Big Muddy Duck Hunt

P.O. Box 171

​15863 Hwy 59

Mound City, MO  64470 


   About 25 kids between the ages of 11-15 participate in the annual, one-day event held near Mound City, MO.  Participants enjoy 5 interactive education stations on topics including: duck identification, waterfowl regulations, duck calling, hunting strategy, waterfowl management, dog training/field retrieval, and preparing waterfowl for consumption.  In addition to these education stations, students attend two shotgun shooting stations.  

   The first, is a basic shooting skills station where we discuss proper shooting stance, form, and methods.  Students get to try their hand at breaking clay targets flying slowly straight-away from them.  The second, is an intermediate shotgun shooting station comprised of more difficult shooting situations (such as shooting from a blind at targets moving cross-ways).  

   After finishing their rotation through all of the stations, participants and their families are teamed-up with a guide and safety coach.  They are then treated to a guided duck hunt on some of the area's premier duck hunting clubs.  At the conclusion of their hunt, attendees return for a dinner/banquet & awards ceremony.  There, door prizes are drawn.  Door prizes include: a shotgun, guided November duck hunt, dozens of decoys, taxidermy gift certificates (for a free waterfowl mount), and many more items.  At the end of the event, it is always difficult to determine who enjoyed the day the most - the kids, parents, or guides!

   We want to take this opportunity to personally thank each of our donors, guides, safety coaches, instructors, and organizations who have helped in varied ways with the BMDH.  These people truly are the heart and soul that makes the BMDH a memorable and special event for the youth participants.


   The Big Muddy Duck Hunt is an annual, community-based waterfowl hunting event, designed to enhance waterfowl hunting in Holt County and Northwest Missouri through the recruitment of new hunters and the retention of those who already enjoy the sport.  It is a collaborative effort from corporate sponsorship, private duck clubs, state government, and local waterfowl enthusiasts to invest in the future of waterfowl hunting.

October 2016– Celebrated our fifth year anniversary.  Put to use our newly acquired clay target throwers and became a free-standing 501(c)3 organization.  Hosted 22 participants at Extreme Fireworks building harvesting 17 ducks.​  Two Hatfield shotguns given away to participants.  Lunch again provided by Quackers and Dinner served by Mound City Kiwanis.

   October 2015– Our fourth event held for the first time at the Extreme Fireworks building just west of I-29. Twenty-seven kids participated and harvested a total of eight ducks.  Lunch provided by Quackers Restaurant and Dinner was served by the Mound City Kiwanis.  

   October 2014– Third annual Big Muddy Duck Hunt hosted 29 youth hunters.  Seven of the youth participants were from the United Way Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Greater Saint Joseph/K.C. New to the clinic was a food preparation station where participants learned to prepare waterfowl for human consumption and were able to taste samples of duck meat.  Thirty-seven ducks were harvested on the evening hunt with extremely mild weather conditions.

   October 2013 – Second annual Big Muddy Duck hunt hosted 30 youth hunters. The clinic was stream-lined to a one-day event concluding with an evening duck hunt followed by a dinner/banquet at the Sportsman's Lodge  Bigelow, MO.  In all, sixty-two ducks harvested.  

   March 2013 – Area sportsmen held the "Goose Guru" memorial fund raising auction in honor of the late Shaun Eldredge. Proceeds from the event benefited the Big Muddy Duck Hunt in Shaun's memory.

   October 2012 – First annual Big Muddy Duck Hunt hosted 15 youth hunters. Families of the 139th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard were served by the two-day event. Thirteen ducks harvested!





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