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Hunting from a Kayak

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Good evening all,
I'm in the market for a kayak primarily for fishing. In doing some research, I stumbled upon people duck hunting from a kayak. Blew my mind away. Of course, the itch increased more after reading about hunting from a yak. Anyway, does anyone have any experience in doing this? Where do you typically go (I assume its a lot of WMA's)? Do you make a blind for it? Overall thoughts?Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
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I have an inexpensive Sun Dolphin yak that my mom bought for me a few years ago and I did a fairly-decent job doing a camo paint scheme on her and used it a few times paddling the NorthShore Marsh and never hunted from it but set up nice blind and covered de lil Sun Dolphin(made much easier with camo paint job).There are plenty of places suitable for a yak,just tough to find de room for gun,decoys and cover material,though with proper planning and possibly strategizing with buddies with rogues,may be worth trying.Have the fellows use de rogues to transport dekes and cover material and use de yak as a retriever(just a thought)and some spots a yak might be better than a rogue,especially if ya gotta portage across.
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Notmepappy,
I have hunted out of pirogues and kayaks for the last few years and think it is a great way to get out and hunt. You can get to the more secluded/shallow areas away from the crazy boat people and also utilize the state WMA limited access areas. Only drawback is you might have to paddle a mile or 2 (glass half full: you get a good workout in) but with a double-sided paddle (HIGHLY recommended) you'll be fine. But I'll elaborate a little:

Size/Storage: If you want to purchase a hunting kayak I advise one with a bit of storage space as Mandevillian said. If you can get a little storage in the bow and stern (enough to carry a few decoys/gear and you can store your gun inside the seating area that way it is easily accessible for shooting or in the bad case of flipping) you should be good. 12'-14' is ideal if you have a truck, otherwise you will probably have to trailer the thing, and at that rate you might as well get a boat.

Camo: purchase one that has a good base color (green, brown) and paint it yourself. The camo paint ridiculously boosts the price, so just do it yourself its cheaper. You can buy 8'-10 'x 4'-5' size mesh nets that you can drape over the front/back to easily conceal you. Also, when looking for a hunting spot, try backing it into some overhanging brush/cane/bush to conceal the stern and face your decoy setup with the wind at your back. In the kayak you can pick the ideal location.

Shooting: the best thing about actually hunting IN the kayak is that once you down a bird you can immediately go retrieve it and not have to worry about it swimming off or floating away. it may take you 3-5 minutes, but your re-setup is quick and easy. Another good thing is that while you are retrieving you still have your gun and can continue to hunt. Be cautious of shooting perpendicular to the kayak because you risk flipping, but hey, to each their own.

Where to hunt: I have hunted all areas surrounding Lake Ponchatrain (Joyce WMA, Fritschie Marsh in Slidell, Big Branch in Lacombe) and Point Aux Chenes in Montegut/Golden Meadow. There are limited access areas at most of these and you can utilize them best, but keep an eye on water levels and tides because getting stuck out there with only your 2 legs as horse power SUCKS. But most are fine with a south wind.

Last of all, have fun with it. It is the old fashioned way of getting around and you can hunt the ducks with absolute stealth. If something isn't working for you in the decoys, go tweek it real quick. If you see birds landing in other areas, pick up quick and get over there. Mobility is your best friend. Good luck Notmepappy, and if you ever wanna get out there with me, send me a direct message.
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Totally agree with the assessment of using a yak to hunt,except that I do not shoot from de yak and instead turn de lil yak sideways with the camo pattern facing dem wary ducks.Fairly easy to camo that lil Sun Dolphin and I scratched up the pretty decent camo job and will re-do her,this time scruffing the surface with a scouring pad and using Bull Dog Adhesion Promoter(neat body-shop trick from my brother-in-law who owns/operates a Holden body shop).Use yak paddles for my Chapman's and best part is if I have to hunt de rogue,take apart dem paddles and put one on each side to stabilize her and use huge palm branches(quite easy to stow in rogue,not as easy with the yak but doable)and it takes about 12-14 nice branches and some of my absolute best hunts/shoots are from a seated position-extremely low profile and does not spook wary ducks-have shot more mottled ducks and recently shot a true black from dat exact set-up-try it ya might never go back to hunting marsh with blind-keeps gear from getting drenched and when ya done,everything contained,cept dem dekes!Much more stable shooting from de rogue stanchioned off with yak paddles on each side and sometimes have two sets of yak paddles.
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I hunt solely out of my kayak, unless I get invited to hunt out of a boat every now and then which is rare. I have an 8 foot sit on top which is pretty small for me because I am 6'1 and with a dozen decoys, gun and me weighing 195 plus waders I sit pretty low in the water I plan on moving up to a 10 or 12 foot soon. If you don't mind paddling Its a great way to hunt I think, I hunt in Sherburne wma down section 120 and have shot 3 ducks in about 10-12 hunts this year it's been bad. Sunday me and a buddy took our kayaks to the limited access area in point aux chene for the first time and it was nice down there plan on going mor next season, one of my fins on my paddle broke off while we were a mile back there and I had to paddle back with half of my kayak paddle into a the wind which wasn't easy but it was a good workout! I would suggest a 10-12 foot sit on top kayak you can bring a lot more with you on the sit on top. You will be surprised how far you can paddle when your pumped up to kill ducks!
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate everyone's input. After reading these comments, the itch has gotten more. So much that my wife is tired of hearing me talk about it. I was thinking about possibly purchasing a yak at the sportsman outdoor expo in march. Do they typically have deals?
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