Layout Boat Hunts | Diver & Sea Duck Trips
The history of layout boat hunting dates back to the days of the market hunters. As laws changed and the sport of waterfowling evolved this style of hunting fell to the wayside. A select few continued the tradition on the east and west coasts as well as pockets on the great lakes. Over the past few years interest in this style of waterfowling has grown, and for good reason. Layout boat hunting is an adrenaline rush like no other. Unlike many puddle duck hunts the shallowest waters we hunt run about 30’, Lake Michigan is typically closer to 100’ depths. We run two 10’ single man layouts out of a 20’ tender boat. We hunt over 6 dozen Tanglefree decoys rigged on longlines. All equipment is coast guard inspected and the tender is equipped with a ship to shore radio. On calm days the birds clip in at breakneck speeds and make for fast and fierce shooting. On days when the wind kicks up the hunt grows even more challenging because now you have to shoot said ducks from a moving roller coaster. All of this takes skill and nerves of steel but the number of birds that dump in will have you itching to get back in the layouts. Some days certain bodies of water are just too dangerous to hunt. Many hunters have tested Mother Nature on these days and many have paid the ultimate price for it. Due to the fact that bad weather can cause life threatening situations we as captains reserve the right to cancel a hunt if we deem it necessary. However, we happen to have multiple bodies of water that provide excellent open water opportunities all around our part of the state. Usually if one is deemed unsafe we can find a suitable substitute.
- 1 hunter - $350
- 2 hunters - $250 per gun
- 3 hunters - $225 per gun
- 4 hunters - $200 per gun
Single and double hunters may be paired with other individuals to fill a boat. There is a maximum of 4 hunters per boat, 2 in the layouts and 2 to switch out.
What to bring
- Gun and Ammunition- (Minimum 3 boxes per person recommended) non-toxic per federal regulations
- Warm clothing- Grey is the best color for layout boat hunting. During the course of the hunt the layouts often take on water. This is normal but can make for an uncomfortable situation. Some people wear waders and it makes the hunt more comfortable, but due to the depth of water being hunted you do so at your own risk. A change of clothes in a waterproof bag is a good idea.
- Proper Licenses/ Identification-
- Food and Beverage
- Cooler or Plastic Bags (Something to put birds in once back at the landing)
We require a 50% non-refundable deposit to book a hunt. If weather or birds require us to postpone your hunt, your deposit will be re-applied to a later date. Certain exceptions may be made. Exceptions will be at the guides’ discretion.