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Balmoral Duck Marsh

Southern Ontario

Balmoral Duck Marsh

Southern Ontario

  • 286± Acres
  • $7,500,000
  • New

Balmoral Duck Marsh is a premier waterfowl hunting destination offering world class mallard shooting and a diversity of species and hunting opportunities that any passionate waterfowler will get years of enjoyment from. Located in the southern reaches of Ontario, just north and east of the United States border, the property is 286 acres of intensely managed habitat complete with a custom lodge built in 2016. With today’s shifting migration habitats and warmer winters, there is no doubt that the more northern latitudes will provide an owner with consistently higher quality hunting in the years and decades to come. The offering is turnkey with an exceptional manager and staff in place.

Broker’s Comment

“For me, personally, waterfowl hunting is more than a hobby; it’s a passion that touches the core of who I am. I love everything about it – the cold early mornings, exploring the rural landscapes, witnessing the magical birds and their fascinating migration rituals, the joy of managing the land and offseason preparation, meeting new people, forging bonds with family and friends, the anticipation of major weather systems and experiencing mother nature’s fury makes me feel young at heart — all of these experiences are incredibly fulfilling and have a profound impact on my soul. Balmoral Duck Marsh is an exceptional waterfowl property, and the experiences it provides will be treasured by those that get to live them.”

Overview & Facts

  • Established duck hunting property in the 1940s and has been improved and managed over the years to provide some of the best waterfowl hunting on the Great Lakes
  • Property borders the 620-acre St. Clair National Wildlife Area (no hunting) that during the fall migration has one of the highest concentrations of mallards in the Great Lakes region. This neighboring refuge holds 10,000 to 12,000 Canada Geese and 20,000+ dabbling ducks of which 75% are mallards.
  • 286 surveyed acres that consists of 150 acres diked marsh, 25 acre woodlot, 25 acres agriculture, and almost 100 acres of Lake St Clair shoreline
  • Most accessible highest quality mallard hunting for those residing in the eastern United States
  • Long, generous seasons – 100+ days that begins the fourth Saturday of September and ends the second week of January. With warming trends, hunting has been very productive in January over the last several years. Peak migration usually occurs third week of October to third week of November, but there is good hunting from the start of the season.
  • Six duck daily bag limit of which all can be mallards. Property’s typical annual harvest is 75% mallards, 15% teal, and the balance is black ducks, wigeon, gadwalls and wood ducks. Annual harvest is typically 800 – 1,000 ducks with impressive averages per hunter. Also harvest about 100 geese per year, but more opportunity exists as current owner doesn’t pursue geese too often.
  • Offered turnkey with fully furnished lodge, all hunting equipment, 25-year veteran property manager, guides, and wonderful chef. Current owner has used it to entertain countless business colleagues, friends, and family.
  • Bonus - great diver hunting in the area as Lake St. Clair is one of the largest staging areas of Canvasbacks
  • Very comfortable and well-appointed 7,600 sq ft lodge built in 2016 with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, oversized wood fireplace, mudroom, guide area, office, exercise room, great internet service, walk-in cooler in kitchen, and views of the marsh. Perfectly-designed lodge for hosting any type of guest.
  • Other structures include an all-in-one shop, garage, and six run dog kennel.
  • Neighboring 600 acres of agricultural fields are leased and provides sensational opportunities for dry field hunting ducks and geese, which is currently underutilized.
  • Location is southern edge of Ontario on the banks of Lake St. Clair, just north of Lake Erie and only 50 miles due east of Detroit, Michigan. Only 20 minutes to Chatham-Kent, Ontario, which has a population of 100,000 and only 3 hours from Toronto.
  • For private aviation, Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport is only 30 minutes away and the Windsor International Airport is 50 minutes away. Windsor has customs and Chatham-Kent does not. However, the corporate CanPass program allows you to access the closer Chatham-Kent airport with expedited clearances for low-risk, pre-screened travelers. Corporate aircraft carrying no more than 15 pre-approved, low-risk passengers (including the crew) can report to the CBSA by telephone before arriving in Canada. Detroit’s commercial airport is also only 90 minutes away.
  • Property offers a nice variety of hunting scenarios with most hunts occurring within the controlled marsh that is easily accessed by shallow water mud boats. Current program is two hunters plus a guide in a blind and can hunt up to two or three blinds at the same time. Property also offers flooded corn field and dry field hunting.
  • Issued by the Canadian Wildlife Service, the operation includes two permits that authorize you to deposit bait for migratory birds. Hunting is restricted within a quarter of a mile from bait stations.
  • Many of the migrating Canada Geese originate on the Akimiski Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 1,300 square miles, within James Bay, and the duck come from as far west as Alaska and as far east as Quebec.
  • Ideal property for a single owner or a small group of acquaintances to own it together.

