Duck Hunts

Waterfowl Guide Services
Your hunt will take place on pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge stages 50 percent of the world’s canvasback population and 40 percent of the United State’s waterfowl population.

You will experience hunting the Mississippi from the comfort of a heated 20 foot custom designed duck boat. To ensure that each hunt is enjoyable, a spread of 100+ decoys will be laid out, and a gun dog will provide retrieving. Additionally, a large (straight from the skillet) breakfast, coffee, other beverages, and snacks will be provided.

Experience the opportunity to shoot various species of Dabblers (mallard, wigeon, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, green or blue wing teal) and Divers (canvasback, red head, bufflehead, goldeneye, merganser, ring neck, ruddy, lesser scaup, and greater scaup).

Snow Goose Hunts

Snow Goose
I also guide for spring snow goose hunts for a reputable and respected outfitter. Call me at (608) 498-2735 for details on booking your spring hunt today!

Certifications & Safety

Matt Ellis
Your guide, Matt Ellis, has been hunting waterfowl for 40 years and is a U.S. Coast Guard Certified Master Captain. Captain Matt is also certified in Boater Safety, Hunter Safety, CPR, and First Aid.


Safe Landing Motel
Dabblers & Divers is based out of the Safe Landing Motel in the quaint river village of Stoddard, WI. They provide clean, comfortable, and affordable rooms with a heated cleaning room and freezing provisions on site.

Guide Fees

$750 per day for 1-3 hunters $1000.00 per day for 4 hunters A non-refundable down payment of 50% is due at the time of booking. Hunts are conducted from approximately 4 or 5:00am – 1:00pm.

 Equipment to Bring

Your personal gear should include a camouflage facemask, gun, shells, and chest waders. You may also want to bring binoculars, rain gear, and a camera. Life jackets will be provided.

License Requirements

Wisconsin Small Game License, Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Migratory Bird Stamp, HIP Certification, Canada Goose Exterior Zone Permit (Optional). It is each hunter’s personal responsibility to possess all of the required licenses prior to your scheduled hunt.

Licenses are available online at or by calling 1-877-945-4236.