Texas Duck Hunting – Gulf Coast Redheads and More

texas duck hunting matagorda bay 5383637Premium redheads are arguably one of the most stunning and highly sought trophy duck species in North America.  Because the greatest percentage of the entire world’s population of redheads winters along the Laguna Madre of Texas, where shoalgrass and other important food sources are abundant, putting lightning-fast flocks of bull redheads over the decoys will be one of many thrills experienced while Texas duck hunting with Run-N-Gun Adventures. This savvy outfitter runs 100-plus miles of prime coastline less than 20 minutes from their premium lodge, but they have also amassed an impressive amount of intensively managed, private waterfowl properties.  Well-seasoned from a decade of guiding, this energetic team has the experience, know-how and equipment to consistently produce birds.  The sheer number and diversity of overwintering waterfowl on the storied Texas Coastal Prairie provides an excellent opportunity for getting your hands on many Central Flyway waterfowl species that will be excellently plumed December through January.

In addition to prime bull redheads, other prized ducks that predominate the bag are pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, coastal mottled ducks, black-bellied whistlers and, occasionally, fulvous whistlers.  Snows and blues, Ross’ geese, white-fronts and sandhill cranes are plentiful.  Among the 50,000 acres of prime habitat managed for waterfowl by Run-N-Gun Adventures are freshwater marsh, flooded rice fields, and moist-soil vegetation or millet impoundments. Geese are hunted over dry fields of harvested rice. Habitat management is year-long to ensure maximum waterfowl utilization. Both freshwater marsh hunts and flooded rice field hunts consist of ample decoy spreads, brushed blinds or pits.  On the bay, guests hunt from comfortable boat blinds nestled next to the shoreline.

Waterfowl impoundments number around 70 ranging in size from 10 to 100-plus acres – plenty of room for hunters and, importantly, rest ponds. An experienced staff of just over a dozen (and growing) spends hours scouting each day to ensure that clients hunt the “X”.  Says owner Daniel Kubecka, “We have access to more private property than anyone else in our area,  quite a bit more.  We control a big portion of the waterfowl property in Matagorda and surrounding counties.  No one does more prep work than we do in the ‘offseason’ to make sure that we are providing the best waterfowl habitat for the birds and for our clients to hunt.  Managing these properties, habitat and birds once they arrive are key to holding and harvesting birds throughout a season.  Resting and rotating properties are vital aspects that clearly set us apart from other outfitters; we DO NOT overhunt our birds or properties.  We strive for quality hunting experiences, never the maximum number of shooters.” 

texas duck hunting guide 34562894Guests awake well before daylight and begin the day with plentiful hot coffee and a quick bite.  Drive times to hunting areas vary from 15 to 35 minutes. Morning hunts last until limits or about noon.  Return to lodge for a hearty home-cooked lunch.  Afternoon activities include finishing up on duck limits, goose hunting or some of that famous coastal Texas fishing for those that prefer a cast and blast.  Seasonally, your Texas duck hunting package can be customized to include alligator, wild hogs and doves. Dinner is usually served about 7 PM, another round of big-time southern deliciousness.  And relax, don’t worry about your birds – staff will professionally prepare and properly tag your birds at no additional charge while you enjoy the ample hospitality.  Special note: for out-of-state guests that wish to streamline air travel, packages may be customized to include waders, shotguns and ammo.  Your well-behaved retriever is welcomed.

Located in Bay City, only 80 miles southwest of Houston, with plenty of convenient amenities. Guests stay at the newly-constructed 11,000 square-feet lodge (completed August 2016), where the atmosphere is warm and family-friendly. Loaded with comfortable furniture for relaxing and studying the back of your eyelids.  There’s also wifi for staying in touch. Lodge features 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, large covered parking area, generous screened in porch area overlooking stocked pond, spacious client-only mud room, full kitchen, pro room with apparel and gear, fireplace, pool table and shuffle board, outdoor fire pit, stocked pond for fishing, and guest dog kennels.  Each room sleeps 6 guests and has its own full bathroom. There’s a golf club and driving range right next door!

