There is a long history of wildfowling on the Suffolk coast. In past centuries, local fishermen and longshoremen would pick up their guns to hunt the teeming flocks of wildfowl which visited the coastal marshes, mudflats and estuaries each autumn and winter. Some shot to keep themselves and their families fed, others hunted ducks and geese for the market.
Who We Are
The members of the Alde & Ore Wildfowler's Association are heirs to this tradition, though nowadays they hunt for enjoyment, not to keep hunger at bay. Wildfowlers relish the chance to be out and about in wild, remote places, often early in the morning or late in the evening when the river is at its most beautiful, with only themselves and their dog for company. They enjoy the challenge of pitting their wits against the wild and wary flocks of ducks and geese which still fill the Suffolk estuaries as autumn turns to winter, and the chance of bringing home a bird for the table is more than sufficient compensation to keep them out in all weathers.
Today’s wildfowlers appreciate that it is only by conserving and managing the marshes, wetlands and estuaries that they will continue to be able to enjoy seeing wildfowl return there year after year. That is why wildfowling and conservation go naturally together and the club devotes so much of its efforts to habitat improvement and land management.
-Access to inland and tidal shooting
-Use of club boats
-Shooting on club ponds