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Duck blind commutes

Postby luie b » Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:38 am

What's the average distance and time it takes to commute to your blind every day? Just wondering because I have a place by home I could hunt out of a boat blind with my 5 horse but its 2 miles so I'm starting to think it might be a little far to travel in my rig...

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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby likesbigspreads » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:10 am

About 3 minutes :grooving: I get to park about 10 feet from my boat that stays in the water all duck season, then my boat ride is only about 500 yards or so. Private land hunting is soo much better than public. Maybe not in killing ducks, but in a lot of other ways.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby Fowl Fanatic » Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:26 pm

Determine how fast your boat can go (mph), then do the math. One of my favorite hunting spots is about 2 miles from the ramp. At 30mph=4 minutes. If you have a smartphone you can download a speedometer app that will tell you how many mph you are traveling. Or since the spot is close to your house take the boat while the weather is nice and time yourself. Then determine if it would be worth it when it is freezing cold.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby ilgoose » Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:05 pm

35-40 minutes in the truck, then another 15-20 minute boat ride. Not the easiest of things to do every day, but well worth it. Take a few dry runs in the summertime when the river gets back down to normal and like Fowl said, determine if it will be worth it when the weather gets cold. Is this spot on the river? If so, make sure your boat isn't underpowered for the conditions out there. Things can change in an instant out there. I've seen it many many times...
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Duck blind commutes

Postby KillerKowalski » Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:29 pm

Depends where the birds are. A two and half hour ride isn't abnormal.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby luie b » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:58 pm

Its on the Mississippi but my boat handles the river fine I run this area every day running trotlines and stuff. Just never go to this particular spot...

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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby berganser » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:54 pm

Private Club= Couple minutes across lake
Other Spots for Field Hunting= 5mins. to 1/2hr drive.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby luie b » Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:49 am

The thing that sucks is there's places to put in into creeks that are way closer but I have a 2wd... I only plan on river hunting a handful of times regular season like when my ponds I hunt are burnt out from hunts or when there's low numbers of birds around. I like my ponds like what was said because they're private and 5 minutes from.my house and not much of a walk but I feel like I'm missing out not hunting the river every now and then. Guess it means I gotta get up a little earlier for those river hunts!

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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby DuckMulisha13 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:30 am

luie b wrote:The thing that sucks is there's places to put in into creeks that are way closer but I have a 2wd... I only plan on river hunting a handful of times regular season like when my ponds I hunt are burnt out from hunts or when there's low numbers of birds around. I like my ponds like what was said because they're private and 5 minutes from.my house and not much of a walk but I feel like I'm missing out not hunting the river every now and then. Guess it means I gotta get up a little earlier for those river hunts!





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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby luie b » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:41 pm

Remember though I'm a young pup to most guys here, a short walk to me is a long one to others, and a lot of birds to me ain't hardly nothing to what other guys are used to!

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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby KillerKowalski » Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:44 am

Luie, you are a yout.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby Feelin' Fowl » Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:48 am

Yout? What's a yout?
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby nanook72 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:51 am

My Cousin Vinny! Two youts, the two youths. Great movie!
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby Dead Ringer » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:31 pm

Used to drive about an hour in the truck to the ramp and an hour in the boat to the spot. In recent years, I've found birds closer to home.

Luie, if 2wd if an issue b/c of muddy ramps, just get a recovery strap, pull the boat up on to the top of the ramp and then winch it onto the trailer. Same goes for ice. I've made my 2wd work in places where it shouldn't have.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby TJP » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:51 am

I averaged an hour and a half in the truck, and 20 minutes on the water last season.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby CrazyDrake » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:12 am

Public land is around 30 minute ride to boat ramp, and 10 minute water ride.

Private land is anywhere from a 3 minute 4 wheeler ride to a 6 mile ride north of town.

I look forward to the challenge of public more than the ease of private. Always nice getting up 25 minute before LST though.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby QuackSmacker935 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:47 pm

Usually an hour getting to the ramp then a 10 minute ride in the boat.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby MaxDuck » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:58 pm

About a 50 minute car ride followed by a 5-10min walk I'd say. It was 90% public land for me last season so I was out the door at 3am most mornings
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby aunt betty » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:16 pm

First I drive 350 miles, set up camp. Camp is five miles from the launch or two miles or three, four...depends on what launch.
I drive my boat about 7-10 minutes thru a whole lotta trees and poof...theres a hole.
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Duck blind commutes

Postby KillerKowalski » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:22 pm

aunt betty wrote:I drive my boat about 7-10 minutes thru a whole lotta trees and poof...theres a hole.
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Hmmm.
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby sureshot 612 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:54 pm

An hour ride to the draw, 15 min ride in the boat to the post, 30min set up ,to the 1st early shot ,cause in this day and age there is always someone that doesn't have a cell phone with an alarm to set legal shooting time
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Re: Duck blind commutes

Postby luie b » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:59 am

Hmmm... now I feel like my boat ride won't be that bad going straight across the river from Iowa to the spot with a boat blind and 2 dozen decoys in the boat. Its a half mile but my boat with all that gear will only go about 7 mph but I feel like I can hack it. I think I might keep this 5 HP because it starts decent but a little cold blooded, I'd hate to give up that little thing. At least the drive to the ramp in Iowa is only a few minutes away...
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