rng adventures logoWhere size and satisfaction really matter. These guided coastal Texas duck hunts for trophy redheads, pintails and much more will definitely sell out to people in the know well ahead of prime-time and holidays. Southwest Airlines runs good fares about 6-9 months in advance.  For more information about Run-N-Gun Adventures, visit www.run-n-gunadventures.com. Contact owners Daniel Kubecka at 979.240.5312, Run-n-gunadventures@hotmail.comor Nick Stillwell at 979.240.1639, Rng.stillwell@gmail.com

Timing

Texas duck hunting with Run-N-Gun Adventures runs November through January.  September blue-winged teal hunts are available. Mid-December through mid-January is usually prime-time hunting for trophy redheads and pintails.  September through November is perfect timing for cast-and-blast adventures! Goose hunting begins in November and ends in March – right about the time the world-class trout fishing kicks off!  Prime dates and holidays book quickly.

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Rates

Package Rates: $1,425 – $1,875 depending on group size, days and nights.  For details, refer to Run-N-Gun Adventures Package Rates (click here).

Day Rates: $175-300 depending on group size and type of hunt. For details, refer to Run-N-Gun Adventures Waterfowl Hunt Rates (click here).

Non-hunting guest rates: Lodging with meals $150 per day, lodging w/o meals is $75 per day, and $100 per per hunt if accompanying to the blind.

No single-hunter bookings accepted. Minimum 3 hunters.  Ask about group discounts (>10 hunters).

A 25% nonrefundable deposit required to reserve dates. Balance is due on or before arrival.  Accept credit cards, cash, or check.

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Texas Goose Hunting Licensing & Requirements

5-day non resident, state waterfowl stamp, federal waterfowl stamp, HIP Stamp, Hunter Education required for anyone born after 1971.  Licenses are available at the lodge.

Texas License Fees: 5-day non-resident $45.00, State Migratory Duck Stamp $7.00, Federal Duck Stamp $15.00, H.I.P. Certification (Free).

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“Whether taking clients or your son on his first duck hunt, a person could not ask for a better experience. I have had a chance to hunt a lot of places over the years, RNG stands out!!!! ”  Curt Dalton

“I wanted to send you a quick thank you for an amazing trip to Texas, although the goose hunting was slow with nick yesterday it was an amazing time. As for Caleb, he was the most professional and outstanding young man to hunt with that I’ve ever experienced. Overly generous in his accommodations for us when we had a broken down truck for the entirety of the trip. I’ve been a diver hunter here in California for 20 years and never had so much fun on a duck hunting trip ever. Hope y’all have a great holiday and I cannot wait to get back to south Texas again next year.”  Andrew F. Dowdle

“If your wanting to get on some birds or fish, give these guys a shout. It’s a no BS trip, if they tell you it’s going on, its going on, take the time, make the trip, and go, never been told wrong. Well worth it. Run-N-Gun, Thanks for some of the best wing shooting that I’ve experienced between Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, in the past few years. Looking forward to next year and a few trips this summer. ”  Richard Watts

Read more Run-N-Gun Adventures Texas Duck Hunting Testimonials

Or contact the following references:

Rob Rice (TX) 713-594-3410

Cooper Black (SC) 803-261-4013

Atwell Coleman (SC) 803-603-4148

Shane Barthelmess (TX) 361-779-9975

Nick Daniels (TX) 832-350-3315

Travis Bice (TX) 832-799-2746

Wayne Harley(SC) (803) 533-9203

Matt Kaminski(CA) (209) 270-0132

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Book This Hunt Direct

rng adventures logoFor more information or to discuss guided Coastal Texas duck hunting for redheads, pintails, geese and more, please contact Run-N-Gun Adventures directly:

Run-N-Gun Adventures – Where Size and Satisfaction Really Matter

Daniel Kubecka at 979.240.5312, Run-n-gunadventures@hotmail.com

Nick Stillwell at 979.240.1639, Rng.stillwell@gmail.com 

As strong advocates of conservation, GetDucks.com supports the following organizations:

Ducks Unlimited Dallas Safari Club National Rifle Association National Wild Turkey Federation Dallas Woods and Water Delta Waterfowl SCI