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Last duck hunt of the season on the mud flats

By Chris Henderson


Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor

I went on another duck hunt. The mud flats are punishing at times. The tide went from a 14 to a 4 in six hours. That meant that I had to move and reset my decoys every 15 min. or so. Eventually toward the bottom of the tide it takes longer to reset than the water floats the decoys to hunt. That is usually when I give up and let it come back in. Today however it would not have done so in the light, so I had to paddle out at the low. It was a drag getting the boat out to water deep enough to float. But that is what I love about the W700. Stable for the weather and light enough to drag on the mud. Only got a couple of birds but it is always good to get out.

Enjoy,

 

Training my retriever dog with my Wavewalk 700 duck hunting kayak

By Chris Henderson

Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor

Went hunting yesterday and it was the first time I was able to get my retriever out.  Mixed results, she actually started getting a bit shy of the gun, which will take a lot of work to fix.  Definitely fixable but a bit more work before she is in the next video.
It was just Torri and I so I used the W700.  It is a trusty platform for getting to the duck hunting spot and my go to boat.  Others with motors and heavier boats dare not tread where we hunt (in truth they would sink trying to pull the boat across the mud the 700 is heavy enough!).  But it was a bright sunny day and the water was like glass.  I even had a cup of coffee while the current took me back to the ramp.
Here is a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dasd8UVHWo

Duck boat for two hunters – Wavewalk 700

By Chris Henderson

Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor

Well I haven’t sent in a report lately because I have been deer hunting and the Wavewalks were not involved. But now it is on to ducks and the Wavewalks are an essential part of our arsenal.
We have long paddles in strong currents and in rough weather and the Wavewalk handles it just fine!
The W700 is particularly good as a duck boat. Two hunters can carry their gear and tandem paddling makes the currents no big deal.

On this trip we were able to use the outgoing tide as well as the current from a river to make the trip back home easy. According to the GPS we were doing 7-8 mph paddling with the current.

I have designed a blind for the boat but have yet to finish building it.

Most of the time the Wavewalks are only used as transportation. We are also able to transport 3 dozen deeks, two hunters, shooting boxes, guns, camo nets, all in the W700!

Enjoying the stability and versatility of the these kayaks.

Here are a few pictures from our latest duck hunt.

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Double

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Drake crush

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Ducks in the deeks

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Wigeon down

 

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Nisqually Widgeon Smackdown

By Chris Henderson

Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor

My son and I got out on the mudflats and went hunting again in the Wavewalks.
We launched in the dark and paddled the 1.5 miles to the spot. Weather was clear and sunny. Almost too much for duck hunting. There were not as many birds on the marsh due to a big storm last week. It has the tendency to flood pastures and grass fields which spread the birds out and we had a wind storm with it which tends to blow the birds off of the salt water. But there were enough to make the day interesting. Because we are hunting on mudflats we just use the Wavewalk kayaks for transportation right now. We cover them up with a camo net and sit in little beach chairs until the tide fills and drives us back. In this spot we eventually are standing in 3 feet of water by a log, and then as the tide goes out, we reverse course. We were able to get some nice video of a couple of singles and one flock that came in sweet to the deeks.
We got 4 birds out of that flock (fourth one goes down out of frame). We got 11 birds for the day and made some great memories!

This is my first successful gopro video. I am learning and will get even better videos in the future. It is a lot of fun.
Enjoy.

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Our two camouflaged fishing and hunting W kayaks can be seen in the top right corner of this picture –

Nisqually Smackdwon still

 

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