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I’m considering giving myself a retirement gift of a Chesapeake Bay duck hunt. Are there any old style hunting clubs still left on the Chesapeake? Somewhere that would take a guy out for 2-3 days.


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sounds like a fun time,wish great luck,Pete53

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The waterfowl hunting there isn't what it was back up until the early 70's. The Atlantic flyway has much less 'prime' wintering habitat than it used to have, and the ducks tend to crowd into those protected areas where there's good food source and little if any hunting pressure. Also weather doesn't drive the migration the way it used to. We used to go up in early November and combine hunting with the Waterfowl Festival at Easton. Great fun and the whole community was simply "ducky" as any place you'd ever want to visit. When I was stationed in the DC area in 2003-2008, I would drive over to the Eastern Shore during the winter and was really disappointed in absence of waterfowl, even geese. As much as I love that area, if I was planning a one-time super waterfowl hunting vacation, I think I would research the Dakotas and find a lodge up there where you could combine ducks & geese in the morning and pheasant in the afternoon. By the way if you really want to get in mood, dig up a copy of the Gordon Macquarrie Trilogy: Tales Of The Old Duck Hunters & Other Drivel. If that doesn't make you break out the decoys in the living room, nothing will.


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You live in AK and are looking for ducks???? You have arguably the best waterfowl hunting in the nation....


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And I agree - Maryland sucks now adays... I hunted there in the 70's and it was on the way down.


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Originally Posted by Sasha_and_Abby
You live in AK and are looking for ducks???? You have arguably the best waterfowl hunting in the nation....

Yes and no. We have great waterfowl hunting in areas. Much of it difficult or expensive to get to. And for geese, well the majority of them are gone by the time moose season is over. I haven’t found the local waterfowling to be particularly good.

And we’re leaving Alaska to get my wife closer to medical care she needs and closer to my aging mom who has none of the other kids close if and when she needs family close. And last winter was exceedingly hard on my wife. Her health is deteriorating and being housebound like we were much of last winter was the final straw for her.

And I have always fancied that I’d like to have the old style duck club experience on the Chesapeake.

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There is some really great waterfowling south of you. Skagit Bay, Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay. Inland the Pot Holes area, call Mardon Resort, they have blinds(guided and unguided hunts), cabins and restaurant. I never hunted with them but have camped on their place and hunted on my own. The only guide I knew of on the south coast died but there are others.

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North Dakota in the Devils Lakee area has plenty of great waterfowling and lots of guides for both on the water and field hunts.

Idaho on the Snake can be great.

Other renowned places are Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas.

East of the Mississippi I'm lost

Oops, years ago I used to hunt ducks at Horicon Marsh and had good hunting again self guided but there are some guides and clubs around there. I guess that is east of the Mississipi.

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I used to hunt the Potholes area. And the Snake and Columbia in Washington. We’ll be in Idaho soon. Looking forward to more waterfowling back in my old stomping grounds. I’d still like to spend a few days at an old duck club on the Chesapeake, if they still exist.


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Good luck with the move mart. Hope Idaho suits your needs.


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I hope so. Where we’re buying we’ll be within 3 hours of several fair sized cities with far more medical options for Etta. And it is by far the most conservative of the Northwestern states.


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