Guide to Florida Snipe Hunting

Bird hunting is an exhilarating and great way to spend time outdoors. Here are five tips that will help you shoot your limit next time in the field. Using their long, skinny, beaks, snipe are able to root through this saturated soil with ease, digging out bugs and worms with ease. Walking through these areas is all it takes to flush these birds. Waterproof boots are essential for hunting snipe. This will hold your shells, killed birds and water bottle for those long walks. If you can’t find them after a , and you know you hit it, it is only right to count it towards your limit. Countless times have I had these birds make a loop, flying directly back over me, giving me an easy shot. Snipe are allowed to be harvested in Florida from November first, to February 15th, with an eight bird bag-limit. Don’t forget to sign up!
Beginner's Guide to Snipe
Hunter shows off his yield after an early morning walk for snipe.

Bird hunting is an exhilarating and great way to spend time outdoors. The quote “You only get out what you put in” is very fitting to bird hunting though. It becomes an obsession for most, with countless hours of preparation and lost sleep to be successful. Albeit, it is very rewarding, but if you are just dipping your toes into bird hunting, snipe are a great opportunity to have some fun, harvest a few birds, and hone in your shotgun skills. Here are five tips that will help you shoot your limit next time in the field.

Find the Right Habitat

Snipe are small birds, brown, white, rust and black in color, with elongated beaks. The key to finding these birds is finding mud filled, wet, dark soiled areas. Using their long, skinny, beaks, snipe are able to root through this saturated soil with ease, digging out bugs and worms with ease. Flag ponds, marshes and anywhere with soft soil will hold snipe.

Walking through these areas is all it takes to flush these birds. With a quick and erratic zig-zagging escape, snipe make a very distinct “mreenk” sound, when flushing. If you didn’t hear that, or the bird is flying slower than average, chances are it’s not a snipe, rather a killdeer or sandpiper, don’t pull the trigger on those.

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Beginner's Guide to Snipe Hunting
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