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#6514795 - 10/27/16 03:34 PM Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak
yakinthebox Offline
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Registered: 02/22/11
Posts: 521
Loc: TEXAS
Have any of you guys ever gone on a multi day duck hunt on a river in a kayak or canoe?

I'm planning a trip for mid November and wanted to get some insight on gear that others have brought. Going via kayaks, we will be limited on carrying capacity. I have a list put together already, but I wanted to see if any of you have direct experience with this type of hunting.

We're going to be going 2 nights, 3 days, people... We have to pack in everything.

Any help/advice will be appreciated. I've never hunted on the river but I have done multi day kayak fishing trips. So any pointers on actually hunting are appreciated too...

~Yakinthebox

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#6514803 - 10/27/16 03:39 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
DPirates80 Offline
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Registered: 10/17/16
Posts: 124
Sounds like an adventure! what river?

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#6514810 - 10/27/16 03:43 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
yakinthebox Offline
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Registered: 02/22/11
Posts: 521
Loc: TEXAS
Can't tell. Lol. It's in Texas...

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#6514828 - 10/27/16 04:01 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
ducknbass Offline
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I'd be careful. River hunting laws can be difficult. By law if your shot crosses a property boundary you've broken a law. Now you'd have to have an angry land owner etc to make a gw ticket you. But with it being deer season it could go down. Add that to camping etc things get blury.

But sounds like a great time. I've done some multi day canoe trips and enjoyed them. Just never mixed hunting in.

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#6514832 - 10/27/16 04:05 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
yakinthebox Offline
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Registered: 02/22/11
Posts: 521
Loc: TEXAS
I've looked up the legality of it and am aware of the restrictions. You're right. Just gotta let the birds really decoy in well. We've camped this river before and a lot of the surrounding land is public land that is really inaccessible by foot.
We definitely plan to be extremely careful... Thank you ducknbass!

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#6514881 - 10/27/16 04:43 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
Spacemonkey Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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I have done it several times. Like mentioned you have to be careful of your shots. The problem arises with your possession limit. I spoke to a game warden once before and he told me that each days kills would need to be labeled with a wildlife resource document and kept separate from other hunters. The wings must be left on all birds. Possession limit is three times daily bag of six. So on your entire trip you cannot take more than 18 birds a person. So if it's a week long trip and you limit the first 3 days you can't hunt anymore. Unless you eat them all. Lol

Bottom line leave the wings, bag them by date with your name and attach the wildlife resource document to each of the three daily bags!

I would call the game warden for that area and confirm with him as well. Some are sticklers. The grey area as stated below says that you may possess more than a daily bag after you leave the field. While on a canoe river trip you may actually not be leaving the field. That would be up to warden interpretation. So it's prob in your best interest to call

Enjoy, it's fun.

Per tpwd....

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No person shall possess more than one daily bag limit of freshly killed birds while in the field or while returning from the field to one's hunting camp, automobile or temporary lodging facility (see Documentation above). For the first day of any season the possession limit is the daily bag limit.

The possession limit shall apply at processing facilities and until the birds have reached the personal residence of the possessor and are finally processed (cleaned for consumption). A person may possess additional migratory birds after they leave the field, if the additional birds they possess are tagged with a wildlife resource document from the hunter who killed them. Migratory birds finally processed at the permanent address of the possessor are not considered part of the possession limit.



Edited by Spacemonkey (10/27/16 04:51 PM)

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#6514930 - 10/27/16 05:10 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
Tripper Swift Offline
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Registered: 07/01/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Sounds pretty awesome. I have always wanted to do something like that but never really wanted to deal with all the legal stuff. I can see a landowner getting pissed pretty fast if he deer hunting but if your not doing anything wrong I guess it doesnt matter. Do you see many different types of ducks doing that? I know where I'm at the only thing you ever see on a river is woodies.

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#6514949 - 10/27/16 05:27 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
Spacemonkey Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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Loc: North Texas
Depends on the river I guess. I've gotten woodies, mallards, gadwall, teal, redheads, etc. no different than a lake. Just more restrictive regulations due to smaller size.

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#6514973 - 10/27/16 05:50 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
aerangis Offline
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Registered: 09/05/08
Posts: 715
Loc: Nunya
I've hunted overnight a few times out of my Native Ultimate 12. Here's a bit of wisdom learned from trial and error.

Don't use down sleeping bags, stick with synthetic. And store it in a dry bag.
Use a sleeping pad.
Carry your shotgun in a floating gun case.
Carry anything important in a floating case.
Wear neoprene if you've got it.
Take leather gloves. You'll understand why after paddling a couple hours.
Carry extra rope in case you need to portage low water or drag your yak.
If you don't have handles on your yak, install some.
Take ziplock freezer bags to store stuff in.
Use paracord or coiled lanyards to tie important stuff to your boat in case you flip.
Practice open water reentry if your trip is gonna be on water over your head.
Don't take a cart. It's MUCH easier to drag your yak like a sled.

