Pacific Black Brant hunting is a wonderful experience that’s perfect for avid waterfowl collectors or hunters looking to expand their wingshooting horizons. Pacific Black Brant migrate from the Gulf of Alaska and western Russia to Baja Mexico’s San Quintin Bay each year to feed on their principle food, eel grass, which is abundant in Baja’s rich wetlands. Pacific Black Brant accomplish an interested feat of flying non-stop 40 to 48 hours to their Baja wintering grounds.
San Quintin Bay is about 13 miles long and 4 miles wide. Eel grass is abundant and winter weather is mild. About 40% of the reported world population of Black Brant, which is estimated at about 125,000, winter each year in this beautiful bay. The US Fish & Wildlife Service bands at least 20% of these birds. As an added bonus it is common for hunters to collect leg bands, and on rare occasions a Russian-banded brant is taken.
Pacific Black Brant hunting seasons typically runs early-November through the last Sunday in February. Hunting is limited only to to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until noon to ensure quality hunting for the entire season. Black Brant work best on a falling tide so productive hunting times vary in the mornings. The sights and sounds of whales, porpoises and a diversity of wintering shorebirds are common. Complete success in collecting the current 8-bird brant limit is assured.
Each morning, your personal guide will provide boat transfers to your eel blind along the shore, usually arriving at daybreak. Blinds are constructed of eel grass, camo netting, palmetto fronds or volcanic rock to blend in perfectly. A nice brant spread is set and the boat is retired to a safe distance. The staff maintains a kennel of apt retreivers and your retreiver is welcomed, so bring one if you wish. Ducks are uncommon and should be considered a rare treat while hunting Pacific Black Brant in San Quintin Bay.
After limits are acheived, hunters return to camp for lunch and likely siesta. Hunters are lodged at the charming area hotels, and all meals are served at local restaurants and cantinas. Please Note: Afternoon options are limited to nonexistent. Duck hunting, quail hunting or light-tackle fishing are practically not available in Baja, but there is plenty of time for just simply relaxing. If you prefer a full-day hunting package to include ducks, brant, bass fishing, quail and dove hunting, see how this package compares to Mexico Black Brant Hunting in Obregon.
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Black brant season runs early-November through the last Sunday of February, with peak brant concentrations usually occurring in late-January through February.
$2,350 3-day Pacific Black Brant Hunting packages to include 3 morning brant hunts. Relax during the afternoons.
$3,150 5½-day “Baja Blast” Brant Hunting Combo to include 2 days of pacific black brant and valley quail hunting, 1 full day valley quail hunting, 2 days of high-volume pheasants plus valley and Gambel’s quail hunting, and a final half-day of dove and pheasant hunting! Limited to select December and January dates only. Email or call for more information.
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Pacific Black Brant
Pacific Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans), or Black Brant, are an abundant small goose of the ocean shores that breed in the high Arctic tundra and winter along the Pacific Coast. Over 70% of the world population of Pacific Black Brant winter in Baja, Mexico, with the much smaller remainder overwintering in interior portions.
There are an estimated 115,000-150,000 black brant in the world and about 14,000 are taken each year by hunters. The highest numbers of Pacific Black Brant are shot in Baja, Mexico. Interesting fact: The oldest age record for any duck, goose or swan in North America is held by a Pacific Brant at 28.5 years!
The Pacific Brant is slightly larger than a Mallard. Males are somewhat bigger than females; otherwise, the sexes are not distinguishable. It is one of the darkest waterfowl with a black head, neck and upper breast and a white necklace on the sides of the neck. The back and upper wing coverts are edged with lighter grays on a darker grayish brown feathers. The Pacific Brant has a very dark breast and belly with little or no contrast separating them. The flanks are much whiter than the Atlantic Brant. The black bill is short and stubby. They are an attractive addition to game rooms and are popular among collectors.
Getting There – Pacific Black Brant Hunts
Fly to San Diego International Airport (SAN). You will be met by our English-speaking representatives and ground transfered to hotel, about 6 hours south. Transfers occur on Thursdays, hunts are Friday-Saturday-Sunday mornings. SPECIAL NOTE – WE STRONGLY ADVISE ARRIVING ON THE WEDNESDAY PRECEDING YOUR HUNT AND OVERNIGHTING. PLEASE DO NOT PLAN ON DEPARTING SAN DIEGO ON SUNDAY NIGHT, WE SUGGEST OVERNIGHTING AND DEPARTING EARLY MONDAY MORNING.
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Weather – Brant Hunting in Mexico
The climate in Baja California is temperate and rather dry, receiving an average of 9 inches (235 mm) of rain annually. Expect lows in the mid-40s warming to highs in the mid-60s.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE – Mexico Brant Hunting
Hunters that try to import ammunition without the proper permits discover the ugly consequences. This is a serious criminal offense in Mexico, so don’t dream of trying it. Quality ammunition will be available per the Black Brant Hunting package.
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The Mexico Pacific Black Brant hunt was amazing. I'll definitely do it again. Hands down the brant hunting in Baja was probably some of the best in the world, and I've been hunting them for 6 years now. Twelve guys, 3 days, full limits. One the 2nd day, alot of bands fell from the sky for everyone. My dad and I dropped 3 doubles and 1 single out of a massive flock of 200-300 brant. Won't be topping that for awhile. And the food was amazing.
I think of GetDucks.com as among the premier waterfowling companies.
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Things ran smoothly and were efficient on our Mexico Pacific Black Brant hunt. Our host was very good. Food excellent. Guides good and hunting was super for brant. Countryside in bay area was gorgeous each morning and the brant were abundant. I rarely use booking agents because of so many bad experiences but was happy with GetDucks.com during this entire trip!
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