Essentials to Add to Your Waterfowl Hunting Trip Checklist

Did you know that there are almost 200 different kinds of ducks in the world? Just imagine how many types of waterfowl there are in total. How many have you checked off your hunting list? 

If you’re aiming for a successful waterfowl hunting season, you’ve got to come prepared. This means you need all the right equipment to get the job done. 

To help you out, we’ve compiled the ultimate waterfowl hunting trip checklist. Let’s get started! 

The Essentials

Your co-pilot when you’re hunting is your gun. It can make or break your trip. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve gotten a new weapon or you’ve noticed yours isn’t acting right, click here to shop for a new one.

Next on your hunting trip checklist is all your gun accessories. Make sure you have a good supply of ammunition and a sling for your gun.

You’ll also need a blind and blind bag. 

And you can’t forget to bring your hunting license and boating license, if necessary in your area. Make sure they’re laminated or in a waterproof bag to ensure they don’t get wet. 

Baits and Lures

For your duck hunting checklist, be sure you have all the whistles you need for your local waterfowl. We suggest a double-reed duck call, a short reed-goose call, an electronic caller, and anything else that works for you.

To help entice local fowl, make sure you pack decoys and all the right accessories including anchors and weights. 


No matter what you’re hunting, camo is essential. Bring a camo hat, jacket, pants, and shirt. Try to dress in layers of camo so you can adjust to changing weather conditions. 

Furthermore, bring gloves and earmuffs, and insulated pants so you can stay warm in the early morning. A camo rain suit is also a great idea if the weather calls for it.

We suggest also bringing a spare pair of socks and long underwear, just in case you get wet. Nothing ruins a day like a wet pair of socks. 

Boots and waders are also a great call.

Other Equipment

Depending on where you’re hunting, you can bring the following as needed. Remember, it’s better to overprepare than underprepare.

  • Multi-tool
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Spare batteries
  • Cooler (with ice)
  • Plastic bags
  • Freezer tape and paper
  • Gutting gloves
  • Sheers
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera 
  • Binoculars 
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand and toe warmers
  • First aid kit
  • Compass or GPS
  • Gun cleaning kit
  • Repair kit
  • Dry towels
  • Bird book 

And, if you bring your dog, bring the following for them: 

  • Food and water
  • Treats
  • Dog bowls
  • Travel kennel
  • Dog blind
  • Dog whistle 

The more you hunt, the more you’ll be able to dial in your list of what’s essential. But, while you’re getting used to it, it’s worth bringing more than you need so you don’t have to turn around or cut your day short. 

Use Our Waterfowl Hunting Trip Checklist Today

Now that you have the ultimate waterfowl hunting trip checklist, you’re well on your way to a successful day by the water. Feel free to print this list out and keep it on hand for when you plan your next trip

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