I was just wondering if any of you guys frequently use kayaks to slay ducks? I have looked into a few that look favorable for the type of hunting that I do but I am not sure on what type/style to get. Anyone have any recommendations? If any of you have pics of your setups it would be cool to see them. Thanks!
I use a canoe, very successfully. I have room for dog, gun, and a small amount of gear. I have thought of kayaks, but canoes are much more versatile when it comes to hunting. I will be using my canoe this very weekend.
Go on Craigslist. If you bide your time, you can get a good deal on a good canoe. I would recommend a bigger canoe than a 10 foot model. It looks perfect, but you will be surprised by how fast you fill up that little space with gear. My canoe is a 13 foot Oscada, it is a 30 year old fiberglass canoe. I would recommend a 16 footer or bigger. You can pick up Grumman canoes on Craigslist for 250 to 350 on a regular basis and they are nearly indestructible.
Avoid Coleman,Pelican and the cheap canoes. They are not as easy to paddle in current as a good canoe. That is where buying used comes in handy. My canoe cost $1200 new, I bought it 25 years ago for $200. A good fiberglass canoe is a Cadillac as far as canoes go, very easy to paddle, even against the current. Royalex and plastic canoes "oilcan"(bend down in the middle) when you load it, makes it harder to paddle. You can wear yourself out paddling a Coleman against the current. Fiberglass can be damaged if you don't treat it carefully.
Grumman canoes paddle pretty well, are light and they are really durable. It can stand up to duck hunting very well.
I just checked eastern NC on Craigslist and found a good selection of Grummans and a few fiberglass canoes in the $400 and down range, bear in mind that is where cash come in handy with price negotiations.
I hunt out of a M-98 creek boat almost exclusively. In fact I'll be using it this Saturday. I made a few modifications and use it as a layout boat. It is fairly stable for a 10ft boat and I can carry 3 dozen dekes, blind bag, gun and my 230lb self. It paddles pretty well too. Worth looking in to for only $500 new.
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My son has a M-98. It is a interesting little boat. Very stable. Good for hunting in ponds and water with no current. I have considered making it a layout boat. However, 10 foot creekboat is quite different from 10 foot canoe. Lots more room in a 10 foot creekboat.
I can drift downstream in my canoe and paddle back up against the current with little effort. To paddle the creekboat against the current will wear you out in short order. Compared to a canoe, it is very slow.But also, compared to a canoe, it is incredibly stable.
It all depends on what you want to do with it. To me, there is no question which I would choose. A canoe is more versatile and it is much faster. It will go in the current, most larger canoes can carry two hunters,gear and a dog.