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Waterfowl Hunting - Ducks and Geese

Updated on October 31, 2014

Waterfowl Hunting - Duck and Goose Hunting Information

This page provides information, links, gifts, and products related waterfowl hunting.

Waterfowl hunting is popular in the USA. In 2011, 2.6 million American hunters spent time in the field hunting migratory birds, including waterfowl.

Waterfowl hunters harvest ducks and geese using specialized boats, blinds, decoys, calls, and hunting dogs.


Duck and Goose Hunting in North America

Waterfowl hunting, particularly duck and goose hunting, is one of North America's oldest, yet most popular outdoor activities. Originally, practiced as a means of providing fresh food for the table, waterfowl hunting has evolved over the centuries into its present form.

As the sport developed, North American hunters learned to use blinds, special boats and camouflage clothing which concealed them from wary ducks and geese.

Another practice which dramatically increased hunters success was the use of duck and goose decoys. This technique for attracting waterfowl originated among Native Americans who used waterfowl decoys made from vegetation. By the18th century hunters began using duck and goose decoys carved from pine or soft woods.

Accompanying decoys were duck and goose calls. These simple devices mimic the call of waterfowl, which helps to entice waterfowl closer to a set of decoys. Thru the years, duck and goose calling has developed into an art of its own.

Hunting Gift Ideas

Duck, goose and other waterfowl hunters enjoy a variety of hunting gear, apparel, artwork, collectibles and other products as gifts. A variety of online resources offer hunting-related gifts.

Banded Waterfowl

The U.S. Geological Survey is responsible for the collection and processing of waterfowl banding information. Government and private sector scientists and waterfowl managers tag and monitor migratory waterfowl every year. Banding information helps biologists estimate waterfowl populations, track migrations, and perform other research.

Hunters can help by filing a report whenever tagged waterfowl are taken. Hunters may be asked to provide information about location, weather conditions, or other information. To report bird band information, go to

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Waterfowl Festivals and Exhibitions

Easton Maryland Waterfowl Festival

The annual Waterfowl Festival takes place in the colonial town of Easton, Maryland. The historic buildings of Easton serve as venues for galleries and exhibits, while events and demonstrations are held at the surrounding ponds and scenic areas.

The Waterfowl Festival is America's premiere wildlife art exposition featuring art work from more than 300 artists recognized world-wide. Hundreds of paintings, sculpture, carvings, photos, and fine crafts reflect the beauty of the natural world.

Dealers offer antique and contemporary decoys, arts, crafts and Eastern Shore food.

The Festival offers several types of demonstrations - sure to entertain the experienced outdoor enthusiast, children and everyone in between.

There are numerous hands-on activities for the entire family, especially for the little ones, such as nature arts and crafts activities and up close wildlife education.

World-class calling contests take place at the Festival attracting top callers from across the country and Canada.

Attendees can checkout the latest gear, accessories and gadgets for hunting, fishing and marine sports.

The Waterfowl Festival is produced annually by Waterfowl Festival Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art and the celebration of life on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

In its 39 years, the Festival has become a leader in the conservation of waterfowl and wildlife habitat. More than $5 million has been donated to projects throughout the Atlantic Flyway and in particular the Chesapeake Bay.

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