I am planning on making a trip up to Calhoon County to do some hunting before my season comes in here in the south zone. I have been doing some research and have found that there are a ton a blinds that are drawn for on a three year period. I was also told that the empty ones are drawn for on a daily basis 30 min before shooting time. Another option on the table is hunting the walk in areas, but I am afraid most will be dry. I normally hunt from my boat and would like to do that if possible but can't find anything on boat hunting. It seems you either have to walk in or hunt a blind/draw stake.
I guess my question is, in your opinoin, which would be the best option for me (driving 3 hours); show up and try to draw an empty blind, walk in to one of the walk-in areas and try to find water, or are there areas on the river that I am able to hunt from my boat and use my big motor??
I realize the water is low this year and it is going to be very crowded, same goes for everywhere in the state this year, but I think this would be a fun to hunt/learn a new area while my season in the south isn't in.
Some other questions I have:
(Plan on hunting everything south of Rip Rap Landing)
Where exactly are the daily blind drawings held?
Are there any areas of the river that are open to boat hunting without having to be on a draw blind or stake?
I have tried to get a hold of the DNR office up there with no luck due to my work schedule and the state work schedule
Thanks for everything!
Please don't take me as an internet scouter! Only wanting advice on rules and regs that are unclear on the IDNR site.