Wildfowling

Welcome to the world of wildfowling. Here we take you through an in-depth look at this sport and provide helpful hints and tips for those who are just getting started with wildfowling. If you’re looking to purchase wildfowling equipment, please visit the category page above.

What is wildfowling?

Wildfowling is the pursuit of geese and ducks. It is often undertaken on estuaries, as well as coastal marshes. It is a sport that is suited to those who prefer solitary pursuits, and it demands dedication, patience and stamina. It can be undertaken all year round, however it is most popular during the winter months within wet, muddy and usually unavoidably cold environments.

Hunting wild geese and ducks: A few pointers

Wildfowling mainly involves the pursuit of geese and ducks; these two species of birds are mostly migrants (which notably travel in from the Arctic Circle Scandinavia and the Low Countries) which then travel back to their native countries when spring arrives.

The habitat of geese and ducks

The habitats that geese and ducks choose within the UK are generally subject to tide, weather and lunar changes. You should expect geese to fly into their habitat at sunrise, and then return to their respective mudflats when the sunsets. Equally ducks may come to feed during dusk and then go onto to spend the night time within the pools, finally returning to the mudflats when day breaks.

The legalities and practicalities of wildfowling

It’s essential that when undertaking wildfowling that the participant is able to identify legal quarry species, even where the lighting and weather may not lend itself to clear visuals. What’s more it’s worth being aware that the average wildfowler can spend long evenings and many hours before so much as a shot is discharged. When a bird is aimed and shot for however it’s vital that a dog is accompanying the wildfowler so that the bird can be quickly retrieved from the mudflat or water. All of this really means that anything less than a complete understanding of the complex habitats of ducks and geese is not ideal for effective wildfowling. This should also be coupled with a robust knowledge for the environment in which wildfowling takes place, as it can otherwise be a dangerous and challenging landscape with inexperienced wildfowlers frequently known for being cut off from the mainland by the tides that run twice a day. Finally it’s highly advisable that a mobile and compass are taken along in case fog or dark spells fall in which the wildfowler becomes disoriented.

Have a question or query about wildfowling?

We love to talk about our products and how they can be used to successfully take to wildfowling. So whatever your question or query, and regardless whether it is directly related to our products or a more general concern, we’re here to help.

You can also gain general advice and guidance from the dedicated Wildfowling Department, which provides completely objective advice for wildfowlers. They can be contacted via phone on 01244 573 011, or via email on wildfowling@basc.org.uk.