Alaska duck hunting season runs from December through January. The waterfowl are in their full winter plumage and make beautiful trophies for collectors after their sea duck slam. The sheltered bays offer good protection for the wintering ducks, and the hunting can be incredible!
Why we think you should consider our Alaska Duck Hunts:
- Alaska duck hunting is exceptional with beautiful, fully-feathered museum quality specimens for collectors.
- When duck hunting Alaska, you’ll target not only traditional sea ducks but get trophy birds like Harlequin, Surf Scoter, Common Scoter, White Wing Scoter, Common and Redbreasted Merganser and Barrows Goldeneye.
- Good bird numbers, low hunter pressure and great success rates.
- Often you can mix in some fishing or ptarmigan hunting.
Best time to go duck hunting in Alaska
Weather plays a huge role in waterfowl hunting in Alaska, especially since most waterfowlers who come here are after trophy birds in full winter plumage. If that’s your goal, we suggest that you hunt after November 1st through the end of the duck hunting season in mid-December. Sunlight is another factor to consider. In November, you’ll have around 10 hours of daylight, but in December that drops to five or six hours. Warm layers of comfortable clothes, wool and fleece are recommended. Be sure to bring one heavy coat for sitting in skiffs or blinds.
Alaska Duck Hunting Guides and Outfitters
Sea Duck Hunts in Prince William Sound
In addition to some of the most beautiful scenery in the World, Alaska’s Prince William Sound is home to the largest population of Sea Ducks in North America.
If hunting Harlequin, Surf Scoter, Common Scoter, White Wing Scoter, Common and Red Breasted Merganser and Barrow’s Goldeneye ducks is on your bucket list then Alaska duck hunting should be high on your bucket list!
In addition to the ducks listed above, when hunting Prince William Sound, you could see Cackler Geese, Bluebills (Greater Scaup), Widgeon, Mallards, and Buffleheads. On most trips seven to nine species is very common.
You’ll be hunting from blinds on the shore over decoys.
Most days one or two sets will keep the clients barrels warm, but if necessary your guide will relocate to find more birds, or different species.
Duck Hunts in Resurrection Bay
Resurrection Bay near Seward, Alaska can provide great sea duck and puddle duck hunting.
Our Resurrection Bay duck hunts are day hunts based out of the public small boat Harbor in Seward, Alaska.
You’ll be hunting for Harlequin, Surf, White, and Common Scoters, Barrows and Common Goldeneye, Common and Red Breasted Merganser, Greater Scaup, and Mallards, Pintails, Teal, Gadwall, Shovelers and Buffleheads.
The scenery in Resurrection bay is some of the finest in South-Central Alaska!
Your guide will typically set out decoys from the tender boat, and then shuttle hunters to shore in a small inflatable where they will shoot decoying birds.
Waterfowl Hunting on Kachemak Bay
Kachemak Bay out of Homer, Alaska is a duck hunters paradise. Sea ducks and puddle ducks are hunted over decoys from shore.
Our Kachemak Bay waterfowl hunts are multi-day trips based out of the Homer Harbor, or Seldovia Harbor depending on your hunting groups desires. This hunt is for groups of 3-5 hunters. If scheduling allows we can try to mix and match hunt parties if a single hunter or a couple pair of hunters want to book a date.
Large numbers of ducks raft in the Kachemak Bay area in the late fall and winter.
You will hunt Harlequin, Old Squaws, Surf, White, and Common Scoters, Barrows and Common Goldeneye, Common and Red Breasted Merganser, Greater Scaup, and Mallards, Pintails, Teal, Gadwall, Shovelers and Buffleheads. The large rafts of Alaska sea ducks in Kachemak bay provide for a great day of shooting and the scenery is spectacular!
Alaska Sea Duck Hunting on Kodiak Island
Kodiak Island has exceptional waterfowl hunting.
Sea duck hunting in Alaska usually focuses on species specific trophy collecting, and this outfitter will adjust his hunting style according to your goals.
Species on Kodiak Island.
Kodiak Island has good numbers of Harlequin; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Long-tailed (Old Squaw) Ducks; and White-Winged, Surf, and Black Scoters as well as Mallard; Wigeon; Bufflehead; Merganser; and Scaup.
Kodiak Island also has King Eiders and Common Eiders, but they are rare. Consider yourself lucky if you end up with one.
If you’re interested in a lot of shooting, the Goldeneye, Mallard, and Widgeon hunting is phenomenal.
The bays around Kodiak Island offer good protection for the wintering ducks, but keep in mind, this is Alaska in the middle of the winter. Come prepared for wind, rain, snow and cold.
Add some fishing to your Alaska duck hunting trip and make it a cast-and-blast!
Alaska Cast and Blast
Hunt ducks or ptarmigan in the morning, and go fishing in the afternoon!
During the first week of September only, we are offering an Alaska cast-and-blast option. Do some Alaska duck hunting, or hunt ptarmigan in the mornings, then fish for silvers and big rainbows. This is the ONLY full service fishing lodge located on the Goodnews River, in southwest Alaska.