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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Thanks for arranging the trip and I'd be interested in hearing some more about your other hunts in the future (including that GetDucks.com Baja Mexico brant hunt)."
All the best,
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Had a great time hunting black brant in Mexico with my Dad. Lots and lots of birds, with brant limits every day! Lodging, transportation, guides and most importantly the hunting was exceptional! Looking forward to my next trip to Mexico with GetDucks.com!
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The Baja Mexico brant hunting trip was an outstanding success. I would like to thank Anita and Ramsey at GetDucks.com as well as the field staff. Everyone seemed to be overjoyed and were able to fulfill and exceed their goals and expectations for the trip. I never heard a complaint and everyone is dreaming of hopefully returning to do it again soon.
Again thanks for a spectacular hunt and I hope the pictures I attached worked out. It was three days of full limits, bands and we even managed to add some ducks.
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What an amazing and relaxing time in Baja Mexico! Already planning our next adventure!
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The Baja Mexico Black Brant hunt that Getducks.com offers is incredible! First-class hotel accommodations and excellent brant hunting! If Black Brant is on your hit list, collecting them is a slam dunk on this trip. My wife joined me to get some R&R. She thoroughly enjoyed the laid back atmosphere, the oceanfront views, and walking the beach. Definitely a memorable trip for both of us!
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