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As our duck and swan season (yes, you read that right!) is getting closer, I'm quite taken with the idea of hunting large tidal rivers on a kayak. I realise the potential dangers, but have kayak fished for 5 years and am quite familiar with the environment. Anyone done it? Any thoughts?

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I've always thought a SOT should make a great shooting platform, but the lack of ability to move around and reposition in the yak might present a few difficulties. What yak have you got? My guess would be something that gives you a very open cockpit would be a good bet - i.e. not with a centre hatch. Something akin the the Viking Reload with the kid pod in

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Some kind of adaptation with rear facing rod tubes could work as a gun rack?

Perhaps not in bright yellow though! hardly a subtle colour choice!

i hate to say it...but a pedalo yak would make it easier to get on a quick shot. Unless you're just drifting gun in hand or anchored, having to put the paddle down, pick the gun up and aim might take too long and the shot's gone. 

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Cheers Chris. I'm thinking about getting one of these (Old Town Topwater 120). My thoughts are similar to yours. Primary stability is very important, secondary stability less so as I'm not going to be surfing with a shotgun! You can stand up on these things. Could work. I would also use it for trout fishing on lakes and possibly some inshore saltwater fishing, but it won't be my main fishing vessel.

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Good option I'd say. 12ft is a sensible size and (sadly) a pedal boat is a good way to go - and a slightly less conspicuous colour than my red and yellow battleship! I'll be interested to see the photos if you go for it

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Having a good dither. Mrs said go for it, but whatever I spend will come out the family boat fund, so that's a bit tricky! Expensive boats, NZ$4300 and that's if you can track one down (supply issues at the end of the planet). I  fancy floating down miles of uninhabited river duck hunting. Could even beach it or tie up to some reeds, and do the hide/decoy work. Some American YouTubers are in to that sort of thing. 

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Ah tricky. Well the Old Town's the perfect choice, I reckon. They have a reputation for stability and that one looks to have a nice square hull, so I reckon you've found the boat, now to find the will to spend the cash! I appreciate the dilemma though; a boat big enough for the family to enjoy is about as close to perfection as it's possible to get on the water. Great family trips out vs some solace on the wetlands. Have fun making that choice...

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hello houseplant. have done this for many years in a 14ft two man  canoe with a good friend of mine on the river mersey its a big  river probably nothing on your scale of river. we did not shoot of the canoe just used it for getting to isolated places on club water. it turned out very productive . wish you all the best with your adventures. best regards.

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2 hours ago, sitty tree said:

hello houseplant. have done this for many years in a 14ft two man  canoe with a good friend of mine on the river mersey its a big  river probably nothing on your scale of river. we did not shoot of the canoe just used it for getting to isolated places on club water. it turned out very productive . wish you all the best with your adventures. best regards.

 

Thanks, sounds like fun! 

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Hi houseplant the boat looks good.l would ask the locals for advice on the best boat. I also have done a lot of wildfowling on the river Mersey in different boats. It’s a different game when your on the water. Wildfowl doesn’t seem to be frightened by boats even though they can see you, a bit like wildlife and vehicles. I had an old wooden boat l would leave tied to the sea wall and take my outboard when I went out shooting. The old boat survived the Friday the 13th storm of 1984 that blew down the cooling tower of the nearby powder station. I also made a kayak/ flat bottom punt from ply and taped fibreglass joints. I used this in the 80s the gun l used was a (communal) Harrington and Richard’s single 10gauge with a 36inch barrel. I used it as a punt to sneak up on fowl , I didn’t use a motor. I would take a 12gauge as well and beech on the sand/mud banks an get under the flight lines. The duck would just pass over as long as I stayed in the boat, a lot better than hiding in the gutters. The boat you are looking at is far better than the home made ones I used but lm glad I made them. Good luck with your shooting. Ask advice from the local boat club they will be able to help you .

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Thanks Gas seal, sounds like you've had some good experiences. What you're saying about wildlife not being scared of boats makes sense. There's an Aussie guy on YouTube who does a lot of pig/boar hunting from a kayak. He gets really close, as in shotgun range during the middle of the day. That would almost be impossible on foot. "Hunting with Stu" if you're interested.

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17 hours ago, Houseplant said:

Thanks Gas seal, sounds like you've had some good experiences. What you're saying about wildlife not being scared of boats makes sense. There's an Aussie guy on YouTube who does a lot of pig/boar hunting from a kayak. He gets really close, as in shotgun range during the middle of the day. That would almost be impossible on foot. "Hunting with Stu" if you're interested.

Just watched a couple of those clips and noticed how those hogs didn't seem to mind the kayaks approach. I've often thought of a little boat to reach those out of the way spots and I think the kayak is just what I'm after. 

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