eagles2069 wrote:So I have been following the thread and I have a couple questions now that you used it for the first time. First off it did you feel safe? Did you flare any birds? Was shooting out of it difficult?
It's a cool idea and thank you for sharing.
Let me start by saying this was most definitely a "can I do this" then a marketing project. So... We rushed into it without really putting much testing into it.
So as for safety. Absolutely, 110%, no doubts safe. Imagine being in a shark cage (if you've ever been) you have so many cross members around you for support, so no part of your body is "open". Also, the pontoons, I purposely tried to sink them by laying on them... Not only do they not sink, but they don't hold water at all. I weigh 185.
They only flaring of birds were when I swung on them with the gun, period.
Shooting was pretty difficult, you had to put a lot more thought into your spread as for where the birds wanted to work in at.
The cons were... I need to build some stir ups for it. My feet floated up in it while under water.
And bulk. I have a idea using dog chain which will allow the whole rig to pancake inside each other. So it's only going to be as big as the two pontoons.
It's pretty neat, not sure it's any practical then a layout or the muskrat blind mentioned above. But! I can tell you I was SUPER comfortable, and was able to look all around me. I could move it easily with a trolling motor or moving the anchors. Overall a neat experience, but needs some fine tuning. I was in about 12' of water there.
Hope this answers some questions yall have.