Wade hunting can be done but it's kinda sketchy on the rivers. You might try the Fort Boise WMA (wildlife management area) near Parma, where the Boise river enters the Snake. If it's cold the WMA ponds will freeze over, but you may be able to hunt the river. Be careful and use a wading stick to check the depth and probe for dropoffs. the rocks in the river can be very slippery, so it's agood idea to have a cinched up wager belt in case you stumble, so you don't take on too much water. Also, there is the South East end of Lake Lowell south of Nampa, but don't shoot any geese there. they're protected on the refuge.
Third: try Montour WMA east of Emmett on the Payette river.
fourth: there are places alopng the Snake river where you can wade and it's usually obvious because it's either a riffle or shallow backwater, but again, this is a dangerous river with a strong current (all these western rivers have strong currents) and I would not try wading unless I had fully scouted and attempted it in the daylight using a wading stick and a very good PFD first.
as a new career guy, you can problably enjoy the wonders of deep credit, and pick up a used boat. If you get to that point I suggest you consider a Mud Buddy type motor, and always have a push pole with you. Jet foot motors are nice but when they clog with weeds, you're suddenly drifting downstream toward sweepers and other dangers, so a push pole will do two things... Let you know how deep the water is (in case you want to jump out and walk the boat to shore), or allow you to clumsily maneuver your boat into a safe spot to do motor maintanance.
Never go after a duck by wading unless you are absolutely sure of the bottom. lots of sudden drop offs.
go get 'em but don't become a statistic!
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