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Locked&Loaded wrote:Indaswamp wrote:...metrosexual....
EvanJ wrote:I'll have to look into the canoe/kayak option and see if it would work on the areas around me. Thanks!
Not necessary but they can make hunting easier on some public hunting areas. Getting away from the crowd, not having to pack in all the gear on you back allows you to have larger decoy spreads, and other reasons that were already said. Scouting can also be more effective as you can cover a large area faster than you can on foot.
Before you get the boat blues, keep these things in mind.
There are lots of cost associated with owning a boat. Fuel x 2, repairs, maintenance, trailer registration every one year, and boat regestration every two years. You can count on something breaking at some point in time during the season and marine mechanics are not cheap. If you skip the maintenance you can count on getting stuck on the water one day and the cost will probably double. It's best if you are somewhat handy with a wrench unless you have the money to keep up with it.
Boats are alot of work before, during, and after the hunt. You tend not to think about it on the before and during but after the hunt there is lots to do while all your buddies are home taking a nap. Unloading all the crap, washing out all the mud, blood, tobacco spit, feathers, trash, you name it. Then repairing anything broken, refueling, prepping, and storing for the next outing. The upkeep is up to you but will determine how long the boat last. Trash it out and you will have a great lawn ornament or a place to store your old ladys junk.
In my mind you need to use the boat alot to justify the purchase of a boat. Do you hunt 3 or four time a year and then park it for the rest of the year? Or do you hunt every chance you get and go fishing in the summer time? Boats do not like to spend a lot of time out of the water. Engines gum up, hoses crack, tires rot, etc... I take mine out at the least every other week and if for some reason I haven't ran it in three weeks or so I will run it on the ears in the driveway. My boat has obviously paid off as it has easily been on the water 150+ days out of the four years I have owned it. The ammount of time you use it vs cost vs justification is up to you so I'm not saying you have to use yours as much as I do. Just what makes sense to you.
Kayaks and pirogues are alot less to deal with. I have hunted out of my kayak when I did not feel like messing with the boat and had some of the best hunts with three or four decoys, shell bag, and a gun. Simple.
Don't get me wrong about boats. You either love them or hate um. I have owned some type of boat since I was 17 year old and could not picture life without one. Hunting out of one can be very rewarding. Just be prepared for the bad times and cost as well.
Tmi. Yep! I was bored. Might make the walk seem better
Good luck on your season with or without a boat.
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