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#5522204 - 01/05/15 07:11 PM Breaking ice
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What a fun way to get warmed up before a cold morning hunt lol. What are some ways to clear a hole of ice? I normally break a perimeter and then start breaking the inside and try to kick the loose ice under the ice around my hole. But this leaves a bunch of small chunks that I can't kick away. I would take a rake with me but most of the time I'm loaded down when walking to my spots. Any tricks I'm missing?
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#5522217 - 01/05/15 07:16 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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Try to break the ice in as large of pieces as possible and then take the big pieces and slide them under the unbroken ice.
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#5522220 - 01/05/15 07:16 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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I cut my ice with a long handle scraper. Then I slide the cut piece under the ice. This slows down the refreeze. Works great. Learned it from a northern duck hunter. Tried it and wondered why I haven't been doing this all along.
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#5522231 - 01/05/15 07:28 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: john paul]
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Originally Posted By: john paul
Try to break the ice in as large of pieces as possible and then take the big pieces and slide them under the unbroken ice.


and take a rake to clean out the small stuff
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#5522233 - 01/05/15 07:29 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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#5522260 - 01/05/15 07:40 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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Last time I used an ax to cut the perimeter. Needed a chain saw. Stand on one side of cut till it started to tilt. Step off, bury the ax, and pull the whole thing back under the main ice. Then pushed paddled water from in the hole onto the ice around it. The weight of the water pushes the edge down for several feet around the hole. All work and decoy placement done from or within reach of kayak, tools, and ropes to shore. Bunching the decoys in and on the edge of the hole is more effective and natural than spread out on the ice around it. Real birds will bunch up in a hole and use body heat and motion to keep a hole from freezing over.
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#5522283 - 01/05/15 07:57 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: john paul]
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Originally Posted By: john paul
Try to break the ice in as large of pieces as possible and then take the big pieces and slide them under the unbroken ice.

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#5522313 - 01/05/15 08:07 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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Depends on thickness. First time ever dealing with it we just busted it up, but we had to keep doing so. The next time we broke big chunks and slid them out of the way or under the rest of the ice. This morning it wasn't that thick and we just hunted on the outside of it and used butts to help open up a hole. Birds were landing all over the place this morning even on the ice way away from any open water.
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#5522389 - 01/05/15 08:39 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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Yep. If not thick you still want as big a pieces as possible so again you can just swish the bulk of them under the edges. When i have left a bunch of broken small pieces, they seem to always catch in the neck area of my dogs vest.
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#5522432 - 01/05/15 08:50 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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I love hunting ice.



I once hunted rocky up by the river. My area was froze over. Much of the way i pushed my kayak over the ice rather than break through it. Got to my beach and opened up a big hole for my decoys, then put my layout on the bank. At first light a late power boat cut the ice down the middle of the oxbow it's full length. Like a lava flow the entire sheet of ice shifted and in slow motion closed my hole pushing all my decoys to the bank as it went.
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#5522615 - 01/05/15 09:50 PM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Jeff Elder]
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Originally Posted By: Jeff Elder
Originally Posted By: john paul
Try to break the ice in as large of pieces as possible and then take the big pieces and slide them under the unbroken ice.


and take a rake to clean out the small stuff


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#5523016 - 01/06/15 07:39 AM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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Thanks for the info. Looks like a rake will be worth the extra carry.
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#5523018 - 01/06/15 07:40 AM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Sniper John]
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Originally Posted By: Sniper John
Last time I used an ax to cut the perimeter. Needed a chain saw. Stand on one side of cut till it started to tilt. Step off, bury the ax, and pull the whole thing back under the main ice. Then pushed paddled water from in the hole onto the ice around it. The weight of the water pushes the edge down for several feet around the hole. All work and decoy placement done from or within reach of kayak, tools, and ropes to shore. Bunching the decoys in and on the edge of the hole is more effective and natural than spread out on the ice around it. Real birds will bunch up in a hole and use body heat and motion to keep a hole from freezing over.


I've been reading this more lately and sure enough the ponds I've been driving by with water holes in them have the ducks all bunched up around one side. Definitely good to know
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#5523038 - 01/06/15 07:51 AM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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Originally Posted By: Bissett
Originally Posted By: Sniper John
Last time I used an ax to cut the perimeter. Needed a chain saw. Stand on one side of cut till it started to tilt. Step off, bury the ax, and pull the whole thing back under the main ice. Then pushed paddled water from in the hole onto the ice around it. The weight of the water pushes the edge down for several feet around the hole. All work and decoy placement done from or within reach of kayak, tools, and ropes to shore. Bunching the decoys in and on the edge of the hole is more effective and natural than spread out on the ice around it. Real birds will bunch up in a hole and use body heat and motion to keep a hole from freezing over.


I've been reading this more lately and sure enough the ponds I've been driving by with water holes in them have the ducks all bunched up around one side. Definitely good to know


I see you are in Broken Arrow? Yeah, you'll be breaking ice if you are hunting any time soon...

Solid advICE ( confused2) so far. If I were you, I'd just hunt somewhere along one of the rivers in your backyard and not deal with ice.
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#5523133 - 01/06/15 08:42 AM Re: Breaking ice [Re: Bissett]
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Hmmm, never thought of the rake before. I'll be trying that Thursday morning.
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