poaching. Its when the hunter becomes greedy that duck hunting gets a bad name. Some are not satisfied with the limitations applied and will go out of their way to hunt more than they are allowed and sometimes in areas that are protected.
- Trophy. When the duck hunting becomes a reason to see how many trophy ducks one can accumulate, then many will frown upon it.
- Danger. A novice hunter can be seen as a danger out there in the pastures and water lands. If he doesn’t know what he is doing and doesn’t abide by the duck hunting protocol, then we will see many getting hurt, other hunters, himself and other by standing animals.
5. Where to go Duck Hunting in USA?
So, you are sold on the idea but where can you go to get some good duck hunting under your belt?
Here are our top five best places to go duck hunting in the USA:
- San Francisco Bay in California. Yes, would you believe it! Rich in mallard and dabblers, you will be sitting pretty in the National Wildlife Refuge areas across the bay.
- Seattle in Washington. Head over to the national state and get potting for divers, puddle ducks, harlequin ducks and much more. It truly is fowl heaven there.
- Russell in Kansas. When the waterfowl make their way over every year, you want to be there, ready and waiting. There is over 200,000 acres of land, so do not waste time!
- Venice in Louisiana. From canvasbacks to pintails, you will have a bird of a time hunting in the many rivers and marshes that infest Venice.
- Salt Lake City in Utah. Of course, why didn’t you think of it before. The Great Salt Lake of Utah. Home to over 30 species of waterfowl, you are sure to come back smiling.
With some nifty tips under your belt, we know that you will be ready and amped to get out there, get hunting, and get you some duck.
The season is nearing. Are you ready?