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Waterfowl ID


Missouri Waterfowl ID

Bootheel Bottoms Hunt Club has compiled a Waterfowl ID for you to explore the various species of North American waterfowl you will have the opportunity to shoot when hunting with us. Below are the three different categories of waterfowl we most frequently see when hunting our properties in Southern Missouri. Note: There are other dabbling ducks and diving ducks that we do shoot on occasion, but the ones listed below are the “Frequent Flyers” on our various potholes that we hunt.

Dabbling Ducks

Dabbling ducks, or puddle ducks, frequent shallow waters such as flooded fields and marshes. They feed by tipping up rather than diving. When taking flight, they spring into the air instead of pattering across the water. Most swim with their tail held clear of the water and have colorful, iridescent speculum (a rectangular patch at the hind edge of the wing).

(Anas platyrhynchos)

Mallard Duck Hunting

Green-winged Teal
(Anas crecca)

Green-Winged Teal

Northern Pintail
(Anas acuta)

Northern Pintail

American Widgeon
(Anas americana)

American Wigeon Duck Hunting In Missouri

(Anas strepera)

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Wood Duck
(Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck

Northern Shoveler
(Anas clypeata)

Northern Shoveller

Diving Ducks

Diving ducks, also called sea ducks, are typically birds of large, deep lakes and rivers, coastal bays and inlets. Their speculums lack the brilliance of those on most dabblers. Most patter along the water in taking wing. They all dive for food, whereas dabblers rarely dive. They also have a more rapid wingbeat than most dabblers.

(Aythya valisineria)

Canvasback Duck

(Aythya americana)

Redhead Duck

Ring-necked Duck
(Aythya collaris)

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup
(Aythya affinis)

Lesser Scaup Duck

Greater Scaup
(Aythya marila)

Hooded Merganser
(Lophodytes cucullatus)

Hooded Merganser

(Bucephala albeola)

Bufflehead Duck Hunting

Mississippi Flyway Geese

There are 4 types of native geese in North America’s Mississippi Flyway, not counting exotic or domestic geese. Almost all the North American geese, even in individual classifications have sub-species, named “Lesser” or “Western”, with each group having their subtle differences.

The plumage of both sexes of geese is similar, although males are generally larger than females. Geese spend a large amount of time on land, as they graze on grasses and other land plants, in addition to eating some aquatic plants. These large birds mate for life and both parents care for the young.

Ross’s Goose
(Chen rossii)

White-Fronted Geese

White-fronted Goose
(Anser albifrons)

Specklebelly Goose Hunting

Missouri Duck Hunting Prices

Pricing is $250 per gun/ day for up to 6 hunters. $225 per gun/ day for 7-10 hunters (2 Day Minimum). Non-Corporate Guided Duck hunts include morning hunt from morning shooting light until noon, or when we limit out, whichever comes first, transportation to and BBHC Lodge hunting locations, and you will be teamed up with one of our most experienced duck hunting guides. All locations are easily accessed by side x sides or boats, all decoys are set up ready to go. The hunts start at shooting light until noon, or that we limit out. It’s not necessary to hunt until noon but it is recommended.

Corporate Hunts are $3500 per day up to 10 hunters. Our corporate duck hunts include the same as regular hunts along with full breakfast, lunch, supper, drinks, snacks, all hunting licenses, unlimited 12 gauge 3" ammo,  clean, comfortable lodging, K2 Tumbler with BBHC logo, and BBHC hat. We don’t hunt afternoons to let ducks rest and get back in there for the next morning hunt. We only hunt a limited number of groups so we don’t shoot out our spots. All you do is bring your hunting gun, ammo, and clothing and hunt.

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