Some of the best hunting in the United States is on the wildlife habitats along the Mississippi River. There are vast wetlands, flooded timber, bluff top prairies, and rich bottomland forests along the Great River Road, providing a home for a rich assortment of animals and plants.
All 10 of the Mississippi River states are home to large and small wild game, waterfowl, and upland birds. The Mississippi River has a long tradition of hunting. In fact, some of the top destinations in the country for white tailed deer are located in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Waterfowl and upland game can be found in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri. Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas all have some of the finest hunting lands for duck on the planet.
All along the Mississippi River, there are opportunities for hunting on public lands owned by the federal and state parks, as well as some wildlife refuges. Regardless of where you are on the Mississippi River, you will find outstanding hunting opportunities.
Along the backwater marshes of the Mississippi, you can find mallards, Woody’s, and other puddlers. In years when the water is high, flooded timber lands can be hunted. All river ducks enjoy company, so bring lots of decoys on your hunting trip. Ducks along the Mississippi fly throughout the day, so never give up too early in your hunt. Also, be ready to move your set up when you see ducks flying other places. Click here for more information on what you can find along the River.
The upper Mississippi is the best place for duck hunting. You should consider having a comfortable boat with an outboard that is able to travel across big waters. You can hunt from your watercraft by rigging a blind to your boat. Be sure you have a topography map or river chart, and record your way points along the way. Having a GPS to mark where you depart is also important. When you travel the Mississippi River, you will see there are many marshes, potholes, sloughs, ponds, bays, side channels, and a maze of other channels. Always have emergency provisions with you in case you must spend the night on the river.