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#6872368 - 08/29/17 07:27 AM Is it possible
Texaspilot Offline

Registered: 05/09/17
Posts: 52
To duck hunt without a dog or a boat?

#6872395 - 08/29/17 07:44 AM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
Barny Topwater Online   content
red bone Bob

Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 3215
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
Yes did it for years. Hunt the rice paddies
There is time, and you must take it, to lay your hand on your dog's head as you walk past him lying on the floor or on his settle, time to talk with him, to remember with him, time to please him, time you can't buy back once he's gone" GBE

#6872404 - 08/29/17 07:53 AM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
BDB Online   content

Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 659
Loc: Mesquite
A boat is FAR FAR more important than a dog as far as actually hunting ducks goes. I have a boat but no dog (not counting the house dogs) You will have to hunt areas that you can walk in or access by small craft, like a kayak. Very doable on out area lakes.

#6872434 - 08/29/17 08:17 AM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
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Originally Posted By: Texaspilot
To duck hunt without a dog or a boat?

Absolutely. I duck hunted my first 10 years without a boat. I always had a dog, but there were many times I didn't because my dog was injured. Last 2 seasons I hunted without a dog because my dog passed, I have a new pup Im training.

Hunting without a dog: Your best hunting spots are 2 foot deep or less. Bring the ducks in close, shoot them over the deeks, which is what you should do anyway, and you don't need a dog. If you take a passing shot, take it where you know duck will drop where you can retrieve it, otherwise pass on the shot there is no point in shooting a duck you can't retrieve.

Walking in hunting: There are many good walk-in spots in fact there great walk in spots. I always tried to pick spots boats can't get to, use it to your advantage. Great way to stay in shape.

#6872450 - 08/29/17 08:37 AM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline

Registered: 05/09/17
Posts: 52
Thanks. Maybe I can get away with just a good pair of waders... any recommendations on those?

#6872534 - 08/29/17 10:09 AM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
Deerslayer94 Offline

Registered: 03/28/16
Posts: 101
That was my entire first 2 seasons, still don't have a dog lol

#6872562 - 08/29/17 10:29 AM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
hovercat Offline
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Registered: 08/30/14
Posts: 440
Loc: Pantego, TX
Bring a fishing pole,and a couple top water lures with a lot of big treble hooks. For those just out of reach.

#6872893 - 08/29/17 03:15 PM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
BradleyMcCaw Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/10/16
Posts: 46
Being in college I do not have either, there are plenty of areas to walk in that do infact hold lots of birds. Scouting is the biggest part. Yes walking in a few miles dragging decoys and sometimes layout blinds does suck. However, with that comes reward. Finding your honey hole in a populated hunting area away from everyone else. It would be better to have a boat to get to these spots, but is not necessary.

#6872915 - 08/29/17 03:45 PM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
Marcstar Offline
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Registered: 11/06/06
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Loc: Temple, TX
The places around me that you need a boat to hunt with are not even that good...the really good places you don't need a boat. If you live on the coast or don't have access to private land then a boat makes a lot more sense. Just depends on your situation and the area you hunt. Dogs are just fun but if you are shooting at decoying ducks then picking them up isn't much of an issue unless it's deep water.
Originally Posted By: wal1809
Dear Lord please bullwhip me for saying this but I agree, Marcstar is in the lead. Please nobody use this as a quote!!!

#6872929 - 08/29/17 04:13 PM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
E.TX.JMart Offline

Registered: 11/18/14
Posts: 119
A very well trained dog is cool to watch. Boats create a headache.

K.I.S.S. and enjoy some walking, my 2cents

#6873078 - 08/29/17 07:20 PM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
claypool Offline

Registered: 08/05/14
Posts: 110
Loc: texas
No you do not need a dog or a boat to hunt ducks. Scouting is the key with or without a boat. But there is really no limit of places that can be walked into to hunt. Like mentioned above. Stay shallow without a dog. But there a few things more enjoyable than hunting over well trained dogs. And few things more frustrating than hunting over a badly trained dog.

#6873105 - 08/29/17 07:36 PM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
nocknload Offline

Registered: 12/01/13
Posts: 188
Loc: DFW
dont know until you try it

#6873143 - 08/29/17 08:16 PM Re: Is it possible [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline

Registered: 05/09/17
Posts: 52
Thanks for the good advice everyone. I think my brother and I may just scout out some public land this next week and see if we can finally me something.


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