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#5986517 - 10/20/15 08:51 PM Shooting from Boat, is that legal?
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I'm a newbie to duck hunting, so wondering if it's legal to take a shot from boat or not? I'm not sure of the rules on that.

Also, anyone know where i can purchase some cheap netting to put over boat to camouflage it?

And last question, is it best to hunt with wind blowing towards you, behind you, or does it even matter...


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#5986555 - 10/20/15 09:07 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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Yes. As long as it's completely stopped/still. I use to hunt out of a boat all the time. Be sure it's anchored down or tied off good to minimize rocking when you move.

I bought a 20'x8' net from academy a few years ago. $40 I think. Not sure if they still sell it.

Wind at your back or cross wind.
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#5986563 - 10/20/15 09:11 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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I believe you can hunt from a boat as long as it isn't being powered at the time.

In an ideal situation you would have the wind at your back (blowing from behind you). Ducks, like airplanes, prefer to take off and land into the wind. This means that decoying ducks would be landing in your face making them easier to see and shoot. Of course this is often dictated by the landscape you are hunting.

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#5986603 - 10/20/15 09:33 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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As long as all motion from any kind of engine has stopped.
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#5986789 - 10/20/15 11:32 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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Academy sells a camo pattern burlap, as well as a similar synthetic netting.
I have also seen a guy that uses ground blind netting, without the frame. He holds it to the boat with plastic clamps like you use in wood working.
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#5986803 - 10/20/15 11:52 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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Personal opinion crosswind is best. To your back is also good. Idk what it is about it blowing at you. Just makes its tough. Happy hunting!
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#5988868 - 10/22/15 10:23 AM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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Awesome info, thanks everyone!

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#5989404 - 10/22/15 03:55 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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Just an fyi, but unless you're hunting divers, most birds will smarten up to boat blinds after the first few weeks of season. Unless you have a killer boat blind that blends in really good with surrounding vegetation, you're usually better off stashing the boat 100 yards away & hiding in the shoreline veg
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#5990381 - 10/23/15 09:44 AM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: Fishuhalik]
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Absolutely legal. Just remember that at high speeds you have to do a reverse lead. Make sure to post up videos for us to all enjoy.

Jk- forward motion has to be ceased to legally shoot from a boat. Some states are different. In MA you can shoot crippled birds from a moving boat.

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#5990901 - 10/23/15 03:13 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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#5991274 - 10/23/15 07:27 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: Fooshman]
DoveMaster Offline
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Is it ok to shoot a duck after he lands in the water, or has to be shot when landing? Just curious.

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#5991286 - 10/23/15 07:31 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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Originally Posted By: DoveMaster
Is it ok to shoot a duck after he lands in the water, or has to be shot when landing? Just curious.


There's no law against it. But some frown upon it.
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#5991319 - 10/23/15 07:52 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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Originally Posted By: DoveMaster
Is it ok to shoot a duck after he lands in the water, or has to be shot when landing? Just curious.

Best thing to do is let them land, line them up, shoot 6 with one shot. up

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#5991323 - 10/23/15 07:57 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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Guy, haha, pretty good thinking.... and I hear you FowlDreams on that angle, takes the sport out of shooting one, and i agree with that. I'm working on easing my 9 year old into the sport and if we have one land, may give him a shot at it with his new 410.... He's not too great with the moving targets quite yet. This was my thinking behind it.

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#5991344 - 10/23/15 08:20 PM Re: Shooting from Boat, is that legal? [Re: DoveMaster]
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