Although ducks’ natural habit gets managed by natures tide, wind, weather and the moon, general ducks fly inland at dusk, to inlets and estuaries out on the mudflats, shallow ponds where freshly made flashings’ occurring after recent rains ducks feed on chaff and grass seeds and resting up for the night. There are ten species of duck shot legally in Scotland: The Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveller, Gadwall, Tufted duck, Pochard, Goldeneye and Scaup are all legal quarries; coastal wildfowling and decoying cater for a high number of ducks shot in Scotland, although most water birds hunters shoot ducks and geese flighting into and out of inland ponds.

Majority of Duck and geese are grass and seed eaters, naturally come inland at dusk to feed and roost for the night on flight ponds, flashings, returning to the mudflats or large lochs and shoreline at the breaking of dawn. Inland duck shooting takes place at first & last light in the morning & evenings when ducks, Teal and geese come into feed. These feeding locations are sometime mature crops or stubble fields, with ducks and geese feeding on barley or wheat left behind by the combine harvester, ponds managed by keepers and hand fed with barley or other suitable feeds to attract the ducks.

There are a variety of duck and geese species available for hunters to shoot in Scotland.

Where driven pheasant & partridge shoots release duck as an added species mallard would be the bird of choice.

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Wild ducks are legal quarry for wildfowlers and are migratory but large numbers overwinter throughout the UK, especially in coastal regions. As a wildfowler the responsibility to conserve both their duck numbers and habitats that can sustain resident numbers as well as the annual migratory population.

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Goose shooting in Orkney 2022/23

Goose Shooting in Orkney: Trip Profile

Duration
3 days
price
£570
Quarry
Geese and ducks
Country
Orkney, Scotland
group size
1-6
Destination
Kirkwall
UK Departure
heathrow
accomodation
Hotel or B&B
Food & Drink
Self catering-restaurant
seasons
Oct-jan

Shooting Trip Highlights

Goose shooting in Orkney: overview

An over & under twelve bores are a suitable all-round shotgun for duck shooting. If your field craft knowledge is of a reasonable standard, you can become remarkably successful with a standard 70mm (2 ¾”) chambered gun and cartridge. The preferred load of choice for the duck shooting enthusiast and wildfowlers has often preferred a 76mm (3”) chambered gun which provides the game bird shooter the option of heavier loads (providing a greater pattern density at distance).
Some duck hunters now choose to use 89mm (3 ½”) chambered shotgun, in either over & under or, semi-automatic models. This type of shotgun has been designed to deal large steel pellets in modern duck & wildfowling loads (must be steel shot proved).
Large-bore guns, in this case the 10, 8 and 4 bore shotguns, are also capable of handling large shot loads effectively, although for some many people they are cumbersome, and very heavy to carry on long walks on to a marsh.

You will find Orkney Islands just off the North-East point of the Scottish Mainland. The isles made up from seventy islands of which Orkney is by far the largest one, only twenty of those islands are occupy. Orkney consists of West Mainland and East Mainland with an area of 523 square miles.

The temperate climate and fertile lands make for the best farming country in Scotland, with large grass & barley fields. Creating the perfect habitat for grey-lag and pink-footed geese with a small feral communal residency of Canada geese.

In Orkney and Scotland, the duck & Goose population rises with the onset of autumn, waterfowl spend their winters living in Orkney.

 

Ducks on their migration route stop off on Orkney every year in their tens of thousands. Indeed, the grey-lag resident population is currently holding at 23,000 with the overall population then increases to 80,000-90,000 recorded annually.

Shooting geese on early morning flights, usually method is by decoying geese on to their feeding fields with evening duck flights on ponds & splashes.

Orkney shooting holidays offers a superb hunting experience for novices or the seasoned professional.

Season Dates
England, Wales, and Scotland 1st September – 31st January – Above the high-water mark
England, Wales, and Scotland 1st September to 20th February – Below the high-water mark. Note ducks and goose hunters can only shoot, below the high water, after 31st January.

Greylag geese goose shooting
Greylag geese decoying into a laid field of barley

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