77, Day 4
What You Need to Know to Hunt Ducks in Idaho
NOTE: Outdoorsman Thayne Barrie of Boise, Idaho, loves to hunt ducks
on the Snake River near Grand View, Idaho. He and the employees who work
at his store in Boise, Sunset Sports Centers, can help hunters obtain
information on Idaho duck hunting. Recently I went on one of the best
duck hunts with Barrie.
QUESTION: Thayne, if somebody wanted to come to
Idaho to hunt ducks and had never been before, what would you tell them?
How could they get information on where to hunt and how to find somebody
with whom to hunt?
ANSWER: The easiest way is to call us at our store at (208) 376-1100.
All the guys who work at my hunting counter are more than happy to tell
people about the areas. We've got numerous public-hunting areas and, of
course, the entire Snake River. People are really good about letting you
on their land to hunt. That would be the easiest thing I could tell people
QUESTION: Can you match up people from the East
with some duck hunters out here with whom they can hunt?
ANSWER: We don't have any waterfowl guiding in Idaho because legislation
allowing people to guide has never been passed. Idaho has a few hunting
clubs, but not many. There are so many easily hunted public-access areas
that you really don't need to pay the extra money for club fees.
What about licenses and stamps? What does hunting in Idaho cost?
ANSWER: Of course, you need a federal waterfowl stamp, which is
good anywhere across the country. You can get a season small-game license
for $73, and you're set for pheasant, waterfowl and any of the feathered
QUESTION: So if you have $73 and your federal
stamp, you're ready to go?
ANSWER: Yes, that's all you need.
QUESTION: Do you need any kind of equipment other
than decoys, waders and a gun?
ANSWER: You need warm clothing: a jacket, good underwear. Remember
you're going to be hunting in temperatures in the teens. You need good
decoys, two dozen to three dozen for duck hunting, and up to a dozen geese
for the water. If you want to shoot geese in the field, then you've got
to work on talking to some local property owners to get permission to
hunt in their fields.
QUESTION: How much trouble is it to get permission
to hunt some of these grain fields?
ANSWER: Some areas are a little tight. The closer you are to the
water, the tougher it is because a lot of people lease those fields. But
a lot of those farmers will let you hunt along the Snake River. The only
thing they can do is tell you no.
One of the ducks you have out here is the golden eye. Tell me about that
ANSWER: Golden eyes don't decoy worth a darn, they seem to fly
a million miles an hour, and they're middle-of-the-river fliers. If you
want to shoot golden eyes, expect to have to pass shoot them. The best
places to shoot from are points of islands.
QUESTION: What shot are you using and why?
ANSWER: I use No. 3s, generally because this shot is a happy medium
between No. 2s and No. 4s. When hunting ducks on the Snake River, you
may have to shoot at a long range. So, I'll probably suggest you use a
modified choke tube. Just check your set-up.
obtain maps of the Snake River with the best spots marked and to get information
on how, where and when to rent boats, contact Thayne Barrie at Sunset
Sports, (208) 376-1100, 5804 Fairview Avenue, Boise, ID 83704.
TOMORROW: Information on Duck Hunting on the Snake