Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Duck hunting water craft.


Recommended Posts

What are the pros and cons of different watercraft for duck hunting?

Im thinking Im going to just get a 12-14ft conventional vbottom aluminum fishing boat but thought Id ask.

Thanks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Vee style boats ride deeper in the water and can be heavier that a flatbottom jon style boat.

It is easier to push pole a flatbottom thru weeds than a vee style boat.

Vee style boat is more stable in big water,or easier to control in the wind.

They both work great and they also both have there place for waterfowl hunting.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Vee stlye boats ride deeper in the water and can be heavier that a flatbottom jon style boat.

It is easier to push pole a flatbottom thru weeds than a vee style boat.

Vee style boat is more stable in big water,or easier to control in the wind.

They both work great and they also both have there lace for waterfowl hunting.

+1 Great reply!! I've got 16' V-style but I've been looking everywhere for a used 16' jon boat. My V style weights a ton and is difficult to pull up on shore.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We have 16' semiV with 50, 14' semiV, 12' semiV, Cartens Pintail, two Cartens Puddlers. For big water, the 16' is awesome, with nice blind and lots of room and stable. Can hunt 3 guys real comfortable. But we bring a Puddler with us to retrieve birds often (no dog).

But I gotta say, it is the Carstens smaller boats (or Otter type) that I think get us more birds, to better areas, and open up more access for us. You can only paddle them, but you get in small water and cover up and blend in so well that they are best hunting $$ we ever spent. And two of them fit in a pickup very easy, so low cost (no trailer) and easy in and out. But don't take them if there are any waves wink haha!

The 12' is a great in between boat, and still fits in back of pickup and can put motor on if you want, or you can drag it down a hill and row for more remote areas. Good luck!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What are the pros and cons of different watercraft for duck hunting?

Im thinking Im going to just get a 12-14ft conventional vbottom aluminum fishing boat but thought Id ask.

Thanks.

Can't go wrong with that for a duck boat. Especially if you will be on more open lakes. Might not work quite as well if your on smaller waters where you would have to drag it a bit. Good all around boats though.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

had a deep v 14' for several years and it finally took on water from ice breakage over the years. Loved the boat for space and water ability. No wind ever stopped me from going. Had a custom made blind on it, stayed high,dry and warm on the coldest days. It was a heavy boat, held a 25hp motor with ease. was rated for a 40 I believe. yes i miss the boat because I had a ton of fun in it.

Now have a 1432 johnny that is a ton of fun. the open floor plan is amazing. there is just as much room sg ft wise because theres no benches in the way. It has float pods on the back that hold a 18hp go devil just fine and holds the 25hp outboard just fine. I have a custom made blind for this boat also. I was afraid of the stabilty and water capabilities of this craft. But I learned to watch were the weight was. And I have put the boat to it limits with decoys and wind that would keep most home. when times are dangerous on goes the life vest. I am very impressed on the performance of this craft.

Just like everything in this world there is a time and place everything. To be fully equipted with hunting boat you would really need 3 of them.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

I've got an Otter 1200 and 2 of us can stand on one side of the boat and not flip it! It absolutely sucks to the water! It floats in 4" of water and is an absolute dream to float rivers in! You can sneak up on a flock of birds, turn the boat just slightly and you both can shoot. I've had a trolling motor on it a few times and it is a huge time saver on dead water. 600 bucks on sale at Fleet and you have a beauty of a boat! I did make a couple of light seats for it but that is the only mod I've done.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Over the years, I have had a C-14 Lund that worked out well on big lakes and was even able to carry it into potholes from road ditches and it was fairly stable.

I also and currently have a 12' Sears fishing boat that has to have more hunting hours than most boats in existance. 30+ years!

It only weighs 100lbs. from mostly old camo paint, but it takes a licken, and keeps on ticken! I can get this boat in any water!

I run my 1976 Lund Fish 'N' Ski which has all the chrome railings removed.

has a similar hull design as a Tyee and is real deep and super stable.

I can get this boat in less than a foot of water, and I have a blind I made out of conduit with green plastic fencing and I attached fast grass to that. Shot alot of ducks in this boat. + side to this is the swivel seats that make sitting for long periods easy!full-983-24175-lundduck&fish.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 7 years later...

