Late Season Missouri Duck Hunt

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Photographer Craig Watson Joins Waterfowl Hunters for a Late Season Hunt

Late-season waterfowl hunting can be some of the most exciting hunting of the season, as the last remaining holdouts of ducks and geese make their final push south. With the Mississippi Flyway being one of the major thoroughfares for waterfowl, hunting with Dirty Rice Outfitters in the bootheel of Missouri can provide nonstop action. Dress warm, and be ready for plenty of opportunities.

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1 | Waiting for the Time to be Right

Preparing for a morning hunt at Dirty Rice Outfitters, operated by Josh "J.D." Driskill in Gobler, Missouri, means getting out plenty early and having a perfect spread.

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2 | Hammering Away

Hammering away at passing flocks crossing the decoy spread in a flooded rice field.

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3 | Cue the Dog!

A hit mallard spirals down to the flooded rice field, where an anxious dog awaits his retrieve.

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4 | Perfect Retrieve

Joey, an English springer water spaniel, makes a retrieve on a goose knocked down during a Realtree/Benelli hunt in Missouri.

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5 | Bring Plenty of Ammo

Shotgun shells float after a barrage at Dirty Rice Outfitters on late-season ducks and geese.

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6 | Retrieving

Guide Jamie Graue retrieves some of the kills during a morning hunt at one of the flooded rice fields at Dirty Rice Outfitters, giving their dog, Joey, a break.

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7 | Retrieving Again

Jamie Graue retrieves a goose during a morning hunt at one of the flooded rice fields at Dirty Rice Outfitters, where hunters from Realtree and Benelli shared some blind time.

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8 | Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander

Guide Jamie Graue looks over one of the geese killed by hunters from Realtree and Benelli in Missouri.

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9 | Good Times in the Blind

Left to right, Bill Pugh, J.P. Fischer, Pete Woods and Jeff Woods enjoy a morning in the blind together in southeastern Missouri.

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10 | The Take

Guide Jamie Graue loads up the birds killed during a morning hunt at one of the flooded rice fields at Dirty Rice Outfitters in southeastern Missouri.

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11 | Good Boy

Joey get a rest and a pat on the head during a brief break between flocks on a flooded rice field in southeastern Missouri.