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Waterfowling 101: Things to Pack When Going Duck Hunting

When you’re headed out to the water in search of fowl, there are a lot of things you could fill your bag with.  With limited storage space, however, you’ll want to make sure that you are using it wisely, packing items that will provide the most utility.  Here are a few things to think about:

Ammunition: When on the water, you may encounter many different shooting situations that can be affected by the size of the birds, the range that you are shooting at, and the way the birds are decoying at any given time.  It can be helpful to pack a variety of shells so that you can perform the best in all situations. Also, many states have certain ammunition requirements (no lead, nontoxic, etc.), so make sure that whatever you’re bringing along complies with state regulations. In our neck of the woods, you’re not allowed to take waterfowl while possessing shot other than approved nontoxic shot.

Clothing: Let one thing be known: Duck hunting is cold!  As the season takes place during the winter months, cold temperatures should be expected.  We have been on duck as cold as twenty-below-zero, and when you’re on the water, the air will be carrying a lot of moisture, which, with a breeze behind it, can cut through layers of clothing.  Long underwear is always a great option to help you stay warm.  In addition, brands like Sitka Gear make lines of coats, vests, bibs, and waders that are specially designed for hunting waterfowl, which are both lightweight and will keep you extremely warm.  Socks and gloves are also important.  Packing a few different pairs of gloves, ranging from heavier pairs to lighter ones, is a good idea.  And, a nice pair of thick wool socks will go a long way towards keeping your feet warm.

Equipment: Before we get into gear and equipment, remember: it’s always a good idea to bring a knife along. You will always need a knife at some point. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the first item we’d recommend is a good case and cloth for your shotgun.  Out on the water, there’s a lot of moisture in the air, which will condense on the metal components of your firearm.  Storing it properly can help prevent any damage. Before you even put it away, though, it’s a smart idea to wipe it down with a rag or cloth.  This will help get any moisture off of the barrel, out of the action, or anywhere else it may end up on your gun. Other items that may be quite nice to have on hand would include hand and foot warmers, a compass, binoculars, earplugs, and protective eyewear.

So, fellow waterfowlers, on that note… stay safe, and happy hunting!

If you’d like to see the list of items we tell folks to bring on Fish & Fowl hunting charters, you’ll find it on our Hunting Charters page.

Ice Fishing on Lake Erie

Come to Lake Erie for a Guided Ice Fishing trip for Walleye!

When conditions permit we will be providing guided ice fishing trips on Lake Erie. We use Snowmobile Sled combinations or a UTV  for transportation, provide you with a heated shanty and all the bait and tackle to make your adventure a memorable one.  We can transport up to three persons per trip, but we will be glad to make arrangements for larger groups with advance notice.

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A 25% non-refundable deposit of the total cost of your trip (or a minimum of $180) is required to hold any date on our booking calendar. If you must cancel, your deposit can be applied to a future available date.

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The Benefits of a Hunting Guide Service for Fishing and Waterfowling

Few things are more enjoyable to those who hunt and fish than taking a trip to spend time outdoors, be it with a shotgun or fishing pole in hand.  There’s something about experiencing the wilderness—and having a nice haul at the end of the day—that just keeps us coming back again and again.  However, if your grand outdoor endeavor happens to pull you out of familiar territory, it can be greatly beneficial to utilize a guide service to optimize your experience.

What Does a Hunting Guide Service Do?

A guide service—such as Fish and Fowl—has the ability to provide guests with extensive knowledge of the area, including some of the greatest spots to hunt or fish. They’re also well-versed in regards to all of the local rules and regulations—have questions about tags, permits, stamps? Your guide can help! Plus, a good hunting guide is worth his or her weight in gold when it comes to knowing the best ways to hunt or fish in whatever area you happen to be working out of.

Do I Need a Hunting Guide Service?

So, you may be asking yourself, do I need a guide to go waterfowling or fishing?  Well, the short answer is: no. However, the longer—and more accurate—answer is that opting to use a guide can be extremely beneficial to the success of your outings. Guide services have the ability to remove much of the stress related to logistical issues off the shoulders of the client, thereby adding another layer of enjoyment and ease to the overall hunting or fishing expedition.

For instance, purchasing permits is necessary for activities such as hunting and fishing.  A guide service can provide their clients with information as to exactly what permits may need to be acquired, such as a migratory bird stamp for duck hunting.  Plus, guide services typically provide the decoys, boats, etc. so that guests can focus on having fun (as opposed to trying to figure out if 50 duck decoys can be packed into carryon luggage…trust us, it can’t be done!). A guide will also know exactly what locations and times are best for the hunting/fishing excursion.

Remember, the next time you’re off in search of fish OR fowl, enlisting the services of an experienced guide can go a long way towards helping you enjoy a smoother and less stressful experience on the water!

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