Texas Ducks, Color & Diversity

Wingshooting Paradise!

You can't beat Texas ducks when it comes to species diversity and full plumage color! Fourteen different species of Texas ducks can be found on the middle coast. When it comes to numbers, Texas ducks will black out the sun! Bottom line, we built our Texas duck and goose hunting business on a high level of client success while other operators have faded away. We have litte taste for going through the motions or "talking about it". We are the biggest advocate for our clients. Our Texas duck and goose hunting logistics and strategies are always geared for your best success afield.

We are located in the wintering grounds for 90% of the world's population of Redhead ducks according to USFWS. Bull Sprig Pintail, Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Mottled Duck, Bufflehead, and Greater and Lesser Scaup are popular among collectors as well.

Texas Goose Hunting

A Little Different Than The Pressure Prairies

If Texas Geese are what you are after, we’ve got access to thousands of acres on the coastal prairies wintering Snow, Blue, Ross, Specklebelly, and Canadian geese. Our guides are full-time local goose hunting professionals that take pride in every hunt. Unlike goose hunting in other areas of Texas, our hunts are a little different. For one, seldom are our shooters laying on the ground. We also use smaller numbers of high quality decoys and don't favor windsocks or large rag spreads. Our birds don't like them, and neither do we. Come try something different, gunning coastal Texas geese.

Ask About Sandhill Crane Hunts 

We specialize in Sandhill Crane hunts and have excellent locations for working the B-52's of the waterfowl world tight over decoys. This is a ton of fun and can be a great alternate or addition to goose hunting.  Our season dates are typically from mid-December through the end of Duck Season. The Bag Limit is 2 per person with a three day possession limit of 6 birds.

Texas Coastal Buck & Duck Combos

We have excellent deer hunting opportunities on a private family owned ranch teeming with free range animals. While the mid-coast isn't known for producing massive deer, animals scoring upwards of 150 pts. and larger are possible. With free range animals, you never know if that personal best is getting ready to step out of the woods. The best of the Texas Coast is packaged in this exciting trip with waterfowl hunting alternating on morning or afternoon deer hunts. Very advantageous Meat and Trophy pricing are available.

Learn more about Texas Buck & Duck Combos

Cast & Blast

Early Teal, Dove, Waterfowl and Night Vision Hogs

Our most popular hunting trips frequently involve a morning or afternoon of bay fishing for Trout and Redfish. These combination trips offer the best of the Texas Mid-Coast and make for memories of a lifetime. We offer cast and blast combinations trips including a morning duck hunt followed by an action package afternoon fishing trip.

Early Teal Through Big Ducks

September finds us in hot wing shooting for early Teal then hitting the water mid-morning for fishing. On Dove hunts, we always fish the mornings then come back to the lodge and relax and retool for afternoon hunts.  During the regular waterfowl season starting around the first of November, we typically hunt the mornings then come back to the lodge for a hearty lunch and retool for afternoon fishing adventures.

Night Activities, Night Vision Hog & Flounder Gigging

Night Vision hog hunts are a ton of fun, conducted at night over baited locations with professional blinds or spot and stalk during the September grain season.  We shoot the latest generation of Night Vision using AR-15's in heavier calibers. We can add night activities like hog hunting or flounder gigging to any trip package.

Learn more about our Cast & Blast combinations

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Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Coastal Deer Hunting

Coastal Deer Hunting

Combo Hunts

Combo Hunts

"Old School"

"Old School"

Layout Boat Hunting

"Like Nothing I've Ever Experienced"!

New for 2009, layout boat duck hunting in Texas. We had been curious for a number of years about gunning these boats on the Texas coast. With the addition of Capt. Matt Raley of Hideaway Hollow Outfitters, LLC from Prairie du Chien, WI to the Capt's of Coastal Waterfowl this season, we found out exactly how exciting layout boat hunting can be! Gunning layout boats here on the Texas Coast has totally re-invigorated my love for duck hunting and we learned a great deal about their effectiveness during the 2008/09 duck season.

Yankees gun these boats primarily on lakes and big water for Divers. Our curiousity was concerning their application on Puddle Ducks as well as Divers here in Texas. We answered the question concerning Puddle Duck lethality on our first attempt at a layout boat hunt. We gunned the boat "dressed" using some camo net and freshly cut Oleander branches. Capt. James Cunningham gunned from the boat first and was approaching his limit before we got the airboat parked. On this day, we took three man limits of Pintail, Gadwall, and Teal. The whole experience left me awestruck and with a fresh new look at Texas Duck Hunting. Laying on top of the water at eye-level with my decoys, ARE YOU KIDDING! Check out all the new photos from the layout hunts on our photo gallery and be sure to check out our layout boat hunting video.

Licenses

The easiest approach to out-of-state licensing and licensing in general is to make these arrangements ahead of time. Please call 1-800-TX-LIC-4U or online at TPWD ONLINE

Hunting License Requirements - Non-Residents

  • #157 Non-Resident Five Day Special Hunting  $48
  • #138 Federal Duck Stamp $17
  • #137 HIP Certification
  • #168 Migratory Game Bird Stamp $7
  • #590 Federal Sandhill Crane Permit (If Crane Hunting) 
  • Born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, Hunter Education Completion

Hunter's Checklist

The following is a thorough list of what each hunter should bring to ensure enjoyment of the outdoors. Texas weather is tough to predict. Please prepare for temperatures warmer and colder than you think possible. Bold items are essential.

  • Shotguns - At least two (20/12 gauge recommended)*
  • Steel Shot Shells
  • Ducks Loads (2 3/4" - 3" #2's, 4's, or 6's) **
  • Goose Loads (BB, BBB, T)
  • Chest Waders/Hip Boots
  • Mosquito spray
  • Camo Face net/mask
  • Rain Gear/Parka/Jacket
  • Gun cleaning kit
  • Camo clothing (Max 4HD or Similar)
  • Camera
  • Ice chests
  • Texas hunting license/voucher (Call 1-800-TX-LIC-4U)
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp

* We recommend 2 shotguns for out-of-State shooters coming in for multiple days.

** We encourage our hunters not to bring 3.5” loads for our ducks. So please, leave the 3.5’s at home. You will not be happy with them here.

2017 Waterfowl Season Dates

Our duck season starts with the First Split on November 4th and runs through November 26th. The Second Split starts December 9th and runs through January 28th.  Cast & Blast trips, Goose/Duck combinations, Sandhill Crane and much more. Come see us!

Air Boat Transportation

Many of our duck hunting locations are accessed by airboat depending upon water levels and difficulty of access in the back marsh. We recommend that your gear be securely stowed in waterproof bags. There can be no loose items in this boat.

Bird Processing

Bird processing fees are not included in the price of hunt packages as it is a variable that we cannot predict. These fees run approximately $2.50 for ducks and $3.00 for geese. Should you elect to not take birds home, cleaning and processing fees must still be paid. We will assist you with making donations of the meat to area charities. If you would like to clean your own birds at no charge, feel free to do so. We will assist you with storage until your departure.

Ammo & Gear Shipments

When buying mail order ammunition for the trip, have it sent directly to us at 109 W. Austin, Seadrift, Texas 77983. This has been a great convenience to our customers. For clients wishing to send gear ahead of the trip, please do so at the address listed above. We will return ship your gear at the end of your stay.

Castaway Lodge

Centrally located in Seadrift, Texas, Castaway Lodge encompasses two adjacent campuses covering 3.5 acres with 700' of bayou frontage and 15,000 sf of comfort, convenience, and privacy in the Heart of Seadrift!

Castaway Lodge

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