Duck hunting for diver species like Canvasbacks, Redheads, Ringnecks, Eiders, Goldeneye and other diver ducks.
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i take a couple week trip each your to saskatchewan for ducks and geese. A consistant problem for me and my group is retrieving ducks we shoot over and around water. We do not have a dog and putting together a boat and motor 2200 miles from home is difficult and unreliable. We currently have a couple fishing poles rigged with large treble hooks and some floats that give us about a 25 - 30 yards range for retieving the ducks. Believe me, we have had fun laughing at ourselves doing this. Funny picture to shoot the duck and then reel it in.
Does anyone have any ideas for retrieval that would be more reliable than casting?
Good luck all.
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It is called a dog! Try a floating plug with oversize trebles. This keeps the hooks on the surface and let's you hook them more easily. That or a small inflatable raft you can paddle out to the ducks.
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the problem with a fishing pole rig is retrieving a bird that lands past your casting distance or is wounded and goes even further. Obviously a dog is the best tool but like Norm mentioned a float tube is a very good alternative and is easy to transport.
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Pool your funds and get a lightweight kayak. You should be able to find one on craigslist for under $300. Most are light enough that two guys can carry it without any problem. If you have more than two guy you can even rotate on longer hauls. I have an aquapod (10ft) and it only weighs 65 lbs. We have carried it over 500 yards without breaking a sweat. Just make sure it has bow and stern handles... Or buy them and install them yourself.
Most kayaks (with a kayak paddle) are fast enough to chase down cripples. Or at least get you in range for a follow up swat. I don't think a float tube would be much help in that arena.... But it would be easier to pack in.
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