2018 -19 Waterfowl Season

South Zone
Ducks & Brant: Oct 20-27, Nov 17-Jan 17
Canada Goose: Nov 17-Dec 1, Dec 8-Jan 19
Youth Days: Oct 13 & Feb 9

Coastal Zone
Ducks & Brant: Nov 10-13, Nov 22-Jan 26
Canada Goose: Nov 10-13, Nov 19-Feb 15
Youth Days: Nov 3 & February 9

Captain Larry Talks Puddle Ducks In November/Decembers Edition of Ducks Unlimited

Limit Outfitters Captain, Larry Metzger, has been featured in the November/December edition of Ducks Unlimited.

Seven Pointers for Puddle Ducks

EXPERT: CAPTAIN LARRY METZGER
LOCATION: FREEHOLD, NJ

15-ND-smCaptain Larry Metzger runs Limit Outfitters guide service along the Jersey Shore. The area holds the largest concentration of wintering black ducks in North America, and Metzger and his clients frequently target these “wariest of ducks.”

“Black ducks certainly live up to that reputation,” Metzger says. “They are super cautious. They’ll frequently make four or five passes before coming in.”

For this reason, Metzger treats black ducks with kid gloves. He goes to extra lengths to conceal hunters, puts out small, realistic decoy spreads, and calls minimally. “You can’t pressure these ducks,” he says. “You’ve got to hunt where they’re feeding. That’s the main thing. Then you have to be patient and let them almost work themselves.”

Metzger likes to set up in the marsh with the wind at his back, deploying a mix of black duck and mallard decoys, about a dozen in all. “Black ducks work better to their own kind, so I’ll set a little group of five to seven black duck decoys on one side of a marsh pond and another small cluster of mallards on the other side, leaving an opening between the two groups,” he explains.

For added realism, Metzger will sometimes deploy a pair of wigeon or brant. And when all else fails he turns to his secret weapon. “If the black ducks still aren’t cooperating, I’ll drop a pair of snow goose floaters in the hole. I don’t know why, but black ducks really like to work to snow geese.”

Regarding calling, Metzger says, “I’ve had a lot more success just being quiet. The marsh where we hunt is open, so we depend more on visibility than sound to attract ducks. We may make a little feeding chuckle or some drake mallard calls, but we almost never use highballs.”

Given the wariness of black ducks, good cover is a must. “We hunt mainly from Barnegat Bay boats, and we grass them really well,” Metzger explains. “We also keep our faces covered, and we stay absolutely still while black ducks are circling. If they see anything abnormal while they’re working, they’ll leave.”

2016 – 2017 Waterfowl Season

Ducks: Nov 10-12, 2016
Ducks: Nov 24, 2016 -Jan 28, 2017
Brant: Nov 10-12, 2016
Brant: Nov 24, 2016 – Jan 28, 2017
Sea Ducks: Nov 5, 2016 – Jan 28, 2017

Post Sandy

Sandy definetly disrupted things for the beginning of the 2012-2013 Waterfowl season.  The devastation on the coastline is massive, however the marshes, bays and rivers look like they survived.  With colder weather setting in to the north of us birds have migrated down and this season looks promising.  There are many more birds this year, at this time than there were last season.  Due to the storm we cancelled all of our early season hunts and plan to resume normal operations as of Thanksgiving.  Scouting has produced some promising results and we expect to have a banner season despite the disaster.  Some prime dates are still available and we look forward to seeing some existing client faces as well as forging some new relationships as well.

Waterfowl Season is Approaching

With the start of Resident goose season upon us I can’t help but think of northern winds filled with waterfowl.  September is here and Fall is in the air!  We are currently getting ready for duck season to begin.  Don’t forget the Tuckerton Gunning and Decoy Show is at the end of this month Sept. 24 & 25 we will be in  attendance near Krsitensen Sneak Boxes.  Capt. Larry will have a few of his decoys entered in the decoy competition for the 1st time.  Please stop by and say hello if you are in attendance, we look forward to seeing all past and present clients and catching up on duck hunting stories from years past.  We are looking forward to the gunning season. 

For this season we will have Tex’s newest retriever Woody out on the marsh, Woody just turned 1 and we expect this young guy to have a heck of a 1st season.  We also will have additonal V-boards for clients to hunt over, we have had great success on brant and divers with them and plan to add more to the arsenal.  We will also have some custom made decoys carved and painted by Capt. Larry.  Prime hunting dates are booking quickly, if you haven’t booked yet now is the time to start thinking about it.  Currently we have hunters from from across the country booked, to take advantage of the great waterfowl hunting that New Jersey has to offer.  We look forward to hunting with you this season!

2011-2012 Waterfowl Season

The 2011-2012 maybe shaping up to be the best waterfowl hunting in a generation according to many biologist across the country.  Breeding grounds conditions were very favorable to ducks and geese this year across the pothole region.  Even species of ducks that have struggled for past few years Scaup aka. broadbills and canvasbacks are doing much better.  If we get seasonable weather this fall and winter it could be a epic season on the New Jersey coast!

Many biologists feel that great hunting opportunities can exist this season that haven’t been seen since the late 1970’s early 1980’s, right about the time that I cut my teeth with waterfowl hunting.  The boats are ready, the decoys are comming along and we are as excited as ever to start the season.  Dates are booking fast but there are still some prime late season dates available, we look forward to seeing you this season, which should be a memorable one on the New Jersey Coast!

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Captain Larry Metzger
(732) 740-3867

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