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#5413601 - 11/11/14 02:10 PM Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak
RDunlevy Offline
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Registered: 09/22/10
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Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Im an avid duck hunter. I walk into some of my spots, I have a boat with a blind that I use to hunt out of and use to get to my spots. A buddy of mine has a kayak that he has decked out for duck hunting. My wife asked me last night if that's something that I would like for Christmas? I started thinking, (usually a dangerous situation) but I have never hunted from a kayak. What are your thoughts...advantages/disadvantages for hunting out of a kayak. How big of a kayak you think I would need?

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#5413634 - 11/11/14 02:21 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
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I personally prefer terra firma over even big boats. Kayaks can be great for access shallow water and portability. Make sure you and the kayak are stable. If you hunt with a dog this adds even more challenges to balance especially when shooting or accessing a spot. Depends on what you are in to where you hunt and how adventurous you like to be. For me there is just to many variables to run a small boat routinely with all the gear guns etc and I don't duck hunt without my dogs. I am not a water guy though.
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#5413639 - 11/11/14 02:23 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
garrett Offline
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problem with a kayak is that 99.9% dont have a motor
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#5413655 - 11/11/14 02:29 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
kdub Offline
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Kayaks will getchya where you cannot walk and sometimes where you cannot boat. You can launch a kayak without a boat ramp. They are easy to hide and are great exercise too. That said,you cannot get there as fast as with a boat and cannot bring as much gear. Also weather conditions have more sway on my decision to take the kayak out.
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#5413663 - 11/11/14 02:33 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
Cochise Offline
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I have a 10' academy sit on-top that I've hunted out of the past 4 years. I'd recommend at least a 12'

If you've never kayaked before duck season is really not the time to try to learn.

The biggest disadvantage is that you're going to be limited by the wind. It may be no big deal paddling a mile or two with a tail wind, but I can promise you it's not much fun paddling back into that wind headed home, especially loaded down with gear. Plus if you're hunting somewhat open water you're going to be limited by the waves and your ability as a paddler.

To an extent you're also going to be limited by the amount of gear you're able to carry. To counter that I tow a sled behind my kayak with the decoys in it most of the time (if it's real windy I hunt with less decoys and pile them into my kayak).

Those are really the only cons I can think of.

The pros are: easy to conceal (I stash mine and don't hunt in it), you can access water others might not be able to get to, you can launch where boats can't, a lot less hassle than a boat, beats the crap out of having to walk, it's legal to paddle and shoot out of, with a little effort you could have a floating blind, etc.

Get something with a high weight capacity. Generally they'll be more stable. Mine only has a capacity of 250. I weigh 200. I exceed the weight capacity every time I load it down or at least get very close.

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#5413670 - 11/11/14 02:35 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
RDunlevy Offline
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My buddy put some out riggers on his and built a little concealment into the process with some pvc? Im trying to figure out if I would use it enough to justify the cost?

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#5413674 - 11/11/14 02:36 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
aerangis Offline
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I use a Native Ultimate 12 with camo spray skirts, it's basically a floating layout blind that is light enough for one person to carry. It tracks extremely well without the use of a rudder and can handle deep water as well as shallow water. I can hunt spots that no one else can get to which is the primary reason I use it. As much as I've used it, I haven't had waterfowl get spooked by it once I'm stationary and camo'd up with burlap and grass. I have birds literally land right next to my boat.

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#5413677 - 11/11/14 02:38 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: kdub]
wal1809 Offline
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I see one major disadvantage. Kayaks can't do this!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58LgHwyfFx0
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#5413680 - 11/11/14 02:39 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
Cochise Offline
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Originally Posted By: RDunlevy
My buddy put some out riggers on his and built a little concealment into the process with some pvc? Im trying to figure out if I would use it enough to justify the cost?


Truthfully I use mine a lot more for the spring white bass run than I do duck hunting these days. I've only got a couple of spots I use my yak at. I either walk in or we take a boat to get to the others. Plus - if I hunt out of my kayak, I can't take my dog.

I usually have two guys that hunt with me on any given hunt. And I own two kayaks...it gets old me having to paddle the extra boat back and forth. That's another disadvantage - you're limited to hunting by yourself or with someone else who has a kayak.

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#5413696 - 11/11/14 02:43 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: wal1809]
aerangis Offline
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
I see one major disadvantage. Kayaks can't do this!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58LgHwyfFx0


Airboats can't steer nor brake once you let off the gas either smile

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#5413705 - 11/11/14 02:46 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
RDunlevy Offline
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Registered: 09/22/10
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Loc: Fort Worth, TX
Yall suggest sit in or sit on kayaks? Any specific models? Im doing some research and Im kind of diggin what Im finding!

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#5413711 - 11/11/14 02:47 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
RDunlevy Offline
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Registered: 09/22/10
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Loc: Fort Worth, TX
1 seater? or 2 seater?

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#5413765 - 11/11/14 03:15 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: aerangis]
wal1809 Offline
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
Originally Posted By: wal1809
I see one major disadvantage. Kayaks can't do this!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58LgHwyfFx0


Airboats can't steer nor brake once you let off the gas either smile


That is why you steer and brake with the fuel pedal.
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#5413807 - 11/11/14 03:37 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
USMC89 Offline
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Registered: 05/13/14
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Look at water moccasin pirogues. Usually cheaper than a good kayak. I hunt out of a 12'x40" wide and the stability is far more than a kayak. I have plenty of room hauling me (180lbs), 2 dozen decoys, shell bag, 2 flappers, and my pup.

I have shot put of it without any fear of tipping and will go in 4" water loaded with the gear listed above. Easy to paddle and 1 man can handle it without a problem.




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#5413816 - 11/11/14 03:41 PM Re: Disadvantages of hunting from a kayak [Re: RDunlevy]
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I'm not the biggest duck huntin' sumbich around, but at 6'4" 270# any kayak that floats me, gear, and dog worth a flip is basically a jon boat.

I hunted out of one last year with somebody that had an extra and hunts from one a lot. In fact he may have already replied on this thread. He was pulling his (relatively) skinny arse through the mud no problem. Meanwhile I was beached like a whale - darn near had a heart attack trying to pull myself through the mud. Tried to step out the yak, big mistake, waste deep mud.

And that's how I found out motorized boats are more my thing.
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