Duck Hunting


The wind blows steady from the north as you ride through the mouth of the creek that brings you to the Pamlico Sound. The bow of the boat sets into a rhythmic beat as she displaces the chop in the darkness, with only the stars in the sky and phosphorus in the water as light. The wind kicks salt spray back off the bow as it forms to ice along the gunnels of the skiff. Finally, the Captain eases the throttle back and says, “were here boys,” as he begins deploying strings of decoys that have been tried and true on these waters before. As the saplings are set in their resting places and the boat is concealed, you look up at the Milky Way and start to hear the whistling of wings stirring about, and a feeling comes over you. It’s the anticipation of what’s to come as first light makes its appearance, but also that primal emotion to hunt that man has felt for centuries. Finally, the guide announces that legal shooting light has arrived and no sooner had those words been uttered than a knot of “Blackheads” cut through the air and begin their decent into the spread. This is how most mornings start with us at North State Guide Service, and we would love to share the blind with clients who are as passionate about hunting wildfowl as we are.  – Captain Jennings Rose

With our guides, you will be primarily hunting from a “scissor” rig, where we dedicate hours each day scouting to stay “in the ducks.” Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, we will harvest a variety of diving ducks, puddle ducks, and sea ducks on the sound. It is not uncommon for us to harvest fifteen to twenty different species of waterfowl each year

Our layout boats also provide a very effective means of getting up close and personal with trophy birds. Good boats and quality decoys make a difference in our high success rate, with many shots taken within 25 yards. Safety is always our primary concern, and our full-time, professional guides are experienced hunters and watermen.



We have been hunting on the Pamlico Sound for over two decades. We are on the water almost every day of the season in late October through January scouting and preparing for our next duck hunting trip. You can depend on our experience and local knowledge to provide you with the best opportunity for a full limit of ducks and have a blast doing it. Waterfowl hunting is our passion and our dedication to the sport is what separates us from the other “part time” guides.