Breaking Ice

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Breaking Ice

Postby Wobbling Wings Waterfowling » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:16 am

What is the best way/tool to break ice... any good tips and or tricks?

Other than an ice eater... lol.

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Re: Breaking Ice

Postby B.E.Nelli » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:44 am

Search it, we just talked about it about it a couple days ago, and some good techniques were brought up.
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Re: Breaking Ice

Postby paint » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:45 pm

Sledge hammer, shovel, axe, or even a hoe will work depending on the thickness. I've heard of people using chainsaws as well
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Re: Breaking Ice

Postby Echospartan » Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:57 pm

All I've ever used is my foot, on up to 1 1/2" ice while wading a stream
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Re: Breaking Ice

Postby 2500hdon37s » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:35 pm

if you cant walk on it, break the ice. break open a big hole and you'll need a way to keep it open. killed 80% of my birds in opened up ice this year.
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Re: Breaking Ice

Postby goosehappy » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:55 pm

I use my jet sled. Lean on it once you get a hole and push down and walk behind it. I put some water in it for added weight. Works on ice up to about 1-1/2 inch. After that , I use a pick-axe, and if that is too hard, I use full body decoys and forget the floaters.
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Breaking Ice

Postby Nelliboy2 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:37 am

Are you trying to make a hole in a pot hole or busting you way out with a boat to open water?

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Re: Breaking Ice

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:36 am

X2 on the sledge hammer. We used a chainsaw as well.
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Re: Breaking Ice

Postby red_duck » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:28 pm

Up to half inch I use my decoy bag full of decoys and lay it in front of me and push down to break. Work into squares and start by pushing the first square under or over the ice then next and so on.
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Re: Breaking Ice

Postby Huntfish12 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:24 am

falling through works too, just make sure its shallow enough underneath so u can touch the bottom. Getting back onto the ice is the tricky part.
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