Our goal is to make sure you have a safe, fun and exciting Duck Hunting Adventure while you are here!
The day all starts with a very early and a (usually) chilly boat or airboat ride. Be prepared with the right hunting clothes. A waterproof jacket is a must, whether it’s in the early season (November 4, 2017 through November 26, 2017) or the late season of duck hunting (December 9, 2017 through January 28, 2018).
It’s dark and damp, or misting, rainy or cold. No matter what, you don’t want to be wet. Layering your technical clothing is the only way to go. Wear Camo everything. Any great camo pattern will work, from GameGuard to Max 4 or “other”, concealment is essential to awesome duck hunting. Face paint, face masks or other methods of concealing your face to the curious ducks flying overhead is a must.
Since a duck hunt on Baffin Bay begins very early in the morning. The best thing to do is to get your gear ready the night before. Put your gun in a waterproof camo gun case. They are really inexpensive and keep your gun from getting excessively wet and sandy.
All BBR&G guides will provide comfortable camo captain’s chairs for seating in our portable blinds, (or, some use a traditional blinds to sit in and may even make you pancakes or coffee….) as well as blind materials. We will also provide water and hot coffee along with breakfast snacks in the blind. We will not trespass on the ranches and we will make every effort to make sure that you know when and where you can shoot.
Get your Blind Bag together.
This is what you will need for a great hunt:
Ammo (of course): We recommend #2 or #3 Steel shot, 3″ Shells, at least 1,450 fps. You’ve invested a pretty penny in a duck hunt with us, bring the most high-quality shells you can afford. If you cannot bring your own shells, please let us know and we will provide them for you.
Shooting Glasses (and glasses cleaners) (no mirrored lenses for best results…)
Strap for your ducks
Extra Gloves (it’s nice to have a dry pair when it’s cold…)
Duck Calls (it’s a blast to call the ducks in…)
Licenses (see below)
Small First Aid Kit
Personal Stuff (whatever you like to have handy, a small flashlight, a certain snack or fancy drink)
Gun safety is imperative and unsafe gun handling will not be tolerated. Always know where your gun is pointing and be aware of where your fellow hunters are. Be very aware of our (or your) dog. Our dogs are like our children and we are extremely protective of them. NEVER shoot over a dog working in the spread or bringing in a duck!! Dogs are WAY more important than ducks.
NOTE: Texas law requires all hunters born on or after September 2, 1971 to have successfully completed a hunter education course to legally hunt in the State of Texas. For more information, or to take the course, click here.
Guns, Ammo and Chokes:
Most hunters use 12-gauge semi-automatic shotguns that hold three shells at a time (make sure that your gun has the appropriate plug in it). But, lots of hunters still use the 12-gauge pump shotgun as well. 20 gauge shotguns can be effective, with the right hunter and the right ammo/choke. Over and unders and side-by-side shotguns are also very effective. It’s all your call.
Most of the shooting will be ducks over decoys, with some occasional passing shots. Choke tubes are as complicated as you want them to be, but really, for shooting almost stopped ducks, right before they land, the Improved Cylinder is all-purpose and will get that job done. Improved Modified chokes would be another choice over decoys and if you just have to shoot passing ducks, go with the Modified. Author Phil Bourjaily who wrote the Field and Stream Shotgun Guide explains shotgun chokes so succinctly: “a choke functions like the nozzle on a garden hose. When it’s open, shot sprays widely; screwed down, the shotshell’s load is dispersed in tighter patterns.” Thanks, Phil. Still not sure, bring all three and let the guide choose based on the conditions of the day.
A pintail whistle is about the easiest and no-brainer duck call of all time. Other mallard calls, whistles and purrs, chortles and hen calls are all fun to blow. Sometimes a duck call can be a duck repellent, so, exuberance aside, blow all calls when the ducks are far away, going away, or not coming in to the spread. That’s the safest method. It’s lots of fun to hang out around the campfire and blow duck calls the night before the hunt. It drives the dogs crazy and gets everyone jazzed up for the next morning. Calling all “Duck Commander” pros, beginners and wannabes.
Hunting with Dogs
All of the Duck Hunting Guides at BBR&G have some really great dogs. Labs of all colors, they are all fun to be with and work very enthusiastically to retrieve all birds that are shot. We don’t have robot dogs, but we do have some great retrievers that are fun and safe to hunt with.
BYOD: We are a “dog-friendly” hunting lodge and your well-mannered dog is always welcome. We love dogs and it’s mostly the reason we shoot ducks. Young dogs in training will pick it up quick, old dogs who’ve seen a thousand ducks in their lives are to be respected for helping us. We love dogs at BBR&G. We are not too crazy about hunters that “light-up” their dogs unnecessarily with e-collars.
Your retriever is always welcome and will be treated like family at BBR&G. Your good dog will be allowed access to your room, but indoor and outdoor kennels are available for your use as well.
You will need your Texas hunting license with a Migratory Game Bird Endorsement, as well as a Federal Duck Stamp. Click this link to read more about your specific requirements and to buy your license.