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Property Details

Location

Balmoral is in the most southern reaches of Ontario on the banks of Lake St. Clair and just north of Lake Erie. The property is only 50 miles due east of Detroit, Michigan, and three hours from Toronto. The closest town, only 20 minutes away, is Chatham-Kent, which has a population of 100,000.

For private aviation, Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport is only 30 minutes away and the Windsor International Airport is 50 minutes away.  Windsor has customs and Chatham-Kent does not. However, the corporate CanPass program allows you to access the closer Chatham-Kent airport with expedited clearances for low-risk, pre-screened travelers. Corporate aircraft carrying no more than 15 pre-approved, low-risk passengers (including the crew) can report to the CBSA by telephone before arriving in Canada. Detroit’s commercial airport is also only 90 minutes away.

Locale

Lake St. Clair and its adjacent wetlands provide one of the most important waterfowl staging areas in Ontario. This region is an area of continental importance as it is a migratory crossroad between the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways, and supports over 800,000 ducks that pass through annually. Large numbers of ducks, geese, and swans stage on Lake St. Clair twice annually between traveling to wintering and breeding grounds and comprise a significant portion of the birds migrating through the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways.

To illustrate the vast reach of waterfowl attracted to Lake St. Clair, Tundra Swans, Northern Pintails, Greater Scaup, and Lesser Scaup that breed as far north and west as Alaska, refuel here while staging on their way to marshes along the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts. To the east in Quebec, ducks and geese from the St. Lawrence River Valley refuel at Lake St. Clair prior to migrating to their wintering grounds in southern locales of the Mississippi Flyway.

An estimated peak abundance of 60,000 waterfowl use the Lake St. Clair region during spring migration and 150,000 during autumn migration. These peak abundances are one-day counts. During autumn, over half of the waterfowl population at Lake St. Clair is made up of large dabbling ducks.

Hunting

Balmoral offers the most accessible, highest quality mallard hunting for those residing in the eastern United States. While Lake St. Clair holds one of the highest concentrations of migrating mallards in the entire Great Lakes region, it is the neighboring 620-acre St. Clair National Wildlife Area (no hunting) that makes Balmoral so special. Waterfowl stack into this refuge and come over to feed on Balmoral twice a day. The property offers a variety of hunting scenarios, but most hunts occur within the controlled marsh that is easily accessed by shallow water mud boats. The current program is two hunters plus a guide in a blind with two or three groups going out at a time. Balmoral also offers flooded corn field and dry field hunting. With the tremendous amount of traffic over the property, there is an incredible opportunity to ramp up the dry field hunting. There are also established open water blinds for extreme cold weather situations.

Ontario offers a long, generous season of 100+ days that begins the fourth Saturday of September and ends the second week of January. With warming trends, hunting has been very productive in December and January in recent years. Peak migration usually occurs the third week of October to third week of November, but there is good hunting from the start of the season. The daily bag limit is six ducks of which all can be mallards. Balmoral’s typical annual harvest is 75% mallards, 15% teal, and the balance being black ducks, wigeon, gadwalls and wood ducks. Annual harvest is typically 800 – 1,000 ducks with impressive averages per hunter. They also harvest about 100 geese each year, but more opportunity exists as the current owner doesn’t pursue geese too often. These harvest numbers reflect how many days the owner visits the property in a season. The neighboring 620-acre refuge itself holds 10,000 to 12,000 Canada Geese and 20,000+ dabbling ducks of which 75% are mallards.

Improvements

The Lodge

Built recently in 2016, the custom 7,600 sq ft lodge has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. With a carefully planned layout, the lodge was designed to be comfortable and will suit any type of distinguished guest. Ideal for entertaining, the main living area includes an oversized fireplace, dining area, bar, and views of the marsh. The master suite is on the main floor with the other four bedrooms on the second floor. Each bedroom has its own full bathroom. Other features include a mudroom equipped with hunting gear, a guide area with half bathroom, and a manager’s office. There is also an exercise room with full bathroom and a cozy tv-game room. The lodge has very good internet service.

Shop & Dog Kennel

Conveniently located next to the main house is an operations building that includes a six-run dog kennel, workshop, and garage-storage area with bay doors. Next to this building is a graveled lot for equipment parking and a bait corn storage area.

 

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