Can you recommend a duck guide(s) for mid
We would have to have a long talk about your expectations
before I could make a recommendation. So
tell me specifically what you are looking for. ----Capt. G
I understand. Didn't mean to put you in a bad spot. You
put me with a good guide for drum fishing last summer so I thought you might
have a recommendation.
I'm a 40 yr old dad and went duck hunting for first
time in my life this past Jan. Had a great time, got plenty of ducks, but I didn't like that the guide drank crown
royal all day. I drink my fair share but not with a gun in my hand.
Me and another dad want to take our 11year old boys in
Another group of 4 guys going mid Jan. All fairly new to duck hunting. Very easy going. Don't care what we shoot. Just want to shoot ducks. Talked on phone to Captain Froggy tonight. Unless you tell
me he's an axe murderer, I'll go with him.
I don't know who you hunted with before but it sounded
successful, probably because, unknown to you, it was an illegal hunt. The guide drinking in the blind was also
illegal, but the baiting of the ducks in order to get you "plenty of
ducks" is the only way to commercially
duck hunt and provide consistent success. The reality is that legal wild duck hunting
is a lot of work which most often results in a cold boat ride, beautiful
sunrise, hopefully seeing lots of ducks in the distance and perhaps getting a
few shots, sometimes the gun is never fired.
Rarely do you "get plenty of ducks".
"If you don't care what you shoot, you just want to
shoot ducks", then I suggest that you go to a shooting preserve.
There are several types of commercial duck hunting
operations, the illegal ones, which are most of them and:
impoundments" which by definition are not going to be commercially
successful because of the high costs of maintaining these impoundments increases
the price/hunter beyond what most people are willing to pay. Therefore these guides settle for lower
prices and pack more people into their impoundments than the impoundments can support and
the hunting sucks. The only
consistently successful private impoundments are extremely expensive with 6
digit membership costs and annual dues often in excess of 5 digits.
Then you have the scissor boat rigs. Yes mobile, successful, more often legal, but
my idea of duck hunting is not done from a boat.
These scissor rigs are also productive with sea ducks,
but my idea of duck hunting is shooting ducks that are edible and not giving
them away because they taste like rotten clams.
Then you have those who lease shoreline and hunt the open
water from shore. If done legally
without bait, then these hunters are at the mercy of the weather and the
migration. They can have the weather,
but no ducks or most often they have several thousand ducks in the area but no
weather to move them around.
Then you have the public lands. I would recommend some of these hunts in
order to gain some appreciation for what
legitimate duck guides have to invest to be successful, not just in the
expenses, but the time and knowledge.
If you want to shoot at ducks from a boat, I can tell you
who has scissor rigs.
If you want to sit in the marsh and hope the weather is
such that some ducks fly by, then I can tell you who has a blind or two and is
dabbling in it.
I met Capt. Froggy last year and he seems like a nice guy
who has been doing it a while. Give him
a try and let me know how it works out, but no matter who you go with, if you
measure success by how many times the gun is fired, you will most often be disappointed.
For over 10 years I leased miles of shoreline, had
multiple dogs, boats and hundreds of decoys. Decreasing limits and the costs of doing it right exceeded what people were willing to pay,
therefore we are no longer promoting that we still have a couple of blinds and
a couple of guides whom may dabble in it.
Costs is usually about $200/person for a half day and if you have a
greatly successful day, you will have your limit of bluebills which is
2/person. If it is a day like most, the only guarantee is that the steaks and oysters in the blind will be good.
I know this is a
lot more detail than you wanted ........, but every once in a while I am prone to rant.