North Carolina Duck and Swan Hunting

Waterfowl Hunting Rates

Duck Hunt with Lodging Per Person  $220.00

Swan Hunt with Lodging Per Person  $220.00 - Scroll Down for TUNDRA SWAN Permit Information

Duck and Swan Combo Hunt with Lodging  Per Person  $300.00

Duck Hunts

At GGS Outfitters, we offer many different hunt types. Our Puddle Duck Hunts in the flooded grain fields (impoundments), which are mostly corn or Japanese millet can boast assorted bags including species such as, Pintail, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Black Ducks, Shovelers, Teal, and Ring Necked Ducks. Most all of these hunts will take place out of permanent blinds which are 12 feet long and 4 feet wide.

Open water Diver Hunts…GGS Outfitters is now equipped with two large flat bottom skiffs, to navigate the waters of the Pamlico Sound. With two boats, we now have the means to cover more territory, and move with the ducks wherever we need to. On these hunts we have the capability to hunt directly from the boat, or from the shores of the Pamlico Sound, while more often than not hunting over large spreads of decoys, that include rigged decoy nets, and large numbers of single decoys sometimes totaling over 100, placed for the best visibility to passing fowl. When hunting the open water with GGS Outfitters, hunters could have opportunities to bag several different species of Diver Ducks, including Bluebills, Redheads, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, and the occasional  Canvasback.  Also on these hunts bonus birds, such as Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, and Black Ducks are not unheard of. On all open water hunts we recommend hunters shoot a minimum of 3” number 2 steel shot as the open water ducks tend to be quite tough birds.

Open Water Sea Ducks…If your party chooses to go on a Sea Duck Hunt, we will be targeting 3 different species of Scoters, the Common Scoter, Surf Scoter, the White Wing Scoter, and the elusive Old Squaw (Long Tailed Duck), although hunters may also have opportunities to bag other Divers, such as Bluebills, and Buffleheads. When targeting Sea Ducks, most hunts will take place several hundred yards from shore, in as much as 20 to 25 feet of water, so weather does play a factor in these hunts, while we will do our very best to get you to the ducks, safety is our number one priority, and we will do nothing  to put our hunters or ourselves in harms way!

Trophy Tundra Swan Hunts 

GGS Outfitters has a 100% sucess rate on Swan hunts. We carry out Swan hunts December through January over super magnum decoys in winter wheat fields near Lake Mattamuskeet, home to thousands of wintering Tundra Swans. A lottery system is in place for swan permits  through the N.C . wildlife Resources Commission with 5000 permits available annually. You must apply between July through October 1st and the cost is $10.00.  If selected the permit allows for taking only one swan per year.


 

Please call to book your hunt ASAP to get the best swan hunt days.

There are 3 ways to apply for a tundra swan permit:

1. Online at www.NCWildlife.org/permithunt.  CLICK HERE to see GGS Outfitters' How To Guide to apply online.  As most things are with a state agency, they make it a little over complicated, so we've tried to help you with our "How To."

2. Call 888-248-6834, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST.

3. At a wildlife servent agent - this would be wherever NC Hunting Licenses are sold.

We've also included a link to Frequently Asked Questions about how to apply, how permits are awarded, etc.  Just CLICK HERE.

Hunting Gear

Here are the basic neccessities for your duck or swan hunt with GGS: gloves, waders  waterproof coat camouflage clothes, 12 gauge or 10 gauge shotgun, 3" BB or 3" BBB shells for swan or #2 shells for ducks.

Our Hunting Blinds

Our blinds are 12 feet long and 4 feet wide, which can comfortably hunt 4 people plus guide per blind. We can also provide accommodations and accessibility for older, or disabled hunters.

Young Waterfowl Hunters

We all started hunting when we were children, so we welcome young hunters, and encourage parents to bring your children along for a fun day of hunting, that could turn into a great learning experience for the youngsters.

Waterfowl / Hyde County History and Agriculture 

Records from the first European settlers show the area around Lake Mattamuskeet to have “an abundance of fish and fowl”. Native American records also make reference to hunting for fowl using corn and “nightfire”. In the 1700`s settlers to the Hyde County region were farmers who in addition to agriculture, quickly became avid waterfowler`s early on for food, and then at the turn of the century for profit as tourism made its first appearance.

According to agricultural experts in the 1900`s Hyde County Soil was the “richest in the world, and needed no fertilizer”. Productive Farmland, natural vegetation, flooded grain fields,and the proximity to pristine wetlands, and Lake Mattamuskeet made the Hyde County area prime grounds for for Migratory Waterfowl. Nature, agriculture, and wildlife. It is a delicate balance, and is managed by the state, and Federal Government, as well as local farmers and waterfowler`s.

*General info. Taken from Mattamuskeet and Ocracoke Waterfowl heritage by Jack Dudley.

Lake Mattamuskeet the forfront of Hyde County Waterfowl Heritage, is the largest natural lake in North Carolina. Lake Mattamuskeet  is one of a number of lakes of unknown origin. Indian legend attributes its formation to a fire that burned for 13 moons. Originally the lake covered more than 120,000 acres, but as time passed, farmers became more and more interested in the rich soil, that lie at the bottom of the lake, hence came the construction of a canal from the lake to the sound, which once finished reduced the size of the lake form 120,000 acres to 50,000 plus acres. Fast forward to early to mid 1900`s farmers wanted access to the remaining 50,000 acres. After years of setbacks, finally came the construction of the Outfall Canal, which runs from the lake 7 miles to the Pamlico Sound, and later the famous Pumping Station, which became Mattamuskeet Lodge in 1937. For 37 years is operated as a lodge and gained a reputation as one of the favorite hunting lodges in the country. Over time the idea of farming the land where the lake is now, was finally abandoned, and was left to it`s present size, which is nearly 50,000 acres. At one time the lake and nearby area was considered as the Canada Goose Hunting Capitol of the World, and has been referred to as the “land of the huntsman`s delight”.  Lake Mattamuskeet now comprises the big portion of the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1934, and now winter`s, or is home to more than 800 species of wildlife and birds, during part or all of each year. Unfortanately hunting is now only permitted on the lake by state drawn permits.


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