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Big water Q's

Postby acannon » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:57 pm

I scouted a spot on some bigger water and want to hunt it Saturday. My boat is not suited for hunting because it is big and bright white. I'll be setting up on the edge of the marsh. My question is how far away should I anchor my boat from my spot as to not spook birds with it? Just trying to make do right now. New boat is in my near future.
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:02 pm

Take a fishing pole. Birds will think you are fishing. Happens to me all of the time. :mad:
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby acannon » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:29 pm

I probably will and go straight from the duck hole to the trout hole. This boat never leaves the dock without coming back with supper of one kind or another. I'll have my waders so oysters might also be on the menu
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby MSparks909 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:47 pm

250-300 yards.
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby acannon » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:11 pm

Cool. Thanks. Hard to hide that thing.
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby Dingbatter » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:36 pm

2 gallons of Parker Duck Boat paint and problem is solved, at least it was for me. No more white boat. :yes:
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby Percy86 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:57 pm

I agree with DB. I bought 2 gallons, but one gallon covered an 18 footer with four coats. Parker paint is good stuff!
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby Paul26 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:30 pm

200-300 yards. Once you have an idea where the birds generally come from (My experience: on big water: they're generally moving from one direction to another, as in, up or down a river in the AM, the other direction in the late PM), move the boat to the proper far side of the blind (I.e., they fly over you before they fly over the boat).

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Re: Big water Q's

Postby Mr. Taxidermist » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:38 pm

Depends on the birds. Puddle ducks seem to be more wary than divers. If the birds you found are puddlers, I'd probably try to go at least 400-500yds away to hide the boat. If the birds are divers, 200yds is probably plenty. We've had divers land in the decoys many times while the boat was tied up at the blind and with us walking around setting up.
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby Willie » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:58 am

Instead of going through the trouble of hiding it 300 yards away, get you some military surplus camo netting, a parachute, or some burlap, and cover it that way.
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby acannon » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:28 pm

Btw....is that a dingbatter thing to do? Just finished glassing the area this evening and didn't see a nary duck. Gulls by the thousands though. Like the paint idea however it would hurt to bad to paint over that beautiful gel coat. Maybe in a few years.
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:00 pm

If you are worried about the gel coat you are a Dingbatter. :smile:

Find a surplus store and buy a parachute or something, cover it up and throw some vegetation (marsh grass, whatever) on top to break it up a bit.
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Re: Big water Q's

Postby acannon » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:14 pm

Lol. This coming from Mr. Dingbatter himself! I'll consider it. Probably buy or build something by next season that I won't have to worry about the old lady riding in.
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