Get ready for NC’s Tundra Swan hunting season

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Tundra Swan hunting is by permit only

Nov. 5 is opening day for North Carolina’s 2022-23 Tundra Swan season, and it runs through Jan. 31. But hunters must have a permit to hunt these big birds, which are the biggest waterfowl available to hunters within the Carolinas.

Capt. Froggy’s Hunting & Fishing Guide Service in Hertford is the premier outfitter in this area for Tundra swans. And they expect this upcoming season to be one to remember. 

“We are excited about the upcoming swan season. We have leased a prime ground which for many years has had thousands of swan using it. We have a guarantee kill policy (not guarantee opportunity, but guarantee kill),” they said.

Hunting these big birds is all about access, and Capt. Froggy’s has it. 

While you may think of Canada or the western states when someone mentions Tundra swans, North Carolina is one of the top two overwintering grounds in the world for the birds. Hunting them here is unlike any other type of waterfowling in the region.

Lying on the ground and watching literally thousands of Tundra swans circling your field full of decoys is a sight you’ll never forget. And hearing the THUD of one landing beside you is another outdoor memory you’ll cherish. 

The deadline to apply for a permit is Oct. 1. Click here to apply, then call Capt. Froggy’s at 252-661-7222 to set up your trip.

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