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Early Season Teal Hunting
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Early Season Teal Hunting

As the days begin to shorten and the nights hint at autumns return, blue wing teal begin their annual migration towards their winter haunts. Early season teal hunts give some long waited solace to those die hard waterfowlers who have waited, planned and plotted for a chance to pursue our quarry once again.

The guides here at Gateway River Outfitters understand that the migration of blue-wing teal is here today gone tomorrow, however we do everything possible to find their migration routes and the marshes that they typically frequent. The fact that our main hunting area is in the center of the Mississippi flyway makes this much easier.

Best Teal Hunting in the US

Best Teal Hunting in the US

Gateway River Outfitters offers some of the best teal hunting to be found anywhere in the United States. Our early season teal hunts offer fast paced action for blue wing and green wing teal. Limits typically consist of primarily blue wing teal at the beginning of the season and more of a mixed bag of both blue wing and green wing teal near the end of the season.

The majority of our teal hunting takes place on shallow moist soil sloughs and irrigation ponds. We will hunt from MoMarsh layout boats, sunken pit blinds, as well as portable skid blinds. Most teal hunts can be over quite quickly but those memories will last a lifetime.

These are typically morning hunts over historically productive pieces of water or flooded fields. We scout for weeks ahead of your trip to ensure your hunt with us is memorable and well worth your time and money

The Hunt

The Hunt:

Our hunts typically begin 30 minutes prior to legal shooting hours. We will get you set up in on of our many blinds. Rest assured that the area will have been scouted thoroughly prior to your hunt. The blocks will be set, the heater on and dog in place. Once legal shooting time is rung in by your guide and after a short but very necessary safety overview of our procedures we will be ready to start the hunt.

All our guides are experienced waterfowl hunters. They will expertly call ducks into shooting range, and when the time is right, will call the shot. Once the ducks are down and cripples are accounted for, each hunter will be given “their” birds to count towards their legal limits. If during your hunt and if in season a goose or two files past, well, we will make short work of them as well.  Sometime during your hunt (blind permitting) we will offer you a culinary treat… a blind breakfast. Normally eggs, bacon or sausage, toast and a hot cup of joe or OJ.

Our hunts will typically run until 11:30am or until legal limits are collected. At the conclusion of your hunt you will be escorted back up to the club house where you can get out of your waders, warm up and if you would like, hang out with the guides and exchange stories of the hunt.

The lodge closes at 1:00pm so the guides can get set up for your next days hunt. They work very hard each day to provide you with the best hunt possible. This means we pick up and move our decoys daily. Our birds never get use to the same spread. With multitude of locations to hunt our guides need time to scout our hunting areas to find the perfect spot for your next hunt. We typically don’t hunt the same location two days in a row.

If the day is short and the guides have enough gas left in the tank, they will occasionally invite you back that evening to sit around the fire ring. There you can talk candidly about what makes a good duck dog, politics, calls, or whatever you would like. We just ask that you respect the guides and keep the “shop talk” to a minimum.

Spirits are allowed but only at night and with the permission of the guides. We (owner and guides) do not drink. Please don’t offer, we will decline. Medicinal medication is prohibited at all times. If you get out of line, you will be asked to leave. We all like to have a good time, but lets keep it respectful to all.

Early Season Hunting Rates

Early Season Hunting Rates

$250.00 Per Person Per Day

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Lodging is a short 2 mile drive away. Located in the quaint town of Clarksville, MO. Rustic Eagle Inn & Suites is where we recommend for you to stay. We have negotiated top rate prices for you, please let the know that you will be hunting with us. You will be able to leave your waders and hunting gear at the club house so there is no need to worry about you stuff walking away on you.

During the hunting months of November and December the Bald Eagles roost and fish just below the Pool 24 Lock and Dam. Which is conveniently located right outside your window.


We are a little limited in Clarksville on restaurants. There is a decent bar Tubby’s River Grill within walking distance of the Inn. A short drive north would put you in to the town of Louisiana, Missouri.  There they have a multitude of eateries.