Waterfowl Hunting Information
Licensing Requirements for the State of Washington
In addition to a state small game hunting license, all duck and goose hunters 16 and over must also possess a federal migratory bird stamp, signed in ink across the front. Federal stamps can be purchased at selected license dealers, all post offices, all National Wildlife Refuges, by calling 1-800-STAMP24. State migratory bird validations and stamps can be purchased through license dealers. More information can be found here.
Information about requirements for youth hunting can be found in the above link, courtesy of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
You can buy your Washington state hunting license online very easily by visiting this site.
About Goose Hunting with Eastern Washington Guides
We get asked about what to expect on a goose hunt in the field.. So we thought we'd put that information here:
A typical guided goose hunting trip will start off by meeting with the guide at a predetermined location in the early morning hours. Your group will follow the waterfowl guide out to the area that we feel will be the most succcessful for that day. The guide(s) will be responsible for getting the decoy spread put out, and the group of hunters moved in to the blinds.
Please understand that under frosty conditions, your guides will not put the decoys out until the very last second. Why is this? We've found that the geese will actually fly right on by if they see frosting on top of the head and the body of the decoy. Geese are very smart birds.
Expect to hunt till around 1pm if you don't finish earlier. This can depend on the weather and vary at times. We try to let the birds rest after 1pm to help insure continued quality hunting all year long
Eastern Washington Guides has five deluxe pit blinds that you will hunt out of, each is about 18-22 feet long and 4 plus feet wide. All blinds have drop doors. We also hunt out of Final Approach Pro guide Eliminators and Xl-Landers depending on what kind of cover we have in the area.
Decoys!! We hunt over some of the finest decoys available today. Our trailers are loaded with Dave Smith honkers and Lesser decoys. They will make you look twice before you start shooting! We usually hunt from 40 to 100 decoys rarely do we need more than that to hunt the birds in our area.
The day will start about 1 hour or so before shooting time in the a.m. Your guide will pick you up by boat at the Blythe boat ramp, (if we are going to be hunting the Potholes Reservoir. A short oar ride and soon you'll be in one of the nicest blinds that you have seen! We take a lot of pride in making your day as comfortable as possible. We will barbecue duck in the blind that will have you begging for more, and will hunt till as late as 3:30 pm if need to. Note: You can bribe your guide to stay longer if you want! He likes tips. Bribes are accepted!
Field hunts for ducks will usually be in early am or afternoon they will follow the goose hunting trip guidelines above.
Private Ponds will be just like the hunting on the lake but we will drive you in by vehicle and follow the same guidelines as above. You'll be in comfortable in our nice ground blinds. Don't worry!
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