This season has come to an end and we are preparing for another great season which will be here in no time. All those who hunted with us this year can go ahead and book for next year. On March 1, we will open up booking to everyone. Get your days while you can. We are already half-booked for the last season.
2018-2019 duck season has come to a close and we can say that it was our most successful one by far. While puddle ducks were more elusive this year due to the weather, we did shoot a lot of nice scoters. Two old squaws were shot this year. Blue bills, red heads and a few others were seen and shot as well. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to those who hunted with us this year. We appreciate those who have stayed loyal to us thoughout the years and for those who decide to take a chance and hunt with us. Hope yall had a great time and hopefully will see you next season!
We have had an awesome opening to the season. Many thanks to the guys who have booked with us! First day of the season and a wood duck was shot! That is definitely a rare find, especially when you are out on a sea duck hunt. A hybrid duck was also shot as well on a different hunt. We have been killing out limit on almost every hunt!
While the late season is booked solid, there is still openings for Special Sea Duck Season! December 3rd-14th is available, $175 per person. If you book more than 3 people, cost is $125 per person. Check out our trip reports to see what we have been shooting!
If you thought Hurricane Florence might have taken us out, you were only partially right. We had a few blinds missing, but by the grace of God they are back up and better than ever. Plenty of room to shoot and plenty of room to eat that good ol’ breakfast in the blind!
The first duck season of the 2018-2019 duck season starts on Nov. 10 and runs through Dec. 1, starting back again on Dec. 15. Special Sea Duck hunts will start on Nov. 19 and both general and special sea duck hunts will end Jan. 26. We have several weekday hunts available in November for both general and sea duck hunts. We also have sea duck hunts available the first half of December.
Don’t miss out on what is expected to be a frigid winter, which means lots of ducks! Contact us for your next duck hunting adventure on the beautiful Neuse River.
“A wild duck is not to be valued in terms of food along with chickens and pork chops. It means day breaking over the marshes and the whistle of fast wings in the gray light. Who can put a price on the sight of black ducks climbing over the willows or pintails setting their wings to decoy?”
– David M. Newell, The Fishing and Hunting Answer Book, 1948
Year-round many options are available along the beautiful waters of the Neuse and surrounding areas. From fishing to shrimping to plain ol’ joyriding, we can provide a day of fun and relaxation that can only be found on the water. Full day trips have the option of going as far as Ocracoke, weather permitting. Don’t like going across the sound or get a little seasick? No worries, us locals know a back way! All trips include one light meal, snacks and drinks.
Appreciate a true fishing trip, where all you have to do is hop on the boat. We provide all bait and tackle. Depending on the season, local catch includes flounder, puppy drum, red drum, striper, speckled trout and many more. The catch is yours to keep and we will even clean it for you.
Fishing not your thing? No worries! Come unwind with no worries. Revel in having the wind in your hair while wandering about the nearby waters of Oriental, Dawson’s Creek and Minnesott or travel as far as New Bern, Beaufort or Ocracoke! If you want to enjoy time in one of these lovely towns with your guests and we will come back and pick you up. These towns take on a whole new view when visited from the water.
Shrimping and Crabbing
From the months of June through September, trawling for shrimp is a local favorite. Enjoy the evening sunset on the boat while also experiencing a favorite past time. All shrimp caught are yours to keep! Free shrimp heading included.
Want to know what it’s like to net fish or go crabbing. We will take you out for a day and show you how to throw cast nets, gill nets and crab pots. Get to experience what it’s like to be a true fisherman.
- Half day (4-6 hours) $500/boat
- Full day ( 8-10 hours) $800/boat
What to Bring
- Sunglasses and other protective gear
- Fishing license
We offer trips Monday through Saturday. You will have the options of hunting in a stake blind or on one of our custom layout boats. Groups of up to four can be accommodated. Larger parties can be accomodated with advanced notice. We provide all decoys, blinds, stands and offer cleaning and disposal services as well.
From the Blind
Expect to shoot a variety of ducks including blue bills, buffleheads, redheads, canvasbacks and the possibility of many others. We also offer the change to hunt puddleducks and black ducks, weather permitting. Each morning of hunting will include a hearty breakfast in blind or on shore, weather permitting.
From the Boat
Sea duck hunting is a special hunt where you will have the opportunity to shoot common scoter, surf scoter, old squaw and white wing scoter just to name a few. This hunt offers breakfast as well, if weather permits.
$200 per person until 1 pm. Add $75 person past 1pm.
What to Bring
- Proper hunting license, stamps, etc.
- Legal guns (check plugs)
- Legal shells (lead-free)
- Camouflage and Rain gear
- Waders (preferably chest high)
- Snacks and drinks
Need to Know
All hunts will comply with all rules and regulations mandated by NC Wildlife Resources Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
NC Waterfowl Hunts require: Valid NC Hunting License, NC Wildlife Privilege, HIP certification and Federal Duck Stamp. All must be on person while hunting.
- Visit both the NC Wildlife and (if necessary) the US Fish and Wildlife websites. Please review and be in compliance with all requirements. This applies to all fishing and hunting trips.
- Please review our liability waiver.
- 50% deposit is required within two weeks of reservation and second half on last day of trip. Only certified check or cash will be accepted.
All trips leave from 1076 Paradise Shores Road, Merritt, NC which is a 10-15 minute drive from either Bayboro or Oriental. If advance notice is given, we can make dockside pickup arrangements for boating trips leaving from Oriental.
We are able to offer lodging upon request. Please contact us if you’re interested and we’ll be provide you with costs and availability. For lodging options in Oriental head on over to VisitONC.com’s “Where to Stay” page for a listing of the best lodging options in Oriental.
Any trip needing to be cancelled must give at least a two week notice or risk losing deposit. Any trip that is cancelled due to weather will have their deposit refunded if unable to reschedule.