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canoe/kayak for duck hunting... #7326719 10/25/18 02:36 PM
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well i lost a private spot i had for the last few years and back on the public hunting scene. with water levels being so high and lots of boat ramp closures im going to be running the kayak. anybody else out there going to be using their canoe/kayak to get to their hunting spots?

Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Whack n stack] #7326723 10/25/18 02:39 PM
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Yep same here

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We use kayaks exclusively unless on land. Have to give yourself a couple extra hours from when you think boat guys will leave the dock but I've found some close in spots others have missed. I prefer to hunt from a mud seat but can hunt from the kayak. Mine is bright orange so I have to haul extra blind material to cover it. We use sleds to haul decoys and such. Only complaint is avoiding a horse race with the boaters. More scouting cures that because they fly by some good x spots. We'll tuck ourselves in some flooded timber and leave the lights off unless someone slows down to take a look.


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Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Whack n stack] #7327149 10/25/18 08:58 PM
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I love my kayaks but have not used them much since getting a canoe. You will be able to hole more gear weight in most canoes vs a kayak, but possible not draft as shallow.

Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Whack n stack] #7327166 10/25/18 09:15 PM
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yea i have hunted canoes a lot with great success, then my canoe was stolen. sold the jon boat a couple years ago and now i just got a small kayak to follow the shore lines. missed a great deal here on a canoe so kayak it will be. will be scouting sunday and trying to find a few of those flooded holes tucked back in the trees.

Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Whack n stack] #7327269 10/25/18 11:15 PM
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I use my canoe much more than my kayak for hunting. Just far more room to haul decoys and gear. Yes you do have to sometimes race the boat guys. But I usually leave early enough in the mornings that I almost always beat them to the spot! Make sure you pick up some battery powered running lights. I thought a spotlight was sufficient and got a ticket about 8 years ago!

I highly recommend getting a kayak paddle that is designed specifically for a canoe if you are going solo. It is so much easier and faster to paddle a canoe solo this way. A regular kayak paddle is way too short. Some traditional canoe guys may balk at that but I can paddle my canoe faster solo than two guys paddling and faster than my buddies in their kayaks! Mohawk paddles makes an 8 and 9 foot double paddle for 43 bucks that convert to two single bladed paddles. I prefer the 9 foot! You canít beat the price and they are extremely durable!

Mohawk paddles

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I like a kayak with a motor. I pack a kayak paddle, but I hope I never have to use it.



Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Guy] #7327432 10/26/18 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted By: Guy
I like a kayak with a motor. I pack a kayak paddle, but I hope I never have to use it.




Any pics without the camo?


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Any pics without the


Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Whack n stack] #7328027 10/26/18 06:21 PM
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Ascend H12 with the redhead blind for me this year. A 450Lb weight limit and comfortable seat.



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those are some nice rigs y'all got!

Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Whack n stack] #7328202 10/26/18 09:29 PM
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1 time at PK, when the sun came up I was in the middle of a bunch of Canadian geese. They didn't know what I was. It was a great experience.

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I wish some of these wma's would go to no motor days. Say monday, tuesday and Thursday you can paddle or walk in to hunt but no outboard boats allowed on those set days.

Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Whack n stack] #7328539 10/27/18 05:08 AM
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I used to have an Old Town sit in kayak, that I hunted out of. Enjoyed it, but it became too hard to move and get in and out of after back surgery a few years ago.

Iím using the Ascend H10 this year with a home made blind. It was very nice when I fished out of it earlier this year.


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It's nice to have something deep enough to toss all your gear in without worrying about it sliding off - those Ascend H12s look like a good in-between.

Here's the pirogue I use:



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Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: Whack n stack] #7328862 10/27/18 07:59 PM
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I have had an old town sportsmaster canoe since 2015. Itís about 650 ish from academy. Holds a ton of weight, I had mysefl and the two guys in the picture in it along with a dog and decoys and other gear. It can take a trolling motor or small outboard or mud motor, I have a 6.5 longtail kit on mine. It also paddles easily as well. And itís light enough to load in the bed of the truck by yourself. Itís killed a lot of ducks and caught a ton of fish. Well worth the money. And itís extremely stable. I have front and back decks on it now and i regularly fish out of it with 3 people, one poling on the back, one casting off the front deck and the other sitting in the middle seat.




