Carter's Big Island Hunting Club
Kansas duck hunting at Carter’s Big Island Hunt Club is about 3 proven things: mallards, mallards, and more mallards. This is over-water Kansas mallard hunting at its finest. These southeastern Kansas duck hunts take place exclusively on private properties that have been in Carter family ownership many generations.
Carter’s Big Island Family Hunt Club began in 1986, with family duck hunting records stretching back to World War 2. To ensure attracting and holding plentiful Central Flyway mallards, they’ve intensively managed duck habitats since inception. Duck habitat types hunted include emergent and moist-soil wetlands, rivers, oxbows and desirable flooded grain-crops (corn, milo, Japanese millet, brown-top millet, golden millet and buckwheat). Following catastrophic flooding decades ago, Roy Carter figured that if he couldn’t beat the river he’d work with it, constructing levees and pumping water onto low-lying pin-oak flats for true green-tree reservoir duck hunting in Kansas. Nearby 4,500-acre Neosho Waterfowl Refuge, which was primarily designed and is managed to furnish a resting and feeding place for migratory waterfowl, and commercial feedlots compliment the Carter family’s Kansas duck hunting properties excellently.
Having hunted and guided Kansas mallard hunts on these family properties for nearly their entire lives, Roy and Drake Carter form a father-son team that knows how mallards will react to prevailing weather conditions better, maybe, than even the ducks themselves. Depending in the hunting situation, blinds vary from spacious Koehler and Concealed Comfort pit blinds to Osceola skid blinds, sometimes simply hugging a nearby pin oak. Most hunts are conducted over water using large decoy spreads with plentiful motion, but they’ll move to dry-field set-ups as duck movement dictates.
These Kansas duck hunting packages are all-day or until duck limits are achieved. The Central Flyway duck limit is 5 mallards, 6 ducks total. Mallards are the biggies, but wigeons, green-winged teal, pintails, shovelers and occasional divers also taken.
Lodging and meals are not included. Hotels and restaurants are available nearby. Guests meet their guides well before shooting time and follow them to the hunting location about 15-20 minutes away. Guide-staff deploy the decoys while clients relax and get settled in. Maximum party size, 7 hunters.
Guests may fly into Kansas City, Missouri, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wichita, Kansas (all about 2 hours away) and Joplin, Missouri (about an hour away), where they can then rent car and drive to lodge. But this excellent Kansas duck hunting package is easily within a day’s drive for most duck hunters living in the Continental US.