Waterfowl hunting is a hunting art, widespread all over the world, which requires passion and great knowledge.

There are several hunting techniques to practice this hunt: it can be the typical hunting of ducks from the hide or in a barrel or it can be carried out as stalking hunting with the dog.

Get ready for this hunting season for a unique experience thanks to the waterfowl drive in an extraordinary environment.

waterfowl hunting in Italy with Montefeltro

Among the rice fields of Lomellina, an area of the Po Valley, there is a hunting oasis of great interest. You can hunt beautiful ducks thanks to the conjunction with the new management – prudent and careful – of a reserve in the Pavia area that offers the highest quality on ducks drives.

The Po Valley

The Po Valley is located in northern Italy and encompasses much of the country’s northern plains. It is bordered to the west by the Alps and to the east by the Apennine Mountains. The Po River, Italy’s longest river, flows through this vast plain, stretching from the foothills of the Alps to the coastal plain near the Adriatic Sea. Major cities in the Po Valley include Turin, Milan, Bologna, and Venice. The region is renowned for its agricultural fertility and economic significance, as well as its natural beauty and biodiversity.

The Po Valley is renowned as a prime destination for waterfowl hunting, and it’s not hard to see why.

Firstly, its ideal habitat: The flatlands of the Po Valley boast an extensive network of aquatic habitats, including marshes, lakes, rivers, and rice fields, providing the perfect environment for waterfowl. These areas offer shelter, sustenance, and breeding grounds for the birds.

Secondly, its strategic geographical position: Positioned along crucial migratory routes, the Po Valley serves as a vital stopover for waterfowl during their seasonal migrations between northern Europe and Africa. This means a diverse array of duck species pass through this region, presenting hunters with abundant and varied hunting opportunities.

Furthermore, the abundance of food resources: The vast rice paddies and agricultural lands of the Po Valley offer rich nutrition for waterfowl, attracting them in large numbers during the migratory period. This abundance of food makes the Po Valley an ideal hunting ground for waterfowl enthusiasts.

And let’s not forget the rich hunting tradition: Duck hunting has a long and deeply rooted tradition in the region, with many hunters practicing this activity for generations. This hunting culture helps to keep the tradition alive and preserve the natural habitats of waterfowl.

The combination of ideal habitats, strategic geographical location, plentiful food resources, and a rich hunting tradition makes the Po Valley an exceptional destination for waterfowl hunting.

Find out how this duck hunting in Italy takes place!

Hunting organization

After a rich welcome breakfast we leave for the hide: twelve hunters are placed in strategic points behind a small barrier of reeds and in barrels, while the beaters move the ducks in the flooded woods.

In addition to the mallards, born free in the reserve, thousands of teals, wigeons, shovelers, and gadflies  find the ideal habitat in this area where they are kept thanks to the continuous baiting with corn and thanks to the rice fields that surround it which provide an additional quality food portion.

To indicate the beginning and the end of the drive, the typical sound of the horn.

Between one drive and the next – usually 3 in a day – snacks are offered to allow the recovery of the felled animals and the preparation of the beaters in another area.

At the end of the last expedition, we return to the hunting lodge for lunch, served in the splendid eighteenth-century farmhouse recently renovated, among hunting trophies and taxidermized ducks.


Ducks species in Italy

In the Italian Po Valley, a vast region of great importance for waterfowl hunting, several species of ducks are huntable. Among these, some of the most common include:

  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos): Arguably one of the most well-known and widespread species, the mallard is abundant in the wetlands of the Po Valley. It exhibits a colorful and conspicuous male plumage during the breeding season.
  • Teal (Anas crecca): A smaller-sized duck compared to the mallard, the teal is found throughout Italy and is a common prey for hunters in the Po Valley.
  • Common pochard (Aythya ferina): A rather large duck, the common pochard is a coveted prey for many hunters. It is commonly found in the marshes and lakes of the Po Valley during the migratory season.
  • Ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca): Also known as the ferruginous pochard, this duck is a protected species but can be hunted during the regulated hunting season. Its presence in the Po Valley is significant.
  • Gadwall (Anas strepera): This medium-sized duck is often found in the wetlands of the Po Valley, offering an interesting challenge to hunters.

These are just a few of the huntable duck species found in the Italian Po Valley.


Weapons and ammunitions used for Waterfowl hunting

We recommend the use of a semi-automatic shotgun, over-and-under, or side-by-side shotgun in 12/20 gauge, with medium chokes and NOTOX ammunition.

Charming hunting lodge in ItalyThe use of a single shotgun is allowed and the presence of the loader is not permitted: the hunter must do everything himself for greater satisfaction in carrying out this fascinating hunt.

If this is one of your favorite hunts, now you can practice it in our beautiful country and with a purely exclusive program!

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Enrico Zaina professional hunter Montefeltro

Montefeltro Staff, Enrico Zaina

“A passionate hunter (and former professional cyclist) has always devoted himself to his passions. An excellent guide for your hunting trips in Italy and worldwide. He will follow all the programs reserved for feather enthusiasts and accompany them during the hunting season.”