Anyone ever use float tubes?

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Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby Tgunz_64 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:29 pm

Thinking about buying a float tube to bring with me for those hard to reach holes. Just curious if any of you guys use them or have used them and are they worth spending the money on? Looking at a Marshland float tube that is in max-4. Would also use fishing too. Just want something lightweight for when I go alone.
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Re: Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby justin_h635 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:02 pm

Have used in past to retrieve dekes and dead but cannot imagine shooting from one, especially in cold weather. Careful in freezing temps,as the bladders can freeze up and become brittle.
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Re: Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby scruggs12 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:12 pm

Tgunz_64 wrote:Thinking about buying a float tube to bring with me for those hard to reach holes. Just curious if any of you guys use them or have used them and are they worth spending the money on? Looking at a Marshland float tube that is in max-4. Would also use fishing too. Just want something lightweight for when I go alone.



If you are hunting anything tidal, do not get one!! Trust me! Otherwise, you will be fine. It is good for small sloughs and back marshes if it gets to deep to wade. Good luck.
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Re: Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby Tgunz_64 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:22 am

It wouldn't be used in an area with tides or large waves. And mainly just to set up dekes and retrieve where it's to deep or sloppy to walk in. Definitely not using it to paddle a long distance. Considering a kayak as well but a little hard to transport with an atv. Although it can be used on larger water and easier to paddle across a small lake.
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Re: Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby Rick Hall » Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:17 pm

I hunted bad walk-in areas out of one years ago and don't recall shooting being a problem, just lack of quick mobility in the water for retrieving and such. Met a crew who hunt Okachobee (sp?) in FL out of them who said they solved that by rigging one for the dog. (Assume they only did in water cold enough to keep gators from jerking them under like corks.)
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Re: Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby macmn3 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:51 pm

I hunt out of my float tube all the time. Usually use it to pick up ducks and dekes in deeper water, but after freeze-up i use it to float down small rivers that are still open, and shoot a lot of birds that way
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Re: Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby nitram » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:55 pm

Great for a dog in open water and also for you to carry your stuff in and have a place to sit down. Standing in waders for a few hours without being able to take a load off sucks.
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Re: Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby HNTFSH » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:04 am

I'd highly recommend a round tube that takes a 20 inch truck tube. I've never had faith in seem sealed bladder boats and you'll be able to float higher.
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Re: Anyone ever use float tubes?

Postby nitram » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:22 am

HNTFSH wrote:I'd highly recommend a round tube that takes a 20 inch truck tube. I've never had faith in seem sealed bladder boats and you'll be able to float higher.


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