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#6515066 - 10/27/16 07:21 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
leswad Online   content
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Registered: 11/30/09
Posts: 808
Loc: Miserableplex
Try this on the Devils... I would love to hear the aftermath:)

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#6515089 - 10/27/16 07:36 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
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Registered: 10/30/14
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I'd love to do it, but there are a lot of things to consider. I'm not certain enough of the way land rights work to try a multi-day hunting float. I'd be interested in hearing your experience though.
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#6515175 - 10/27/16 08:23 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: Spacemonkey]
Tripper Swift Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 07/01/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Originally Posted By: Spacemonkey
Depends on the river I guess. I've gotten woodies, mallards, gadwall, teal, redheads, etc. no different than a lake. Just more restrictive regulations due to smaller size.


I figured it depended the area thats why I was asking. Only place I ever hunt is the Trinity river bottom and I have just never seen anything on the actual river but woodies.

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#6515683 - 10/28/16 09:09 AM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
yakinthebox Offline
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Registered: 02/22/11
Posts: 521
Loc: TEXAS
I've tried calling the game warden multiple times and left multiple voicemails. No return calls. There are actually 2 wardens for this area. I've tried both...

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#6515693 - 10/28/16 09:13 AM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: Spacemonkey]
yakinthebox Offline
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Registered: 02/22/11
Posts: 521
Loc: TEXAS
So, The trip will actually only be 2 days of hunting. We're launching on the 11th(not open season yet). We won't hunt until the next morning when we're about 10 miles downriver. So max that we'll have is a double limit each. That is a great suggestion with the WRD's I will have some printed out and ready to go. Also, I doubt we'll clean the birds til we get back home on Sunday evening, so the wing thing wouldn't apply. I will most definitely bring ziplocs and WRD's to separate the birds though. Thanks for that tidbit!

Originally Posted By: Spacemonkey
I have done it several times. Like mentioned you have to be careful of your shots. The problem arises with your possession limit. I spoke to a game warden once before and he told me that each days kills would need to be labeled with a wildlife resource document and kept separate from other hunters. The wings must be left on all birds. Possession limit is three times daily bag of six. So on your entire trip you cannot take more than 18 birds a person. So if it's a week long trip and you limit the first 3 days you can't hunt anymore. Unless you eat them all. Lol

Bottom line leave the wings, bag them by date with your name and attach the wildlife resource document to each of the three daily bags!

I would call the game warden for that area and confirm with him as well. Some are sticklers. The grey area as stated below says that you may possess more than a daily bag after you leave the field. While on a canoe river trip you may actually not be leaving the field. That would be up to warden interpretation. So it's prob in your best interest to call

Enjoy, it's fun.

Per tpwd....

Quote:
No person shall possess more than one daily bag limit of freshly killed birds while in the field or while returning from the field to one's hunting camp, automobile or temporary lodging facility (see Documentation above). For the first day of any season the possession limit is the daily bag limit.

The possession limit shall apply at processing facilities and until the birds have reached the personal residence of the possessor and are finally processed (cleaned for consumption). A person may possess additional migratory birds after they leave the field, if the additional birds they possess are tagged with a wildlife resource document from the hunter who killed them. Migratory birds finally processed at the permanent address of the possessor are not considered part of the possession limit.


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#6516070 - 10/28/16 01:27 PM Re: Duck hunting trip on a river with a kayak [Re: yakinthebox]
Spacemonkey Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 1188
Loc: North Texas
You bet. No since ingetting in trouble if you don't have too. Hopefully you will get s call back. I'm sure they are busy chasing fools this time a year. I'd keep calling if you don't hear anything!


Originally Posted By: yakinthebox
So, The trip will actually only be 2 days of hunting. We're launching on the 11th(not open season yet). We won't hunt until the next morning when we're about 10 miles downriver. So max that we'll have is a double limit each. That is a great suggestion with the WRD's I will have some printed out and ready to go. Also, I doubt we'll clean the birds til we get back home on Sunday evening, so the wing thing wouldn't apply. I will most definitely bring ziplocs and WRD's to separate the birds though. Thanks for that tidbit!

Originally Posted By: Spacemonkey
I have done it several times. Like mentioned you have to be careful of your shots. The problem arises with your possession limit. I spoke to a game warden once before and he told me that each days kills would need to be labeled with a wildlife resource document and kept separate from other hunters. The wings must be left on all birds. Possession limit is three times daily bag of six. So on your entire trip you cannot take more than 18 birds a person. So if it's a week long trip and you limit the first 3 days you can't hunt anymore. Unless you eat them all. Lol

Bottom line leave the wings, bag them by date with your name and attach the wildlife resource document to each of the three daily bags!

I would call the game warden for that area and confirm with him as well. Some are sticklers. The grey area as stated below says that you may possess more than a daily bag after you leave the field. While on a canoe river trip you may actually not be leaving the field. That would be up to warden interpretation. So it's prob in your best interest to call

Enjoy, it's fun.

Per tpwd....

Quote:
No person shall possess more than one daily bag limit of freshly killed birds while in the field or while returning from the field to one's hunting camp, automobile or temporary lodging facility (see Documentation above). For the first day of any season the possession limit is the daily bag limit.

The possession limit shall apply at processing facilities and until the birds have reached the personal residence of the possessor and are finally processed (cleaned for consumption). A person may possess additional migratory birds after they leave the field, if the additional birds they possess are tagged with a wildlife resource document from the hunter who killed them. Migratory birds finally processed at the permanent address of the possessor are not considered part of the possession limit.


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