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Originally Posted By: Spacemonkey
I use my canoe much more than my kayak for hunting. Just far more room to haul decoys and gear. Yes you do have to sometimes race the boat guys. But I usually leave early enough in the mornings that I almost always beat them to the spot! Make sure you pick up some battery powered running lights. I thought a spotlight was sufficient and got a ticket about 8 years ago!

I highly recommend getting a kayak paddle that is designed specifically for a canoe if you are going solo. It is so much easier and faster to paddle a canoe solo this way. A regular kayak paddle is way too short. Some traditional canoe guys may balk at that but I can paddle my canoe faster solo than two guys paddling and faster than my buddies in their kayaks! Mohawk paddles makes an 8 and 9 foot double paddle for 43 bucks that convert to two single bladed paddles. I prefer the 9 foot! You canít beat the price and they are extremely durable!

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+1 on the kayak paddle, so much easier


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I grew up duck hunting in a 15í Grumman Sport Boat. Basically an aluminum square stern canoe that doesnít taper at the rear as quickly as most. Crazy high carry capacity and hp rating. A 6hp outboard will get two adults and hunting gear on plane. Very hard to find down South.

I really want to make a cedar-strip version. Lighter, faster, stronger, and less noise from waves slapping. Found plans.

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I've used a Native Ultimate 12 in camo for roughly 5 years now with DIY front/rear camo blind/spray skirts and the design of the seat adjusts from upright seating position from 0 to 10 inches off the hull and laying out like a recliner. Its basically a low profile layout blind on or off the water. The low freeboard isn't exactly confidence inspiring in heavy chop so I added additional closed cell foam JIC and use an inflatable outrigger and home made nylon jib (sail) if the wind is optimal to minimize paddling. Wind is a significant problem with SOT yaks with a taller profile but isn't an issue with this boat. Light enough to carry if need be, sponson hull is extremely stable enough to stand up, and it tracks straight without the need for a rudder. On shore and brushed in, it's been mistaken more than once for a layout blind.

If I need to portage the boat to the water, I use these (significantly modified & lightened) wheels. I snap them into recessed fittings installed in the hull.






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Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: butch sanders] #7329361 10/28/18 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted By: butch sanders
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1 time at PK, when the sun came up I was in the middle of a bunch of Canadian geese. They didn't know what I was. It was a great experience.


I've lost count of the number of birds that have swam up to and hung out around my boat. More than one I've had a boatload of hunters roll right up to my spot to set up near my spot. I put and end to that with a MILSPEC strobe mounted on a tall collapsable fiberglasss rod that I typically use for nav lighting.


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Yes.





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Originally Posted By: ChrisG
Ascend H12 with the redhead blind for me this year. A 450Lb weight limit and comfortable seat.





The problem with that blind is paddling with it installed. It creates a significan't amount of drag. I'd remove the excess material hanging off the sides for darn sure.


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Re: canoe/kayak for duck hunting... [Re: aerangis] #7329365 10/28/18 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted By: aerangis

If I need to portage the boat to the water, I use these (significantly modified & lightened) wheels. I snap them into recessed fittings installed in the hull.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200660583_200660583


If one primarily hunts this way, wheels make it so much nicer. I prefer what originally was called a Swedish Boat Cart, but online I have seen it with various other names. It folds up and can be stowed in the boat when I get to the water and I can use it with any of my boats. I prefer the bigger diameter and thinner bicycle type tires over wide flat ones. It cuts through the mud rather than bog down with mud and it stows easier. I also put solid tubes in them so I can portage over cactus and mesquite when needed.


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Originally Posted By: Sniper John
Yes.







I like the way you roll. Simplicity is typically an element of every hunting photo you post.

Says a lot about mindset.


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