Alaska King Eider hunting is the pinnacle of North American duck hunting experiences. King eider hunt is never easy, but these guides have the experience and the right locations for you get your true trophies of a lifetime. Hunt King Eiders in Alaska's Pribilof Islands in the famous Bering Sea. For the dedicated waterfowler looking for the ultimate guided duck hunt in Alaska for trophy King Eiders, Harlequin, Long Tail Ducks (Old Squaw) and Scoters, this there's no better option. With years experience on the water, and the right equipment to ensure a safe and successful hunt for sea ducks in one of the most extreme environments in the world, this is the King Eider Hunt for which the world waited.
King Eider hunting is for the true adventurer who wants to hunt the most beautiful of all North American ducks. The Bering Sea is famous for its inhospitable weather and it usually lives up to its reputation during these late-season hunts. Think of it as King Eider ambiance. King Eiders are decoyed to large spreads and boat hunted when the weather permits. During very rough weather sea duck hunting is conducted from shore. Expect to see flocks of King Eiders and the other sea ducks during your stay.
Lodging is best-available and consists of a very comfortable duplex convenient to the hunting areas. Guests have a warm place to retreat between sea duck hunts. All meals are provide and are an Alaskan adventure in their own right. A hearty breakfast is the perfect way to start the morning followed by lunch that may sometimes be taken for the hunt. Dinner on the Bering Sea includes king crab fresh off the boat, as well as thick steaks and pork chops.
With nearly 40 years combined experience hunting and guiding for waterfowl in Alaska and beyond, you may confidently rest assured that staff will do eveything necessary to keep you safely productive in your quest. These Alaskan eider outfitters not only offer the best value, but the very best option for hunting King Eiders in Alaska.
Maximum 6 hunters per group and 5 groups annually, reserve your dates early.
King Eider Hunting Dates: Between Christmas and late-January each season.
$4,300 All-inclusive Alaska King Eider hunting package standard in St. Paul, Alaska.
This Alaska King Eider hunt package is a North American duck collector's dream come true. Of the sea duck species commonly taken by guest hunters, 2 species are particularly prized above all others:
The King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) Eider is one of North America's most spectacular waterfowl species; is a large sea duck, that breeds along northern hemisphere Arctic coasts of northeast Europe, North America and Asia. The birds spend most of the year in coastal marine ecosystems at high latitudes, and migrate to Arctic tundra to breed in June and July. King Eider winters in arctic and subarctic marine areas, most notably in the Bering Sea, the west coast of Greenland, eastern Canada and northern Norway. It also occurs annually off the northeastern United States, Scotland and Kamchatka. Breeding areas include the Arctic coastal tundra of the north coast of Alaska.
The drake King Eider, coveted as a trophy by hunters, has a white neck and chest. The upper breast is yellowish buff wash, but the body is mostly black. White sides of rump. Large white patches on forewings distinguish adult from immature specimens. Forehead, crown, and nape pearl blue. Cheeks iridescent pale green. Bill bright red with white tip; large yellow or orangish swollen knob at base of upper bill. Feathers stick up as two small triangular black sails on back. Legs are bright yellow, with dusky webs and black nails.
Highly gregarious for most of the year, King Eiders winter as far north as the seas remain ice-free. The majority of the western population winters at sea along the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. The migrations of the King Eider are spectacular, with huge flocks, often consisting entirely of males or of females, traveling in long lines along the coast, heading to or from their breeding or wintering grounds. King Eiders form phenomenal flocks during spring migration, sometimes exceeding 10,000 individuals.
King Eiders dive for benthic invertebrates like crustaceans, polychaete worms, and molluscs, with mussels being a preferential food. They also feed on eelgrass, wigeon grass and algae. There is a record of one king eider feeding on the bottom in 30 fathoms (180 feet) of water in the Bering Sea.
The Harlequin (Histrionicus histrionicus), is a small, strikingly beautiful sea duck. Adult male Harlequin ducks are slate blue with chestnut sides and white markings including a white crescent at the base of the bill. Adult females are less colorful, with brownish-grey plumage and a white patch on the head around the eye. Both adults have a white ear patch. Their breeding habitat is cold fast moving streams in north-western and north-eastern North America, Greenland, Iceland and western Russia. They are usually found near pounding surf and white water. Harlequin ducks are short distance migrants and most winter near rocky shorelines.
Harlequin ducks, or Harlequins or simply Harlis, feed by swimming under water or diving. They also dabble. They eat molluscs, crustaceans and insects. Harlequins have smooth, densely packed feathers that trap a lot of air within them. This is vital for insulating such small bodies against the chilly waters they ply. It also makes them exceptionally buoyant, making them bounce like corks after dives. One Alaska sea duck hunting guest in particular describes the experience of holding a beautiful drake Harlequin "like holding new money".
What to Bring - Packing for Alaska King Hunting
WATERPROOF is key! Waterproof, waterproof, waterproof. Alaska King Eider Hunts may involve boat rides, weather permitting, sitting in rocks along shorelines for extended periods. Heavy neoprene waders are ideal for providing keeping you warm and dry. We suggest packing as you would for any duck hunt, remembering that St. Paul Island is Deadliest Catch crews often port - packing that extra heavy layer is worth it.
