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The Game Hogg Hunt Club & Outfitters

About Us

The Game Hogg Hunt Club was originally established in 2007 as a waterfowl focused hunting club and operated as such with members from NY, PA and MD for several years.  Today Mike Bard, one of the original club founders, co-operates the Game Hogg Hunt Club LLC with business partner, Ben Tupper, as a professional waterfowl guide service and club, offering a limited number of opportunities to chase divers/sea ducks and greater snow geese across the state of NY. 

Our Staff

Our guides bring decades of experience to your hunt and are dedicated to providing you and your group with the best experience possible. 

Captain Mike Bard, Co-Owner & guide, is a Central New York native, who grew up near the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge chasing ducks along the Seneca River and Finger Lakes. He has been guiding waterfowl hunts since 2008 and looks forward to sharing his passion for waterfowl hunting with you. Mike's experiences and expertise has been shared by outdoor writers from across the waterfowl hunting industry and he's been featured or quoted in dozens of articles and videos over the last decade, as well as been published himself. He is a member of the Avery Outdoors-Banded and Field Proven Calls Pro-Staffs.

Ben Tupper, Co-Owner & Marketing Guru, owns several businesses in the Central New York area, finding success through his focus on creative outreach and customer satisfaction. He joined the Game Hogg Hunt Club in 2018 with a long-term vision of helping to grow the operation from a niche waterfowl guide service to something bigger and better.  Ben and Mike have worked previously in other capacities, including service together as Officers in the 1/108th Infantry Battalion of the 27th Brigade Combat Team, with service together in NYC after the 9-11 attacks.  Ben is a retired Army Officer, with combat service in Afghanistan. Ben is excited to join the GHHC enterprise and help it grow.     

Clay Tietjen, Associate Guide, is a registered NY State Guide and is hunting something every chance he gets.  Clay serves as both a mate on our layout boat hunts during the fall/winter and assists with our snow goose hunts in the spring. Clay shot his first goose while hunting with Mike in 2008 and they've been hunting together ever since. Clay brings a true enthusiasm to every hunt. 

Jason Mocyk, Club Coordinator, Jason officially joined the team in 2017 after years of hunting and supporting GHHC. He grew up an avid outdoorsman with a passion for deer hunting, but has been lured to the 'duck side' after becoming neighbors with Mike in the early 2000's.  Jason will be supporting some of our 'club' hunts and shop work. 

Zach Bard, Intern, has grown up in a home that eats and breathes the 'waterfowler life' and at the age of 16, he has already built up an impressive bank of experiences that he enjoys sharing. Zach helps out a lot in the shop and you'll also find him setting  snow goose decoys during the spring.

Chris Bard, All-round Support, is Mike's wife and although you likely may not see her while you're on your hunt, she helps out with a lot of the behind the scenes logistics and we couldn't do what we do without her. Chris is also president of the Game Hogg Ducks Unlimited Chapter and puts on our annual GHHC/DU Seafood Boil & BBQ each August.  If you haven't made it to one, it's a great way to support conservation, meet other waterfowlers and enjoy some awesome food.

Our Equipment

Although use a mix of brands and custom built products to provide our hunters with the safest and best experience possible; Avery Outdoors and Greenhead Gear products have always been a big part of our hunts.   

  • Blinds, plastic decoys (both floaters and full bodies), and misc. accessories from Avery & Greenhead Gear are widely used throughout all of our hunts.
  • Should we happen to be hunting puddle ducks or to Canada geese, Field Proven Calls help our guides close the deal.
  • Many of our Texas Rigs and more and more of our long-line drops have gone to Lifetime Decoy's coated cables, as they've proven to hold up to our abuse better than anything else.
  • Typically we are chasing divers or sea ducks and over the past few years, we've converted a lot of our long lines to decoy mats from Southern Flyway Outfitters. These mats have made deploying large spreads faster, while also making them more life-like.