The first question to answer is where are the best places to go duck hunting. There are several main flyways where migratory birds travel. In order to have the widest variety of ducks to hunt and select from, you’d need to hunt along these flyways. These flyways include the Mississippi, Pacific, Atlantic, and Central.
I am most familiar with the central flyway. Having spent quite a bit of time on South Padre Island observing migratory waterfowl and other birds, I can testify to the hundreds of thousands of ducks that fly through there each year. In one day I observed ringneck, pintail, and redhead ducks that numbered in the tens of thousands!
The Texas Gulf Coast has numerous timeshare resorts that lend themselves well to duck hunting. In fact, South Padre Island and Laguna Madre are some of the premier duck hunting areas in the US! Near Laguna Madre and South Padre Island you’ll find these resort timeshares: Royale Beach and Tennis Club, Bahia Mar, Fort Brown Condo Shares, Vacation Time Condos at VICC, and Inverness At South Padre.
Ringnecks and blue wing teals have been surging in numbers in Florida along the Atlantic Flyway. “We just had a front move in last weekend that noticeably brought a few more birds,” says Jamie Feddersen, a waterfowl biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (Ducks.org)
The Atlantic Flyway includes from the Canadian Maritimes to Florida and beyond. Due to the shape of the Florida land mass, the migrating birds tend to concentrate over the state and provide an excellent opportunity for observation.
Locations like Orlando, Florida’s Gulf Coast, and the Keys are popular spots for duck hunting.
Florida Keys – Hyatt’s Beach House Resort, Galleon Resort, Hyatt’s Sunset Harbor Resort, Coconut Beach Resort, Banyan Resort, Coconut Mallory Resort, Caloosa Cove Resort, Cocoplum Beach and Tennis Club, Ocean 80 Resort, Port Largo Villas Resort
Florida’s West Coast – Grand Shores West, Coral Reef Beach Resort, Redington Ambassador, All Seasons Vacation Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Tierra Verde Resort, Voyager Beach Club, Sand Pebble Resort, Shawnee’s Island Gulf Resort, Hideaway Sands Resort
Orlando/Kissimmee – Sheraton’s Vistana Orlando, Orange Lake Country Club Holiday Inn Club Vacations, HGVClub at Sea World Orlando, Marriott’s Cypress Harbour, Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort, Westgate Vacation Villas, Sheraton’s Vistana Villages, Wyndham Cypress Palm, Vacation Villas @Fantasy World, Cypress Pointe Resort
The Pacific Flyway includes Alaska, Western Canada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and California. Each year at least one billion birds travel the Pacific Flyway. From the Arctic Tundra to the rainforest these birds live and migrate as they have for millions of years.
Some of the very best places for duck hunting in the US are along the Pacific Flyway. Areas included are central California, coastal and valley regions of Washington and Oregon, and northern Utah.
Park City, UT – Marriott’s Summit Watch, Marriott’s Mountainside, Cliff Club at Snowbird, Park Plaza, Sweetwater at Park City, Westgate at the Canyons, The Park Regency, Park Avenue Condominiums, Jeremy Ranch, Iron Blosam Lodge-Snowbird
California – Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas, Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas I, Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II, Lawrence Welk Resort Villas, Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Four Seasons Resort Aviara, San Luis Bay Inn, Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, Palm Canyon Resort and Spa, Vista Mirage Resort