For warm hands while Alaska King Eider hunting, we suggest using insulated commercial fishing gloves, such as the ATLAS 460 12" INSULATED ORANGE PVC gloves by SeaMar. These gloves are inexpensive, but perfect for the cold, wet windy conditions of this sea duck hunt. We've found that by tucking them in a pocket, shooting hands easily slip out in time for that shot at a decoying Harlequin or Long-tailed Duck.
Sea duck species are especially tough birds, and experienced sea duck hunters know that these birds hit the water and dive, usually never to be seen again, when crippled. Guns and ammo for Alaska sea duck hunting:
Other packing considerations for your Alaska King Eider hunts:
Care and Transportation of your Alaska King Eider hunting trophies:
Alaska King Eider Hunting Limits (Nonresidents)
Sea Ducks 7 per day 20 per season
Not to exceed more than 4 of any one species of Eider, Harlequin, Long-tail Duck
Ptarmigan 20 per day
Sea Ducks include: Harlequin, Long-tailed Duck, White Wing Scoter, Common Scoter, Surf Scoter, King Eider, Pacific Common Eider, and Mergansers
Spectacled Eiders and Steller's Eider may be observed, but are CLOSED
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In the instance that guests are weathered in, and that there is room because incoming hunters are also weathered in, guest will be provided lodging and meals for a rate of $150 payable to outfitter. Optionally, or if extra room is unavailable, guests may stay at the King Eider Inn, located near St. Paul Airport terminal.
Alaska king eider hunting is the definitive waterfowl trophy hunt offering not only the best-chance to harvest trophy king eiders, but also harlequins, long-tailed ducks and white-winged scoters. The occaisonal Pacific Common Eider is also taken. More than a duck hunt, as the photos in this gallery attest, GetDucks.com's Alaska King Eider hunt is an adventure unto itself.
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While there are no guarantees in trophy Alaska King Eider hunting you may be assured that our staff will deliver 110% effort all of the time. Clients have so far been 100% successful in bagging trophy drake king eiders, with most clients achieving the Alaska non-resident limit of 4 per season, plus an assortment of other prized species.
In January 2012, Trevor Peterson shot the 10th banded king eider ever recorded. Watch Video: Banded Alaska King Eider
Our Alaska king eider hunting guides worked hard to get everyone their trophy kings and made it enjoyable at the same time. Well, at least as enjoyable as St. Paul can be! Watching a mature drake king eiders bank hard into the decoys is a mental image that will stay with me for a very long time.
Alaska outfitters can be tough to communicate with due to various reasons pertaining to their work schedule. It is nice to have two people that are so easily accessible, that do a great job of answering questions, and get back to you in a timely fashion. It boiled down to Ramsey being honest about what to expect from the hunt. He was dead on.
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Thanks to the good folks at Getducks.com that arranged our excellent Alaska King Eider hunting trip. We have hunted ducks on four different continents, but this Alaska king eider hunt proved to be the excitement of a lifetime. We enjoyed the shooting, the pristine nature of the island and the thrill of being out on the open ocean water. This hunt took place out of St. Paul Island, Alaska, located in the Bering Sea and arguably the best king eider hunting destination in the world.
The guide staff are seasoned hunters. They have intimate knowledge of the waters around St. Paul and understand the bird flight patterns like the back of their hands. Their attention to detail and concern for the safety of the client puts one at ease when hunting in extreme weather and frigid seas. The accommodations are, most importantly, warm and the food is good and plentiful. The numbers of king eiders, Harlequin ducks, white-winged scoters and old squaws (long-tail ducks) is truly astounding. It is also possible to bag Pacific eider and black scoters. We limited on king eiders and Harlequin and then opted to only take a representative few of the other species.
Getducks.com understands duck hunters and are very responsive to clients. They are readily available to answer any question concerning the hunt, including transportation, interim lodging, insurance and necessary gear. If you are a serious sea duck hunter, this King eider duck hunt in Alaska is a must!
Kinsey and Mona Robinson
Referenced Hunt: Alaska King Eider Hunt
I happened to see GetDucks.com's 100% donated auction item for a Alaska King Eider hunting trip at the Dallas Safari Club's Visions Convention banquet in January 2012. An opportunity I just could not pass up. A duck hunter's dream…a hunt of a life-time! My preparation was made even easier by the help I received from Anita Russell, and Ramsey was always in the background to help on specific hunting questions such as hunting gear, ammunition, the whole hunting experience.
The guides know their business. Their equipment was in great shape. Their long-time experience and knowledge of sea duck hunting was quite evident, especially when it came to hunting king eiders in Alaska. They were extremely safety conscious and Michelle was a great cook with her home made three squares a day, including steak, fresh snow crab, chicken, stews and soups, fresh baked goods, desserts and snacks. The accommodations were more than likely the best on the island.
Did I say a lifetime experience? Yes, indeed I did. I got all four of the major species - especially the magnificent King Eider, which is limited to four only. This Alaska King Eider Hunt was one of my most memorable hunts. Call Ramsey Russell at 866-438-3897 or go to GetDucks.com and get your reservations made early.
John Eads, Treasurer
Dallas Safari Club
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