Wildfowling

Wildfowling offers shooters the opportunity to explore some of the last great wildernesses around the UK, from Scotland to Norfolk and down to the West Country.

Where to go

Our experts have written on places to go out on the foreshore and marshes, whether the quarry is duck or goose. There are also many articles on experiences when out wildfowling and adventures too.

We have advice here on the best ammunition for shooting duck and cartridges for geese, guns for wildfowling, how to find a club to join, the kit you need to keep yourself camouflaged, warm and safe. You’ll also find a guide for beginners. 

In fact, staying well camouflaged and having the right equipment is crucial to having a successful day and you will find information on putting your equipment away at the end of the season and getting ready for the 1st September start.

And if you want to stay warm and dry?

We also have several wildfowling videos for you to enjoy, which offer an atmospheric view of the marshes from the warmth of your home.

wildfowling gear

Five pieces of wildfowling gear for the season ahead

Wildfowling gear has benefitted greatly from advances in materials technology in recent years. Decoy bags are now much lighter and easily washed than those of 30 years ago and neoprene has revolutionised that piece of essential wildfowling gear, waders. Jackets can now be windproof, waterproof and breathable as well as…

Waiting by a flight pond

How to create or rejuvenate a pond

Whenever I attend a farm walk organised by the GWCT, I do so with a mixture of emotions. Positive sentiments such as wonderment, revelation and inspiration jostle with less attractive feelings. Frustration and envy largely. This unwarranted green-eyed state is not due to my begrudging the success of others. Far…

wildfowling calling

What you need to know about wildfowling calls

For as long as we humans have hunted wild duck and geese, we have used decoys and calls to attract them within range of a gun, bow or sling, or to lure them into waiting nets. Most species of wildfowl are intensely social birds. They will naturally congregate in large…

shooting geese

Should you invest in a wildfowling guide?

A couple of years ago, on a rather grey October afternoon, I was trudging around Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis with my good friend Will Martin, looking for the local goose guru. After knocking on a few wrong doors, we found him. Despite a bottle of Scotch as a…

duck hunting

Masters of the sky

Like many, I have occasionally been appalled and disgusted when duck have been on 
the menu on a shooting 
day. I will not go into detail. What an absolute waste of such potential. Experienced Shots struggle at five cartridges per kill. It is not that they are out of range…

duck breeds

Can you id that duck?

Identifying different duck breeds The question “What’s that one then?” should never be heard from the person who shot a bird, so knowing what the odd unusual duck looks and sounds like is a real benefit at flight. So, too, is knowing what to expect, so you don’t pass up…

Wildfowler

Following in the footsteps of famous wildfowlers

You might not have heard of him but if you’re a member of BASC — and by my reckoning you ought to be — you owe a great deal to a railway engineer called Stanley Duncan. In 1907 Old Man Duncan, as he came to be known, moved to Hull…

Greylag geese

Ducks and geese – not such a fine romance

Have you noticed how often ducks coming to a flight pond come in twos, especially later in the season? It’s no accident — by this time of year the breeding pairs have mostly formed. If you are a sentimental old fool like me, you could be distressed about this, and…

wildfowling seasons

Wind, wigeon and heritage

At last, the wildfowling season has begun. My jacket steams in the shed, waders are caked in mud, a faint odour of samphire and salt lingers over the computer as I type. Best of all, truly wild birds hang in the garage. The wait has ended. Rain has arrived. A…

Duck in flight

Are flightponds actually ethical?

I like ducks. While geese are masterly and waders noble, the duck is affable. My warm feelings for them may sound incongruous. Much of my spare time is spent trying to place myself on the foreshore and marsh so that I can shoot one, preferably two. That being said, the…

Flightpond at dusk

Techniques for mastering a flightpond at dusk

Graham Brown’s student Giacomo Drax is lucky enough to have access to a flight pond that he occasionally shoots with his father Jeremy. Shooting ducks at dusk or in darkness that are responding to decoys around a pond requires a well-fitting gun and steady nerves. With an evening flight on…

wildfowler on foreshore

Ammunition for wildfowlers

Before we start, I should point out that cartridge choice is personal preference and you need to do your research to find one that suits your needs, gun and quarry. You should also be aware of what your gun is capable of firing and seek advice from a firearms dealer…

Wildfowling on foreshore

What can Guns do about plastic?

I’m talking rubbish again. After my account in Shooting Times of wildfowlers organising a litter-picking day at Lindisfarne , a reader pointed me to an item in the Daily Telegraph. The report starts: “Organisers of marathons and other outdoor events have been urged to do more to clear up the thousands…

Duck calls on foreshore

Four of the best duck calls

I don’t often leave the house during the wildfowling season without my trusty duck calls around my neck. I am a great believer in the use of calls on the foreshore, and I am convinced that they often enhance my sport, thus producing more food for the table. I carry…

wildfowling on marsh

How easy is it to join a wildfowling club?

Joining a wildfowling club My path to education came about thanks to the BASC wildfowling permit scheme, which provides a “suck it and see” opportunity for novices to try their hand at fowling. Luckily for me my local club, the Great Yarmouth Wildfowling & Conservation Association (GYWCA), is a keen…