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This week’s kayak duck hunting trip

By Chris Henderson

 

Hunt was a bit more sporty this week in that my shooting was off and I ended up winging some birds. The big problem with that is that it results in water swats. In the spot I am hunting you are limited to 25 shells. Although I do not believe many adhere to this rule, I do. So spending a bunch of shells on water swats and a particularly crafty wigeon which was probably eaten by the seals, I came down to my last four shells with 2 birds to go. Got one with two shots, and only had two shots left. After shooting them I thought I would be foiled in my quest to get a limit. So I searched my box and then found one more live shell in my pocket! I let the bird come all the way in with feet down before I smacked him. That 25 shell limit did make it much more sporting I will tell you that. Wigeon will often come in with no calling necessary, but today the wigeon whistle proved it’s worth turning a few birds and bringing them all the way in. Torrie is improving with each trip.

Of course the W700 hunting kayak was solid as ever!

Enjoy

 

 

 

 

Duck hunting with my retriever and Wavewalk 700 hunting kayak

By Chris Henderson

 

A solid day on the mud flats.
Torrie, my retriever, improved over last time, and is starting to get this game figured out. Some work to do to finish the retrieves, but we will get there! She has not had a lot of practice with the whole transition from water to land holding the bird.
Can’t beat the weather or the birds! Wigeon whistle worked like a charm.

Stuff I Use  –

Duck Hunting Boat: Wavewalk 700

Northern Tribe Outdoors Wigeon Whistle: Northerntribeoutdoors.com

Decoys –
Avian X wigeon decoys
Assault Widgeon
Tangle Free Full Body Wigeon

Gun: Benelli Nova Tangle Free

Dog Blind: Little Buddy

Duck boat for two hunters – Wavewalk 700

By Chris Henderson

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

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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