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Thank you for your interest in Dare To Hyde’s NC Duck Hunts! Located in the Waterfowl Capital of the Atlantic, Dare To Hyde offers some of the finest duck hunting North Carolina has to offer.

Waterfowl Rates for the 2018-2019 can be seen below. All of our hunts are conducted in compliance with North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and Federal Waterfowl regulations. Bag limits and general guidelines can be seen on the NCWRC web page.

Blinds hold 3-4 hunters plus guide. Well-behaved dogs are welcomed, but must not interfere with the hunt.

OPEN OCTOBER 1 FOR NEW CUSTOMERS! To book, see rates below, send dates to use at to check availability. Unfortunately, all Saturdays are booked. As of September 28, 2018, December 27-January 24 dates are open with 1-4 blinds available, depending on the day (except Saturdays).

Early Season (November 10 – December 1) Rate: $450 per person, per day. All rates include night-before lodging, appetizers and supper, continental breakfast, brunch or lunch, and hunting with a guide. Hunts are fully guided.

Late Season (December 15 – January 26) Rate: $550 per person, per day.All rates include night-before lodging, appetizers and supper, continental breakfast, brunch or lunch, and hunting with a guide. Hunts are fully guided.

**Discounts available to parties of 10 or more hunters as well as 2017-18 season returning hunters. **Gratuity for the guide is not included in the rate and is at the discretion of the hunter(s).

Chest Waders, Shotgun, temperature/conditions appropriate clothing, full licensure and privileges per NCWRC, and non-toxic ammo are all that is required…Guides will have decoys, are fantastic callers, and will handle the logistics of the hunt. Please be advised that large parties may be required to drive to the hunt locations. A few of our properties do not open shooting until legal sunrise, as opposed to 1/2 hour before sunrise.

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This year’s impoundments feature flooded corn, flooded millet and chufa, sheet water with beans, natural & moist soil units, and flooded timber. We have a steady rotation that we finalize just before the season opens. We may manipulate it between the season split in early December. Rest assured – we hope you take all the ducks you can legally harvest…and we’ll do all we can to make your trip safe, successful, and fun!

We offer several styles of duck hunting trips throughout Eastern NC. Our office & lodge is located less than 2 miles from the legendary Lake Mattamuskeet, and all of our duck hunts take place in the surrounding area. We go to great lengths to insure we provide only the highest quality hunting experience available. When you hunt with Dare To Hyde, you will be hunting only the finest private land in Eastern NC.

What We Offer:

  • Guided Duck Hunts in flooded impoundments surrounding Lake Mattamuskeet – All the information on these hunts is listed below.
  • Open Water Curtain Blind or “Sinkbox” hunts for pintails & redheads. Visit the Berkley Outdoors site for more information on these incredible Ocracoke duck hunts

Key NC Duck Hunting Statistics:

  • Number of Duck Blinds: 68
  • Acres of private flooded fields under management: 1500+
  • 3 year repeat customer rolling percentage: 92% (Thank you!)

Hyde County Impoundment Hunt Information:

Where We Hunt: We have approximately 15 private impoundments located around Lake Mattamuskeet, NC.

About the Impoundments: Most of our impoundments are flooded corn with millet over seeded via a plane. We also have several natural WRP wetlands areas that we hunt on a limited basis and provide a great “change-up” hunt (Mallards, Black Ducks, Gadwall, Teal, and Wood Ducks).

Blinds: Almost all hunting is done from fixed blinds located throughout our impoundments. Many of these blinds are pit blinds-in order to better draw the wary Pintails. Most blinds are all solid (block wind), well brushed, and dry. They are large enough to comfortably accommodate up to 4 duck hunters.

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Duck Hunt Duration: Our impoundment duck hunts are full day hunts, although we encourage parties to achieve their limit as soon as possible in order to let the birds rest. We do stop mid-morning, for brunch, then return around 2:00pm to a different location – We rotate our hunts so that we have a different set of impoundments to hunt each morning.

Duck Guides: Each party will have a guide with them during their hunt. The guide will provide assistance reaching the blind, decoys, calling, knowledge of the area, and help retrieving downed birds. We take great pride in our guide staff, and have only the best hunters and people in the industry. You can visit our Meet the Staff page for additional guide information.

Legal: Strict attention is given to all federal and state regulations. All hunters must abide by the regulations set forth. The ducks you shoot during the morning hunt count towards your afternoon bag limit. It is a daily limit-plain and simple!

Lodging during your Duck Hunt: If you choose to stay with Dare To Hyde, you will be lodged in our recently renovated 20 room lodge located on the historic Outfall Canal. The rooms provide a comfortable, clean escape from the cold winter hunts. All groups will receive private rooms and bathrooms (no mixing parties in rooms). Room amenities include linens, daily maid service, and TV. There is also a large community lounge available for guests, along with our Dare To Hyde Pro Shop.

Dogs: Most of our blinds are set up with some type of dog hide or platform. Customers are allowed to bring their own dogs as long as they are trained to act and behave in a reasonable manner. We reserve the right to request that any dog be taken out of the impoundment if it is consistently impacting the hunting of other blinds/guests. Dogs must be in kennels if housed inside a hotel room. We do have outside runs to quarter your dogs, too.

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Shot Range: Under no circumstances is “skybusting” allowed…and on most days, long shots are discouraged. Long shooting educates birds and impacts the hunting of other groups in the area. If another blind is working a group of Pintails and they swing by your blind at 50 yards, you will not shoot. Instead, we will let them continue to the other blind. When all blinds are operating in this manner, it drastically improves the success of all the blinds in an impoundment.

Food: For guests that stay with Dare To Hyde, we provide a continental breakfast prior to your hunt in the morning, either brunch or lunch mid-day, and then gather in the evenings at our lodge for tasty appetizers of oysters, and or steamed shrimp, followed by a good ole’ southern dinner.

2018/19 Duck Season Impoundment Hunt Rates:

Regular Season: December 15-January 26 Rates

  • Late Season Duck Hunt: This includes lodging the night prior to your hunt, appetizers & dinner, breakfast, and a full day guided duck hunt. $550.00 per day, per person

*5% discount for parties of 11 or more.

Early Season Special Rates: November 11-December 1

  • $450 per person full day duck hunt w/lodging & meals

Primary Duck Species Harvested:

  • Pintail
  • Wigeon
  • Teal
  • Gadwall
  • Shoveler
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Black Duck
  • Ringneck

Our Partners: We are proud to partner with some of the finest organizations in the industry:

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Delta Waterfowl
  • Avery Outdoors
  • Greenhead Gear Decoys
  • ABC Calls
  • King Calls
  • Drake
  • VPC Lanyards
  • Berkley Outdoors
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