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kayak hunting

Postby rodandgun83 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:09 pm

I've been searching the inner web about kayak hunting and this is my ?.
I am wanting to use a kayak to jump shoot birds. I haven't purchased one so before I do those of you that shoot birds this route what type of kayak are you hunting out of and how stable is it. I have narrowed it down to at least a sit on top.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby KJV » Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:29 pm

I hunt out of a Hobie Pro Angler 12. Very stable and also expensive. Can cover a lot of water with the mirage drive though. I also use this yak for salt and freshwater fishing, so it is a dual purpose item. Sit on top is the way to go, no matter which brand you choose. Good luck and try before you buy if you can.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby 2Longgone » Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:39 pm

I use an Ascend FS10 as a layout boat, a sit inside. Stability is very good, concealment is excellant.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby Mark F. Cheney » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:56 am

Agreed for the sit on top. They make a great working platform for trapping too.

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Re: kayak hunting

Postby 2500hdon37s » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:53 am

Check out Creek boats, they are close to you.

I hunt out of a M98 duck boat and can run in dang shallow water and some deeper stuff. its a tad small for hauling tons of decoys. but its really light and I've snuck up on several deer with it on creek banks.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:35 pm

I hunt out of a Commander 120. Its very stable and easy to hide inside of it.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby Mark F. Cheney » Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:42 pm

Your photos make lessor hunters jealous.

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Re: kayak hunting

Postby YJSONLY » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:46 pm

So is the sit on top kayaks better for hunting then the sit ins??

What about hauling gear?
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby Mark F. Cheney » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:28 am

My favorite that I have seen has self bailing cavities on the top of a sit in style. it is capable of carrying som serious freight. it was 12' long and 40 some inches wide. My brother likes it so much for trapping that I believe he is going to lay one up out of fiberglass when the weather breaks.

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Re: kayak hunting

Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:21 am

YJSONLY wrote:So is the sit on top kayaks better for hunting then the sit ins??

What about hauling gear?


On flat water I would prefer a Hybrid like my commander, then a sit on top and then a sit in side.

1. Hybrid Kayaks are canoe/kayak hybrids and are like a sit inside kayak with the top cut off, so you can access it to storage and carrying stuff. They are great when it cold as they shield from he wind.

2. Sit on Tops are are for rougher water. I have had mt sit on top out in 2' rolling waves where it would have been damn right dangerous in a jon boat and it handled it fine. Draw backs are no wind protection and no where for loose gear on top. Crap can fall out of a sit on top easy, so lease stuff that can.

3. Sit in side offered limited storage space and are difficult to fish out of with much gear and hunting is more difficult.

Hauling gear is easy in the new kayaks. My commander has slide tracks with hardware for running bungee through. I have removed my bungee and use bungee cord with clips to attach to them. Decoy bag(s) lay on top and get secured. Also, I can use the commander without a seat and as a lay-down blind. The Captains perch is a fixed high seat and is used a the stationary spot for the back rest.

Notice the molder seat and I have just removed the regular kayak seat, which can go right back in, in about 30 seconds.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby KJV » Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:27 pm

YJSONLY wrote:So is the sit on top kayaks better for hunting then the sit ins??

What about hauling gear?

I tend to think so, as I'm not partial to hunting in a bathtub of water and mud that will be inevitably tracked in.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby bdub20 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:44 pm

My hunting partner has that FS10 Ascend that someone showed. I guess I am shocked so many guys duck hunt with sit on tops. Don't you get a little wet? Where do you put your gear? How do you conceal yourself? My hunting buddy and I both had our sit ins and we could store just about everything and kayak'd a good mile or so to our spot. Guns, 3-4 dozen decoys. warm gear, lawn chairs and all our usual stuff (shells flashlight ....). I am obviously bias to sit ins and don't have much experience with sit on tops.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby KJV » Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:07 pm

Most sit on tops have a rear tank well as a storage area to tote the gear. My typical load in my Hobie consists of a dozen duck dekes, 4 Canada floaters, blind bag, burlap blind with fast grass to cover the yak and myself, weapon of choice in floating case, Mojo floater, Mojo on pole and extra clothing in dry bag. Mojos and extra clothing go in front hatch, gun is strapped next to me, all else is strapped in the tank well. My yak can support 550lbs so no worry of overloading. Sit on tops are typically drier than sit ins. Plus have you ever tried to climb into a sit in if you flipped, hope you are in shallow water. Bottom line is use what you have or prefer, just remember to wear a PFD!
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby LCG1 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:53 pm

I use a native ultimate 14.5 and have zero issues, room for gear and a dog.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby Russ-n-Brazoria » Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:58 pm

Wish they'd make the magic 14.5 again

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Re: kayak hunting

Postby noweil » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:26 pm

Sit in kayaks are my preference.
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14' Predator with the layout seat grassed up. Can sit up and shoot with no problems.
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14' Predator with original seat removed and a layout seat in the boat, lots of roomm for gear.
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14' Predator with seat in boat. Haul dog, decoys and gun and can shoot out of the boat with no problems.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:56 am

I don't consider the Predator and Loon from Old Town like the normal sit ins. There is lots of room to store things and you get wind protection also. The normal 10' sit in sides just do not compare to the Predator or Loon for usability.
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Re: kayak hunting

Postby noweil » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:38 am

Cupped-n-Committed wrote:I don't consider the Predator and Loon from Old Town like the normal sit ins. There is lots of room to store things and you get wind protection also. The normal 10' sit in sides just do not compare to the Predator or Loon for usability.


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I agree with you. I see Old Town is making a Camo 14' tandem call the Twin Heron Angler that looks like it would be a very serviceable hunting kayak.
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