Azerbaijan Duck Hunting offers a true off-the-beaten-path adventure in an often overlooked corner of the world, and was introduced exclusively by Ramsey Russell’s GetDucks.com in 2018. Duck hunting in Azerbaijan entails hunting massive wetlands that overwinter many migratory waterfowl to include unique Eurasian species not commonly found elsewhere.
Duck hunting in Azerbaijan features one guide and hunter per blind. Blinds are expertly built, comfortable and well-brushed. Boating to strategically located blinds well before daylight, decoys are placed and electronic calls are deployed (several guides subsidize the electronic calls with expert mouth-calling as well). A serious duck hunter’s duck hunt, hunters are well advised to remain vigilant for the duration of the hunt and shoot well to capitalize on whatever opportunities the morning may bring. Shooting distances vary from landing in the decoys to 50-plus yards. Hunts usually last until about noon or 1 o’clock, at which time guests return to camp for lunch, cape birds, and probably nap.
Red-crested pochards, common pochards, tufted ducks, common shelducks, and garganey are unique species endemic to this region. Nowhere else on earth have I witnessed such an abundance of prime Eurasian wigeons. Mallards, Eurasian green-winged teal, gadwall, northern pintails, northern shovelers are common.
Guests are lodged in a comfortable, clean 2-bedroom house (maximum 5 guests) convenient to the hunting area. Meals are an excellent selection of local Azeri cuisine such as kabobs, lamb, lahmajoun, various pilafs, flatbreads and jams. Simple, yet absolutely delicious.
Preceding scheduled hunt dates, guests arrive to Baku, are met by the outfitter, assisted through a simple firearm import process, and retire to a local hotel downtown. The following day after breakfast, there’s plenty time for day-touring this beautiful, safe and modern city. Guests then transfer 2-3 hours to the hunting area and get settled in to camp.
Ramsey Russell will be personally hosting 2-3 Azerbaijan duck hunts per year, February/March. Now accepting reservations. Please contact Ramsey to discuss.