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Duck Hunting

Georgia's 2023-2024 Waterfowl Hunting Dates

Early Teal Sept. 9-24

Canada Geese  Sept. 2-24; Oct. 14-29; Nov. 18-26; Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

Duck   Nov. 18-26; Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

Youth/Military Waterfowl Nov. 11-12

Duck Species Daily Bag Limits: 1 Black or Mottled Duck, 2 Canvasback, 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck, 2 Mallards (only 1 mallard may be a hen), 1 Pintail, 2 Redheads, 1 Scaup, 3 Wood Ducks. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

2023-24 Georgia Duck Forecast

Editor’s Note: After this article was published in the October 2023 print edition of GON, WRD announced that all Butler Island waterfowl hunting would be closed for the 2023-24 due to recent storm damage. See WRD Release. I knew the ducks were roosting in the back of a local farm pond because I saw them…

Hunters Growing Hunters Though Weekend Duck Hunt

Editor’s Note: Tina Johannsen is WRD’s Assistant Chief with Game Management. Olivia Menard helped tell the story. I probably don’t have to tell y’all that hunters are a small group (less than 10% of the population), and in most states, our numbers are dwindling. State wildlife agencies like mine (GA DNR WRD) are funded by…

2022-23 Georgia Duck Forecast

Every Georgia duck hunter knows that duck hunting can be boom or bust. You can scout out a location, set up your decoys and at the crack of dawn be covered up with ducks and have a limit in a few minutes. But unfortunately, there are days when you do everything right and the ducks…

Great Deal On Waterfowl Tote From Chambless Game Totes At Outdoor Blast

The Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast is excited to announce that Chambless Game Totes is bringing a Blast Bargain to the July 29-31 event, offering their Guide II Double Waterfowl Tote at a 15% savings. The Guide II Double Waterfowl Tote is an American handmade product. The waterfowl tote is a stitched bridle leather strap that includes six detachable leather…

Georgia Duck Season Should Be Good, Other Areas Hurt By Extended Drought

An abundance of rain and good breeding production up the Eastern coast means Georgia duck hunters should expect a good season. However, news is not the same in other parts of the country. The Prairie Pothole Region of the Midwest and Canada has been very dry. Delta Waterfowl forecasts that poor breeding conditions in the…

Daylight Opener For Georgia Dove Season; Duck Seasons Set

Brunch with your opening day dove shoot? The traditional late BBQ lunch as dove hunters shuffle their feet killing time before heading to the field on opening day may be replaced by a brunch after the shooting starts at daylight. The 2021-2022 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations were recently approved by the Board…

An Encounter With Butch Richenback

By Justin Kennedy Anyone who has had any relationship with me in my life knows of my love and passion for hunting ducks. I have been obsessed with the outdoors since I was old enough to understand what they were, but duck hunting held a special place in my heart. Names like Montana, Farve, Manning…

Topflight Decoys By Avian-X

At Avian-X, designing a decoy as real-looking as the ducks flying overhead, requires carefully observing wild ducks and commissioning the world’s best decoy carvers to craft true-to-life models. From dabblers to divers, there’s a Topflight decoy for every duck hunter.   Above the water, Topflight decoys employ the precise size and shape, realistic postures, and…

Waterfowl Hunting The Georgia Coast

It was a dark, cold 30-degree December morning as we were motored across St. Catherines Sound looking for the small red blinking light on a channel marker. We were headed to the ocean side of St. Catherines Island in the predawn black, the taste and scent of the salt hitting our faces. The ride wasn’t…

Getting After Public Ducks In Georgia

Just as the first hints of gray light eased into the sky, the sounds of wood ducks calling on the horizon came to my ears. Wing beats came next as they swung around the hole, then the sharp rush of air that comes when ducks begin their descent. Shots rang out, and the familiar and…

Duck Recipes

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Wild In The Kitchen: Roast Duck & Wild Rice

Roast Duck With Wild Rice Dressing No hindsight ip unit displayed. 1 wood duck, dressed giblets 1 cup cooked wild rice 4 tbsp. butter black pepper seasoning salt 2 oz. jar pimentos 2 oz. jar mushrooms 2 tbsp. chopped bell pepper 1 celery stalk, washed 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup chicken broth 1 apple…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Barbecue Wild Duck

Barbecue Wild Duck Ingredients 2 wild ducks, halved 1 cup ketchup 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon hot sauce Mix sauce ingredients in saucepan. Heat to a low boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Place duck halves…