Duck Hunting Questions

Got Duck Hunting Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

At Rogers Goosedown Outfitters, we’re here to provide you with all the essential information you need for a successful and memorable duck-hunting experience. Whether you’re wondering about the best time to hunt, what gear to wear, or permit requirements, our comprehensive guide has you covered. Explore common questions related to duck hunting, from recommended ammo and firearm choices to dressing for varying weather conditions. Our expert team is dedicated to ensuring you’re fully prepared for your hunt, so you can focus on enjoying the thrill of the chase. Get the insights you need and embark on your duck-hunting adventure with confidence.

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When Is Duck Hunting Season?

Rogers Duck Hunting Guides are in the south zone of Missouri and for this region, the duck hunting season starts on Thanksgiving Day (November 23, 2023) and runs through the end of January 2024. Duck hunts begin 30 minutes before sunrise and go until Noon unless the limit is reached. See or consult the Missouri Department of Conservation website for exact waterfowl/duck hunting seasons and hours.

Ducks and Coots South Zone Season: 

  • November 23, 2023, to November 26, 2023
  • December 7, 2023, to January 31, 2024


What Do I Wear Duck Hunting?

The waterfowl season in Missouri spans from Thanksgiving Day to the end of January 2024, which means it can get chilly with colder temperatures. Thus we recommend that you wear the following for duck/waterfowl hunting:

  • dark-based camouflage
  • waterproof boots
  • apparel according to the weather
  • layers
  • dry socks
  • face cover (optional)


Do I Need to Wear Waders? 

No, you do not need to wear waders for our duck hunts; however, it is recommended to wear at least knee-high waders to keep you dry, warm, and safe from the elements. Waders are waterproof apparel. The water for our duck hunts is typically 6-10 inches deep.


Do I Need To Have a Permit to Duck Hunt?

Yes, you will need a permit to duck hunt with Rogers Goosedown Outfitters. To pursue, take, possess, and transport ducks, coots, and geese in Missouri, except during the Conservation Order, you must abide by the Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit and Stamp Requirements.


What Do I Need to Bring With Me? 

All you need for the duck hunts are your guns, your ammo, duck hunting permits, and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.  Rogers Goosedown Outfitters will provide everything else for your hunt, including still and motion duck decoys, the hunting blind, and a guide. You can expect at least 250 Avery pro-grade floaters and a dry floor so you won’t be standing in 6 inches of water.


Can I Bring My Dog With Me? 

Yes, you can bring your well-trained dog/retrievers with you on duck hunts; however, you can not bring your dogs during goose hunts.


Is There a Limit for Duck Hunting?

Yes, there is a limit to how many ducks you can kill during duck hunting season. See below for the kill limit by duck species:

  • Ducks: Daily limit of 6 with species restrictions below, possession limit of 18
  • Mallards: 4 (no more than 2 females)
  • Scaup: 3
  • Wood ducks: 3
  • Hooded mergansers: 2
  • Redheads: 2
  • Canvasback: 2
  • Black duck: 2
  • Mottled duck: 1
  • Pintails: 2

Limit of 6 per species: American wigeon, blue-winged teal, gadwall, green-winged teal, Northern shoveler, ring-necked duck

Coots: Daily limit of 15, possession limit of 45.


Do I Need to Sign a Waiver? 

Yes, please review and sign the Waiver prior to the duck hunt.