Preparing for your first waterfowl hunt

Every autumn, thousands of ducks and geese migrate into the state of New Mexico. Some of them stay on bodies of water across the state until spring, and others stage here briefly before flying into Mexico and locations further south. While they are here, waterfowl hunters have the exciting opportunity to hunt them for a three-month period. Some of the reasons to hunt waterfowl include providing your own lean, hormone-free meat, funding crucial habitat restoration projects by purchasing sporting arms, ammunition and duck stamps and managing an overabundant snow goose population.

Someone who is brand new to waterfowl hunting faces many barriers. One of these barriers is a lack of knowledge of what gear and equipment to purchase. Click on the link below to watch a video about the gear and equipment needed for a novice waterfowl hunter.

Above: A lone waterfowl hunter at La Joya Wildlife Management Area. John Martsh, New Mexico Game and Fish

If you are looking for a general overview of waterfowl hunting, please click on the link below.

About John Martsh

John Martsh is the Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.