I have hunted ducks for over a decade near Mexico from a 14 foot flat bottomed jon boat, The advantage over a V hull is more than portability and  beachability, it is more resistant to the effects of rolling. This is especially important with multiple hunters and port and starboard approaching targets. The weight and movement of a pair of extended shotguns and a shifting anxious dog might make you miss more times in a V hull. It has even pitched me into shallow water on one crossing shot made from a small, less stable, and unfamiliar boat.

  • I Like it 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • JBMasterAngler
      Made it to Riverdale Flowage today. Pretty silted in, structure less reservoir. Still has some potential. Seen a few bass swimming around, and caught 2 pike early on back to back casts, but didn’t see another fish after that. Floating leaves EVERYWHERE made whopper ploppers a difficult presentation. Jig and craw about the only thing I could use to keep that stuff off.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  An excellent week of fall walleye fishing.  Bring lots of bait as the fish are active.  There are lots of small fish in the system that bodes well for the future.  You will catch your eaters and other larger fish, but will usually have to sort through small fish along the way. Anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner is the go to method.  Most fish are usually adjacent to the bottom.  Live shiners are available and effective.  Some anglers still using spinners with a minnow or trolling crankbaits. The best reports are coming from 17-27 feet of water across the south shore in areas such as Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach, Long Point and Rocky Point.  Various schools within these depths.  In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon and even a few crappies are in the mix for walleye anglers.  On the Rainy River...   Emerald shiners continue to run in the Rainy River, consequently, there are walleyes around.  Jigging with a frozen or live shiner, is the go to method.  Emerald shiners are tough to beat.   Trolling crankbaits is an extremely effective technique in the river.  Also great in locating walleyes or when fish are scattered.    Sturgeon activity continues good.  A gob of crawlers and/or frozen shiners on a sturgeon rig (18 inch leader made of 60lb test, circle hook and a 2-3 ounce no roll sinker) is the ticket.  The catch and release season continues through April 23, 2022. Up at the NW Angle...  Fall fishing up at the Angle continues to be excellent.  Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or jig and plastic for walleyes.  In some areas, walleyes are stacked and active with big numbers of fish being caught.   Gold, pink and/or glow colored jigs and spinners are doing well.  Reminder, no live, frozen or dead bait being able to be transported over the border from the U.S. into Canada, consequently anglers boating into Ontario waters reporting various plastics on their jigs and spinners working great. Various areas of structure such as points, reefs and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold good fish.  12 - 26 feet is the range depending upon the spot.   Big crappies are active in their fall spots and being caught on jigs and minnows in 24-30' around various structure. Muskie action was hot this week.  Jigging large baits has boated good numbers of fish as well as casting and trolling.  Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.   Want to avoid crossing the border?  Charter transport via water and ice and flights over the lake are available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air both this fall and into the winter months via ice.    
    • gimruis
      I did pretty good bass fishing on Saturday from 8am - 1pm.  It was frigid when we started at 8am but by 10 the sun was fully up and it was more comfortable.  A friend and I caught 7 bass and 5 pike.  I caught the biggest bass I've caught in a month, a 19.5 incher.  The water temp was 58 degrees.  I might try going one more time and then hang it up for the season as long as the water temp stays above 50.  I think turnover has just occurred because the water temp dropped about 10-12 degrees in less than a week.
    • Wanderer
      Yep, western MN and Lake of the Woods diver reports were good from the weekend.  That Arrowhead head area is fickle for ducks and hitting the migration.     We had a fantastic week up there about 8-9 years ago and have been chasing that memory almost every year since.  We just don’t spend as much time doing it anymore.  Still love being there in October and that chase.   We went from a 30 decoy spread in small clusters to a 6 decoy spread set up in a 4/2 grouping.  That’s the one they liked.  No pass shots, wings cupped and feet down or they were left to carry on.   I gave up the fully flocked mallards in exchange for the early season mallards.  I don’t know if that change worked as well as I think it did but like I said, they came to em.  Even the geese.
    • Rick
      A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      One of Minnesota DNR’s largest habitat restoration projects is complete. The three-year, $18 million construction project in the St. Louis River estuary near Duluth has restored 230 acres of coastal wetland habitat at Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 6, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      One of Minnesota DNR’s largest habitat restoration projects is complete. The three-year, $18 million construction project in the St. Louis River estuary near Duluth has restored 230 acres of coastal wetland habitat at Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 6, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.