Here at Florida Duck Guides, we are the first to guide duck hunts in the Destin, FL and surrounding areas. We will provide you with the very best experience you can have while duck hunting in our area. There is tens of thousands of wintering diver ducks that call the Choctawhatchee Bay home for 3 months out of the year. Florida is not a state that is recognized for duck hunting as it should be!
How Do We Hunt?
The hunt will begin approximately an hour and a half before daylight. This time will be used to set up and put out your decoy spread. We hunt for 3 hours or until a legal limit of ducks is harvested.
There are four main strategies we use to target different species of diver ducks:
- Layout Boat Hunting– this is our most popular set up. This is especially kid friendly with in-your-face-shots. Also, this is awesome for late season veteran ducks that just can’t be fooled by regular spreads.
- Bank Blinds– this is our early season setup and works great until the birds start getting smart.
- Boat Blinds– this method is used with 16-foot aluminum duck boats with rigged pop-up blinds.
- Wader Hunting– Big spreads over grass beds where the ducks have been feeding.
Every week is different and we have to adapt week-by-week depending on how the birds react. We might be able to get away with as little as 4 dozen decoys or have to put out as many as 20 dozen decoys.
We hunt everyday and scout everyday! We know where the birds live, eat, sleep, and rest. We are the only full time guide service that duck hunts for a living. Don’t be fooled by the rest! Don’t waste your time with “weekend only” or “part time” duck guide services that don’t care or have the time in to figure out these birds on a daily basis.
The main species we target while on a diver hunt are: redheads, bluebills, buffleheads, canvasbacks, all types of scoters, and long tailed ducks.
Wood Duck Hunts
We also offer wood duck hunts in the flooded timber on the Choctawhatchee River Bottom. These hunts depend on how much rain we get during the season and number of birds we see during scouting. Call for more details!
You will hunt along side Capt. Chris’ right hand girl, Miss Belle! Belle is a 5-year-old black lab. She started at only 9 months old and has picked up more birds then most people get to see in a lifetime. Her drive is unlike any others and seeing her in action is something special.
Cast N’ Blast Trips:
For the ultimate sportsman’s vacation, we offer cast and blast trips. Which includes an all day hunting and fishing package. We will duck hunt in the morning, rest up mid-day and go to lunch. Then in the afternoon go fishing for flounder or sheephead.
We can accommodate small parties or corporate trips.